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CCCU TRAINING IN
PSYCHODRAMA, SOCIOMETRY, AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

Rob Pramann, PhD, ABPP, TEP

Rob is pleased to announce the training schedule for 2019. See the sections below for an overview of this training, information about the approach, about training in psychodrama, about the director/trainer, Rob Pramann, and directions for those from out of town.

Overview of this Training . . .

Spring 2019
Psychodrama & Sociometry: Skills & Applications

Feb. 2 Psychodrama & Sociometry Preparation
Mar. 2 Psychodrama & Sociometry for Trauma
Apr. 13 Psychodrama & Sociometry for Healing the Traumatized Inner Child
May 11 Psychodrama & Sociometry for Couples and Families

Fall 2019
Psychodrama & Sociometry: Skills & Application

Aug. 17 Psychodrama & Sociometry for Loss and Bereavement
Sept. 14 Psychodrama & Sociometry for Individual Psychotherapy
Oct. 14 Psychodrama & Sociometry for Attachment Issues
Nov. 9 Psychodrama & Sociometry for First Responders

The Saturday Schedule...
Ayres Law firm
12339 South 800 East, Suite 101
Draper, Utah 84020


9:00 am - *Continental Breakfast, Mingling & Late Registration
9:30 am - 4:30 pm The Workshop
12:30 pm *One Hour (approximately) Lunch Provided

* Two primary goals are achieved by the supplied breakfast and lunch. Working, eating, and engaging in informal and unstructured time together enhances group development and the potent group healing factor, cohesion. Experiencing and understanding the group’s sociometry is thereby supported and facilitated. A second reason is economical; providing meals is less expensive for participants. Given the common expectation that meals are not part of the training credit is not granted for these activities despite their value as part of the training.

The Summer Intensive Residential Schedule...
(Location to be announced, will be in the Salt Lake area)
July 18-21


July 18, Thursday, 7 – 9 PM -- warming up;
July 19, Friday, 9 AM to noon -- psychodrama experiential open sessions and processing,
2 PM to 5 PM -- psychodrama experiential open sessions and processing,
7 PM to 9 PM -- basic training exercises and didactic lecture and discussion;
July 20, Saturday, June 15, 9 AM to noon -- psychodrama experiential open sessions and processing,
2 PM to 5 PM -- psychodrama experiential open sessions and processing,
7 PM to 9 PM -- basic training exercises and didactic lecture and discussion;
July 21, Sunday, June 16, 9 AM to noon -- closing and goodbyes.


Fees

Saturdays -- $130.00 a session, $475.00 per semester (Spring or Fall), $920.00 for the year. Discounts of 5% for registration received 30 days or more in advance. $50.00 per session for students (letter documenting student status required from school official). Bring a friend: free for their first session. May 11 -- each family/couple, half-price. Enrollment for a year's series (Spring and Fall) is encouraged but sessions can be taken individually. Cancellation Policy: because of the small and limited group size, no refunds are available for cancellations or no-shows. Click here for a registration form.

Summer Intensive Residential -- To be determined.


Who Should Attend

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselors, Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, graduate students in any of the mental health professions, Attorneys, and others by permission.

Continuing Education Units

CEUs meet Utah DOPL/licensure requirements for Psychologists, Professional Counselors, and Substance Abuse Counselors. CEUs have been approved by the Utah Chapter of the NASW (Social Workers). Hours may be counted toward requirements for certification in Psychodrama and recertification for Certified Group Psychotherapists. A Saturday session is 6 training hours, a semester is 24 training hours and a year is 48 training hours. The Summer Intensive Residential is 21 hours.


Additional Details About this Training . . .

Previous training in psychodrama is not required. These sessions are for anyone from first time attendee to master trainer. They are designed to systematically and sequentially introduce one to the method but all sessions are designed to stand alone so that attendance at all sessions is not required.

Goals: Participants will develop personal and professional skills for understanding oneself and others as individuals and in relationship to others; confidence and facility in using role playing intervention in all of its many applications; and skills in group psychotherapy, psychodrama, and sociometry as directors and auxiliaries. All sessions will include at least one hour directly related to ethical issues. (All references cited are listed at the end of all the descriptions.)

Specific learning objectives (for each session and this workshop series as a whole) and citations for 2018:

Participants will be able to...

  1. Develop proficiency in carefully attending to the client’s actual process rather than asking the client to accommodate their process to a method (Cain, 2016; Norcross, 2011; Pramann, 2017);
  2. Identify and develop proficiency with psychodramatic and sociodramatic techniques, methods and interventions that can be readily applied in practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups (Blatner, 2009; Compernolle, 1981; Fowler, 1994, Garcia, 2010; Hollander & Craig, 2013, Kipper, 2003, 2005, Ragsdale, Cox, Finn, & Eisler, 1996);
  3. Describe and explain the use of the five instruments of psychodrama, stage, subject (protagonist), director, therapeutic aides (auxiliary egos), and audience (Hirschfeld & McVea, 1998, Kipper, 2003); enactors in sociodrama (Garcia, 2010), and the three phases of a psychodramatic session, the warm up, the action, and the sharing (Kipper, 2005), and the fourth training phase: the processing (Kellermann, 1992a).
  4. Assess the interpersonal connections between individuals and subgroups within a larger group for the purpose of improving interpersonal and group dynamics and use interventions to address them (applying and using sociometry) (Hale, 2009);
  5. Participate in different psychodramatic/sociodramatic sessions as audience/group member, auxiliary ego, protagonist, enactor, or director;
  6. Use psychodramatic and sociodramatic techniques proficiently and spontaneously in ways that are adequate, creative, and novel;
  7. Practice psychodramatic techniques in structured exercises in dyads, small groups, and the group as a whole as the participant is ready and able (Kellermann, 1992a);
  8. Design and plan interventions to effectively address relational trauma repair issues (Dayton); and
  9. Plan how to use psychodramatic methods and interventions in an ethical and professional manner in the participant's own setting or for an intended application (Kellermann, 1999).

Additional Summaries of and Learning Objectives for the particular training sessions in 2018:

2019 Series "Psychodrama & Sociometry: Skills and Applications” As a result of the series participants will co-create interventions that identify, address, and resolve unconscious relational dynamics that result in repetition compulsions and emotional black holes, and build resilience.

February 2 “Psychodrama & Sociometry Preparation” “It is important for therapists (counselors/attorneys) to do their own, personal healing so they can tolerate the experience of being around the deep healing that others do” (Dayton, 2014). This session will lay a safe foundation for intrapersonal and interpersonal work and demonstrate effectively addressing them.

March 2 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for Trauma” “Psychodrama is largely intrapersonal as it deals with the issues in the inner world of the client . . . Sociometry is largely interpersonal as it deals with the dynamics within the group . . .” (Dayton, 2014). This session will identify critical trauma issues and demonstrate how to address them.

April 13 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for Healing the Traumatized Inner Child” This session will demonstrate a structured warm up to access healing for the traumatized inner child.

May 11 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for Couples and Families” This session will focus, discuss, and demonstrate intervening with the family dynamics resulting in relational trauma. Each family/couple may attend at half-price.

June 13 – 16 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for All (Clinicians, Attorneys, etc.)” This residential intensive will provide the psychological space for participants to fully engage and focus on their personal work and to prepare to encounter the deep healing issues of others. Working, eating, and engaging in informal and unstructured time together enhances group development and cohesion. Insight into the group’s sociometry is thus made possible. A second reason for residential workshops is economical; the residential workshop is less expensive for traveling participants who require room and meals. Finally, this venue will familiarize participants with what it is like to experience psychodrama in a residential setting. John Nolte along with Rob Pramann will be trainers for this residential intensive.

August 17 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for Loss and Bereavement” TThis session will demonstrate a structured exercise warm up to access healing for loss and bereavement.

September 14 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for Individual Psychotherapy” This session will address considerations for and demonstrate the use of psychodrama and sociometry in individual psychotherapy.

October 12 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for Attachment Issues” This session will demonstrate a structured exercise warm up to access healing for attachment issues.

November 9 “Psychodrama & Sociometry for First Responders” This session will focus on applying relationship trauma repair to work with first responders.

References (peer-reviewed, published literature or professional presentations)

Blatner, A. (2009). The place of psychodramatic methods and concepts in conventional group and individual therapy. Group: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 33, 309-314.

Cain, D. J. (2016). Towards a research-based integration of optimal practices of humanistic psychotherapies. In D. J. Cain, K. Keenan, & S. Rubin (Eds.), Humanistic psychotherapies: Handbook of research and practice (pp. 485 – 535). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Compernolle, T. (1981). J. L. Moreno: an unrecognized pioneer of family therapy. Family Process, 20, 331-335.

Dayton, Tian. (2000a). The use of psychodrama in the treatment of trauma and addiction. In: P. F. Kellermann & M. K. Hudgins). Psychodrama with Trauma Survivors: acting out your pain. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Dayton, Tian. (2005). The use of psychodrama in dealing with grief and addiction-related loss and trauma. Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, & Sociometry, 58, 15-34.

Dayton, Tian. (2005). The Living Stage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Dayton, T. & Nicholas, M. (2009). Psychodrama in psychotherapy of adults who have been raised in addictive families (ACoAs) Group: The journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 33, (4), 329-346.

Dayton, T. (2012). Relationship trauma repair: an experiential, multisensory model for working with PTSD. Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, 60(2), 45-52.

Dayton, T. (2014). Emotional and Developmental Repair through Psychodrama: Floortime for Grown-Ups. Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, 62(1), 9-27. doi: 10.12926/0731-1273-62.1.9

Dayton, T. (2014). Relational trauma repair (RTR) therapist's guide (Revised Edition). New York: Innerlook.

Hale, A. E. (2009). Moreno’s sociometry: Exploring interpersonal connection. Group: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 33, 347-358.

Hirschfeld, B. & McVea, C. (1998). “A cast of thousands”: working with the five instruments of psychodrama in the therapeutic relationship. Australian & New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal, 7, 51-60. Retrieved from http://aanzpa.org/journal/

Hollander, C. E. (1969). A process for psychodrama training: The Hollander psychodrama curve. The International Journal for Action Methods: Psychodrama, Skill Training, and Role Playing, 54, 147-57.

Kellermann, P. F. (1992a). Processing in psychodrama. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 45, 63-73.

Kellermann, P. F. (1992b). The psychodramatist. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 45, 74-88.

Kellermann, P. F. (1999). Ethical concerns in psychodrama. The British Journal of Psychodrama & Sociometry, 14, 3-19.

Kipper, D. A. (2005). Introduction to the special issue on the treatment of couples and families with psychodrama and action methods: The case of generic psychodrama. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 58, 51-54.

Norcross, J. C. (Ed.), (2011). Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence-based responsiveness (2nd ed.).New York: Oxford University Press.

Pramann, R. (May, 2017). Psychodrama as a potent evidence-based group psychotherapy. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, “Navigating Waves of Change: Discovering and Celebrating our Hidden Treasures,” Clearwater, Florida.

About the Approach . . .

Psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy are methods developed by J. L. Moreno whose interests in the theater, existential philosophy, and psychiatry developed into this unique approach to the problems of humanity. He envisioned his approach as a way to change the whole of mankind, including the social order, but his ideas were accepted most readily by mental health professionals. Nevertheless, they continue to have wide interest and application. Moreno's approach forms a coherent system for understanding people as individuals, individuals in relationship, and a society as a whole. His methods are of interest to professionals from a wide variety of psychotherapeutic perspectives and lay persons without theoretical interests.

Most basically psychodrama is a mode of communication, one which is powerful and effective. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a motion picture reenactment of what happened? This method makes clear the limitations of a purely verbal approach. It engages individuals and groups on multiple levels through a combination of channels: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, intuitive, intellectual, emotional, relational, actional/behavioral, etc.

Psychodrama emphasizes spontaneity and creativity in the here and now and looks at events through the eyes of the person who experienced it. The director or leader of the group directs or works with the protagonist or group member whose issue is most in common with those of the rest of the group. The director uses auxiliaries, supporting cast/group members who assist in the enactment that helps the protagonist understand, explore, and resolve their concern and indirectly those of the group as well. "Every man the therapist of every other man; every group the therapist of every other group." Though psychodrama often initially appears to be magical it is a systematic method that can be learned.

The Psychodramatic approach enables the individual and group to explore events, concerns, or issues, both problematic and fulfilling, in the past, present, or future. The focus may include interpersonal events or intrapersonal ones such as dreams, hallucinations, or internal conflicts. It can function to provide education, support, insight, a test of reality or as a spur to creativity or personal growth. It can play an important role in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and relapse prevention. In a way unique from other approaches it addresses the importance of warming up to an issue or action, setting the scene, choosing roles, and being flexible and creative.

For articles & more information about the approach, including the Benefits, Limitations, and Potential Harm in Psychodrama, Empirical Psychodrama Research References, go to http://www.cccutah.org/articles.htm

About Training in Psychodrama . . .

Psychodrama and related methods are taught almost exclusively in an experiential format. They require highly complex skills, recognizing the variety of ways protagonists can be helped in the telling of their story. The method makes use of group dynamics and what is happening in the here and now; it is taught accordingly.

The training is non-linear, that is the same session can serve as an introduction to the novice and a completion for the student pursuing the lengthy certification process. Experienced trainees help the newer ones learn the method and in turn learn through teaching.

Workshops consist of a series of psychodramas in which the participants experience the roles of protagonist, auxiliary ego, director, and observing group member as they are ready. Each session is reviewed ("processed") to identify and discuss technical elements. Training exercises may be used to prepare participants for the different roles.

Workshops may address issues such as basic skills development, strategies of directing, catharsis, rage, guilt, fear, death, God, or intra-group issues to name a few. Ultimately the activities in any workshop will depend on the desires and needs of the group. The training is open to persons with both personal and professional interests in learning the method.

Rob conducts weekly psychodrama sessions which may be available for trainee observation and participation with permission and provides consultation/supervision for trainees seeking it as part of their development of skills in their workplace or pursuit of certification.


About the Directors . . .

Rob Pramann, PhD, ABPP, TEP is the Director of Christian Counseling Centers of Utah's Training in Psychodrama. He was Board Certified as a “Certified Practitioner” in 1997, and a “Trainer, Educator and Practitioner” in 2001 by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and in “Group Psychology” in 2015 by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Rob has trained with a number of recognized trainers in psychodrama, first generation students of J. L. Moreno (1889 - 1974), the originator of the method. He is a graduate of the Psychodrama Institute of New Haven, where he studied under Eugene Eliasoph, ACSW, TEP, to complete his training for certification as a Practitioner of Psychodrama (CP). Following that he trained under John Nolte, Ph., TEP, to complete requirements for certification as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) of Psychodrama. He was appointed as an Executive Editor to the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy in March of 2010 and was awarded "fellow" status by the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama in April, 2010. He has actively pursued training since 1988 because of what the approach has given him both personally and professionally and he has functioned in a number of informal and formal training roles. He is currently contracted to provide psychodrama group psychotherapy for a Drug and Alcohol program, Journey Healing Centers (residential).

Rob's practice of Psychodrama is varied and extensive. It includes presentations at local, national, and international conferences, providing supervision and training in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy to a variety of lay and professional groups, as well as applying it to his ongoing work with groups, families, couples, and individuals. He has directed outpatient groups and inpatient drug and alcohol groups. Also, he has applied the approach for the purposes of staff team building and supervision, resolving intra-organizational conflict, in the context of spiritual retreats and small groups for spiritual development and the exploration of Bible narratives (“Bibliodrama"), and with attorneys and their clients for the purpose of trial preparation. In addition he has engaged in the related community building adaptation of psychodrama with Salt City Playback Theatre Company. Finally he has taught the method in graduate and undergraduate classes. His training experience with the approach includes work with high school and junior high school students, intellectually challenged persons, psychiatric inpatients, psychiatric day treatment patients, chronic psychiatric outpatients, sex offender outpatients, and autistic outpatients.

Rob is also available to conduct private sessions for individuals, families, couples, work groups, organizations, churches, etc. for purposes of conflict resolution, personal or professional development and training, addressing individual or group problems and issues, or as an introduction to or demonstration of the method. He may be contacted at (801) 268-1564 x3.

John Nolte, PhD, TEP (Summer Intensive Residential only) is a psychologist and a distinguished figure in the psychodrama community. He has been a trainer over 40 years, was trained by JL Moreno, the originator psychodrama and other action methods, and his wife, Zerka Moreno. He is recognized as a senior and respected practitioner of Morenean methods as well as a seasoned trainer. In addition to numerous presentations at professional conferences as well as publish articles in professional journals and authorship of several books, John has conducted psychodrama training programs in all parts of the United States as well as in Western Europe and was a keynote speaker and presenter for the Australian New Zealand psychodrama Association conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he also conducted training workshops. His career has included appointments to the state departments of mental health of both Missouri and Illinois, psychiatric staff positions in private hospitals, and substance abuse and chronic pain rehabilitation programs. He was a charter member of the faculty of Sagamon State University and establish the Midwest Center for psychodrama and sociometry which has been renamed the National Psychodrama Training Center with the expansion of workshops into the both Eastern and Western states. He has interest in the application of psychodramatic and sociodramatic methods in nonclinical settings. In 1994, through the agency of the Trial Lawyers College, he adapted the use of psychodramatic techniques and method to trial preparation and courtroom presentation, thus introducing trial lawyers to psychodrama and vice versa. Many trial lawyers now attend the scheduled workshops of the National Psychodrama Training Center. John will be added as the lead trainer for the summer residential intensive.

Directions . . .

Ayres Law firm, 12339 South 800 East, is 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport just off I-15. The area is easy to navigate. All streets and addresses are coordinated in terms of how far east, west, north, and south they are from the LDS Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. There are several shuttle companies that service the airport and nearby accommodations for those who may need to stay overnight.


525 East 4500 South, Suite 125, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107-2995
801-268-1564 x13

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