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CCCU TRAINING IN
PSYCHODRAMA, SOCIOMETRY, AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

Rob Pramann, PhD, ABPP, TEP, CGP

Rob is pleased to announce the training schedule for 2017. 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 2017
Psychodrama: Group Therapy in Action!

Feb. 4 Directing Psychodrama as a Potent Experiential Evidence-Based Group Psychotherapy
Mar. 11 Bibliodrama & Creating a Sacred Safe Place
Apr. 8 Got Group Resistance? Try Psychodrama!
May 13 Psychodrama & Trauma: Safety, Assessment, & Intervention

Fall 2017
Psychodrama: Group Therapy in Action!

Aug. 19 Psychodrama & Creativity: Introduction & Ready-To-Use Applications
Sept. 9 Psychodrama Addressing the Trauma and Pain of Victims and Perpetrators
Oct. 14 United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Reconciling Groups and Nations
Nov. 11 Hypnodrama and Psychodrama

The Saturday Schedule...
(Meet at Journey Healing Centers, 7135 S Highland Drive, Cottonwood Heights, Utah)


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.


Fees

$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. 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.


Who Should Attend

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

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 session is 6 training hours, a semester is 24 training hours and a year is 48 training 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 gain confidence and facility in using role playing intervention in all its many applications, develop skills in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, and increase personal and professional awareness, development, and growth. 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 2016: Participants will be able to...

  1. 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);
  2. 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).
  3. 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);
  4. Participate in different psychodramatic/sociodramatic sessions as audience/group member, auxiliary ego, protagonist, enactor, or director;
  5. Use psychodramatic and sociodramatic techniques proficiently and spontaneously in ways that are adequate, creative, and novel;
  6. 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); and
  7. 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 2016:

February 4, 2017: Directing Psychodrama as a Potent Experiential Evidence-Based Group Psychotherapy This session will highlight and demonstrate how psychodrama can be directed such that it is both potent and evidence-based.

March 11, 2017: Bibliodrama & Creating a Sacred Safe Place Using psychodrama to explore a sacred text can be a powerful intervention. Bring your favorite sacred text, not necessarily the Bible.

April 8, 2017: Got Group Resistance? Try Psychodrama! Resistance can be explored, understood, and resolved using psychodramatic methods. Find out how. Come even if you don't want to!

May 13, 2017: Psychodrama & Trauma: Safety, Assessment, & Intervention These important steps in effectively addressing trauma will be demonstrated respectively through safe place, trauma door, and healing of memories interventions. Come for what you are ready for.

August 19, 2017: Psychodrama & Creativity: Introduction & Ready-To-Use Applications Moreno was struck by the creativity of children and this intrigue colored the approach he developed. Come, participate in this didactic/experiential session to the degree you are comfortable.

September 9, 2017: Psychodrama Addressing the Trauma and Pain of Victims and Perpetrators Many PTSD symptoms“… are unconscious, non-verbal, right-brained experiences that cannot in fact be accessed through talk therapy” (Kellerman & Hudgins, 2000, p.12). Psychodrama can be used “as a powerful method of restraint and reintegration” as well as “expression and catharsis.” See how!.

October 14, 2017: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Reconciling Groups and Nations Negative campaigning wins elections but divides communities and families. Can we agree to disagree? Are we called to something higher? Come and find out!

November 11, 2017: Hypnodrama and Psychodrama Psychodrama can as a prelude to hypnosis, be intentionally induced as in the imaginary fantasy technique, or purposely be wedded to psychodrama in hypnodrama, resulting in deeper work, deeper emotional involvement, and profound spontaneity states. Come for this a rare learning opportunity.

References (peer-reviewed, published literatureor professional presentation)

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.

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

Condon, L. (April, 2015) Enlivening your group with bibliodramatic action. Didactic and experiential session presented at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama 73rd Annual Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference, “Psychodrama: Many Faces, Many Places” Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, California.

Condon, L. (2007). Bibliodrama: Exploring the written word through action. In A. Blatner, (with D. J. Weiner),(Ed.) Interactive and improvisational drama: Varieties of applied theater and performance (pp. 13 – 22). New York: iUniverse.

Dandes, H. & McMunn, S. (April 2011). Hypnodrama: Bridging Two Modalities. Didactic and experiential session presented at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama 69th Annual Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference, “Bridging the Gulf Between Hope and Reality: Putting Our Ideals into Action,” Clearwater Hilton Hotel, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Fowler, R. (1994). Dr J. L. Moreno - Marriage Therapist. Australian & New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal, 3, 55-65. Retrieved from http://aanzpa.org/journal/

Garcia, A (2010). Healing with action methods on the world stage. In Eva Leveton (Ed), Healing
collective trauma using sociodrama and drama therapy
(pp. 3-24). New York: Springer.

Garzon, F. L. & Burkett, l. (2002). Healing of Memories: Models, Research, Future Direction. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 21, 42-49.

Garzon, Fernando L.; Worthington, Jr., Everett L.; Tan, Siang-Yang; and Worthington, R. Kirby, (2009). Lay Christian Counseling and Client Expectations for Integration in Therapy, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 28, 113-120.

Greenberg, I. A. (Ed.). (1997). Group Hypnotherapy and Hypnodrama. Chicago: Nelson–Hall.

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/

Kellerman, P.F. & Hudgins, M. K. (2000). Introduction. In P. F. Kellerman, & M. K. Hudgins (Eds.), Psychodrama with trauma survivors: Acting out your pain. (pp. 11-19). Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley.

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.

Mallott, T. (April, 2014). Bibliodrama: Stories from the inside out. Didactic and experiential session presented at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama 72nd Annual Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference, “Revolutionizing Group Process Through Psychodrama and Sociometry,” Sonesta hotel Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Moreno, J. L. (1953). Who shall survive? Foundations of sociometry, group psychotherapy and psychodrama. Beacon, NY: Beacon house.

Nolte, J. (2014). The Philosophy, Theory, and Methods of J. L. Moreno: The Man Who Tried to Become God. York: Routledge.

Pramann, R. (2007, January). Psychodrama & creativity: Introduction & demonstration. Didactic and demonstration session presented at the Idaho Counselor Association Annual Conference, “Developing our Creativity as Counselors -- Put Your Signature on the World,” Red Lion Hotel, Pocatello, Idaho.

Pramann, R. (2007, January). Psychodrama & creativity: Applications ready-to-use. Didactic and demonstration session presented at the Idaho Counselor Association Annual Conference, “Developing our Creativity as Counselors -- Put Your Signature on the World,” Red Lion Hotel, Pocatello, Idaho.

Pramann, Jr., R.F. (2006, September). Psychodramatic approaches to treatment of resistant clients. Didactic and demonstration presented at the Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council 12th Annual Treatment Providers’ Conference, University Park Marriott, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pramann, Jr., R.F. (2005, September). Using psychodrama to address the trauma and pain of victims and perpetrators (Part I and II). Didactic and demonstration presented at the Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council 11th Annual Treatment Providers’ Conference, Park City Marriott, Park City, Utah.

Remer, P & Rory, R. (2011, April). Trauma door: Working with trauma survivors. Didactic and experiential session presented at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama 69th Annual Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference, “Bridging the Gulf Between Hope and Reality: Putting Our Ideals into Action,” Clearwater Hilton Hotel, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Remer, P & Rory, R. (2011, April). Safe place: A required technique. Didactic and experiential session presented at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama 69th Annual Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference, “Bridging the Gulf Between Hope and Reality: Putting Our Ideals into Action,” Clearwater Hilton Hotel, Clearwater Beach, 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 Director . . .

Rob Pramann, PhD, ABPP, TEP, CGP is the Director of Christian Counseling Centers of Utah's Training in Psychodrama. He is a licensed psychologist and was certified as a “Certified Group Psychotherapist” in 1996 by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, and in “Clinical Hypnosis” in 2001 and as an “Approved Consultant” in 2010 by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 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 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 through the e-mail address at the top left of this page.

Directions . . .

Journey Healing Centers, 7135 S Highland Drive, Cottonwood Heights, is 20 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport just off I-215. 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 Mormon 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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