Basics of Psychodrama Jan. 18, 2020: Five Basic Elements of Psychodrama

January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Deb Gion's Office-Dobson Professional Plaza
3200 N Dobson Rd #103
Chandler, AZ 85224
$99 for professionals, $45 for students
Marlo Archer

This Beginners’ Workshop will introduce participants to action methods they can use with clients. Concepts and Structures to be demonstrated will focus on the five basic elements of psychodrama.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6.25 hours.

There will be a 75-minute break for lunch. Attendees are encouraged to pack a bag lunch or think about lunch plans before arriving to enable the prompt start of the afternoon session.

Suggested Readings:
Blatner, Adam. (1996). Acting-in: Practical applications of psychodramatic methods, 3rd Ed. New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.

Dayton, Tian. (2005). The living stage. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.

Workshop Goals
1. Build and strengthen professional relationships among attendees and trainers.
2. Facilitate personal and professional growth of attendees and trainers using psychodramatic and sociometric concepts and methods.
3. Provide a range of experiences, including fun, in a safe setting.

Upon Completion of this Workshop, Participants will be able to:
1. name and define the 5 basic 5 elements of psychodrama (director, auxiliaries, audience, stage; protagonist).
2. recognize the 3 parts of a psychodrama session (warm-up, action, and integration).


Grayce L. Gusmano, CP, PAT is a Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Psychodramatist who has unique work experience seeing clients privately as well as working with a team of colleagues to provide intensive outpatient services to clients from all over the country. Her vision in working with API is to provide therapists and individuals interested in experiential methods opportunities to learn about themselves and those they work with, in action.

Dr. Marlo Archer, CP, TEP, is a co-founder of the Arizona Psychodrama Institute, a licensed psychologist, a Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) in psychodrama, a Fellow of the ASGPP and their 2013 recipient of the Zerka T. Moreno Award.

Registration for this workshop constitutes the following Informed Consent: I understand that this workshop is intended only as training, not as therapy. I am aware that psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy are powerful methods that must be used carefully. I understand that this is an experiential workshop, that is, I will be allowed and encouraged to participate actively. I understand that as a result of my participation, therapeutic issues for further exploration may be revealed and that it is my responsibility to seek professional services for therapy, if such a need should arise. Workshop leaders are available to make referrals to professionals in my area. I have also been informed that the workshop may be videotaped for the purpose of improving the workshop leader’s skills. My identity will be held confidential and the video will only be viewed by the workshop leader(s) and their trainers. My registration for this workshop constitutes consent to be videotaped. My participation in this workshop additionally constitutes permission to participate in sociometric research that may eventually be reported in a professional journal, without my personally identifying information.

Here’s what people have said about Basics of Psychodrama

“It was a great first look at the basics of psychodrama. I’m glad that I came. It left me hungry for more. Can’t wait for the next class.” – Libby Nelson, CPCC, ACC, Phoenix (March, 2015)

“Fantastic experience. Only thing that would have made it better is more time to continue the amazing work” – Lanie Smith, MPS, ATR (March, 2015)

“Every API workshop I have attended has increased my knowledge and skills and I am able to powerfully apply it in practice. The trainers energize and create an incredible passion in the art of helping. – Becki Encinas (November, 2014)

“Fun & active way to learn about psychodrama from knowledgeable, experienced trainers” – James Pennington (November, 2014)

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