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Cultural Competency & Diversity and Ethics in Action – 03-16-19 – TBA Location @ Family Strategies
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

3 hours Cultural Competency & Diversity + 3 hours Ethics = 6 hours of fun reviewing the general concepts you learned to earn your license to practice mental health in the State of Arizona and staying abreast of new developments since your last renewal.
Please note that this a one-day workshop that is also being offered on other days in other locations. You only need to register for one each licensure renewal period.

One Hour Break for Lunch on your own. You can bring a lunch to eat in the staff kitchen or go to a nearby restaurant. Please research your options before you arrive so we can start the afternoon promptly.


API is approved by NAADAC to offer CE’s. Provider #152131.

Workshop Goals
1. Satisfy requirements for continuing education in cultural Competence & diversity and ethics for mental health professionals practicing in Arizona.
2. Build and strengthen professional relationships among attendees and trainers.
3. Facilitate personal and professional growth of attendees and trainers using psychodramatic and sociometric concepts and methods.
4. Provide a range of experiences, including fun, in a safe setting.

Upon Completion of this Workshop, Participants will be able to:
1. Define cultural competence.
2. View behavior within a cultural context.
3. Use cultural knowledge to practice cultural skills.
4. Name and define general ethical principles.
5. Develop action plans for common ethical dilemmas.

In an effort to share this workshop with others, we’d like to video tape for marketing purposes and in an effort to share the results of this workshop with others, we may like to write up some aspect of it for a professional publication. Therefore, we offer the following for your consideration…

Registration for this workshop constitutes your consent to be videotaped. Participation in this workshop additionally constitutes your consent to participate in sociometric research that may eventually be reported in a professional journal, without your personally identifying information.

We hope you’ll still choose to join us!

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

Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, is an adjunct faculty member of the Arizona Psychodrama Institute and a leading expert in childhood sexual abuse treatment. As a sought after speaker and consultant, Adena has presented to and trained hundreds of mental health and allied professionals across the globe on sexual abuse and its relation to substance/process addictions, dissociation and eating disorders.

Here’s what participants have said about Cultural Competency & Diversity and Ethics in Action (2015)

“The best workshop EVER on Cultural Competency & Ethics” – Carolyn Newsome, MA, LPC, LMFT, Phoenix

“This was one of the best workshops I have ever attended because the learning process was very interactive relevant to the people in this particular group” – Yasaman Parsi, LAC

“Great way to present ethics & cultural diversity – more interesting & fun than any other class I’ve ever taken” – Roberta J. Zatkowsky, LAC, MSC, MS

Annual Psychodrama Intensive @ Deb Gion's Office in Dobson Professional Plaza
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day

Thursday, June 4, from 5:30-8:30pm (3 hours)
Friday, June 5, from 9a-5p (8 hours)
Saturday, June 6, from 10a-6p (8 hours)
Sunday, June 7, from 8-9:30a & 10:30-3p (6 hours)

We will eat lunch together, paying separately, on Friday and Saturday at nearby restaurants. Check menus in advance to be sure your nutritional needs will be met and bring anything extra along you might need. (Note: Each participant will pay for his or her own lunches.)

Snacks will be provided on Thursday & Sunday, including mixed nuts, dried and fresh fruit, veggies & dip, and cheese & crackers (regular and gluten-free). Bring anything else you need.

Learning Objectives – Participants will:
1. Experience seasoned psychodrama directors.
2. Observe & Discuss live psychodrama key director choice points.
3. Recognize and Report elements of the psychodramatic spiral for finished psychodramas.
4. Describe a finished psychodrama, as a conserve, using the Canon of Creativity model.
5. Practice demonstrated elements with assistance and supervision.

Instructors will direct a number of short and complete psychodramas, offering the opportunity to do personal work to a number of the participants. The opportunity exists for a number of other participants to do longer, complete psychodramas, potentially directed by advanced students with assistance from instructors.

Every effort will be made to allow those who want to do personal work to have an opportunity to be a protagonist in at least some short experiences. We are not able to guarantee that each participant will get to be a protagonist in a full psychodrama nor that each interested director will get to direct a full psychodrama, although every effort will be made to best meet the needs of the participants.

Twenty Five hours of psychodrama training will be provided.

1. A Completed Master’s in any field
2. 16 Hours of Psychodrama Training
3. Actively Enrolled in a Master’s Program in a Behavioral Health field


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 the 2013 recipient of the ASGPP’s Zerka T. Moreno Award.

Debra Wingo Gion, LPC, CP, CGP is a co-founder of the Arizona Psychodrama Institute. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has been a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama for over 25 years and is a Practitioner Applicant for Trainer in psychodrama. She is also a nationally Certified Group Practitioner through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She has worked in private practice settings, residential treatment centers and has worked in Canada with First Nations people as well as with the Gila River RBHA clients. She has been doing Trauma Recovery Work for 25 years, both individually and in groups. Debra incorporates her creativity, humor and calm, grounded manner in her work with clients and colleagues.

Suggested Reading: Acting-In by Adam Blatner, pages 1-95

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. API adheres to multiple codes of ethics and seeks to reduce your risks.

I understand that it is API’s intent to provide high-quality, interactive training based on the most current information available, revising workshop content at least yearly. It is, however, up to each attendee to independently evaluate the accuracy and utility of the presented materials. The proposed content of each API course is limited to the stated Learning Objectives.

I have also been informed that the workshop will be videotaped for training purposes. My identity will be held confidential and the video will only be viewed by trainers of facilitators or by fellow workshop attendees, with an API trainer. My registration for this workshop constitutes consent to be videotaped. My participation in this workshop additionally constitutes permission to participate in research that may eventually be reported in a professional journal, without my personally identifying information.

Minimum of 5 registrants by 5/19/20 needed to hold the workshop. Prompt and generous refunds given to any who register for a workshop that fails to meet minimum registration.

Here’s what people said about Beginning Director’s Psychodrama Intensive (June, 2013)

“The workshops are well thought out and the modeling by the instructors is terrific. The instructors were honest, open and wonderfully real. Training is hands on and help is always nearby when needed. Mistakes are considered and treated as learning opportunities. Marlo and Debbie were ‘in the moment’ and highly respectful of the trainees while they directed and did their own work. I loved it and give it my highest recommendation!” – Alan A., Phoenix.

“When working with AZ Psychodrama Institute, I leave with a sense that I experienced everything i could hope for. I have to believe that the method originator (Moreno) is very well represented by the heroic psychodramatists at API. There is a very strong heart & depth of knowledge within their trainers and training systems.” – Nick, MA Professional / Addiction Counseling

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