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Chaff from the Grain @ Mountain View Presbyterian Church
Jan 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Put the chaff aside and identify the key words in the therapy office more easily using Psychodramatic Methods to help you focus on your client’s process and patterns easily and quickly.

Debra Suskin Gion, LPC, CP; API Co-Founder; has been a counselor in private practice, psychodramatist, and trainer for over 29 years. She brings her appreciation of both the 45 minute therapy session and the focused psychodrama methodology to her work. She is now in private practice in Maricopa, Arizona.


Feedback about one of Deb’s former workshops:
“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.

ASGPP Conference @ Hilton Clearwater Beach, Florida
May 4 – May 7 all-day

2017 Conference Co-Chairs Mary Ann Bodnar, Uneeda Brewer, Jodi DeSciscio, Susan Mullins and Julie Wells

WELCOME YOU TO THE ASGPP 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Conference, Navigating Waves of Change: Discovering and Celebrating our Hidden Treasures, held on the shores of beautiful Clearwater Beach. They invite you to come early, bring your family and enjoy a vacation before and after the conference! Clearwater is home to Winter, the famous dolphin from Dolphin Tale. Not too far away in Tampa is Busch Gardens, while St. Petersburg boasts the Dali Museum. And of course, there is the beach!

They plan to utilize the beautiful outdoor space for our president’s reception, the drumming circle and other activities. The Keynote and Plenary will both speak to the power of hidden treasures as we deepen our connection with one another and explore the importance of embracing our authentic selves.

While we are sad to have lost our beloved matriarch, Zerka Moreno, they have special events planned to honor her and celebrate her life.

CEs – ASGPP: National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, Counselors (NBCC); CEs for Psychologists (APA); Social Workers (ASWB); Addiction Professionals (NAADAC); California and Texas Board Approvals;
The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling The entire conference (Thursday – Sunday) offers up to 34 hours toward CEs.


Begins Thursday, May 4th 9.30a
Ends Sunday, May 7th at 7:00pm

Session #50 PRIVILEGE IN ACTION by API STUDENT – James Pennington, MA, PLMHP, LAC, Heartland Family Service

Dramatic Changes, Portland, OR; and API STUDENT Adam Petty, LAC, CET II, ASGPP

Session #26 – THE CHILD AS SUBSTITUTE SPOUSE: NAMING AND VALIDATING EMOTIONAL INCEST by API Adjunct Faculty Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, BCETS, CP, Private Training and Consulting

Session #48 – SMARTPHONES IN SESSIONS: TRANSFORM INTRUSION TO ENGAGEMENT API Co-Founders Marlo Archer, PhD, TEP, & Grayce L. Gusmano, MMFT, LPC, CP, Private Practice. Additionally, Grayce is also serving on the Executive Council overseeing the Conference.

Session #2 – All Day Workshop ENCOUNTER WITH THE DIVINE and
Session #38 How to Have a Good Goodbye, both by API Supporter and Co-Founders Trainer Rebecca Walters, MS, LMHC, TEP, Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute, & MD Anderson Cancer Center University of Texas

Session #44 – PSYCHODRAMA IN INDIVIDUAL THERAPY by Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP, Bay Area Moreno Institute; California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); and API Co-Founder Trainer Susan Powell, OTR, TEP, Centerwood Psychosocial Services and Psychodrama Training Institute

Session #21 – START WHERE YOU ARE – FIRST STEPS FOR ANY DIRECTOR by API Supporter and Consultant John Olesen, MA, TEP, Living Waters Institute, Bay Area Moreno Institute. At this conference John will also receive the Fellow Award.

Session #10 – Half Day Workshop MAKING MOVEMENT WHEN LIFE SEEMS STUCK by API Supporter Karen Carnabucci, MSS, LCSW, TEP, Private Practice, Author

Session #15 – MEDITATION TOOLS INTEGRATED WITH CLASSICAL PSYCHODRAMA: HEALING THE SPIRIT WITHIN by API Supporter, Saphira Linden, RDT/BCT, LCAT, TEP, Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy and Psychodrama Program, Private Practice, and Daniel Wiener, PhD, LMFT, RDT/BCT, Central Connecticut State University, Rehearsals for Growth, LLC

Session #20 – LEARNING TO LOVE FAILURE by API Supporter Carol Frank, LPCC, RN, PAT, Private Practice, Albuquerque NM, Living Waters Institute, Santa Fe, NM; Sue Shaffer, LPCC, LCMHC, CP, Adams Center for Mind and Body in Burlington, Vermont

Session #28 – THE JUDGE WITHIN by API Supporter Jeanne Burger, EdD, LMFT, TEP, Private Practice, Director, Tidewater Psychodrama Group

API Supporter Mary Anna Palmer, LICSW, LMFT, TEP, is also serving on the Executive Council overseeing the Conference.

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