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Friday Evening Lecture Series: Integrating Role Play and Action Methods Into your Work, Sylvia Israel, LMFT

  • Fri, September 16, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, Ca 94925



September 16, 2016


Sylvia Israel, LMFT

Incorporating experiential methods drawn from Psychodrama into individual or group psychotherapy can enliven and inspire both client and therapist. After a brief talk on the history and theory of Psychodrama, we will move into experiential sociometric warm-ups that can be adapted to your work. We will then practice how to safely help clients access resources (interpersonal, intra-psychic and spiritual) through the embodiment of a role. The session will include a short Psychodrama.

What is Psychodrama? Psychodrama is a holistic experiential method of exploring a person’s internal and external worlds. The goal of psychodrama is to release the creativity and spontaneity of each individual, allowing them to clarify and gain new perspectives in relationships and problems. As clients move from “talking about” into action, opportunities arise to develop inner resources, heal the past, clarify the present and have hopes and dreams for the future.

Psychodrama is used all over the world in clinics, substance abuse and trauma recovery programs, hospitals, schools, legal offices, community agencies, police departments and industry.  It can be used with groups, individuals and couples and provides a creative approach to human growth.

Objectives: After the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Apply two or more psychodramatic methods to your work
  • Describe three categories of strength-based roles
  • Explain the importance of warm-up when using role-play
  • Discuss why playing supportive roles is prescriptive for trauma healing

Sylvia Israel, LMFT (MFC# 31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, teaches at CA Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Kansas State University. Sylvia is cofounder of Bay Area Moreno Institute, IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing and Bay Area Playback Theatre.  She is also a Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model of working with trauma and a national (including Spirit Rock Meditation Center) and international presenter. Sylvia enjoys supporting clients in awakening to their spontaneity and creativity and living more fully in the present moment. Her work blends verbal and somatic therapy with drama, sandtray and other expressive arts. Sylvia maintains a private practice in Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples, families and groups. For more information, see and

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the Workshop and to Psychodrama
    • Overview of workshop and confidentiality
    • History of Psychodrama: Zerka & JL Moreno, creators of the method       
    • Role Theory and Role Embodiment   
  • Warm-up to the group and to moving into action: Sociometric exercises with brain storming 
  • Role-play demonstration and practice
  • Psychodrama vignette - extension of the role-play
  • Final Q & A and Closure 

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chairs, Suzanne Richardson and Scott Nelson

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need. All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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