Michigan Psychodrama Center Announces Their 2019 Workshop Schedule!

The Michigan Psychodrama Center is pleased to announce an exciting workshop schedule new for 2019.

Kicking off the 2019 season is our March workshop entitled “Unraveling Conflict Patterns in Relationships: The Karpman Drama Triangle in Action.”  Developed by Stephen Karpman in the 1960s, the model uses a triangle to map the connections between people in groups, particularly in groups where there are power conflicts.  The model applies broadly to many types of groups including families, other social groups and even in the workplace. Participants will learn to identify the three roles in the triangle, including the persecutor, the victim, and the rescuer; be able to see the triangle manifested in their own lives and learn how to modify behavior to resolve or eliminate the destructive patterns it produces.  Because the role of the rescuer is common in relationships involving co-dependence, people in families touched by addiction will quickly see the applicability of the Karman Drama Triangle to their life situation.

Next up is the late May workshop entitled “Living on Purpose – Finding Modern Meaning Experiencing Ancient Scriptures.”  With this ambitious workshop, the Michigan Psychodrama Center continues to sharpen our focus on the hybrid action method known as Bibliodrama. In this interfaith workshop, the Center will be joined by Guest facilitator Rabbi Sam Yollen, who first experienced Bibliodrama while a student at the Academy for Jewish Studies in Yonkers New York. Since this time, Rabbi Yollen has continued to train in Bibliodrama with Dr. Peter Pitzele and has also facilitated dozens of his own Bibliodrama’s. This innovative participatory storytelling workshop will utilize texts from both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and will afford participants the opportunity to be “transported back in time” and experience well known Bible stories as if they were happening right here, right now.  As the archetypal stories and characters are thereby embraced, participants will begin to more fully and meaningfully understand their place in the universal and infinite web of life that is presently unfolding before us.

Rounding out the year will be our workshop simply entitled “Acceptance and Letting Go.”  It’s never easy to say goodbye, whether it’s to a loved one who has passed away, a lost part of ourselves, or phase of life that we’ve passed through. Some of us purposefully avoid goodbyes and this failure to accomplish complete closure can result in the ghosts of our past continuing to haunt us as we are trying our best only to move forward. This workshop will afford participants the opportunity to use a variety of psychodrama-inspired action methods to bring closure thereby creating new opportunities to move forward in their lives in a more positive and unencumbered direction.

As a bonus, the founders of the Michigan Psychodrama Center will present a Bibliodrama workshop at the 77th annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama in Manchester New Hampshire, May 2 – 5, 2019. This three-hour workshop is entitled “Cosmic Forgiveness and Reconciliation.”  In this workshop, conference-goers will be introduced to and learn about a form of Bibliodrama that is heavily influenced by the interventions of Psychodrama.

At the Michigan Psychodrama Center, we are passionate about these workshops and about the power and potential of psychodrama. We hope that you will join us in 2019!

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Patrick T. Barone is a trial lawyer and co-founder of the Michigan Psychodrama Center. He is a Board Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is also a Practitioner Applicant for Trainer (PAT). Patrick has applied his psychodrama training in his practice and teaching of law and trial skills, sociodrama in the business environment and Bibliodrama and psychodrama in the faith setting. He is also the author of "Bringing the Scriptures to Life with Bibliodrama," (chapter in print). In his capacity as a business consultant, Mr. Barone has worked with business owners and executives in businesses of all sizes throughout Michigan. Additionally, Mr. Barone continues to practice law and is the founding partner and CEO at the Barone Defense Firm.

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