MPC to Present at National ASGPP Conference in Texas April 2018

Michigan Psychodrama Center co-founders Elizabeth Corby, Ph.D, CP, PAT and Patrick Barone, JD, CP, PAT are pleased to announce that they are scheduled to present two workshops at the annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.  The 2018 conference location is Dallas Texas, and the dates are April 19 – 22, 2018.

The first workshop, entitled the “Battle for Personal Justice: Encounter the Critic, the Ghost and the Advocate,” will take place April 19, 2018 from 1:30 – 5:00.  In this action and theory based workshop, participants will: 1) Learn how to identify negative belief systems that persist from childhood into adulthood, 2) Learn how to recognize negative thinking patterns that can create inward and outward injustices in our lives, and 3) Put scenes into action that concretize our negative thinking pattern then learn how to modify and replace them with new, healthier and more just paradigms. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Identify, track, and challenge maladaptive or unjust thoughts and thinking patterns in childhood or adulthood; 2. Demonstrate three techniques that integrate cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodramatic methods, then put them into action w/protagonist.  This is a half-day workshop is part of the ASGPP pre-conference training institute and there is an additional charge, above the normal registration fee, that must be paid with registration.

The second workshop, entitled “Cosmic Justice; the Return of the Prodigal Son,” will take place 3:30-6:30, on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The premise of the workshop is that we all want our fair share, even when others think it unjust. Using a familiar Bible story, workshop participants will step into the ancient world to co-create then personally experience cosmic justice. Participants will explore “midrash” and its “white and black fire” as the essence of Bibliodrama, and learn Bibliodrama interventions including, voicing, concretization, and group characterization. Participants may leave the workshop feeling a new sense of connectedness with the ancient text. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Recognize how exploring the universal truths contained in the Bible can serve as a compelling warm up to personal psychodramatic work; 2. Identify themselves as part of this biblical “world,” and feel themselves to be an element in its structure of universal history.

People interested in attending these workshops are invited to contact the ASGPP to register for the conference.

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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.  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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