Michigan's only action method training center for Moreno's theories of spontaneity, sociometry and group psychotherapy.

Founded in 2015 by Dr. Elizabeth A. Corby, and Patrick T. Barone, the Michigan Psychodrama Center (MPC) is Michigan’s only training center in the methods of Psychodrama, Sociometry, Sociodrama, Bibliodrama, Organizational and Group Dynamics. Totally unique in Michigan, the MPC provides business consulting, addiction support groups and training for those wishing to become certified practitioners in psychodrama. The MPC also provides workshops related to the application of psychodrama and sociodrama to the practice of law, particularly as that relates to courtroom litigation.

Who We Are

Dr. Elizabeth A. Corby is a clinical psychologist with an active private therapy practice in Birmingham and Royal Oak Michigan.  In addition to her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Corby also earned post docs in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.  She is currently a PAT (Practioner Applicant for Trainer) with the American Board of Psychodrama Examiners.

Patrick T.Barone is a trial lawyer and Board Certified Practitioner Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.  Mr. Barone is the CEO and founding partner of the Barone Defense Firm, with offices in Birmingham and Grand Rapids Michigan.

What We Do

Accordingly, the MPC provides workshops and professional training for therapists, lawyers, pastors, CEOs and other business leaders, as well as others wishing to learn the methods of psychodrama for professional or personal growth.

The MPC also provides various kinds of workshops and consulting for businesses of all sizes, Bibliodrama (based on Old and New Testament stories) for individuals, churches and church groups, and with Dr. Corby’s 25+ years of clinical therapy experience, individual and group therapy.

Relative to business consulting, psychodrama is particularly well suited to assisting groups and work teams in maximizing their creativity and productivity in achieving their goals.

Here are a Few Brief Descriptions

Psychodrama

Reenactment of a personal scene from a person’s life, one that took place in the past, is taking place in the present or that could take place in the future.  The goal is either to obtain greater insight into yourself and/or to have an emotional reaction to the event (catharsis).

Sociodrama

The enactment or reenactment of a scene related to a group issue rather than a personal issue. Sociodrama is particularly well suited to workplace learning.  Sociodrama has the potential to transform how employees relate to one-another and has the potential to transform the way business find, interview, hire and train new employees.  And, because sociometry is all about improving group functioning, sociodrama can also transform how meetings are conducted. Sociodrama is also an excellent way to identify and eliminate team and/or group dysfunctions. Sociodrama has also been used to train professionals, including law enforcement, and is an excellent way to employ workplace learning. Sociodrama is also a great method to explore societal issues, such as assisted suicide or police abuses.

Biobliodrama

An exploration of the gaps and ambiguities inherent in any written story. The story can be from any book, such as the Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or To Kill a Mockingbird. It can also be an exploration of the gaps and ambiguities in the “white fire” of the Old and New Testaments.  These explorations can take the form of the dramatic, but rarely take place in the form of reenactment. Instead, participants are looking at the things the author/narrator left out of the text.  In this way participants often struck at how easily the can become more fully immersed in the stories being explored, and to see themselves as a part of the story.