2020 Psychodrama Workshops


The Michigan Psychodrama Center is excited to announce their 2020 season, including, for the first time ever, a summer intensive! We have also joined with the Dayton Psychodrama Institute to offer an excellent training and personal growth weekend.

Bibliodrama – Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Unexpectedly, March 2020 brought profound change for us all.  It may take months or perhaps years before we all are able to fully measure the impact the Covid-19 virus, our governments’ responses to it, and how this all will impact our lives. It is during times of profound change that many of begin to contemplate the great existential questions; why am I here, why is this happening, and what does it all mean?  Is this all part of a greater plan?  Or just a random series of unrelated events co-occurring in random and unpredictable universe?

In this 3-hour online Bibliodrama workshop we will explore these themes together and learn whether we can find comfort, if not answers, in the centuries’ old texts. Participants will step into the ancient world to co-create and perhaps even personally experience cosmic change. Bibliodrama’s “Midrash” and “white and black fire” will be explored as participants learn Bibliodrama interventions including, voicing, concretization, and group characterization. Participants may leave the workshop feeling a new sense of connectedness with one another and with the ancient text.

This workshop has two objectives for participants; (1) to recognize how exploring the universal truths contained in the Bible will help you more meaningfully embrace your new and ever changing world and; (2) to identify yourself as connected to this ancient  “world,” and feel yourself to be an element in its structure of universal history.

If you’ve never joined an online psychodrama, Bibliodrama or sociodrama workshop in the past, this will be your chance to see how effective and impactful these workshops can be.  Zoom online workshops are a great option in this age of social distancing while offering an excellent opportunity to meaningfully connect with others.

Bibliodrama is a kind of participatory storytelling informed by psychodrama. As a group process, Bibliodrama offers participants the opportunity to co-create a surplus reality populated by Biblical archetypes, and to do so in a way the mirrors one’s own internal processes. This surplus reality is a reification of the white fire of Midrash. The master metaphor of this form of participatory storytelling begins with the group leader a story facilitator. 

What happens in the Bibliodrama framework is the telling of a story together, as a group. The group begins their storytelling within a framework, which is the ancient scriptural text that’s been handed down. Because there is also a tremendous amount that has not been made explicit in these stories, the group will use the text only as a starting point and the facilitator will invite the group members to begin to think about and then to explore what’s between the lines of the text.  This “between space” is the white fire, and the exploration of this white fire is the essence of the process of co-creation, which in turn is the essence of this work.

The workshop will be presented live, on Zoom.  Registrants will receive a link shortly before the workshop begins allowing them entry into the workshop.

  • A Limited Number of Early Registrations Will be Offered at $69.00.  Early Registration Ends April 13, 2020.

3 training hours can be credited toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.


Summer Intensive

MPC’s Summer Psychodrama Intensive: Encountering, Releasing and Embracing the Inner Child

About this Event

I believe that this neglected, wounded, inner child of the past is the major source of human misery.

-John Bradshaw

Do you often feel tired, disconnected from yourself, sometimes joyless and/or distracted with or addicted to unhealthy people, places or things, substances or habits? Do you feel shame, misery, numbness, lack of grounding or struggle to feel alive and connected, the birthright of the child? Are you a people-pleaser who molds yourself to the needs of others, ignoring or not knowing yourself? Do you yearn for healthy, more intimate connections with others? Or do you wish sometimes you could find a way to quiet the busy world to unplug and connect with your deeper, often hidden or buried authentic self?

If so, join us for this intensive psychodrama/experiential retreat designed to uncover, identify, and shed barriers that block access to the naturally healthy, creative inner child who resides within all of us. We will work as a safe community developing connections and joining with fellow inner travelers, utilizing the unique work of Dr. J. L. Moreno’s Psychodrama, Sociometry and experiential group psychotherapy and other scientifically-supported neurobiological methods for healing and strengthening grounded and authentic attachment to ourselves. Personal work time will be balanced with rest and relaxation in the outdoor wonderland of beautiful Cheboygan, northern Michigan. Many exciting recreational and restful opportunities are available in this peaceful, pristine natural area before, during and after the workshop such as sunning, hammocking and meditating, as well as swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing in the local amazing 40-mile inland waterway that crosses the tip of the mitt in Michigan, connecting Lake Huron to the Cheboygan River, Mullett Lake, Indian River, Burt Lake, Crooked and Pickerel Lakes, close to Lake Michigan. Cycling, running and walking on the local famous northern Michigan rails to trails connecting much of northern Michigan is very close as is antiquing and shopping, and visiting the beautiful close quaint resort towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Indian River, Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, all within a half hour or less. Local farms offering organic farm to table products using sustainable practices abound in the area.

The workshop, lead by Dr. Elizabeth Corby, (PhD., TEP: Clinical psychologist, in practice for over three decades specializing in work with trauma and addiction and Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy) and Patrick Barone, (JD, PAT: Practitioner and Applicant for Trainer in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy) will take place over four nights and five days of time together. Over the course of the week we will utilize methods of psychodramatic enactment and new role development, group sharing, journaling, meditating and self-care embedded throughout the therapeutic work structure that promotes rest, recharge and integration, as well as independent personal free time.

This workshop will begin Thursday evening, June 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm and will finish Monday June 29 at 12:00 noon.

30 hours of training credit will be obtainable towards certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy through attendance at this workshop. Students in training who attend will be able to practice skills as an auxiliary and a director during this workshop and all participants will be able to do personal work as a protagonist.

Cost: $795 Early Registration / 850.00 Regular Registration

Hours: (schedule subject to change based on sociometric choices of group).

  • June 25, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • June 26, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 27, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 28, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 29, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The workshop tuition includes snacks every day and lunches on full workshop days. Reasonable lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis, while many varied options for lodging are available in the surrounding area. A lodging list will be provided for attendees.

Location:

Historic St. Charles Church

221 Bailey St.

Cheboygan, Michigan 49721

Cancellation/Refund Policy: We understand that life happens, and because life can be unpredictable, we will honor cancellation and refund requests as follows; 60 days prior to event all tuition will be refunded, less any fees paid to Eventbrite (we can’t refund those). 45 days prior to event 50% refund. For cancellations less than 30 days’ notice, no refund.

Please note that an additional 10% of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated by the Michigan Psychodrama Center and the Winning Back Lives Foundation to important and inspirational historic downtown Cheboygan renovation endeavors. Three important missions identified for this purpose include the Historic St. Charles Church, the Cheboygan Carnegie and the Cheboygan History Center.

Important: Lodging for late June fills quickly as this is a highly desirable resort area. Please direct any questions about this workshop to the Michigan Psychodrama Center at info@michiganpsychodramacenter.com or (248) 702-5572.

30 training hours can be credited toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.


Psychodrama Training/Personal Growth

Psychodrama Training – The Five Empty Chairs Method

About this Event

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the important building blocks of Dr. J.L. Moreno’s psychodrama using the “Five Empty Chairs” technique. Believed to have been originally developed by Donna Little, TEP of the Toronto Center for Psychodrama and Sociometry, this elegant teaching method starts with Moreno’s basic single empty chair encounter. The technique then builds successively as the participants learn how to incorporate new psychodrama techniques and interventions until participants reach the fifth chair, which incorporates a full panoply of psychodrama interventions including role reversal and use of the auxiliary, double and mirror techniques.

Workshop participants will learn the basic nuts and bolts of psychodrama while gaining a fuller understanding of the methods of sociometry and group building. Through this method, personal work is possible and can be modified to a level of intensity sought by the protagonist. Furthermore, participants will have plenty of opportunity to expand the roles of auxiliary and director and leave with a better understanding of how and when to use various psychodrama interventions when seeking to expand the therapeutic impact of their own individual and group work. Creative modifications of the method will be taught by the co-facilitators. This workshop is open to participants with any level of experience with psychodrama and those wishing to explore themselves through personal work pieces as the method involves the whole group in action. The weekend will especially be beneficial to psychotherapists and those in training for certification in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.

Cost: $375.00 Early Registration / $450 Regular Registration.

Hours: September 11, 2020 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 (dinner provided) / September 12, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop is being offered in conjunction with the Dayton Psychodrama Institute and will be held at:

Counseling Alliance

1251 Kemper Meadow Drive

Suite 100

Cincinnati, OH 45240

Cancellation/Refund Policy: We understand that life happens, and because life can be unpredictable, we will honor cancellation and refund requests as follows; 60 days prior to event all tuition will be refunded, less any fees paid to Eventbrite (we can’t refund those). 45 days prior to event 50% refund. For cancellations less than 14 days’ notice, no refund.

14 training hours can be credited toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.