2021 Summer Intensive

Join us at the Michigan Psychodrama Center for our 2021 Summer Intensive entitled:

Cultivating Self-Compassion, Self Awareness, Discipline and Resilience Through Inner Child Work

Workshop Description

The focus of this intensive will be to develop the essential adult self-care roles of healthy soothing, affirming, protecting and encouraging. Work on releasing trapped emotions of fear, anger and sadness, as needed, will be fully supported by highly trained trauma-informed clinicians.

Who Will Benefit From this Workshop?

Do you often feel like an adult yearning to reconnect with your fun-loving or carefree spirit, long-buried or perhaps never fully developed? Maybe you’ve even done some personal work, but don’t feel steady with your adult roles of care-taking the parts within you that need nurturing, structure and balance? Perhaps there is an emptiness within as you did not have caretakers who modeled self-care and effective coping with life’s challenges? Inner child work helps to address these concerns.

What is Inner Child Work?

Unmet needs from our childhoods often leave us unskilled at how to be our own best friend and best selves. Some of the symptoms of our need for deeper inner child work are as follows:

  • you feel chronically tired; you sometimes feel disconnected from the self,
  • you experience periods of joylessness and/or distraction,
  • you sometimes experience feeling chronic feelings of shame, sadness, fear, numbness,
  • you lack of grounding or struggle to feel alive and connected; have feelings of emptiness from the outside,
  • you engage in people-pleasing,
  • you ignore or do not knowing your own needs or;
  • you are addicted to unhealthy people, places or things, substances or habits.

For those who participated with us during inner child workshops previously, the current workshop will add to and deepen and support the work previously begun. For those who are new to inner child work, the workshop will meet you where you wish to start, hopefully sparking the enchantment of reconnecting with your old or emerging self.


221 North Bailey St., Cheboygan, Michigan 49721

Historic St. Charles Church

Many exciting recreational and restful opportunities are available in this peaceful, pristine natural area before, during and after the workshop such as sunning, hammocking, meditating/yoga, 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 will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Corby, and Patrick Barone.

Dates and Times:

  • June 24, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • June 25, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 26, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 27, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 28, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

This workshop will begin Thursday evening, June 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm and will finish Monday June 28 at 12:00 noon.

Methods Utilized

We will work as a safe community developing connections and utilizing the unique work of Dr. J. L. Moreno’s Psychodrama, Sociometry and experiential group psychotherapy. Other scientifically-supported neurobiological methods for healing and strengthening an authentic attachment to ourselves will also be utilized.

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.

Personal work time will be balanced with rest and relaxation in the outdoor wonderland in and around beautiful Cheboygan, in northern Michigan.

Psychodrama Training Hours Available

30 hours of training credit will be obtainable towards certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy through attendance at this workshop. Students in psychodrama 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

The workshop tuition includes snacks and beverages every day and lunches on full workshop days.


Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis. There are also many lodging options in the surrounding area to suit any budget. A lodging list will be provided for attendees.

Important: Lodging for late June fills quickly as this is a highly desirable resort area.

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.

If you’d like to plant and grow self-compassion and learn to begin to set healthy, loving boundaries with yourself and others, join us for this intensive psychodrama/experiential retreat designed to uncover, identify, and shed barriers that block access to the naturally healthy, creative and confident inner child who resides within all of us.

COVID-19 statement:

This workshop will meet in person, as we were successfully able to in summer, 2020. We are committed to keeping the attendance of this workshop limited and adopting any necessary safety protocols during the workshop such as temperature checks, and utilizing sanitizing methods of important areas while practicing social distancing. The church where the workshop will be held is very large and open which assists in offering plenty of open space. The Covid-19 situation and vaccination levels may change, and we are committed to adopting additional or fewer precautions as necessary.

Please direct any questions about this workshop to the Michigan Psychodrama Center at info@michiganpsychodramacenter.com or (248) 702-5572.