2022 Summer Psychodrama Intensive

Shadow Work: Freeing, Embracing and Integrating our Hidden Self

The Michigan Psychodrama Center is pleased to announce the 2022 summer intensive, taking place July 7-11, 2022, in Northern Michigan. At this workshop we will, within a safe community, explore our shadow side. Based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, the “shadow” is the disowned parts of the self, bad or good, that we keep hidden out of fear or shame and leads to many negative outcomes (including mental and physical symptoms, fears, projections, acting out, resistance and judgments) limiting our full actualized potential. In this psychodrama-based workshop, group members will be guided through various action/experiential exercises, along with meditation and journaling, allowing a co-creation of a sacred space allowing the deep-dive into shadow work.

Like Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung had a deep interest in the unconscious. This is where our shadow side resides. Shadow work, therefore, is the process of opening up our authentic selves and identifying/demystifying our shadow parts, then embracing, acknowledging, understanding, and incorporating the often-hidden aspects of self. Doing so helps us live a healthy balanced life because a failure to do so causes us to be “triggered” by things we don’t understand, often complicating and harming ourselves and our relationships. Usually our disowned parts also reside in our body and split us off from our natural mind-body connection causing many maladies. “Everyone carries a shadow”, Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”

Methods utilized

Psychodrama will be the predominant method we will be utilizing in this workshop. Psychodrama is the original experiential bodywork therapy, integrating the mind, body and soul. As with all psychodrama work, we will be following the progression of warm up to action, action, and sharing. These are the three fundamental parts of every psychodrama.

During the initial phase, group members will be warming up to the space we will be working in along with to themselves and to one another.  Once an appropriate level of safety and group cohesion has been accomplished, we will move into action.

Group members will have the opportunity to explore all the different roles of psychodrama including that of witness, auxiliary, double and protagonist. Depending on the group needs, advanced psychodrama students may also have the opportunity to direct. In addition to psychodrama, we will utilize warm up and cool down exercises to promote safety, grounding and bodily and psychic integration. These scientifically supported neurobiological methods for healing will be chosen as they facilitate group members gaining and strengthening new roles which when practiced, offer attunement and a grounded and authentic attachment to the self and others.

More information about psychodrama is available elsewhere on this website, and this workshop is open to all, from beginners who have never experienced psychodrama to those trained and certified as practitioners of psychodrama or with advanced American Board of Psychodrama Examiner certifications, such as PAT and TEP.

Where Will the Workshop Take Place?

The location is the historic St. Charles Boromeo Church in Cheboygan Michigan. The church fell into disrepair after it was decommissioned as a church in the 1980s, and for a few decades was used as a storage facility. About 3 years ago it was sold, and the man who purchased it has almost single-handedly begun to lovingly restore it. We used this beautiful facility for the last two year’s summer intensive, and it was terrific!

If you love boating, this workshop is in one of the best places in the Nation! Nearby Mullett Lake was recently listed as the third best boating lake in the entire country, listed behind such luminaries as Lake Tahoe and Lake George. This is largely due to inland waterway, with 35,000 acres of water plus a plethora of navigable rivers and some of the best beaching and fishing anywhere!

There are also many excellent golf courses nearby, and some of Michigan’s best courses, such as Petoskey’s Bay Harbor, which has been compared to Pebble Beach, and True North in Harbor Springs, are a short drive away. However, it you prefer to catch a quick 9 holes, there’s the Mullett Lake Golf Club, and the Indian River Golf Club. Both of these excellent courses are just a few minutes away!

Many other exciting recreational and restful opportunities are available in this peaceful, pristine natural area before, during and after the workshop. These include sunning, hammocking, meditating/yoga, cycling, running and walking. Nearby is 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.Leaders/Facilitators

The workshop will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Corby and Patrick Barone. Both workshop leaders have are board certified trainers, educators and practitioners of psychodrama. Dr. Corby is a psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience helping her patients understand and overcome a variety of mental health concerns. She specializes in trauma-informed bodywork with an additional expertise in treating addictions and dysfunctional family roles. Patrick Barone is a trial lawyer who also has extensive training in the trauma-informed practice of group psychotherapy and psychodrama.

Dates and Times

  • July 7, 2022 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • July 8, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • July 9, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • July 10, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • July 11, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(Schedule hours subject to change based on sociometric choices of group and unforseen circumstances).

Psychodrama Training Hours Available

30 hours of training credit will be obtainable towards ABE 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.

What is the Tuition

The tuition is $875.00 early registration, or after June 15, $950.00. The workshop fee includes lunch on the full workshop days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and snacks and beverages on all days. Housing is not included, and must be arranged by the participant. A list of lodging possibilities will be shared with registered participants.

Cheboygan is in the middle of a Michigan freshwater wonderland, and has increased in popularity as a summertime tourist destination, so housing can be difficult to find after early spring. Workshop participants are encouraged to arrange housing shortly after signing up for the workshop. Delay can mean losing out on any viable housing options.

What Past Participants Have Said

Here is what one of our participants said about the 2021 intensive.  (More reviews are available on our Google Business webpage).

A truly transformative experience. I was able to get in touch with my deeper emotional self and release some major fear trauma. Psychodrama is an amazing form of psychotherapy, something you must experience to understand. I look forward to attending future intensives with Dr. Corby and Patrick Barone as they are incredible human beings emotionally, spiritually and professionally.

Google review

How to Sign up and Attend

We are using Paypal to allow participants to signup for this workshop in a few easy clicks. Paypal is totally secure and there are no additional fees paid. If you don’t use Paypal, then you may contact us directly and we will run your card over the phone.

You can also visit our Eventbright page and signup this way without a PayPal account, but please be aware that Eventbrite does charge significant registration fees, whereas registration with PayPal is free of any additional costs or fees.