2023 Summer Psychodrama Intensive

Discovering the Wonder Child – Reuniting with your Divine Identity

Detroit, Michigan – June 22 to June 26, 2023

In this 5-day workshop, we will spend time together deeply discovering the beauty of the Wonder Child, a Divine part of our energetic inner self that was created and existed perfectly in a time before our experience in this world harmed our innocent nature.

Over time, familial and cultural traumas cause us to feel shame and block and derail us from our deeper divine identity. Join us as we gently unfold the treasure of the divine self that lies beneath the false masks we wear as a protective, public overlay to shield us from fear and this deep inner shame.

Using action re-enactments, participants will have the opportunity to address early wounding, shed inauthentic roles and communicate to others psychodramatically to correct injustices, speak truth, experience closure and reclaim power.

We will use tools of creative spontaneity to encounter and delight with the innocent, alive child who is buried within. We will explore in a safe environment who is the person we would have been without the dysfunction, or would we like to become.

We will also use emotional release bodywork to delve into unexpressed and unprocessed trauma and emotions that are frozen, built up or blocked, which if unhealed create obstacles to connection to ourselves, others and our highest self and purpose.

Methods utilized

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 safe space for deeper inner personal work and to tell our stories.

Psychodrama will be the predominant method we will be utilizing in this workshop.

Psychodrama is the original group therapy, and also 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. No prior experience with psychodrama or inner child work is necessary to participate.

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 a historic area in the world-class cultural mecca of downtown Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is one of the 2022 “World’s Greatest Places” according to Time Magazine.

Opportunities abound for exciting visitation of this vibrant renaissance city, including hundreds of creative eating establishments, the Eastern Market, architectural gems, cultural institutions, and entertainment and sporting events.

Workshop Leaders

The workshop will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Corby and Patrick Barone. Having achieved the highest level of board certification by the American Board of Psychodrama Examiners, both workshop leaders are trainers, educators and practitioners of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.

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 psychodrama, sociometry, group psychotherapy.

Dates and Times

  • June 22, 2023 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • June 23, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 24, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 25, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • June 26, 2023 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

(Schedule hours subject to change based on sociometric choices of group and unforeseen 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 may 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 for the 5 day intensive is $950.00 early registration, or after March 1, $1025.00. 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.

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

Refund Policy

Tuition is 100% refundable less a $100 processing fee, up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. After 30 days refunds are discretionary and will be given on a case by case basis only in extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances. Notice of cancellation must be received by us by not later than May 21, 2023. Eventbrite fees are never refundable.

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 securely run your card by other means.

You can also visit our Eventbrite 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.