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Circle of Strengths: Experiential Group Work | Facilitation Training with Dr. Scott Giacomucci

This video depicts the use of the Circle of Strengths which is an experiential group work tool adaptable for any group setting, any population, and any topic. The Circle of Strengths was developed by Kate Hudgins & Francesca Toscani as part of the Therapeutic Spiral Model. It is particularly useful as a strengths-based group-as-a-whole process for establishing safety and is frequently used by psychodramatists, community organizers, and other group workers. The Circle of Strengths is an action-based group tool that accesses the power of the group and cultivates mutual aid – the ability for each participant to be a therapeutic agent for each other.

Group workers are encouraged to pursue more training in experiential therapy, sociometry, and psychodrama. For upcoming trainings offered by Scott, visit http://www.PhoenixTraumaCenter.com/training

This video is one of a 4-part series of experiential training videos which demonstrate trauma-informed, strength-based group facilitation tools. The other videos are available here:
-Spectrograms – https://youtu.be/-lmysRgWF2Y
-Step-in Sociometry – https://youtu.be/UEjYzlT-b0Y
-Floor Checks – https://youtu.be/nA47xvp2V5Y
-Circle of Strengths – https://youtu.be/DH4q5JbtqUo

To read more about these experiential processes, view publications by Scott and the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy team here – http://www.phoenixtraumacenter.com/publications/

#sociometry #experientialtherapy #experientialwork #groupwork #experientialteaching #experientialeducation #psychodrama #grouptherapy #grouppsychotherapy #CircleofStrengths #TherapeuticSpiralModel #communityorganizing #addictiontreatment #traumatherapy

Floor Check: Experiential Group Work | Sociometry Facilitation Training with Dr. Scott Giacomucci

This video depicts the use of the Locogram and Floor Check which are experiential group work tools adaptable for any group setting, any population, and any topic. Floor Checks were developed by Tian Dayton as part of the Relational Trauma Repair Model. They are particularly useful as a group-as-a-whole assessment tool and are frequently used by psychodramatists, community organizers, and other group workers. Floor Checks are an action-based group tool that access the power of the group and cultivate mutual aid – the ability for each participant to be a therapeutic agent for each other.

Group workers are encouraged to pursue more training in experiential therapy, sociometry, and psychodrama. For upcoming trainings offered by Scott, visit http://www.PhoenixTraumaCenter.com/training

This video is one of a 4-part series of experiential training videos which demonstrate trauma-informed, strength-based group facilitation tools. The other videos are available here:
-Spectrograms – https://youtu.be/-lmysRgWF2Y
-Step-in Sociometry – https://youtu.be/UEjYzlT-b0Y
-Floor Checks – https://youtu.be/nA47xvp2V5Y
-Circle of Strengths – https://youtu.be/DH4q5JbtqUo

To read more about these experiential processes, view publications by Scott and the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy team here – http://www.phoenixtraumacenter.com/publications/

#sociometry #experientialtherapy #experientialwork #groupwork #experientialteaching #experientialeducation #psychodrama #grouptherapy #grouppsychotherapy #locogram #floorcheck #RelationalTraumaRepairModel #communityorganizing #addictiontreatment #traumatherapy

Step-In Sociometry: Experiential Group Work | Sociometry Facilitation Training with Dr. Scott Giacomucci

This video depicts the use of the step-in sociometry which is an experiential group work tool adaptable for any group setting, any population, and any topic. Step-In Sociometry, sometimes called Circle of Similarities, is particularly useful as a group-as-a-whole assessment tool and is frequently used by psychodramatists, community organizers, and other group workers. Step-in Sociometry allow participants to quickly uncover shared experience, identity, or interests.

Group workers are encouraged to pursue more training in experiential therapy, sociometry, and psychodrama. For upcoming trainings offered by Scott, visit http://www.PhoenixTraumaCenter.com/training

This video is one of a 4-part series of experiential training videos which demonstrate trauma-informed, strength-based group facilitation tools. The other videos are available here:
-Spectrograms – https://youtu.be/-lmysRgWF2Y
-Step-in Sociometry – https://youtu.be/UEjYzlT-b0Y
-Floor Checks – https://youtu.be/nA47xvp2V5Y
-Circle of Strengths – https://youtu.be/DH4q5JbtqUo

To read more about these experiential processes, view publications by Scott and the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy team here – http://www.phoenixtraumacenter.com/publications/

#sociometry #experientialtherapy #experientialwork #groupwork #experientialteaching #experientialeducation #psychodrama #grouptherapy #grouppsychotherapy #stepinsociometry #communityorganizing #addictiontreatment #traumatherapy

Spectrograms: Experiential Group Work | Sociometry Facilitation Training with Dr. Scott Giacomucci

This video depicts the use of the spectrogram which is an experiential group work tool adaptable for any group setting, any population, and any topic. Spectrograms are particularly useful as a group-as-a-whole assessment tool and are frequently used by psychodramatists, community organizers, and other group workers. Spectrograms are essentially a sliding scale with the entire group in an action-based format that allows participants to see where they fit in within the group.

Group workers are encouraged to pursue more training in experiential therapy, sociometry, and psychodrama. For upcoming trainings offered by Scott, visit http://www.PhoenixTraumaCenter.com/training

This video is one of a 4-part series of experiential training videos which demonstrate trauma-informed, strength-based group facilitation tools. The other videos are available here:
-Spectrograms – https://youtu.be/-lmysRgWF2Y
-Step-in Sociometry – https://youtu.be/UEjYzlT-b0Y
-Floor Checks – https://youtu.be/nA47xvp2V5Y
-Circle of Strengths – https://youtu.be/DH4q5JbtqUo

To read more about these experiential processes, view publications by Scott and the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy team here – http://www.phoenixtraumacenter.com/publications/

#sociometry #experientialtherapy #experientialwork #groupwork #experientialteaching #experientialeducation #psychodrama #grouptherapy #grouppsychotherapy #spectrogram #communityorganizing #addictiontreatment #traumatherapy

The sociodrama of coronavirus and humanity through teletherapy

New short article by Dr. Scott Giacomucci covering sociodrama, teletherapy, and coronavirus in APA’s Div 49 newsletter. Scott presents a description of an online sociodramatic dialogue between humanity and coronavirus that took place in an MSW course session at Bryn Mawr College.

https://www.apadivisions.org/division-49/publications/newsletter/group-psychologist/2020/08/coronavirus-humanity-telepathy


In this piece, Moreno’s early ideas of using technology with therapy are presented including the proposal that the large-scale shift to teletherapy constitutes a fourth revolution in the mental health field:

“Moreno highlights the three revolutions in the field of mental health and psychiatry: (1) Pinel’s humane treatment of the mentally ill, (2) Freud’s reconceptualization of mental illness through psychology rather than neurology, and (3) the emergence of group therapy and community mental health approaches (Moreno, 1961). I believe that the large-scale shift to teletherapy, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, constitutes a fourth revolution in the field and will have a lasting impact on how we practice psychology and group therapy, as well as how we teach/train the next generations of group psychotherapists.”

#teletherapy #psychology #grouppsychology #groupwork #grouppsychotherapy #grouptherapy #psychodrama #sociodrama

Trauma, Safety, & the Brain – International Trauma-Informed Art Therapy Program

Today our director, Dr. Scott Giacomucci, presented a workshop for the International Trauma-Informed Art-Therapy certification program which included a multi-lingual group from Ukraine, Turkey, and Kurdistan (Iraq).

The workshop topic was “Trauma, Safety, and the Brain” which included information about trauma-informed principles, establishing safety in groups, and neurobiology of trauma and art-based therapies. The importance of safety was emphasized while addressing various strategies for cultivaging safety.

Strength-based interventions from EMDR and psychodrama were demonstrated with their capacity to resource trauma survivors. Many thanks to Caner Bingol & Mariya Volkova for organizing and the invitation to present along with other international trauma experts!

#trauma#traumainformed#traumarecovery#traumatherapy#experientialtherapy#creativearttherapy#expressivearttherapy#ptsd#ptsdawareness#PTSDTreatment#EMDRtherapy#psychodrama

Image from https://www.richardbamfordtherapy.co.uk/blog/window-of-tolerance/

Coronavirus, Collective Trauma, and Self-Care Interview

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there’s no doubt that COVID-19 has effected the mental and emotional health of millions of people worldwide. The lingering uncertainty caused by pandemic has created incredible amounts of fear, anger and anxiety in many of us. Not to mention the stress of managing our day to day lives and attempting to plan for the immediate future.

Dr Scott Giacomucci is the Director/Founder of the Phoenix Center and Director of Trauma Services at Mirmont Treatment Center. He’ll go into detail on how the effects of COVID-19 are effecting people’s mental and emotional health. He’ll also offer suggestions on what we can do to take care of ourselves as we navigate our way through these unprecedented times.

Full Interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8QwZUqwB2Q&feature=youtu.be

Special thanks to The Chris Edwards Group for interviewing us on Coronavirus, Collective Trauma, and Self-Care. Keep Chris in mind if you are looking for real estate services with honesty and integrity.

Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy remains open offering teletherapy sessions, reach out to us for more information at Scott@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com or 484-440-9416

#traumatherapy #collectivetrauma #coronavirustrauma #traumahealing #societaltrauma #mentalhealthawareness

Yalom’s Therapeutic Factors in Psychodrama & a Socially Distanced Society

April 7th 10am-1pm (EST) via Zoom video meeting – presented by Dr Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, CTTS, CET III, PAT, FAAETS

Don’t miss our upcoming 3 CEU experiential webinar on Yalom’s Therapeutic Factors in Psychodrama and a Socially Distanced Society!

Let’s explore how therapeutic factors of group therapy apply to psychodrama and our society in the midst of social distancing and a collective trauma.

Which of these 11 factors do you think is most important in group work? In psychodrama? In today’s society?

Info & Registration here – http://www.phoenixtraumacenter.com/event/yaloms-therapeutic-factors-in-psychodrama-a-socially-distanced-society/

#TraumaTherapy #ExperientialTherapy #GroupTherapy #GroupWork #GroupPsychotherapy #Psychodrama #Sociometry #MorenoandYalom

TeleTherapy Online Sessions

By Rachel Longer, MSS, LSW, CET I

After careful consideration, and in response to COVID-19, The Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (PCETT) has decided to temporarily move our services online last week. The most important part of trauma therapy is safety and we hope this change will help to maintain the health and safety of our clients and their families. We put together this FAQ to help you navigate any questions you may have regarding teletherapy at the PCETT.

How does teletherapy work?

We are using a platform called Zoom to offer remote video sessions to our PCETT clients. You can access this site from anywhere using a computer, phone, tablet, or other device. Just click on your personalized Zoom invitation link to join your therapist for a session.

Can we still do experiential therapy on zoom?

YES! Though this is a new experience for everyone, Phoenix Center staff are learning creative ways of using experiential therapy techniques through teletherapy. There are, of course, limitations to what can be done – and extra considerations for safety with trauma work, but we are finding that there are even some benefits to teletherapy when it comes to therapy and experiential work.

How do I access the Zoom invitation link?

Before your scheduled appointment, your therapist will send you an email containing a Zoom invitation link. No need to create an account!

Can I use Zoom for free?

Yes! You can use Zoom for no added cost to your regular session rate.

Is Zoom secure?

Zoom protects and encrypts all audio and video data transmitted through its system. It supports and complies with HIPAA security standards to keep your information safe and private.

Will my insurance reimburse me for teletherapy?

Many insurance companies are waiving any barriers to reimbursement for telehealth amidst the pandemic COVID-19. If you are unsure, call your insurance company to ask them if your plan includes reimbursement for teletherapy with an out-of-network provider. The billing code used to identify this service to insurance companies is 90837-95.

If you have any further questions regarding Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy teletherapy services, please call us at 484-440-9416.

Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth

While therapist are at risk for vicarious trauma, we are also likely to experience Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth – positive change a therapist or professional experiences as a result of being exposed to the trauma of others.

(Vicarious) Post-traumatic growth emerges in 5 domains: increased personal strength, enhanced relationships, spiritual growth, new possibilities in life, and appreciation of life.

Visit our training page to learn more about upcoming workshops or info on how to bring a training to your agency on burnout & vicarious post-traumatic growth – http://www.phoenixtraumacenter.com/training/

PostTraumaticGrowth #TraumaTherapy #TraumaTreatment #TheTraumaTherapist #VicariousTrauma #VicariousPostTraumaticGrowth #SecondaryTrauma #BurnOut #CompassionFatigue

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