Low-Cost Trauma Therapy Services

The Phoenix Trauma Center’s mission is to provide quality services to our clients and high quality education for professionals. We are invested in training the best experiential trauma therapists in the field. Our internship program allows us to fulfill both parts of our mission while also providing financially accessible services. We receive a dozen or two internship requests each year and carefully choose graduate-level interns that already have experience, training, or other advanced knowledge related to our work. You can trust that you will experience excellent quality clinical services provided by Phoenix Trauma Center interns.

Our interns receive regular training and weekly supervision from our director Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT. Interns also receive weekly supervision from an additional therapist at the Phoenix Center – in addition to supervision provided by their university program (professors and field placement liaison). They participate in regular trainings and professional development to increase their understanding and expertise of trauma. Our interns support our therapists co-leading psychotherapy groups and are engaged in leading their own free or low-cost community groups.

Intern’s sessions start at $75 (with a very flexible sliding scale)
Contact us to secure your spot – Support@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com 484-440-9416

Learn About Our Graduate Intern Therapists

It is also important to note that our interns are only with us for about a year and may or may not stay with us upon graduate. This means that your intern therapist may need to end sessions with you when they graduate and/or you may need to begin working with a different intern at that time.

Benefits of Working with an Intern

As noted, by our friends at Spilove Psychotherapy, there are many benefits to working with a graduate intern which include lower-costs, receiving the expertise of multiple supervising therapists, the benefits of ‘beginner’s mind’, increased passion, and up-to-date practice standards.

Lower-Cost Therapy Sessions – Our interns are all masters-level students towards the end of their programs and getting ready to enter the field. Nevertheless, their session fees are half or one-third of what other therapists charge; and they can be very flexible with their sliding scales.

Receiving the Expertise of Multiple Supervising Therapists – All interns are receiving supervision, training, teaching, and oversight from multiple experienced therapists. This includes weekly supervision with Phoenix Center’s director and another therapists from our center – as well as oversight and/or teaching from multiple professors and a field placement liaison from their university graduate program. Most interns are actively engaged in more reflection, training, supervision, and professional development than other professionals who have already graduated. This means that your intern therapist is spending hours each week reading, writing, reflecting, discussing, and reviewing their work – actively trying to be the best that they can be.

The Benefits of ‘Beginner’s Mind’ – Though many of our intern therapists have experience in the mental health field already or have years of experience in another field, they are starting a new chapter in their professional journey and becoming a therapist. Interns are just starting out so they aren’t just going through the motions of being a therapist. Interns are exploding with curiosity, excitement, passion, and creativity!

Increased Passion and Energy – Interns aren’t weighted down by years of vicarious trauma or burnout that sometimes impact experienced therapists. Instead, intern therapists are bringing new energy, spontaneity, and passion into their work each day. They are excited to begin a new career that they have been preparing for and eager to offer the compassion, connection, and validation that you might be craving.

State-of-the-Art Practice Standards – Graduate students are actively engaged in intense learning through reading, discussions, reflection, and supervised practice. Our field is evolving rapidly (especially with new research findings related to trauma and the brain). Most therapists in PA are only required to completed 15 hours of continuing education each year which simply isn’t enough to stay current on all the new findings in the field. Graduate students however, are learning state-of-the-art practice standards. Intern therapists are enter the field while continuing to pursue rigorous studies providing current information about the practice of psychotherapy.

Are you interested in interning at the Phoenix Center?

Our interns are able to provide quality service at a low cost. This is an opportunity to grow together! Our center understands the need for quality services and the financial difficulties some may have accessing services. Our internship program allow us to bring our clients low-cost trauma therapy services.

Please note, this is a very competitive internship program accepting final-year graduate students only. We are receiving an increased number of internship requests each year. Those with prior training and experience in experiential therapy, trauma therapy, and personal growth work will be given priority. Furthermore, we will prioritize interns who share our goal of making quality trauma therapy services accessible to diverse communities.

We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and bilingual people to apply.

To apply for an internship placement, send the following to Scott@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com:

  • Updated resume/CV
    • Include all related experience/training in trauma, addictions, and experiential work
  • Cover letter detailing how your interests align with our work
  • 2 professional references who would be familiar with your work (1 must be from a field supervisor)

Trauma-Informed Principles & Practices

Defining & Explaining Trauma-Informed Principles

This video offers an introduction to trauma-informed principles and why they are important for all organizations. The difference between “trauma-informed” and “trauma-focused” is outlined while commenting on trends in the mental health treatment field. Leaders, supervisors, professionals, students, and others interested in learning about trauma will find this video helpful.

Or, click here to access Dr. Scott’s new ebook for free (see chapter 7 on trauma, trauma-informed care, and trauma-focused services) – https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-33-6342-7

Don’t forget to explore our other videos on this channel which include educational content on trauma, ptsd, addiction, and experiential trauma therapy.

#trauma​#traumaticstress​#traumaticexperience​#ptsd​#posttraumaticstress​#posttraumaticstressdisorder​#traumainformed​#traumafocused​#traumatreatment​#traumaeducation​#traumawork​#traumacounseling​#traumareaction​#traumasymptoms

What is Trauma? Defining & Explaining Trauma

This video offers a basic introduction to trauma and traumatic experiences. Trauma is defined and explained including the different types of trauma. Professionals, students, and others interested in learning about trauma will find this video helpful.

To learn more about trauma, check out this free 2 page handout

Or, click here to access Dr. Scott’s new ebook for free (see chapter 7 on trauma) – https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-33-6342-7

Don’t forget to explore our other videos on this channel which include educational content on trauma, ptsd, addiction, and experiential trauma therapy.

#trauma#traumaticstress#traumaticexperience#ptsd#posttraumaticstress#posttraumaticstressdisorder#traumainformed#traumafocused#traumatreatment#traumaeducation#traumawork#traumacounseling#traumareaction#traumasymptoms

https://youtu.be/R4Js6VTu9yw

Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama – Book Release

Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama: Experiential Approaches for Group Therapists, Community Leaders, and Social Workers

by Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT

Open-Access Book by Springer Nature; free eBook herehttps://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-33-6342-7

Buy a physical copy of the book on Amazon here

Book Description:

This open access book outlines the intersections between social work and the methods of sociometry and psychodrama. Different sections offer essential practice wisdom for both trauma-focused and trauma-informed experiential work for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. This text enriches the understanding of various action-based approaches and highlights how to enliven social work practice. The chapters include clinical vignettes and examples of structured sociometric prompts with diverse populations, topics, and social work settings to enhance the understanding of group practice, individual practice, and community practice. It provides social workers and other professionals with dynamic tools to improve assessment, intervention, activism, and leadership. Strength-based practical tools are offered to readers, along with guidance for theoretical conceptualizations. This integrative book is an essential read for students, practitioners, leaders, and scholars within the fields of social work, psychodrama, the creative art therapies, group therapy, community organizing, and social activism.

The book content also includes vignettes and examples from drawn from Scott’s work at the Phoenix Center providing clinical services, supervision, and training. In its first week of publication, the book reached the #1 New Release spot on Amazon in the category of Medical Psychology Research and the free eBook was downloaded over 21,000 times!

Published as the first book in a new international book series: Psychodrama in Counselling, Coaching, and Education

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 – https://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 – https://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 – https://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 – https://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

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