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Mind, Body, and Spirit in Trauma Healing: The Mysticism and Science of Psychodrama

November 11 @ 8:30 am - November 13 @ 3:30 pm

Dates: Friday Nov 11 & Saturday Nov 12, 2022 – 8:30am – 5pm; Sunday Nov 13, 2022 – 8:30am – 3:30pm

Full Weekend (21 CEs) Cost: $599 | $425 students (*write to us if cost is your only barrier)

Friday Only Option (8 CEs) – Cost: $199 for professionals | $125 for students

Location: Phoenix Center – 524 N. Providence Road Media, PA 19063

Full Weekend: 21 CE Credits for PA social workers, counselors, MFTs, psychologists, and NBCC Hours | 21 training hours for ABESPGP & ISEP.

Friday option only: 8 CE Credits for PA social workers, counselors, MFTs, psychologists, and NBCC Hours | 8 training hours for ABESPGP & ISEP.

Presented by Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAAETS, TEP

This workshop presents an overview of trauma-focused psychodrama and an immersion into to power and effectiveness of psychodrama in general and as a treatment for trauma and PTSD. Content will be taught experientially including demonstrations, sociometric warm-ups, and psychodrama vignettes followed by processing to help participants reflect on implementing these experiential tools in their own work. The basics of safe and effective trauma-focused psychodrama will be presented including content on safety, strengths-based work, neurobiology, trauma-informed principles, and considering a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach. This workshop is designed to teach practical skills for practitioners new to psychodrama or for experienced psychodrama trainees to deepen their practice. Trauma-focused psychodrama research continues to emerge suggesting its effectiveness in treatment PTSD and offering clients corrective emotional experiences. This presentation will explore both the mysticism and the science of trauma-focused psychodrama. Spontaneity will be emphasized as the curative agent in psychodrama – spontaneity theory, assessment, and research will be referenced including teaching on the spontaneity assessment inventory revised (SAIR). Psychodrama theoretical concepts such as tele, the sociodynamic effect, warming-up, creativity, sociometry, the three phases of a group, and Moreno’s mystical ideas will be presented. Multiple psychodrama interventions and experiential sociometry processes (such as doubling, mirroring, role reversal, role playing, sociodrama, and concretization) will be discussed. Cultural humility and responsiveness will be emphasized in the context of psychodrama practice with diverse spiritual belief systems in clinical contexts.

1). Demonstrate three sociometric group processes
2). Explain three strategies for promoting safety in psychodrama
3). Identify the role of spontaneity in psychodrama
4). Identify the importance of strengths-based approach in trauma-focused psychodrama
5). Explain how the warming-up process is different in trauma-focused psychodrama groups
6). Describe the risks of retraumatization in psychodrama practice with trauma survivors
7) Compare tele and transference
8) Describe one mystical idea from the founder of psychodrama
9) Identify the potential value of spirituality in clinical practice
10) Discuss two neurobiology findings that highlight the importance of body-oriented approaches
11) Describe why a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to trauma recovery is important
12) Describe how spontaneity theory is related to psychodrama’s mysticism
13) Identify psychodrama’s capacity for corrective emotional experiences
14) List the three phases of a psychodrama group
15) Identify the relationship between spontaneity and PTSD
16) Demonstrate at least two somatic interventions that can be employed in psychodrama to work with body sensations
17) Explain the importance of cultural humility when working with clients of different religious or spiritual belief systems
18) Describe the sociodynamic effect and its role in inequity and social injustice


Weekend Option-21 CE Credits or 21 ISEP Training Hours Registration below:

Professional Registration for Nov 11-13, 2022599.00 USD
Student Registration for Nov 11-13, 2022425.00 USD
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Friday Only Option – 8 CE Credits or 8 ISEP Training Hours Registration below:

Professional Registration for Nov 11, 2022199.00 USD
Student Registration for Nov 11, 2022125.00 USD
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

*Please note that this is workshop will include both didactic and experiential learning components. The experiential learning structures include demonstrations of psychodrama and other experiential processes which often include (optional) personal disclosures from participants. While personal growth is often a byproduct of experiential learning in psychodrama, the primary purpose of this workshop is training. If you are seeking a workshop for personal growth, or seeking a professional training event that is entirely didactic (lecture/powerpoint), this is probably not the best workshop for you.

*Please note that all participants will be required to wear a mask while in the building due to the rising covid-19 cases in Delaware County and the Philadelphia area. Covid policies are subject to change based on changes in covid-19 cases leading up to the date of the event.

For folks traveling from out of town, there is a new beautiful bed and breakfast just 1 block from the Phoenix Center that we recommend. It is within walking distance of downtown Media and plenty of shops/restaurants – https://www.gifford-risleyhouse.com. Mention Phoenix Center for a reduced rate.

No Conflicts of Interest or outside commercial support have been declared by the presenter or others involved in the program.

This workshop is designed primarily for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and therapists but other professionals may also find it helpful. The instruction designed at the intermediate level (though many new and advanced professionals may also find it helpful).

CE Program Policies and Procedures related to Refunds/Cancellations, Grievances, and Conflicts of Interest can be found here.

For the workshop schedule or other details or questions about the workshop, please contact us at Support@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com.

Continuing Education (CE) Approval Statements relevant to this workshop:

  • Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, LLC (Lic. #004115) has been approved as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.
  • Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychologists (Lic. # PSY000215) to offer continuing education for psychologists.
  • Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7013. Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, LLC maintains responsibility for the program.


November 11 @ 8:30 am
November 13 @ 3:30 pm


524 N. Providence Road Media, PA 19063
524 N. Providence Road
Media, PA 19063 United States
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