Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAAETS, PAT regularly provides training in-services for clinical teams at various programs and treatment centers in the tri-state area. These CEU trainings are uniquely tailored to the needs of your team while primarily focusing on enhancing group facilitation skills, learning experiential therapy techniques, and incorporating trauma-informed and/or trauma-focused approaches into your program. Previous program leaders have expressed that these trainings also significantly increase cohesion in their organization/team and help address burnout & vicarious trauma among staff. Did you know that most graduate programs do not include any group therapy training?

Do Your Therapists Have Any Group Therapy Training?

Are you an Inpatient, Residential, PHP, or IOP program primarily utilizing group therapy? Graduate counseling students are only require to take one short course in group counseling while social work accreditation does not require any group work course for MSW students. Your staff may be facilitating groups without any training or education in it which is not good practice! Group therapy is distinctly different from individual therapy and requires unique skills, theories, and training. We can help your team develop these competencies. Dr. Scott Giacomucci is Board-Certified in Sociometry, Psychodrama, & Group Psychotherapy and has received awards for his group work practice, scholarship, and teaching from multiple national or international societies (including ACA’s ASWG; IASWG; NASW; & ASGPP). He has taught group work courses at multiple universities, addiction treatment centers, and outpatient centers.

Do Your Groups Actively & Creatively Engage Clients?

Many clients report that groups are boring and repetitive, especially for folks who have been in treatment multiple times or young adults. Are your staff able to actively engage group members beyond “check-ins” or lecturing to them? Incorporating some simple experiential therapy techniques into your groups can significantly increase the quality of your program and keep clients engaged in their treatment. Some programs we work with even found that their clients ask to stay in treatment longer to attend additional experiential/psychodrama groups. Training your staff in experiential methods will pay for itself in longer client stays and improved satisfaction. Make your program standout from the competition by offering experiential therapy and psychodrama groups. Dr. Scott is a psychodrama trainer and experiential therapy trainer and can provide training hours towards certifications in experiential therapy and psychodrama.

Is Your Program Really “Trauma-Informed”? Do You Offer Safe & Effective “Trauma-Focused” Services to Treat PTSD?

Every program claims to be “trauma-informed” nowadays. But has your organization really incorporated SAMHSA’s six trauma-informed principles into its services, its supervision/management, its policies, and the layout of the physical facility? We can help teach your clinicians, managers, and non-clinical frontline staff how trauma impacts the body and the mind. We can help your employees recognize the difference between a trauma response and defiance/resistance in a client. PTSD is often overlooked as a diagnosis as it has considerable overlap with other conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and other mood disorders. Dr. Scott Giacomucci is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (FAAETS) and can help your team increase their skills in assessing and treating trauma and PTSD. Trauma competencies are particularly important considering that the overwhelming majority of clients in treatment for mental health or addiction have a history of trauma. Many addiction experts are coming to the conclusion that addiction is largely the result of trauma, loss, neglect, abandonment, and adversity. PTSD is one of the most common co-occurring disorders for folks with substance use disorders so all addiction treatment programs should have a trauma treatment component.


Dr. Scott has provided training to thousands of professionals around the world including various programs in the Philadelphia area such as Mirmont Treatment Center, Mainline Health Systems, Caron Treatment Center, Pinelands Recovery Center, Women Organized Against Rape, Spilove Psychotherapy, Espenshade Counseling, Manor of Hope, and multiple university graduate programs including Bryn Mawr College, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Chester University, Denver University, New Mexico State University, Columbia University, Neumann University, Antioch University, Widener University, Penn State University, as well as international universities. Training topics have included the following and more:

  • Introduction to Sociometry, Psychodrama, and Experiential Trauma Therapy
  • PTSD, Trauma-Informed Principles, and Post-Traumatic Growth
  • The Intersection of Addiction and Trauma
  • Experiential Group Treatment: Sociometry and Safety Structures
  • An Experiential Trauma Therapy Clinical Map: Neurobiology and Safety
  • Using Experiential Work to Transform Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, & Vicarious Trauma
  • Working Experientially with Defenses in Addiction & Trauma Work
  • Relational Trauma Repair: Psychosocial Metrics & Psychodrama-like Interventions
  • Experiential Therapy Supervised Practice
  • Psychodrama and Empty Chair Work in Individual Sessions
  • Sociatry & Spirituality in Trauma and Addiction Work
  • Strengths-based Experiential Work and the Empty Chair
  • Role Theory, Doubling, and Attachment Theory
  • Experiential Work with Loss, Ambiguous Loss, Traumatic Loss, and Resilience
  • Group Work, Group Therapy, Mutual Aid, and the 12-steps
  • Other topics available upon request

The Phoenix Center is a pre-approved provider of CE Hours for National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and the Pennsylvania boards of Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, Psychology, and Education. Any in-services trainings by Phoenix Center staff can provide these CEUs plus training hours towards certifications in experiential therapy and psychodrama.

Scott’s typical fee for in-house trainings is $425/hour (including CEUs) though sliding scales are often offered to non-profits and agencies serving marginalized/oppressed communities. Prices will differ depending on travel time/cost.
Contact us for more info – Scott@PhoenixTraumaCenter.com