Energy follows action. Training in action methods for helping professionals who want to use these skills in group or individual psychotherapy, education, spiritual direction, human resources and health care settings. Students of all levels are welcome; many who come to sessions do not plan to become psychodrama directors but want to use their new skills as an adjunct to their present work or to their personal growth. Action therapy will also help one to expand their clinical skills for those working with addicts and every level of recovery and sociometry will teach one how to build positive relationships within a group. When action is added to the learning process, it:
Shows a person's inner world and experiences as an alternate way of disclosure
Gives greater energy to a person's words
Helps clarify thoughts and feelings
Increases spontaneity and creativity, allowing a person to look at life with more options
6 hours (monthly) training and continuing education credits recognized by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy
Contact Connie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-821-9919 or 732-974-1978 for information or register.
Additional Training for Groups I will tailor a training program to meet your needs. Please contact me and I will work with you to develop effective groups.
Training: Our Place or Yours Training and supervision in group psychotherapy and psychodrama are offered both on-site (at your facility) or here at our office. Training sessions of various lengths are tailored to your needs, and can range from 1/2 day to a full week. Specific training and supervision on the model of Souldrama is also available. Please contact me to develop a training program to suite your needs.
Training –Once Monthly Training At My Office Purpose: If you are looking to develop or enhance your skills as a group psychotherapist, an on-going professional training group exists in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Membership in this group will allow participants to earn certification credit in group psychotherapy and psychodrama, and continuing education credit for certified group psychotherapists (CGPs). Continuing education credits for various professions are also possible.
Content The training is both experiential and didactic. Each session will include processing of interpersonal interactions within the group as well as a discussion of techniques and theory applied.
Membership Space is very limited. A personal interview is needed prior to beginning the training. The training sessions are on-going and you may begin at any time throughout the year.(A ten (10) month course of training is equivalent to six (6) graduate credits.
Certification In Group Psychotherapy And Psychodrama Candidates learn techniques and theory through participation in an on-going group with their colleagues. A masters degree in psychology, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field along with a total of 780 hours of training (with a certified trainer in group psychotherapy and psychodrama) is required to sit for the written certification examination. (Students may work towards certification prior to receiving their degree.) The academic portion of the training involves an extensive reading list which in part covers the fields of group dynamics, the history of group therapy, sociometry, psychodrama, sociodrama, action techniques, adjunctive techniques, therapeutic factors, process and outcome research, ethics, various theoretical orientations to group therapy as well as other related topics. Following the written exam there is a practical exam where the candidate will be asked to run a group and he or she will be evaluated by an observer other than the primary trainer.
Each training session includes a significant portion of the time to processing and analyzing the group. This may include demonstration, lecture, videotape feedback, or a question and answer format. The candidate becomes an active member in the training group as a way of engaging in self study for professional and personal growth. The successful candidate will become certified in group psychotherapy and psychodrama as recognized by the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and the American Board of Examiners in Group Psychotherapy, Sociometry, and Psychodrama.
Consultation On-site consultation is available for staff training, Souldrama, program development, and IBT supervision. I will work with you to develop a one-time, multiple presentation, or on-going consultation tailored to your program's needs.
Supervision If you would like to develop your skills as a group therapist group process supervision is available once a month Members need not be working towards certification or continuing education credits to be part of the training and/or supervision. Group process supervision is offered both on-site at your facility and at ours. The supervision will involve members raising issues on facilitation of group process on topics such as:
Altering the groups' dynamic
Understanding and using sociometry
Using action methods
Practical concerns and safety issues
Terminating a group
Interacting with other professionals
Learning to process the group from different perspectives
Course Description for Training in Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Group Psychotherapy Psychodrama
Conceived and developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD , the father of group psychotherapy, psychodrama can be described as, “Employing guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual (psychodrama) or a group (“sociodrama”). Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well being, enhances learning and develops new skills.”
On the benefits of this experiential form of therapy, “Action methods used in psychodrama offer exciting and effective ways to expand and enliven communication, learning, self-discovery and skill building in groups with those in recovery from substance abuse.”
Sociometry J. L. Moreno investigated the structure of groups and society and developed Sociometry-the scientific measurement of social relationships in groups. As in systems models, the individual is viewed in relationship to others. Sociometry in its most basic sense, can be best characterized as a collection of methods to investigate and evaluate networks of existing and preferred relationships. Specifically, sociometry is the study of interpersonal choices regarding criteria of interest to the investigator. Sociometry is not a study of formal group structure (e.g., official hierarchies), rather it is a phenomenological study of people's interpersonal choices (Treadwell & Kumar, 1985, 1997). Sociometric explorations measure, observe, and intervene in the natural attraction/rejection processes within a given group, e.g., family, social, work, community. These explorations may be didactic or action oriented and include social atoms, role diagrams, interpersonal relations, sociograms, and social networks.
The goals of Sociometry include:
Facilitate constructive change in individuals and groups.
Increase awareness, empathy, reciprocity and social interactions.
Explore social choice patterns and reduce conflicts.
Clarify roles, interpersonal relations, and values.
Reveal overt and covert group dynamics.
Increase group cohesion and productivity.
All trainings are 9:30 to 3:30 at the Spring Lake Heights Counseling Center 620 Shore Road Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762 Cost: $175 per day (cash, personal checks, and major credit cards accepted)
Connie is an approved clinical supervisor certified by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).The International Institute for Souldrama is no longer an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (5971).
Connie Miller is an approved clinical supervisor certified by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).
. Connie Miller, TEP and the International Institute for Souldrama is an approved provider for the CEU Program of the ASGPP.
The Clinical Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy certification, C.P. credential, as approved by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.Approved Provider for the Continuing Education Program of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
Team Building in Corporations
One way to access our spiritual intelligence is through team building. Souldrama uses and teaches the process of sociometry to help people get connected before they begin their journey and also during the actual action method of Souldrama. Just the sociometry alone inspires people to begin their own process of transformation, I use and teach sociometry in team building. Here is a brief overview.
Sociometry teaches teams to work well together, their individual and collective creativity is at its peak, they get along well and respect each other, they always meet their deadlines and their work is highly profitable. Sociometry, a science developed by Dr. JL Moreno allows us to look at the underlying connections in a group, as well as the covert, often unspoken words that can inhibit productivity within a workplace. Through sociometry, these conflicts can be weeded out, unspoken connections can be identified and nurtured, work teams can be realigned and the organization can function at a higher level, allowing for more productivity and increased morale. The more satisfied people are at work, the more work they do. They more the staff gets done, the more successful the business. Most teams are formed without any thought of how well they will work together. Someone retires and leaves a spot in a particular department. The next in line is often promoted from within and steps in to take over the job. But do we ever question if he is the right fit for that group?
Do we ask questions such as:
Does he have a similar work style and ethic as those in his department? Does he have a similar way of communicating? Does this department know him and trust him? Is he good manager material?
Often when there has been a crisis within an organization, employees are expected to just carry on as though nothing has happened. This could manifest as a death, a downsizing, a move, termination of a top-level employee (either through quitting or firing), loss of a major account, or any a number of other scenarios.
Studies in work environments have demonstrated that if the staff?s anxiety and loss have not been attended to, productivity and morale fall sharply, and the use of sick days and personal days rises. Therefore, it is in a company's best interests to encourage employees to have their process and get to the other side of the crisis.
Through the action methods of sociometry and sociodrama, the staff can be assisted in doing just that, so that together, they can work through this big loss or shift, and be assured that the company - and they - can survive it.
WORKSHOPS ON THE "ENERGY OF MONEY" How do your employees see money and how does this affect the outcome of their personal lives and affect your organization?
SKILLS TRAINING THROUGH ACTION
More often then not, when an employee joins an organization, or is promoted to a new position, s/he is given a job description and a list of expectations, but little or no coaching or guidance for how to do his/her job. This scenario can result in an employee excelling as s/he steps into this new and challenging role and/or it can result in the revealing of his/her growing edges, that is, those areas where the employee requires professional development.
But how does an employee or supervisor learn this new role and address those growing edges, without jeopardizing the health of the company? In skills training seminars, employees will be specifically guided through a process of practicing specific work-related skills to allow him/her to master what it takes to do his/her job. Whether it?s a manager learning how to coach an employee, or a customer service representative learning how to speak with an irate customer, skills training through action will allow the employee the opportunity to try out a number of different responses in a safe learning environment. Because s/he has worked out the ?kinks? in a ?professional laboratory?, when the situation arises on the job, the employee will be well prepared to handle the challenge, feel empowered and confident, and do a better job.
STRATEGIC PLANNING When a company is planning its future, it is often done by sitting around a conference room table and tossing out ideas. That setting certainly doesn?t inspire creative thinking - but action does. If a company is preparing a 5 year plan, why not have staff members experience a future projection, where they can step into the organization 5 years hence and speak from that place? With well thought out interviewing, this process will allow for increased spontaneity and creativity, which will elicit ideas that are outside the box? It also will increase excitement for the future of the organization, thus increasing morale and a sense of teamwork.
In work environments, there is often unresolved conflict that not only is not processed, but is rarely even spoken about. Moreover, most managers are not trained in how to resolve these types of conflicts, or worse, may be in the midst of one of them with a staff member. The proverbial "elephant in the middle of the room" impedes employees' ability to concentrate on their work, and thus affect productivity.
Anxiety and spontaneity are inversely related. The more anxious a person is, the less spontaneous he or she can be. Therefore, when there is conflict within an organization, or poor communication, or a crisis of some kind, everyone's spontaneity and creativity suffers. As a result, morale suffers, people are afraid to take creative risks at work, the staff feels disconnected from each other, and they don't feel bonded towards a common goal. It doesn't matter at what level the anxiety exists - on the Board of Directors, amongst managers, between managers and employees or between employee and employee. That anxiety or conflict affects the mood in the organization, and that negativity is contagious.
Through the process of a classical encounter, employees can be helped to state their concerns in a mutually-respectful way, and work through them productively. Each staff member will benefit from such a process, because they have all been feeling the negative effects of the tension.
This process can also be an opportunity to educate the staff on effective communication, such as being assertive vs. aggressive, thus allowing for a greater environment of mutual respect.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 732-974-1978 620 Shore Rd. Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762