Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute
New Address: 156 Bellevue Road, Highland,NY 12528

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Action Methods with Children's Groups:
Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Playback Theater

Trainer:Rebecca Walters, MS LMHC LCAT TEP

April 25-27, 2013
in Highland, NY
Thursday 6:15-9:15 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Psychodrama is a natural and powerful method for helping troubled, abused and traumatized children tell their stories, safely express strong feelings and try out new behaviors and roles. It is also useful to teach social skills and problem solving to students with diverse capabilities and challenges in a wide range of settings. This professional training will offer participants the opportunity to learn adaptations of the psychodramatic method that work especially well with groups of children ages seven though twelve. Many of these structures can be adapted to work with individuals and families.


Participants will explore and experience structures that allow for the safe acting out of children's hopes, fears and difficulties through the use of:
  • Fairytales
  • Storytelling
  • Sociodrama
  • Personal life stories
  • Group-created stories
Participants will practice variations of therapeutic action techniques that work with children such as:
  • Doubling
  • Multiple doubling
  • Role playing
  • Playback theater
  • Inner and outer circle
  • Family sculpting
  • Role training for new behavior

The use of group ritual and structures for safety and containment will be demonstrated.

Ways to address the difficulties inherent in using psychodrama with children will be discussed.



4 weeks notice: 100% refund

2 weeks notice: 50% credit towards future HVPI trainings

~Space is limited...register early to avoid being closed out~

This training offers 16 Continuing Education Credits towards national credentialing by National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), NYS OASAS, and towards re-certification requirements for the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists.

This training offers hours towards certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP) and is accepted toward credentialing by the National Drama Therapy Association and the American Society for Experiential Therapists. Many of our students who are social workers have had these hours accepted towards their social work CEU requirements, but that is on a state by state basis.

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Trainer: Rebecca Walters, MS, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist), and TEP, is the co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute which she founded in1989. She was a psychodramatist at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, Katonah, NY for over twenty five years and recently retired as the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychodrama Services where she ran six groups a week with children and adolescents. She also supervised the psychodrama internship program at Four Winds.
Rebecca is a sought after international trainer and is known for her expertise in the use of action methods with children and adolescents. She has brought her well-received training seminars on the use of action methods with children and teenagers to conferences and training institutes throughout the US and abroad. She is currently consultant to MD Anderson Cancer Center's I*CARE, a program for Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement that is a program of the Department of Faculty Development dedicated to improving the communication among cancer patients, their families and their providers.
Rebecca is an elected member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, an organization in which she is a Fellow. She is the 2010 recipient of their Hannah Weiner Awarded which honors her years of service to the ASGPP. She is the current president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the ASGPP.
Rebecca is certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

To Register: Please send a check made out to:

New Address: 156 Bellevue Road
Highland,NY 12528
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Payment plans may be arranged upon request. It is now possible to pay with a major credit card.

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