What is Psychodrama?

Conceived and developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD, psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual (psychodrama) or a group (sociodrama). Using experiential methods, enactment and reenactment, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight, growth and change, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well being, enhances learning and develops new skills.

Each psychodrama includes:

The protagonist: Person(s) selected to “represent the theme” of group in the drama; the person whose story or issue will get re enacted.

The auxiliary egos: Group members who assume the roles of significant others in the drama

The audience: Group members who witness the drama and represent the world at large.

The stage: The physical space in which the drama is conducted

The director: The trained psychodramatist who guides participants through each phase of the session.

Psychodrama is used to explore through action the worlds in which we live, both internal and external. It allows for the safe expression of strong feelings, a wider perspective on individual and social problems and an opportunity to try out desired behaviors. For more information visit the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at: www.asgpp.org


Training in psychodrama will give you a theoretical and practical understanding of the methods of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. It is both didactic and experiential. The techniques learned in psychodrama workshops and trainings can be used for action interventions with groups, family, couples and individual therapy. As clients move from “talking about” into action, opportunities arise to heal the past, clarify the present and imagine and practice for the future. HVPI trainings and workshops provide a safe and supportive environment in which to experiment with the roles of director, auxiliary and protagonist. Workshops and trainings are both didactic and experiential. There is a strong focus on observing and working with group process.

Which Workshop is right for you?

HVPI offers two to three day workshops that address the integration of action methods with very different thearpueitc philosophys or orientations such as DBT or Positive Psychology. We also offer short workshops on the use of action with specific populations such as children or couples. These are useful for people who would like to see how to use action methods in their current or future work.

Our Winter and Summer five day intensives provide a more in depth experience with the method including the opportunity to practice some of the techniques that can be applied to group, individual and family work. Each participant also has the opportunity to do protagonist centered work as part of practicing the skills.

Our ongoing Core Trainings in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy is a year long program that allows students to delve deeper into the philosophy and method developed by JL Moreno. There are ample opportunities for student directing at different levels. Attendance at at least one intensive is a prerequisite for joining Core.

Who comes to Psychodrama Training Seminars?

Practicing professionals and students in the areas of mental health, addiction and recovery, personal growth, social service, creative arts therapy, coaching, education, corrections, pastoral counseling, medicine, nursing, law and personnel management attend our trainings. Many who attend our seminars do not intend to become professional psychodrama directors. They combine their own skills with psychodramatic methods to enhance their present work. Some people attend primarily because they want to find creative ways to deal with issues in their own lives. They are asked to contact us before registering to make sure the workshop or intensive is appropriate for them.


Psychodramatists are certified by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, PO Box 15572, Washington, DC 20003-0572, (202) 483-0514. For online information visit:www.asgpp.org

HVPI offers formal training that meets the requirements of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Upon completion of requirements, trainees may elect to apply to the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, Washington, D.C., for national certification offered at two levels: Certified Practitioner (CP) or Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP).

CEU’S for Therapists and Counselors

HVPI is a continuing education provider for National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. NAADAC hours are accepted by NYS OASES. Our hours are accepted by the North American Association for Drama Therapy and the American Society for Experiential Therapy. Visit out Continuing Education page for more about CE hours.

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