Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute
Highland,NY 12528 (845)255-7502

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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, 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.

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:


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 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.

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.


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:

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 , through the ASGPP, is an approved provider of Continuing Education Units accepted toward National Credentialing by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Our trainings may be counted toward recertification requirements for The National Registry of Group Psychotherapists

We are an approved NYS OASAS trainer

CEUs pending for MFTs, RNs and Drama Therapists. Contact us for details.

Social Workers: Several of our previous students have had CEU's attained through HVPI trainings accepted as CSW/LCSW CEU's by certain states' licensure boards. Check with your own state to see if they will accept NAASAC or NBCC CEU's..

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