Valley Psychodrama Institute
Celebrating our 25th year!
Shaddy, MS, LMHP, LCPC, TEP has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist,
educator, consultant, and in program development. She holds a Master’s
degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Deborah has a long-held
passion for the power of experiential methods, developed through psychodrama
and Virginia Satir’s Process Community. She is certified as a trainer,
educator and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy
by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama and as an Experiential
Arts Facilitator by Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
She also has been influenced by post-graduate Jungian and object relations
Joanne Gaffney RN, LICSW, CRS
Joanne Gaffney is a registered nurse and a licensed clinical social work psychotherapist with basic education at New York Hospital-Cornell and Simmons Graduate School, where she later became a supervisor. She was staff at Harvard Community Health Plan. Her continued training resulted in certification to provide the modern strategies available today in behavioral health and then in certification to teach them to other professionals. She is certified in Voice Dialogue; Rubenfeld Synergy Method,EMDR, Imago Therapy and in Internal Family Systems.
Walter Baile, M.D.
Walter Baile MD is a psychiatrist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His full-time appointment is in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science . He is also Director of the Program on Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement in the Department of Faculty and Academic Enhancement.
main interest is in teaching communication skills to faculty and other
staff at his institution and other venues in the United States and abroad
using action methods. He and Rebecca Walters developed a technique called
John Nolte, Ph.D., TEP
John Nolte, Ph.D.,who trained at the Moreno Institute in the 1960's, has been a psychodramatist for nearly 50 years. A certified trainer since 1975, he is the co-founder of The National Psychodrama Training Center and has conducted psychodrama workshops in several countries in Western Europe, in New Zealand and Taiwan. His broad ranging career has included appointments to the State Departments of Mental Health of both Missouri and Illinois, mental health staff positions in private hospitals, and substance abuse and chronic pain rehabilitation programs.
Long an advocate of using psychodrama in non-clinical settings, John found an opportunity at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College to work with lawyers in developing numerous ways of utilizing psychodrama and psychodramatic techniques in preparing for and conducting trials.
Author of The Psychodrama Papers, John is near completing an extensive explication of the methods, theories, and philosophy of J. L. Moreno, M.D.
Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP studied with J.L. and Zerka Moreno, graduated from the Moreno Institute and edited the student's edition of Who Shall Survive? (1995) Ann founded the Toronto Centre, Playback Theater Northwest (Seattle) and the Blue Ridge Human Relations Training Institute (Roanoke, VA). She currently is revising her book Conducting Clinical Sociometric Explorations and the accompanying CD ROM of sociometric devices. Ann resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, VA and teaches drawing and painting. Ann is a past president of the ASGPP. She currently directs the International Sociometry Training Network (www.sociometry.net) and is involved in writing, exhibiting paintings and supervision of psychodramatists.
Bill Coleman, LMSW, TEP, is a certified trainer in Tucson, AZ. He is the resident Psychodramatist at Sierra Tucson directing psychodrama groups for the full range of psychiatric and addiction disorders. He has written a manual for Clinicians on the use of Mandalas in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bill has been a trainer with HVPI for over 10 years and has conducted sessions specifically for Substance Abuse Counselors. He worked as a Psychodramatist at Four Winds Hospital treating dually diagnosed adolescents and was an Adjunct Professor at Russell Sage College teaching a course in Theater Therapy. Bill has conducted workshops and has lectured widely including the Cleveland Clinic where he presented at their Psychiatry Grand Rounds. He is also now associated with a new intensive Outpatient Program at Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center in Tucson where he offers individual therapy and directs psychodrama groups for substance abuse and sex addiction.
Regina Peterson, MSC, LCSW, TEP is a psychodramatist at St. Cabrini's Home in West Park, a residential school for adolescent girls. She has an undergraduate degree in art, and actively incorporates her interest in art and creativity in her work with the young women at West Park. Her work at Cabrini's also includes integrating DBT as part of milieu therapy. Regina's previous experience includes working as a social worker at hospitals and nursing homes, as well as being the director of the undergraduate social work program at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. During 2005, Regina worked extensively with the Red Cross and Department of Social Services to service the needs of the April flood victims in Ulster County.
Donna Little, M.S.W., TEP has been a psychodrama trainer for twenty-eight years and completed training in systemic family constellation with Heinz Stark through Healing Heart and Soul, LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She resides in Toronto, Ontario, where she is a psychodrama trainer with the Toronto Centre for Psychodrama and Sociometry. Donna is vice-chairperson of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is also co-author with Ann Hale of a monograph entitled Sociometric Processing of Action Events (2004) The joy she has in her role of grandparent is reflected in her writing and poetry and the work with trainees and clients.
Aaron is the founder of Psychodramatic
is an internationally respected expert on emotions, the body and spirituality.
For 18 years Susan's workshops and training have transformed people across
Canada, England and the United States, teaching them about the relationship
between the body and the healing journey. She consults and conducts workshops
for agencies and organizations internationally. Susan is a Canadian Director
of Psychodrama, a Psychotherapist, a Registered Massage Therapist and
a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP). Susan
is the recipient of the 2006 Innovator’s award, presented by the
American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (A.S.G.P.P.).
This award acknowledges her innovative work in combining psychodrama and
bodywork.For more information about Psychodramatic Bodywork visit: www.youremotions.com
Dorothy Baldwin Satten, Ph.D., Mort Satten, Ph.D.
The faculty of HVPI mourn the passing of our dear friends and colleagues Dorothy and Mort. Their many gifts to the students and faculty will not be forgotten.
Zerka Moreno, with her husband Dr. J.L. Moreno, was the creator and developer of today's methods of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Zerka Moreno is especially identified by her teaching of the classic model of psychodrama. She is the oldest living representative of Moreno’s ideas and has brought his message around the globe.
Liz White, MS TEP
A former Life Skills coach and trainer with the YWCA, Liz is certified as a Trainer, Educator, Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, on which she has also served as an elected member.
For twenty-five years, Liz has pioneered in psychodrama training, first in Toronto and now in a new Centre in Saskatchewan. In addition to her psychotherapy practice in Toronto, she is highly regarded internationally as a lively and seasoned trainer, consultant and educator.
Liz has been in independent practice for thirty years
Fox, MA, TEP is a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy
and Psychodrama and was winner of the Innovator's Award of the ASGPP.
He was keynote speaker at the Society's annual meeting in 2006. The founder
of playback theatre, he has practiced in many different cultural contexts.
Jonathan is also the director of the School of Playback Theater which
attracts students from all over the world every summer. He also recently
served as the Co-director, Brandeis International Program, Recasting Reconciliation
Jonathan is author and/or editor of numerous books and articles on Playback Theater and Psychodrama, including: The Essential Moreno:Writings on Psychodrama, Group Method, and Spontaneity (1987); Acts of Service: Spontaneity, Commitment, Tradition in the Non-scripted Theatre (1994); Gathering Voices: Essays on Playback Theatre (1999), and a chapter on playback theatre in Africa for the forthcoming book, Compendium of Applied Theatre. His books and articles have been translated into many languages including German, Japanese, and Bulgarian.
Jonathan is an internationally renowned trainer and within the last year has taught at New York University, University of Windsor (Canada), and Manhattanville College, as well as institutes in Finland, Japan, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. He is also a sought after keynote speaker.