Clinical Work Using Action Methods.
September 2019-June 2020
One Friday afternoon every month
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Are you interested in the mind/body connection?
Action methods, taken from psychodrama, are a powerful addition
to the therapists repertoire because they help to incorporate the
body, mind, and the unconscious. Action methods help our clients
to work through issues by concretizing what is in their heads:
when you can see in 3 dimensions what was previously in your
mind only, you can start to better understand your issues and to
If you are trained in family therapy or family systems
work, psychodramatic action methods are an excellent adjunct to
your training. Psychodrama is an effective way to work
systemically with individuals.
Click here to sign up for the next series.
About the workshops:
Workshops are is designed for therapists and other professionals
who wish to learn the fundamentals of psychodrama. Each training
session will incorporate different aspects of the method. You will
learn about the 5 elements of psychodrama and how to use role
re-create the family system when family members are dead or
otherwise unavailable. You will learn why working in the "here and
now" is so powerful. You will gain experience
with techniques such as the empty chair, role reversal, and
doubling. You will also learn how to "concretize" issues,
use metaphor, as well as “act out" stories.
Here are the remaining workshops scheduled* for 2018/2019.
Enjoy your summer!
Here are the 10 classes scheduled for 2019/20.
30 Clinical CEU's for 2019-20 for social workers, MFT's and
This course, Clinical Work Using Action Methods, Approval #183008-438 provided by
Chrysalis Clinical Supervision & Training, is approved for continuing
education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative,
which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period:
December 2018 through August 31, 2020.
September 27, 2019: Doubling. Doubling is a technique
that allows therapists to convey understanding to our clients. It can
also be used with couple, families and groups to help family or
group members feel understood. It is a powerful tool that is
fundamental to psychodrama.
October 25, 2019: Role-Reversal. Role-reversal is a powerful
technique that allows us to step into someone elses shoes. Using
role-reversal with couples and families can help build empathy
among family members/couples. Learn how to use this important
psychodramatic technique to enhance your clinical work.
November 15, 2019: The Empty Chair. This workshop will explore
relationships through the empty chair. The empty chair is an
excellent technique to help clients express thoughts and feelings
towards important people in their
lives in the here and now.
December 13, 2019: Concretizing Metaphor. Our clients often use
wonderful language that poetically describes their circumstances,
their thoughts, or feelings. Learn how to
put this language into 3 dimensions to deepen yourwork. This is
my favorite workshop!
January 24, 2020: The Social Atom. Doing family therapy with
individuals using the social atom. Sometimes we wish to
understand family of origin issues or current family
relationshipsbut are unable to get the family to participate
in therapy. This workshop will help us explore family relationships,
our "social atom" using role reversal, a technique which allows us
to work with systemically with individual clients.
February 21, 2020: The Magic of the Present Moment: How to
attend to changes in affect in the here and now. Many therapists
over-focus on what their clients are saying rather than how.This
workshop will help you understand the difference between process
and content and how to attend to subtle changes in mood,
thoughts, and feelings.
March 20, 2020: The Diamond of Opposites; working with
ambivalence in action. Ambivalence can be crippling because we
can become stuck in indecision and put our lives on hold. This
workshop will help you explore your ambivalence by putting it into
April 24, 2020: How to tell your story in action. This workshop will
focus on the key elements of psychodrama including the walk and
talk, scene setting, role reversal, doubling, and using the mirror
position. Content will focus on family relationships.
May 15, 2020: Telling our stories in action. This workshop uses the
elements of role reversal and doubling and will teach the
importance of scene setting in order to help us tell our stories in
action. Content will focus on loss.
June 12, 2020: Saying goodbye in action. Ending relationships can
be both gratifying and difficult. In this workshop we will explore
how we end relationships. Insights gained will help you make your
terminations more powerful by concretizing gains through action.
Different ways to concretize thoughts and feelings will be explored.
I am an experienced LCSW, Certified Practitioner and PAT of
Psychodrama wtih 23 years of experience working with individuals,
couples, families, and groups with a wide
variety of issues. I have supervised (in NJ) social workers, family
therapists, and counselors for 19 years. I have a passion for
teaching family therapy and psychodrama--two very powerful and
In addition, to my 12 years of experience in psychodrama, I am the
Associate Clinical Director of Family Service League, a local not-for-
profit counseling agency, a staff PAT at the Psychodrama &
Creative Arts Institute, NYC, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at
NYU and Columbia.
When: One Friday afternoon, 1:00-4:00PM, each month.
Where: Upper Montclair, NJ.
Fee: $695 for the series beginning September 27. 2019. Fee is due
September 13th. 50 % refund until September 20th. No refunds
after September 20th, 2019.
Contact: Paula Ochs LCSW, CP, PAT