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Psychodrama Los Angeles
An action approach using therapy, creativity and intuition
multicultural group of teens laughing
Palm Springs Professional Training

***This training program is currently on hold***
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 This training workshop is designed for those interested in exploring the bridge between personal story, creativity, and the power of community. The overall goal of the training is to develop the participant's spontaneity using the methods of psychodrama. As developed by Dr. J.L. Moreno, psychodrama is a therapeutic action method in which participants act out their personal dramas (past, present, and future), dreams and fantasies. The session will include didactic presentation, experiential learning, and processing.  Participants will explore their process as they expand their creativity and role repertoire.

This training workshop is designed to give the participants introductory skills and expand their experience in the assessment and treatment utilizing the action-oriented model of psychodrama.  Areas of exploration will include:

1. Facilitating action-oriented assessment.
2. Designing action-oriented therapeutic goals.
3. Exploring contra-indications for action, ethical issues, and cultural sensitivity.

Skills and Knowledge Objectives
Gaining an understanding of the basic theoretical framework of J.L. Moreno, MD, who developed psychodrama, group psychotherapy, and sociometry. Based on the unique experiential activity of each group, several of the following objectives will be included:

1. Developing creative environments and working alliances with clients.
2. Exploring the bridge between personal stories and dramatic action.
3. Spontaneity development through warming up to and acquiring new roles.
4. Sociometry (the study of connectedness) as a guide to assessment and therapeutic healing.
5. Psychodrama as action and role-play utilizing "personal" problems.
6  Sociodrama as action and role-play utilizing "collective" problems.

Jeffrey Yates, LCSW, TEP, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles and Director of the Psychodrama Institute of Los Angeles. Since 1994, Jeffrey has been certified as a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. Jeffrey has been a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He was also the founding artistic director (1990-1995) of DC Playback Theater in Washington DC.

Jeffrey served as past president of theAmerican Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, the organization that certifies practitioners and trainers in the North American region. He is a fellow and former Executive Council member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.  Jeffrey has worked as a clinician in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction programs.  He has provided psychodrama services and conducted workshops for Promises Treatment Centers, Sierra Tucson, The Caron Foundation,  and the One80 Center. Jeffrey has been a trainer and supervising clinician with the psychodrama section, Saint Elizabeths Hospital (formerly The National Institute of Mental Health), Washington DC (1989-95).

Jeffrey has been a keynote presenter for many professional conferences including the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Psychotherapy Networker, formerly known as the Family Therapy Networker. He has experience as a corporate and management consultant for organizations including The United States Justice Department and the United States Postal Service.