Psychodrama conference to bring alternative choices for psychotherapy, education and social issues to Los Angeles

Workshop group from the 2023 conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.

Mental health professionals, educators and others will gather April 2-7 in Los Angeles for six days of action-packed workshops showing and telling how improvisational theater offers powerful alternatives for the treatment for trauma and addiction, brings fresh ideas to psychotherapy, coaching and classroom settings, and powerfully addresses the social issues of our day.

It’s happening at the 2024 conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at the Sonesta LAX Hotel, Los Angeles, with 65-plus workshops that focus on the action method of psychodrama and how it combines with creative arts therapies and other popular therapeutic methods, builds community and promotes healing.

Workshops will be presented by top trainers from throughout the United States and internationally. Just a few of the titles are “Step in the Shoes of a Teenager Using Sociodrama,” “The Power of Connection Over Polarization,” “The Art and Soul of Human Connection,” “Drama and Dragons,” “Liberation Roles in BIPOC Space,” and “Psychodrama and the Gerry Spence Method: A Trial Lawyers Experience.”

  • Keynote with Miriam Zachariah, M.A., TEP, educator and innovator with the use sociometric structures in educational settings to reduce conflict and promote inclusion on Thursday, April 4. She is the granddaughter of Dr. J.L. Moreno, the originator of psychodrama and sociometry.
  • Plenary with Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT-BCT, MFA, and director of Living Arts Playback Theatre, who will discuss how drama therapy, psychodrama and Playback Theatre heals collective trauma on Saturday, April 6.
  • Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., professor of medical ethics and health policy, acclaimed author and son of Dr. J.L. Moreno and Zerka Moreno, will share memories of his father in “Impromptu Man 2.0.” on Saturday, April 6.
  • Awards luncheon of the organization’s best and brightest people who have expanded and changed psychodrama and group psychotherapy through their special contributions on Thursday, April 4; a Social Justice Forum on Friday, April 5; and a Peace Circle on Sunday, April 7.
  • New members and first-time attendees welcoming breakfast and meals, snacks and entertainment.
  • Live and silent auctions to raise funds for conference and learning scholarships.

Can’t attend all five days? Come to as many days as you are able – or just come for one day or even just one workshop – or look at virtual options for the guest speakers.

Also, look for discounted rates for veterans and special group rates for university students and faculty as well as psychodrama trainees affiliated with a psychodrama training program in the United States. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are also available.

The Early Bird discount ends March 1.

Find the conference brochure here. Register for the conference here.

See the ASGPP website here.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of more representatives of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and/or a conference presenter, please call or text: Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP at 717-466-0788 or email: [email protected].

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