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FAQ: Training & Workshops

Trainings & workshops are designed to be educational and are attended by students and professionals with various educational and professional backgrounds ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels. To be a board Certified Practitioner (CP) in psychodrama one must be a Masters level licensed mental health professional. Therefore, material presented in training and workshops build upon techniques, knowledge and skills learned in collegiate level courses. Participants of trainings and workshops are attended by students or practitioners of Social Work, Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapies, Art Therapy, Dance/ Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, or Music Therapy.

Please view the below FAQ's for more information.

Training & Workshops

What is the difference between Training and Workshops?

Trainings & workshops are both designed to be educational and are attended by students and professionals with various educational and professional backgrounds ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels. Training usually offers an on-going learning experience that offers a more in-depth learning experience. Workshops are usually range from a few hours to a full day and offers a rich experiential learning. 

Who can take Workshops?

Participants include students and professionals with various educational and professional backgrounds ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels. Intermediate or beginner participants may seek training for professional development or skill building purposes. Those involved in the study or practice of Social Work, Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapies, Art Therapy, Dance/ Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, or Music Therapy will find psychodrama training especially useful.

 

Some advanced participants may be seeking board certification. The workshops provide content and training approved for board certification in psychodrama. Board Certified Practitioner’s (CP) and CP eligible candidates must be Masters level professionals. Therefore, the material presented in this course builds upon techniques, knowledge and skills learned in introductory collegiate level courses.

 

Intensive trainings are designed for advanced and intermediate skill levels.

What types of trainings/workshops do you offer?

Psychodrama New Jersey offers a wide range of trainings, all from a psychodrama perspective.  To stay updated with our schedule and learn more about upcoming events, please join our mailing list. Workshops offered outside of Psychodrama New Jersey (i.e. universities, conferences, etc) are determined by the workshop host.

Do the trainings/workshops count towards CEUs in New Jersey?

Unless otherwise noted, our trainings/workshops offer CEUs in conjunction with the Monmouth University School of Social Work Professional Education Program (PEP).

 

Trainings that are approved by the NASW NJ CEU Approval Collaborative offer CEUs that are acceptable for Social Workers and counselors licensed under the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Counselors. (See NJ AC 13:34-15.4)

Who provides the training?

The primary trainer is Scottie Urmey, LCSW, TEP. Larger training groups will be co-facilitated by Scottie Urmey, LCSW, TEP and Ron Collier LCSW, TEP.

Do you offer refunds?

Yes, please see the specific event for detailed information. 

What if I require special accommodations?

We want to provide a comfortable and accommodating experience for everyone. Participants may have different needs and goals at different times in their training. We encourage participants to update us whenever possible about how to best accommodate and nurture their educational experience. Please contact our office to inquire about special accommodations for disability at 732-686-9427 or Patricia@psychodramanj.com.

Where are Psychodrama New Jersey trainings offered?

We are located at 220 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ, 07755. We are easily accessible from Route 18, GSP, and Ocean Ave. We are 2 miles from Monmouth University. Offsite training and workshops are available by request. 

What if I am not happy? Who do I contact about grievances?

If anyone is left unsatisfied with the program or instruction please contact Scottie Urmey by email Scottie@psychodramanj.com or phone 732-820-4897.

Weekly Psychodrama Training

Who is Weekly Psychodrama Training for?

We welcome students and professionals with various educational and professional backgrounds ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels. Some advanced participants may be seeking certification while intermediate or beginner participants may seek training for professional development, continuing education credit, or skill building purposes. The course provides content and training hours required for board certification in psychodrama. Therefore, the material presented in the weekly training series builds upon techniques, knowledge and skills learned in introductory collegiate level courses (i.e. human growth and development, theories of personality, abnormal behavior/psychopathology, methods of psychotherapy, and social systems).

   

Participants at the beginning skill level will minimally have completed some collegiate level course work and an expressed interest for pursuing an advanced level mental health degree (ex. Social Work, Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapies, Art Therapy, Dance/ Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, or Music Therapy). Weekly psychodrama training uses an adult learning model, so education and learning flows from all available resources, allowing advanced and intermediate skill level participants (i.e. current masters level students or recent graduates) the benefit of furthering their clinical acumen via the questions and enthusiasm of beginning level participants. 

 

Who provides the training?

The primary trainer is Scottie Urmey, LCSW, TEP. Larger training groups will be co-facilitated by Scottie Urmey, LCSW, TEP and Ron Collier LCSW, TEP.

Can you tell me more about the trainer(s)?

Scottie Urmey BS, MSW, LCSW, TEP is a certified trainer, educator, and practitioner (TEP) by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy and approved clinical social work supervisor in New Jersey. She received the 2014 Alumni of the Year Award from Monmouth University, School of Social Work (07’), 2014 Volunteer Award from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County for contributions made post-Super storm Sandy, and the 2016 ASGPP Collaborators Award for her long time work with Ronald Collier as psychodrama trainers and educators. Scottie is currently the President of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, & Group Psychotherapy.

 

A culmination of more than 25 years of training and experience, Scottie founded Psychodrama New Jersey as an institute of psychodrama training and psychotherapy. With a solid foundation in creative arts therapies, psychological research, and teaching to post-graduate level students, she welcomes opportunities for advanced level teaching and research involvement. As an adjunct professor for Monmouth University Psychological Counseling Department and School of Social Work, Scottie has taught Psychodrama & Group Psychotherapy, Group, and Field courses. She also teaches the state required 20-hour course to become approved as a Clinical Social Work Supervisor in NJ through the Monmouth University,  School of Social Work, Professional Education Program. Her additional interests include; clinical applications and efficacy of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, compassion fatigue, primary and secondary trauma, professional burn-out, self-care & sustainability, professional ethics, mindfulness meditation, positive psychology, and environmental justice. 

Ronald Collier, MSW, LCSW, TEP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama. Ron received his master's degree in social work from Barry University, Miami, Florida. He has held clinical and supervisory positions for over 35 years. Ron received the Bertha-Capon-Reynolds Award from Monmouth University School of Social Work for his outstanding field supervision, the ASGPP Collaborators Award, and the Humanitarian Award from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, NJ. In addition to his full time private practice he provides clinical supervision for the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, and conduct psychodrama therapy groups at Monmouth Medical Center.

 

What will I learn in Weekly Psychodrama Training?

Learning Objectives:

  • Verbalize an understanding of basic psychodramatic theory (i.e. sociometry, role, creativity & spontaneity theory).

  • Discuss some aspects of psychodrama philosophy i.e. Catharsis of integration, “here & now”, child development, etc.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychodrama structure i.e. warm-up, action, and sharing.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of doubling, mirroring and role reversal techniques.

  • Explain and implement a social atom exercise.

  • Utilize action techniques for assessment, intervention, and evaluation purposes.

  • Discuss how psychodrama and sociodrama can be integrated with other related fields and modalities.

  • Discuss and demonstrate directing skills (i.e. determining a therapeutic hypothesis, setting clinical goals, identifying act hungers, open tensions, and central concern).

  • Verbalize an understanding of various psychodrama terms including surplus reality, tele, sociometry, auxiliary, etc.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues* in the application and practice of psychodrama.

  • Demonstrate how action interventions can be used to recognize and address *cultural factors within the group psychotherapy process (i.e. sociodrama).

  • Demonstrate the ability to process a psychodramatic session.

When do the Weekly Psychodrama Training sessions meet?

Ongoing training is held once weekly September-June. Depending on the cohort you register for, trainings meet Wednesday or Thursday morning from 10:00am-1:00 pm or Wednesday evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm. For all the details please contact the registrar, Patricia Hannah at 732-686-9427 or Patricia@Psychodramanj.com

 

We also offer one day workshops and retreats which we post on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Join our email list to get updates!

How much will it cost to attend?

Tuition for Weekly Psychodrama Training is paid in monthly installments of $200 (total $1800). Monthly installments are due at the first class of each month. September and June are both covered in the first $200 payment as they are only partial months.

What CEU's will I earn?

All hours within Psychodrama New Jersey training programs and workshops may be counted towards the Certified Practitioner( C.P.) or Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) credential as approved by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

This course, Weekly Psychodrama Training, Approval #203006-1603R, provided by Psychodrama New Jersey 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: Friday, June 10, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 91 Clinical, 6 Ethics, 3 Cultural Competency CE credits for participating in this course.

Please direct inquires related to continuing education approvals to Scottie Urmey at 732-820-4897 or Scottie@psychodramanj.com.

 

I want to sign up for weekly psychodrama training. What if I don't like it? 

A FREE consultation (phone or Zoom) can be scheduled to discuss if this type of psychodrama training format is suitable. Participants are encouraged to participate in a workshop prior to making the larger time commitment. Contact Scottie@psychodramanj.com to schedule a time to talk.

 

Do you offer refunds for weekly Psychodrama Training?

Full refunds are given for cancellations made 3 weeks before the start of the event. Cancellations made with less than 3 weeks notice will be refunded minus $50 cancellation fee. Refund requests should be submitted in writing and directed to Patricia Hannah at 732-686-9427 or patricia@psychodramanj.com. No refunds are offered for cancellations after the training has begun. Weekly Psychodrama Training requires a commitment to attend and arrive on time for the full on-going experience. However, if Psychodrama New Jersey cancels training sessions due to local government requirements and CDC guidelines presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, full refunds will be issued.

 

We understand that unforeseen life events can result in changes to available time and finances. If, after you begin training, something outside of your control drastically impacts your ability to attend, we expect that you will communicate that as soon as you are able. Training sessions that are missed within the month are not pro-rated or refunded. 

What is Weekly Psychodrama Training like? 

The intention of our training groups is to create a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment. Weekly Psychodrama Training is akin to a college course. In the same way you attend a particular class over a semester, you attend training sessions over a period of time. Each session designed to build upon the other allowing for a depth of knowledge that other formats cannot offer. Weekly Training is didactic and experiential creating a uniquely educational, supportive and inspiring professional refuge. 

 

I'm a social worker. What CEU's will I earn if I join Weekly Psychodrama Training?

This course, Weekly Psychodrama Training, Approval #203006-1603R, provided by Psychodrama New Jersey 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: Friday, June 10, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 91 Clinical, 6 Ethics, 3 Cultural Competency CE credits for participating in this course.

 

If I join an ongoing training group will I be refunded or prorated for days I am absent?

On-going training requires a commitment to attend the full experience. Once registered, we reserve a space in training exclusively for you, missed training sessions are not pro-rated or refunded.  It is not uncommon for participants to miss a session once in a while due to illness, unexpected work/family circumstances, or (hopefully) vacation. We follow an adult learning model, so we leave those decisions up to you. We always want people to make the healthiest and happiest choices for themselves. If for some reason you are unable to attend a scheduled training session we only ask that you let us know (so we don't worry). Weekly Psychodrama Training is designed to provide up to 100 hours of training, so if you missed 1 or 2 training sessions it won't ruin your experience. Please note, continuing education hours will only reflect the number of hours actually attended.

 

What if I require special accommodations?

We want to provide a comfortable and accommodating experience for everyone. Participants may have different needs and goals at different times in their training we encourage participants to update us whenever possible about how to best accommodate and nurture their educational experience.Please contact Scottie to inquire about special accommodations for disability at 732-820-4897 or Scottie@psychodramanj.com.

 

Where is Psychodrama New Jersey?

We are located at 220 Monmouth Road, Suite 7, Oakhurst, NJ, 07755, within the Mental Health Collaborative. We are easily accessible from Route 18, GSP, and Ocean Ave. We are 2 miles from Monmouth University. Offsite training and workshops will be noted. 

What if I am not happy? Who do I contact about grievances?

If anyone is left unsatisfied with the program or instruction please contact Scottie Urmey by email at Scottie@psychodramanj.com or 732-820-4897.

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