PSYCHODRAMA TRAINING FAQ:

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 licensed mental health professionals. Therefore, the material presented in this course builds upon techniques, knowledge and skills learned in introductory collegiate level courses and some amount of previous psychodrama training.

 

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 workshops, 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 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?

One day workshops are refunded, in full, when notice is given minimally 1 month prior to the date of the workshop. Cancellations made with less than 1 month but more than 1 week will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 1 week prior to workshop will not be refunded.

What if I require special accomodations?

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 732-820-4897 or psychodramanewjersey@gmail.com.

Where are Psychodrama New Jersey trainings offered?

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 psychodramanewjersey@gmail.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)?

L. Scott Urmey BS, MSW, LCSW, TEP is a certified trainer, educator, and practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy and approved clinical social work supervisor in New Jersey. "Scottie" 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. A culmination of more than 20 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. Currently, Scottie is teaching Psychodrama & Group Psychotherapy as an adjunct professor in the Psychological Counseling Department at Monmouth University. She also teaches Clinical Supervision at Monmouth University, School of Social Work, Professional Education Program, a state required 20-hour course to become approved as a Clinical Social Work Supervisor in NJ. 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?

The training experiences we offer in this program are:

  • psychodramatic theory & philosophy.

  • the therapuetic process of warm-up, action, and sharing.

  • doubling, mirroring and role reversal techniques.

  • how to implement a social atom exercise.

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

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

  • directing skills.

  • psychodrama terminology, including surplus reality, tele, sociometry, auxiliary, etc.

  • ethical practice guidelines of psychodrama.

  • how to work with multi-cultural identities within the group psychotherapy process.

  • fundamental aspects of a psychodramatic session.

  • how various ethical codes of psychotherapy (NASW, ACA, AAMFT, etc.) are understood in relation to psychodrama ethical standards(APA).

  • ethical considerations of psychodrama practice along the training continuum including required levels of education, training, supervision and competencies.

  • psychodrama philosophy related to issues of social justice and human rights issues.

  • how to utilize sociodrama and sociometric techniques for working in community settings with marginalized populations.

  • how to address issues of culture, race, socioeconomic, gender and religious differences as part of the group psychotherapy process.

When do the Weekly Psychodrama Training sessions meet?

Ongoing training is held weekly. We now offer two options, Wednesday mornings from 10:00am-1:00 pm and Thursday evening from 6:45pm-9:45pm. Trainings typically begin in September and continue weekly through May. Please at Trainings & Workshops for the most information.

 

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 the Weekly Training is $1575. This can be paid in full or in monthly installments of $175. Monthly installments are due at the first class of each month.

An Early Bird Rate of $1400 is usually available when tuition is paid in full at the time of registration.

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.) credential as approved by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

This course, Weekly Psychodrama Training, Approval #180905-0236, 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: July 20, 2018 through August 31, 2020. Social workers will receive ninety (90) clinical, six (6) clinical & ethics, and three (3) clinical & social and cultural competence continuing education hours for participating in this course.

Please direct inquires related to continuing education approvals to Scottie Urmey at 732-820-4897 or LScottUrmeyLCSW@comcast.net.

 

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

On-going training requires a commitment to attend the full experience. However, we offer new participants a grace period (2 months) to determine continuation. As a new participant in weekly psychodrama training, if you decide that you would like to discontinue before the third month, you may do so without any problem. We do not want you to feel stuck with a long commitment if psychodrama training isn’t the right fit. We also offer a FREE consultation (phone, Skype/Facetime, or in person) to discuss if psychodrama training will be suitable for your needs prior to registration. This frequently gives people enough information to make the best choice for themselves. 

 

Do you offer refunds?

Full refunds for the weekly ongoing trainings are given for cancellations made by August 1st. Cancellations made after August 1st will be refunded minus $50 cancellation fee.  No refunds are given after you have started training.

 

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. We are always willing to discuss alternative payment arrangements, as needed.

 

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 #180905-0236, 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: July 20, 2018 through August 31, 2020. Social workers will receive ninety (90) clinical, six (6) clinical & ethics, and three (3) clinical & social and cultural competence continuing education hours 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 to let us know (so we don't worry). Weekly Psychodrama Training is designed to provide up to 99 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 accomodations?

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 psychodramanewjersey@gmail.com.

 

Where is Psychodrama New Jersey trainings offered?

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 psychodramanewjersey@gmail.com or 732-820-4897.

 

ABOUT PSYCHODRAMA

The word "Psychodrama" comes from the Greek word "psyche" meaning mind and "drama" meaning action. Psychodrama can be understood as the exploration of the mind through action. This creative art therapy approach uses skillfully and gently guided action techniques to enact scenes from life in an effort to gain new insight, develop understanding, express unexpressed feelings, and practice new behaviors. 

The triadic system of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy was created by Jacob Levy Moreno, M.D., 1889-1974. The majority of Moreno's theories were formulated between the years 1908-1925 but he continued to develop his theories throughout his life with his wife Zerka. The goals of treatment include cognition, behavior, catharsis, and interpersonal connection. Moreno rooted his method for achieving these goals in his theories of child development, role theory, sociometry, and theories of creativity and spontaneity.

 

Those trained and educated in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy help individuals and groups explore their challenges in creative ways intended to initiate meaningful action in the lives of their clients'. Psychodrama treatment provides individuals, groups, and families the opportunity to explore interpersonal relations, express feelings, and find resolution for issues within one's self as well as transcendent aspects of human experience. An alternative or supplement to traditional talk therapy, treatment provides new perspectives & opportunities for clients who feel "stuck".

Jacob Levy Moreno, MD

1889-1974

Austrian-American psychiatrist 

Founder of psychodrama and pioneer of group psychotherapy

Jacob L Moreno conducting psychodrama group therapy.