Workshops and Training Groups
For mental health professionals, making the commitment to become a certified practitioner of psychodrama can be daunting. It is very important to find a trainer whom you trust and who is knowledgeable about the method of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.
Valerie is a certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of psychodrama and she fully grants hours toward psychodrama certification. She believes that the method is best learned by a combination of didactic trainings and readings, experiential personal growth work, and hands-on practicum.
Valerie runs workshops at her practice suite for professionals interested in learning about the method of psychodrama through educational and experiential personal growth sessions.
Valerie also has a monthly, ongoing psychodrama training group on Thursday evenings for professionals who are interested in becoming certified practitioners and trainers of psychodrama. She runs weekend training and personal growth intensives in NYC and in the Hudson Valley, NY.
Valerie has taught professionals locally at New York University School of Social Work, the NASW Addictions Conference in NYC, and Lehman College School of Social Work in the Bronx. She also has trained professionals internationally the IAGP Conference in Iseo, Italy and Crossroads Antigua Addictions Treatment facility. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about trainings and speaking engagements.
In addition, Valerie has been running monthly Open Psychodrama Workshops in the spirit of JL Moreno, the creator of psychodrama, since 2014. They are on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 630-830 PM and are an affordable option for people to experience the method in action. These Open Workshops can be counted toward certification hours as well.
Workshops at The Inner Stage
From top row: Valerie directing a training on the Canon of Creativity at the IAGP Conference in Iseo, Italy in 2019; Valerie directing a training on the Canon of Creativity at the IAGP Conference in Iseo, Italy in 2019; From Valerie’s 2019 NYU Silver School of Social Work training “The Body Remembers What the Mind Forgets – Treating Trauma with Experiential Methods”; Valerie at the Tuscany psychodrama retreat location in 2018; Hiking in Tuscany at the 2018 psychodrama retreat about authenticity
Valerie runs intensive retreats which have both personal growth components while also training professionals about the method of psychodrama. She ran three psychodrama retreats in beautiful Tuscany, Italy and continues this tradition in the tranquil Hudson Valley area of upstate NY. All of the retreat hours count toward psychodrama certification and you do not have to be a mental health professional to attend.
As a mental health professional, it is vital to find a supervisor whose clinical skills and professionalism you trust. Valerie gained her SIFI certification at NYU Silver School of Social Work twenty years ago and has supervised social work interns, creative arts therapists and new LMSW’s. The journey to certification can be arduous, and Valerie is available to supervise LMSW’s and creative arts therapists who are working on gaining hours toward their licensure. Valerie offers unique blend of clinical expertise and extensive training in psychodrama and Internal Family Systems in the supervision process. She utilizes role-play, including the psychodramatic technique of reversing roles with a client to gain empathy and perspective.
Additionally, Valerie supervises professionals on their journey toward certification in psychodrama. As a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of psychodrama, Valerie is available to supervise trainees through their necessary 52 weeks of supervised experience. For further information about training in psychodrama with Valerie, please click here.
Contact Valerie at (917) 572-8114 for further information about supervision and training opportunities.