Spring/Summer Semester 2022

The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles

All classes are on zoom and some classes are Hybrid. 

Spring/Summer Semester 2022 registration link:

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Sociodrama and Advanced Psychodramatic Techniques (3 units)

Dates: April 1, 8, 29, May 6, 13, 27, June 3 and 10th

Time: 1:00 pm to 6 pm (PDT)

TBA Hours: 5 (online event)

Cost:  $899

Instructor: Pam Dunne, Ph.D, RDT-BCT, NT

This course focuses on Sociodrama and advanced psychodramatic techniques, based  on the work of Jacob Moreno and contributions of international leaders. In Sociodrama, participants will explore empty chair sociodrama, axiodrama, pre-rehearsed dramaturgy, dramatic multiplication, living newspaper and re-plotting. In Psychodrama participants will view videos of significant psychodrama directors and explore psychodramatic techniques of living sculpture, psychodramatic interviewing, walk and talk, role reversal, concretization, mirrors ,and warm-ups involving locograms, step over the line, and spectrograms.

Creative Arts Therapies (3 units): Hybrid Class

Dates:  8 – Saturdays beginning, July 9, 23, 30, August 6, 13 20, 27 and September .3*
(If Sept 3 rd is problematic for class because of labor day, this date can be re-scheduled)
Cost: $899
Time: 9:30 to 2:30 PM (PDT)
Instructor: Pam Dunne, Ph.D RDT-BCT, NT

For those who are local, July 30th will be an in person day (Hybrid) along with Zoom
participants. Additional in person days may be arranged depending on the number of
local participants.

Participants will explore the therapeutic uses of movement, art, music, poetry and
drama in individual and group psychotherapy through experiential exercises and
assignments.  Digital media, phototherapy, cinema therapy and video therapy will
also be a part of the discovery. Participants will be invited to find different methods of
integrating drama and creative arts therapies in their personal lives and with the
clients they serve. Applications to various populations and treatment settings will be
shown through personal case histories and videos.rious populations and treatment settings will be shown through personal case histories and videos.


Introduction to Playback Theatre (7 hours/CE’s) New Class

Date: May 15th

Time: 10:30 to 6 pm (PDT)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Rachel Brousseau, LMFT, RDT-BCT

In this introductory class, participants who are new to Playback Theatre will learn what Playback is and how it got started, its vocabulary, how it is used across multiple settings, and several Playback forms and there will be experiential opportunities to practice these forms. Participants will learn how to utilize Playback Theatre in the online space.

Introduction to Poetry in Personal Growth, Psychotherapy and Education (7 hours/CE’s) New Class 

Date: May 22, 2022

Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm (PDT)

Cost:  $169

Instructor: Terhi K. Korkiakangas, Ph.D, Cl.Hyp

Participants will explore how poetry taps into the subconscious mind in charge of our emotions and beliefs and can help to gain clarity in the present moment, tend to the wounds of the past, and provide perspective into the future. Themes central to ‘the human condition’: our past, present, and future; health and body image; connection to nature and the world; love and relationships; grief and loss; imagination and the calling of our innermost selves will be covered. Participants will read and respond to poetry and write their own poems in response to the creative exercises presented gaining in insight and understanding. They will also explore ways to introduce poetry interventions in clinical, educational and community settings. While a segment is dedicated to writing poems and sharing them, the focus is always on participants’ own experiences and emotions, not on any poem as a literary product.

Introduction to a Healing-Centered Approach to Trauma Integrating Narradrama (7 hours/CE’s)

Date: July 24

Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm (PDT)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Renda Dionne Madrigal, Ph.D, RDT, NT
There is a wealth of strength and resources to be uncovered through using our imagination to explore ancient symbolic knowledge, connecting with our ancient roots. This workshop aims to shed light on trauma from an indigenous perspective to provide a framework for participants to bring forward strengths from their own wisdom, traditions
and heritage to manage present day trauma and/or difficulties. It aims to move from a
deficit base model of trauma informed care to an asset driven strengths model. A
healing centered approach views trauma not simply as an individual isolated experience, but rather highlights the ways in which trauma and healing are experienced collectively. Application to populations such as adolescents and children and other populations will be made.

Using Poetry for Specific Therapeutic Purposes in Mental Health and Educational Setting – New Class

Date: July 31, 2022

Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm (PDT)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Terhi K. Korkiakangas, Ph.D, Cl.Hyp

Discover how to incorporate poetry and multimodal methods in therapeutic contexts with groups
or individual clients. Learn about leading approaches in the field: Hynes and Hynes-
Berry’s bibliotherapeutic process (Hynes &Hynes-Berry,1994), Mazza’s RES
(receptive/prescriptive,/expressive/creative, symbolic/ceremonial) model of poetry therapy
(Mazza, 2003), and Fox’s practice of poetic medicine (Fox, 1997). Discover ways to select
poetry for specific therapeutic purposes (e.g. recovering from addiction, coping with fear and
anger, validating self-worth) and for selected populations (e.g. anxious adults, children and
adolescents with trauma, elders with dementia). Actively participate in creative exercises to
experience how poetry can be used for therapeutic purposes to help clients to unearth
something unexpected or buried within themselves, which can open a deeper dialogue, and
lead to clients’ increased self-awareness and self-understanding. Resources will be provided for
literature selection.

Narradrama and Mindfulness (7 hours/CE’s)

Date: August 7

Time: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm (PDT)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Renda Dionne Madrigal, Ph.D, RDT, NT
Participants will explore the fundamentals of mindfulness practices integrated with
Narradrama through a series of exercises and applied to a variety of educational and
therapeutic settings.

Psychology Core Classes

Personality Theory (3 units)

Dates: Beginning Sunday June 19 and Friday June 24 for 7 weeks

Final Presentations: August 14- 1 pm to 4 pm (PDT)
*No meetings July 31 or August 4

Cost: $899

Film Hours: TBA
Times: Sundays: 1 pm to 3 pm and Fridays 9:30 am to 11:30 pm (PDT) 5th

Instructors: Pam Dunne, Ph.D, RDT-BCT, NT, Psychologist and Kamran Afary, Ph.D,

There are different reasons for why people behave the way they do. This post graduate
course covers a brief history and methodology of the study of personality, then proceeds to a discussion and embodied experience of each of the major schools of thought within
the field of personality theory: Psychoanalytic/Freudian, Neo-Freudian, Trait approach,
Biological, Humanistic, Cognitive, and Behavioral/Social Learning Approach. This course is
directed toward alternative training students to satisfy one of their psychology requirements as they prepare for a career in drama therapy in clinical, community, or
educational settings. Through creative assignments, and viewing films, participants will
experience how these theories are relevant to the practice of drama therapy.

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