Spring/Summer Semester 2022

The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles

All classes are available on Zoom and some will be Zoom and in person when it is safe to do so.

Spring 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 (PST)

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

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

Date: May 22, 2022

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

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

Date: May 15th

Time: 10:30 to 6 pm (PST)

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.

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

Date: July 31, 2022 and August 14th, 2022

Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (PST)

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.

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.

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.

Narradrama and Mindfulness (7 hours/CE’s)
Date: October 23, 2022
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. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and Narradrama offers an opportunity to experience that kind of presence through authentic stories and actions invited by that awareness.

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