Log in

970 W Valley Pkwy #101
Escondido, CA 92025

Members login for updated registration rates and let the system auto-fill your information.

Using Action Methods in Groups

  • Friday, January 15, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom
  • 35


  • Special registration for SDNC board members only
  • Non Member Registration

Registration is closed


Psychodrama is powerful modality that allows clients to explore feelings experientially in a safe environment. Sociometry, the underpinning of all group work, explores the choices we make and how these choices either bring us closer to or farther away from connection to others.  In a group, sociometry makes apparent an invisible web of connection; the more we make the invisible connections between group members visible, the more opportunity they have to be connected to each other and as a group.  This aids the clients in co-creating the group as a safe container necessary for taking personal risks and doing their therapeutic work.

Participants will engage in sociometric exercises including Spectrograms and Locograms, Sociometric Choice and action vignettes with the goal of implementing these in their work with client groups.  Participants will explore the psychodramatic interventions of doubling and role reversal to utilize with clients. The training will link some of Yalom’s therapeutic aspects of a group to sociometry and action methods.

Educational Goals

Participants will increase their ability to incorporate action methods into group work to build safety and connection among clients

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will gain knowledge about sociometry and psychodrama techniques and interventions in action
  • Participants will explore the interplay of creativity and spontaneity and how to bring these concepts to aliveness within people and groups.
  • Participants will learn how to judiciously and safely use improvisation, role play and other proven action-oriented techniques to support behavior change, healing and wellness.
  • Participants will engage in activities that support healthy connections within groups of people.

3 citations based on research, theories and/or scientific support.

Holmes, Paul (1992).  The inner World Outside: Objects Relations Theory and Psychodrama, London: Routledge.

Tomasulo, Daniel J. (1998). Action Methods in Group Psychotherapy: Practical Aspects, New York: Routledge.

Yalom, ID (1985). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 3rd Edition, New York: Basic Books

Presenter:  Paul J. Lesnik, LSCW, TEP

Presenter Bio:  Paul Lesnik, LCSW, TEP, is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychodrama and Expressive Arts Trainer based in San Diego.  He works in many Expressive Arts modalities, including Psychodrama, Sandplay and Soul Collage® with clients. He conducts training groups for clinicians and mental health professionals in infusing the arts into their practice.  He is the only Board Certified Psychodrama Trainer in San Diego County.  Paul works with the Friends of Sandplay/CAMFT Sandplay SIG to provide Sandplay trainings.

He has presented nationally on many topics, most recently on Exploring Gender Identity as an Aspect of Spirituality, Scene Setting in Psychodrama, and Exploring Identity Development through the Arts.  He can be reached at paul.lesnik@gmail.com   619-780-7670  digdeepertherapy.com

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Licensed and Pre-licensed clinicians and educators. 

This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  SDNC-CAMFT CEP#128622

SDNC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CEP#128622. SDNC-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

Following the event, Course Completion Certificates will be emailed to each participant who has successfully completed the post test & poll. Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the meeting. 

970 W Valley Pkwy #101
Escondido, CA 92025

Email Us©2014-2020 by SDNC-CAMFT
All rights reserved