ActionArtz Training Institute is a division
of Contemporary Counseling Center. It uses psychodrama
and other interactive methods to create powerful training and
education programs that expand personal and professional skills
and assist individuals and organizations in areas of team building,
diversity, and effective communication.
Bernice & Bob are qualified trainers and supervisors for
certification in psychodrama and NJ State Professional Counselor
Licensure requirements. They are also approved providers of CEUs
- National Board of Certified Counselors
- National Registry of Group Psychotherapists
- National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors
What is Psychodrama?
Psychodrama is a means
of exploring our lives together with other people in spontaneous
role-playing action. It is therapeutic in the widest sense, providing
us with opportunities to investigate and integrate body, mind
and spirit, and to connect more deeply with others than we often
do in our normal day-to-day life. A fundamental goal of psychodrama
is to help us activate and expand our individual and collective
spontaneity and creativity.
Conceived and developed
by Jacob L. Moreno, MD, psychodrama employs guided dramatic action
to examine problems or issues raised by an individual (psychodrama)
or a group (sociodrama). Using experiential methods, sociometry,
role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight,
personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and
behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and
emotional well being, enhances learning and develops new skills.
The basic elements (operational components) of psychodrama
- The protagonist: Person(s) selected to represent
the “theme" of the group in the drama.
- The auxiliary egos: Group members who assume
the roles of significant others in the drama
- The audience: Group members who witness the
drama and represent the world at large.
- The stage: The physical space in which the
drama is conducted
- The director: The trained psychodramatist
who guides participants through each phase of the session.
In a classically structured psychodrama session, there are three
distinct phases (structural components) of group interaction:
- The warm-up: The group theme is identified
and a protagonist is selected.
- The action: The problem is dramatized and
the protagonist explores new methods of resolving it.
- The sharing: Group members are invited to
express their connection with the protagonist's work.
Psychodrama affords participants a safe, supportive environment
in which to practice new and more effective roles and behaviors.
Excepted From The American Society
of Group PsychoTherapy and Psychodrama Web-site.
Why do I need to learn both personally and professionally? Why
not just professionally?
Bob and Bernice share a belief that in order to achieve our highest
potential we must at times be willing to explore our unique life
experiences and how they can impact our professional judgment
and performance. With this in mind, ActionArtz Institute’s
programs will often incorporate some personal work.
How large are your groups?
The size of ActionArtz’s groups vary depending
on the type of training program being presented. For example,
there can be as few as 6 participants in a clinical supervision
group or 10 to 20 in psychodrama training series. On the other
hand, programs presented at conferences, educational facilities
or businesses can have over a hundred. The size of community offerings
is often determined by the sensitivity of the material and the
confidentiality needs of the participants such as a grief counseling
group, The Mourning After,
of 10 to 15 members. The number of participants in educational
programs like acting classes, like Not
Just Acting, or public speaking is limited to fewer
than 20 to maximize the learning experience.
Does ActionArtz screen participants for their training
programs? In order to qualify for an advanced training
given by ActionArtz, participants must be interviewed
by the directors.
How long are the trainings?
Trainings vary in length of time and frequency. One time programs
can last one to two hours, half day, full day, weekend or residential.
On going programs can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
Some of ActionArtz programs are designed for
community members of all ages, ranging from children & teens
through older adults. Programs for professionals may include people
in the field of mental or physical health, education and business.
What programs are you currently offering?
See "Programs and
Are custom programs available?
ActionArtz Institute prides itself in designing
relevant and stimulating training for a wide range of topics and
audiences. Program Topics.
What are your training fees?
If you are interested in a quote for your organization or business
needs please give us a call, 732-577-1076.
How can I be notified about future training opportunities?
Fill in the form in the Mailing