The Power of Psychodrama in Group Work

presented by Beverly Matthews, MS, LPC

with Philip J. Flores, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA as Co-discussant

January 26, 2013

Central Congregational Church – 2676 Clairmont Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329


Psychodrama transforms the group experience by bringing the client’s inner reality out for him or her to explore in a safe environment. Through the psycho-dramatic process, the group member gains clarity, releases pent up emotions, works through their “stuck-ness”, and moves toward a healthier resolution and closure. Everyone in the group plays a role in each other’s psychodramas and is impacted deeply by the work, learning vicariously and growing in compassion and acceptance.

This experiential workshop will give the audience an opportunity to observe a psychodrama in action. Eight members of the audience will comprise the group, which will select, through a series of warm-up exercises, the one member who will become the protagonist for the psychodrama. The process will include the selection of auxiliary players; psycho-dramatic elements, which may include doubling, role-reversal and mirroring; and the actual production of the psychodrama, including warm-up, enactment and sharing–a key aspect of the process. 

The presenter is Beverly Matthews, MS, LPC, who has been directing psychodramas for over 15 years in her own experiential groups, as well as at Ridgeview Institute for four years. She has also taught psychodrama to therapists for 10 years, most recently in a one-year format in 2011. She and her co-teacher, Pat Stogner, LMFT, will be offering a six-day psychodrama intensive in February, entitled “Inside Out:  The Art and Practice of Psychodrama.”


Workshop Objectives

1. Demonstrate and explain the role of protagonist, auxiliary ego and / or audience member during a live production of a psychodrama.

2. Describe techniques used in psychodrama.

3. List the guidelines for therapeutic safety in psychodrama.

4.  Discuss the emotional and therapeutic impact of psychodrama.



3 CEU’s have been applied for from the Georgia Psychological Association, Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (LPCA), and Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT).


Preregistration cut-off date is January 19, 2013.

Before Reg. Cutoff: $50 $25 $30 $60 $15
After Reg. Cutoff: $60 $30 $40 $75 $15
On-Site: $60 $30 $40 $75 $15

No refunds will be given within 1 week of the event.