Barbara Guest Hargin was guest expert trainer for the weekend workshop, A Sociometry Deep-Dive: Beyond Spectrograms, Locograms and Step-In, held at LPTI on June 23-26. During this powerful weekend, Barbara taught—in action—the sociometric cycle (Hale), the healing cycle (Mosher), and the classical psychodramatic Encounter (Moreno, Hale). One participant remarked on their evaluation that what was most significant about the workshop was “The leadership of Barbara and Cathy, which made it a safe space to work with sociometry.” Thank you to the workshop participants and to Barbara for sharing her expertise with LPTI.
Notes from Cathy
Welcome to the Summer edition of Behind the Scenes at Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute!
Appreciations to This Year’s Guest Trainers: Thanks to all who participated in the two ongoing Training Cohorts and the Special Topic Workshops during the 2021-2022 training year. And special thanks to the guest trainers who offered their knowledge and expertise this past year—Paula Catalan Bayon, Linda Ciotola and Barbara Guest Hargin. It is a distinct pleasure to bring trainers with expertise to complement and expand the knowledge and skill I can offer, and this year’s guest trainers brought exceptional gifts. (Please note that all three of these outstanding trainers are on the line-up for the 2022-2023 training calendar. See attached.)
An Embarrassment of Riches: The LPTI community continues to grow and flourish! In fact, we are beginning to outgrow the LPTI space. To accommodate the interest in the two most recent Special Topic Workshops (Working Skillfully with Shame and Cultivating Seeds of Self-Compassion), we had to offer a second delivery of both workshops.
The space we use—my home/office/psychodrama studio—comfortably accommodates about 12 participants with opportunities to eat together in the dining room, rest or meditate quietly in the fireplace room (under renovation and will be open again by the Fall), avail themselves of at least 3 break-out rooms in addition to the psychodrama studio, and enjoy the feng shui gardens outside. I have always considered one of the defining features of LPTI the comfortable, home environment, and I have been loath to move to another, more commercial, location. Additionally, because there is no additional cost for using my space, I have been able to keep the fees for training events here very reasonable compared to similar offerings in the MD/DC/Northern VA area. (Note: We offer 7.0 CEs/psychodrama training hours for all one-day workshops and 21 CEs/hours for weekends with approval from the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, NBCC, and the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy [ABE].)
To accommodate the growing interest and maintain the comfort and convenience of my Laurel location, I am offering a new training cohort in the Fall. Scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, this cohort will be in addition to the ongoing training groups that meet on the second Wednesday and second Saturday. The new cohort is specifically intended for participants new(er) to psychodrama or to the trauma-informed, classical style of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy we teach at LPTI. If you plan to participate in one of the 2022-2023 ongoing training cohorts, please register at your earliest possible convenience and no later than August 15. After that, we will open up the cohorts to the people on the waiting list. See attached announcement for further information.
“2021-2022 Saturday Cohort ” (absent Kimberly Dailley)
“2021-2022 Wednesday Cohort” (absent Meade Jones Hanna)
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