The Compass of Change

By Cathy Nugent

Cathy will demonstrate this action structure at the 2024 LPTI Intensive. Following the demonstration, participants will be able to practice directing The Compass of Change with coaching. Applications to both one-to-one and group settings will be explored.

The Compass of Change action structure is based on work of Chesner (2019) in one of the chapters she wrote in the volume she edited on facilitating psychodrama in one-to-one settings. (See reference below.)

Four Chairs of Discernment

By Carley Foster

Cathy created this action structure to help people explore a difficult decision from four distinct perspectives. At LPTI and the recent ASGPP Conference, Cathy offered the Four Chairs to help the protagonists discern their motivations to enter – or not enter – a dual relationship with a client or student. However, the action structure is useful for exploring any ethical dilemma. By examining a predicament from the perspective held by each of the chairs, protagonists (and group members) gain insights to help guide their choices and actions.

BTS-LPTI: Winter 2022

Wisdom from Dale Richard Buchanan:

Dare to be adequate!

Dale says he first learned this mantra from his dear friend and long-time collaborator, Nina Garcia. Many thanks to Dale and Nina for reminding those of us who tend to over-function and strive to meet our own unrelenting standards that being good enough is a reasonable response to many role demands.

Ethics – Fall 2022

Sunday, October 23, 2021 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Note: Use this workshop to meet your ethics training requirement for licensure renewal. This is a required course for LPTI certification at any level.

Led by: Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, TEP

To Register complete the form at this link.

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Summer 2022

“Sociometry is powerful.
It allows us to connect with parts of ourselves,
each other and whatever we consider
greater than ourselves.”

-Wisdom from Barbara Guest Hargin

Spring 2022

High functioning groups
give close attention
to the needs of members for
role access and role relief.

-Ann E. Hale, sociometrist, student of J.L. and Zerka T. Moreno

Summer 2021


Photo of Cathy & Rene M. Clay (c. 1981

LPTI places participants’ safety and wellbeing as our top priority. We are hopeful we may be able to open safely in October; however, we continue to monitor federal, state and local guidance on public health conditions. Should we be unable to open our doors in October, we will work online until such time as we can gather safely in person.

Spring 2021

Wisdom from Zerka:

“Moreno declared that instead of looking at [hu]mankind as fallen beings, everyone is a potential genius, and like the Supreme Being, co-responsible for all of [hu]mankind. It is the genius we should emphasize, not the failings.”

Winter 2021

Barn’s burnt down ─
I can see the moon.

– Masahide (13th C. Zen poet)

The past year has been a barn-leveling experience for many of us. We’ve had so many losses and seen so much suffering! However, as the Zen poet suggests, these dark nights can lead to moments of gratitude, peace, even transcendence.

A wise person once said: The gift of suffering is compassion. May we cultivate compassion, and may all be well in 2021!

Nature Informed Therapy Warm Up

By Tania Lanning

Whether or not you are able to take a client into an outdoor or public space during a session is an important consideration for your practice.  You can alternatively try this exercise inside by having a basket, box or bowl of nature’s treasures (such as sticks, stones, moss, leaves, and pinecones). Gathering these materials ahead of time can also be a fun and therapeutic process for the therapist.