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Groups and Workshops

 

I often encounter people who yearn for meaning and connection. Groups can offer a rich, playful, and supportive environment in which to connect with others and explore new ways of being in relationship to the world around you.

Growth In Action (GIA) Groups use psychodrama, which is:

  • Embodied learning using theater games and structures
  • Therapy for those of us who hate sitting
  • Playful and profound

Basic idea 1: You know more than you think you know.

Working in action unlocks the wisdom of the brain and body together, creating new perspective and new possibilities.

Basic idea 2: “Spontaneity is an adequate response to a new situation, or a new and adequate response to an old situation.” - Jacob L. Moreno, founder of psychodrama

Psychodrama connects you to your spontaneity. Rather than talking about issues or relationships, you embody and enact them.

Basic idea 3: “We are wounded in relationships: we heal in relationships.” - J. L. Moreno

As part of a psychodrama group, members take part in each other’s stories, connecting with each other in a way that is seldom experienced in other settings. Growth in Action groups emphasize community, creativity, and empowerment.

Growth In Action Samplers -- For a no-obligation, no-charge introduction to psychodrama, I have two upcoming Sampler workshops on Sunday, November 19 to preview the upcoming Mental Health Providers Group and Sunday, December 10 to preview the upcoming Creating Connections group. Both workshops will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at my office. Please see the Growth In Action Samplers flyer for details (click link for downloadable flyer) and RSVP to Dawn Blunk so that we may ensure adequate space for the events. 

Upcoming Growth in Action Groups:

Growth in Action for Mental Health Providers (click link for downloadable flyer)

This is a group designed for Mental Health Providers who will have the opportunity to:

  • Create meaningful connections with peers
  • Nurture personal and professional growth, including working with transference/countertransference
  • Expand your repertoire of creative experiential techniques
  • Fulfill personal therapy hours towards licensure (if needed).

This 6- to 8-week group will meet for two hours on Sundays beginning in early 2018. The cost is $45 per group. Payments may be made in full by the first session or in installments using postdated checks (turned in by the first session).

Growth in Action for Creating Connections (click link for downloadable flyer)

This is a group designed for those who want to:

  • Create meaningful connections with peers
  • Access inner wisdom and body wisdom to get unstuck and move through challenging situations
  • Experiment with healthy boundaries and communication in a safe, playful environment
  • Nurture spontaneity, creativity, and resourcefulness.

This 6- to 8-week group will meet for two hours on Sundays beginning in early 2018. The cost is $45 per group. Payments may be made in full by the first session or in installments using postdated checks (turned in by the first session).

For details and to express your interest in one of the Growth In Action (GIA) Groups above,
please contact my Depth Intern, Dawn Blunk (click link for bio) at (916) 600-1701 or via email at blunkd@yahoo.com.

All GIA groups to meet at 2775 Cottage Way, Suite 39, Sacramento, CA 95825.

 

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Circle of Friends Gatherings 

If you love 
someone with an acquired brain injury or a recent diagnosis of dementia, you may feel isolated, angry, sad, confused - or all of the above. The Circle of Friends creates an opportunity for friends, family, and caregivers to meet for several (usually two to six) 90 minute sessions to help family and friends create a support strategy for themselves and their loved ones. The group has three main goals:

1) To provide i
nformation about your loved one's diagnosis, common challenges that people with that diagnosis experience, and brainstorm ways to respond to those challenges
2) To create sustainable support systems. This can mean anything from identifying community agencies and resources to making plans to gather with support people once a month for pizza 
3) To offer a safe space to grieve. Grieving the loss of the "person that was" (or the person you hoped he or she would be) creates more room to love the person who is 


Fee$90 per 90 minute session (Group participants may share the cost of this fee). Scheduled by appointment. Circle of Friends groups may take place in my office or at schools, agencies, community centers, or churches/synagogues. Additional transportation fees based on mileage and commute time applies. 

 

 

 

 

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