Psychodrama Training Opportunities in New York’s Hudson Valley

A quick shout out to folks interested in learning more about psychodrama, the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute (HVPI) has several upcoming training and personal growth opportunities.  You can check out “DBT in Action” in September,  the “Autumn Psychodrama Intensive” (great both for folks interested in training and those just interested in personal growth) in October, and “Sociodrama for Counselors, Therapists and Educators” in December.  The ongoing “Monday Night Women’s Group” begins in September.  And there might still be some slots available in their ongoing Core Training Groups.  For more information on the workshops, go to .

What you won’t find on the website is how impressive Rebecca Walters and Judy Swallow are as trainers and counselors.  They are internationally know and regonized for their training and groups and workshops.  I have been in HVPI workshops with psychodrama students from all over the United States as well as from India, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Korea, Australia, Israel, Bangladesh, Brazil, Columbia, Peru and Guatemala.  And they live up to having such a wide following.  They provide excellent didactic training about the theoretical underpinnings of psychodrama and experiential exercises designed to help participants and students put the theory into action.  Every workshop provides something participants can take home and put to use.

Psychodrama, conceived and developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD, helps people clarify issues, increase their physical and emotional well being, and learn and develop interspersonal skills.  Because psychodrama uses experiential methods that incorporate the entire body and is rooted an understanding of the significance of relationships to damage and to heal, psychodrama helps people not only change their thinking but actually helps participants build new neural pathways associated with positve relational experiences.  This process, ultimately, can help participants develop a sense of peace associated with mindfulness meditation.  Participants also have a chance to gain insight into their problems and issues and gain a clearer understanding of the impact that familial, group, community and social dynamics play in their lives.

At a professional level, the tools psychodrama provides are helpful for therapists and mental health counselors, personal growth and executive coaches, human resource managers, business leaders, and educators.  For more information see


About reginasewell

I am a counselor, psychodramatist, writer, healing practitioner and college professor. I have a monthly column, "InsightOut" in Outlook (, an essay, "Sliding Away" in "Knowing Pains" and a book out "We're Here! We're Here! We're Queer! Get Used to Us!" My goal, through my writing, counseling and teaching is to help people heal from the emotional wounds and limiting beliefs that keep them from living engaging and meaningful lives.
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