Using Action Methods (Psychodrama) In Groups

  • Fri, January 15, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom Presentation


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Desert CAMFT


San Diego North CAMFT


Using Action Methods In Groups


Zoom Presentation

Friday, January 15th, 2021

9:00 to 11:00 AM


$20 for Desert CAMFT members

(1.5 CEUs available)

$10 for pre-licensed members

$25 for guests

(1.5 CEUs available)


Paul J. Lesnik, LCSW, TEP

Presentation Description

Psychodrama is powerful modality that allows clients to explore feelings experientially in a safe environment. Sociometry, the underpinning of all group work, explores the choices we make and how these choices either bring us closer to or farther away from connection to others.  In a group, sociometry makes apparent an invisible web of connection; the more we make the invisible connections between group members visible, the more opportunity they have to be connected to each other and as a group.  This aids the clients in co-creating the group as a safe container necessary for taking personal risks and doing their therapeutic work.

Participants will engage in sociometric exercises including Spectrograms and Locograms, Sociometric Choice and action vignettes with the goal of implementing these in their work with client groups.  Participants will explore the psychodramatic interventions of doubling and role reversal to utilize with clients. The training will link some of Yalom’s therapeutic aspects of a group to sociometry and action methods.

Educational Goals

Participants will increase their ability to incorporate action methods into group work to build safety and connection among clients

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will gain knowledge about sociometry and psychodrama techniques and interventions in action
  • Participants will explore the interplay of creativity and spontaneity and how to bring these concepts to aliveness within people and groups.
  • Participants will learn how to judiciously and safely use improvisation, role play and other proven action-oriented techniques to support behavior change, healing and wellness.
  • Participants will engage in activities that support healthy connections within groups of people.

Presenter Bio

Paul Lesnik, LCSW, TEP, is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychodrama and Expressive Arts Trainer based in San Diego.  He works in many Expressive Arts modalities, including Psychodrama, Sandplay and Soul Collage® with clients. He conducts training groups for clinicians and mental health professionals in infusing the arts into their practice.  He is the only Board Certified Psychodrama Trainer in San Diego County.  Paul works with the Friends of Sandplay/CAMFT Sandplay SIG to provide Sandplay trainings.

He has presented nationally on many topics, most recently on Exploring Gender Identity as an Aspect of Spirituality, Scene Setting in Psychodrama, and Exploring Identity Development through the Arts.  He can be reached at   619-780-7670


This course meets the qualifications for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Completion certificates will be awarded for full attendance of the event. Course evaluations are required to obtain the completion certificate.

The Desert Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (Provider #62275) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  The Desert Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for the course and its content.  [This venue is ADA acceptable. 

If you have any special needs, please call 760-346-4606  at least 7 days prior to the event.] The Desert Chapter’s Refund, Grievance and ADA Policies are described under Events on the Chapter website at (Specifically, a refund must be requested at least three (3) days prior to the date of the event.)


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