Experiential Social Group Work with Trauma: Sociometry, Psychodrama, & The Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM)

Presenter: Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III, CP, PAT
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 11 am – 1 pm | 2 CEs
(Please arrive at 10:30 am for registration, refreshments and socialization.)
Location: Malvern, PA
(Exact location will be emailed once you have registered.)

This strength-based experiential workshop will be facilitated in-action. This workshop will highlight historical and theoretical similarities between social work with groups and sociometry/psychodrama. Participants will experience a stimulating learning process grounded in interpersonal neurobiology research and practical applications for group work in treatment, education/training, supervision, and community settings. The presenter will highlight clinical uses of experiential sociometry and psychodrama using vignettes from his work experience in the aforementioned settings. Participants will join in sociometric group explorations with an emphasis on its capacity for group assessment, fostering group cohesion, and enriching inter-group relationships. Safety structures from the Therapeutic Spiral Model, a clinically-modified psychodrama approach for working safely with trauma, will be taught with a focus on post-traumatic growth. A short, psychodramatic vignette, grounded in positive psychology’s gratitude research, will be offered as an introduction to the power of psychodrama. Clinical theory and research behind experiential therapies will be outlined, including role theory, action theory, and spontaneity-creativity theory. Creative examples will be offered demonstrating how these experiential tools can be adapted for clinical practice in any setting, with any population or topic. A short time will be allotted for questions at the end.

1. Summarize the importance of safety and strengths in trauma treatment.
2. Identify at least one way in which social work with groups theory and sociometry/psychodrama theory intersect.
3. Discuss the process of using at least one experiential sociometric tool with client groups

About the Presenter:
Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III, CP, PAT, is the Director/Founder of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy in West Chester, PA and Director of Experiential Trauma Services at Mirmont Treatment Center. He serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) and is one of the co-chairs for the May 2019 national conference in New Hampshire. Scott has worked on psychodrama teams around the USA, Canada, China, and recently presented in Sweden at the International Association Group Psychotherapy (IAGP). He is one of three editors working to publish the unfinished autobiography of Jacob Moreno, the founder of psychodrama. In addition, he is pursuing a doctorate in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania while developing an MSW-course curriculum that integrates social work with sociometry, psychodrama, and experiential trauma therapy.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend; $20 for Non Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

Participants can also credit these hours towards certification in Experiential Therapy through the American Society of Experiential Therapists (ASET) and certification in Sociometry, Psychodrama, and Group Psychotherapy through the American Board of Examiners.

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  • November 3, 2018
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm