VTMHCA Fall Workshop:

Experiential Methods for Treating Trauma: 
Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Other Action Methods

 presented by Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS, TEP

5 CEUs authorized for LCMHCs, LMFTs and Psychologists (LICSWs pending)

Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Capitol Plaza – 100 State Street - Montpelier, Vermont

Registration begins at 8:30am — Lunch provided by Capitol Plaza 

Workshop description:

Time has become one of our most precious commodities, especially in the therapeutic world.  As clinicians, we are expected to do more with less.  Psychodrama to the rescue.  Action methods move clients to the emotional right brain and connects them to their bodies, which we now know has its own memory. 

Our client’s trauma comes in many forms, layers, and complexities.  Psychodrama and other action methods have proven to be a tremendous tool in giving clients a way to heal their minds, bodies and emotions of events that often cannot be put into words.  Whether the diagnosis is chemical dependency, affect disorders, or co-occurring disorders, the need for training in trauma, boundaries, grounding, and treatment is crucial.

This workshop will give you; practical tools to foster quicker connections with clients, creative methods of exploring the client’s experience and helping to resolve the underlying trauma that often triggers relapse. You will experience many tools of sociometry, psychodrama and group psychotherapy.  High-energy presentation designed to challenge and teach, while having fun.

The objectives for this workshop are:

  1. Participants will learn about the complexities of working with trauma.
  2. Participants will experience sociometric warm-ups to connect around safety, boundaries, and confidentially.
  3. Participants will gain at least four tools to start the journey of healing from trauma. 

Mary’s presentation will consist of an overview of recent trauma research that indicates the impact of trauma on the body and the brain, the value in treating trauma using body-based methods versus talk-methods, and how to use these methods safely. The bulk of the presentation will focus on her demonstrating a variety of body-based action-oriented methods and approaches. Some of the methods, like psychodrama, is a specific modality that would most likely require further training to create competency, but many of the creative methods that will be demonstrated are meant to give attendees a sampling of what some options are for working experientially with their clients. Consider a skilled artist walking through an art gallery, finding creative inspiration and encouragement from engaging with other artist's creations. Being presented with a variety of methods and creative approaches can stir the attendee's unique creativity in how they approach their work. 


    Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS, TEP, is known for her experiential workshops and intensives that promote healing from the inside out, with individuals, couples, and families. Her sense of humor and ability to bring heart and hope to this dynamic process has been her hallmark. 

    Mary has worked extensively with a number of première treatment centers in staff trainings, strategic planning, and program development. Forty years of experience in the field of addictions, eating disorders, and relationships, as well as directing a psychiatric treatment facility of 92 beds brings a lively history of experience. Mary works as a consultant to Onsite Workshops in Nashville, TN for the past 6 years offering psychodrama trainings, and intensives for individuals, couples, and families in addition to leading trauma groups. 

    For the past 16 years, she has traveling to Central Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, and more recently in Ghana, Haiti, and the Philippines to work with those who have experienced trauma. When not traveling, she offers intensives and psychodrama trainings through her private practice in Naples, FL. 

    Mary resides with her handsome husband, Paul, in Naples, where they are celebrating 45 years of marriage. They have a cute dog, named Rocco, who thinks he is human.

    Workshop fees:

    If you register before September 28, 2018:

     Clinical Member: $130  Student, Associate, or Retired Members: $100
     Non-Member: $150  Non-Member Student, Associate, or Retired: $120
    If you register after September 28, 2018, there is an additional $20 charge:
     Clinical Member: $150  Student, Associate, or Retired Members: $120
     Non-Member: $170  Non-Member Student, Associate, or Retired: $140
    Lunch and LCMHC CEUs are included with the registration fee. 
    A limited number of half price scholarships will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

    Interested in staying the night in Montpelier at a discounted rate? Discounted Capitol Plaza room rates available by calling the Capital Plaza hotel (802-223-5252) and requesting the conference attendee rate.
    To register:

    Online option: Click Fall Workshop event link and follow the instructions to register.

    Mail option: mail a check payable to VTMHCA for the appropriate amount (see above), along with your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to: 

    VTMHCA, PO Box 1132, White River Junction, VT 05001

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