Gestalt Therapy Meets Psychodrama

Sunday, March 14, 2021 | 1-4 pm

This workshop is full.


Psychodrama and Gestalt Therapy are similar in that they are both experiential modalities of therapy. While both seek to promote an authentic personal experience of self and others in the moment-to-moment interaction, Psychodrama is unique in its focus on building and utilizing sociometric (relational) connections within the group as the focus.

Psychodrama is a co-created experience among group members while Gestalt Therapy Theory tends to focus on the individual within the group context. This workshop is an introduction to Psychodrama using traditional Gestalt Therapy Theory constructs. Participants will learn the main components of classical Psychodrama through experiential exercises. The workshop will demonstrate the warm-up, action and sharing phases of a typical Psychodrama group followed by a didactic discussion of both the similarities and differences between Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama, and an exploration of techniques.

Gestalt Therapy Meets Psychodrama is for individuals interested in learning how to incorporate elements of both into their individual or group practice. A working knowledge of Gestalt Therapy is helpful but not necessary to participate.

Learning Objectives

In this presentation, you will:

  • Learn elements of classical psychodrama, including group sociometry, warm-up, action and sharing through demonstration and participation
  • Explore Gestalt contact boundary concepts of relational connection through psychodrama techniques
  • Develop the ability to utilize empty chair, role reversal and group sociometry through action and sharing
  • Learn elements of role theory, sociometry and encounter through didactic discussion

Program Leaders

Karen Moser Levin, MSS, LCSW is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia. She has maintained a private practice in West Chester for 23 years treating individuals, couples and groups in addition to providing clinical supervision. She is also an adjunct professor at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Her background is in addictions, mental health and trauma. She brings compassion and a variety of treatment approaches to her work. Her most current area of interest is in merging Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama in individual and group therapy to facilitate healing.

Lori Budman, MSS, LCSW is in private practice (individual, couples, and groups) in Bryn Mawr, PA and works part time at Mirmont Outpatient Counseling in Exton, PA running groups and working with individuals with substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and a graduate of the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia. She is actively engaged in the process of certification as a psychodramatist. The driving force in her own work and in helping others is in increasing awareness and recovering the authentic self through the experiential therapies of Gestalt and Psychodrama.


Tuition (includes the cost of CEUs): $100, $80 for GTIP Associates, $75 for GTIP Trainees; Students

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number on the registration form.

You may pay for the workshop via PayPal below or mail your check to:
PO Box 961
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Thank you for your interest in Gestalt Therapy Meets Psychodrama. Unfortunately, the workshop is full. You can email Laura Henrich: [email protected] if you would like your name to be added to the wait list.

This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 3 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.