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​Psychodrama Institute Of South Florida 

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Who Sh​ould Attend?

The Psychodrama Institute of South Florida welcomes mental health professionals and students, recovery professionals, educators,lawyers, pastoral counselors, doctors, human resource personnel and management professionals. We require that you have taken, or are planning to take psychopathology, theories of personality and group systems courses all at the graduate level. To be admitted to an ongoing training a personal interview is required. Your goal may or may not be to become a certified psychodramatist. You may just be interested in gaining knowledge and skills that will enhance your professional and personal functioning.

What Should I Expect when Learning Psychodrama?

Group psychotherapy provides a laboratory for life. It allows us to see how we effect others and how others effect us. Psychodrama gives us many remarkable tools for that laboratory which make the learning much more effective and expedient. In this "lab" we explore our past, present and future world through action.


Psychodrama means psyche in action. Role Theory is an important part of psychodrama's method. This methodology provides a way for us to actively step into old roles to gain knowledge and understanding, explore present roles for clarification and reality testing, and to rehearse new roles for future options of how we would like to behave in our world. These roles may be interpersonal, social roles or they can be roles that are a part of us (intra psychic) that exist in our psyche or they can be trans personal roles that are part of our own personal spiritual understanding.


As a trainee of the Psychodrama Institute of South Florida you will learn how action increases Spontaneity and Creativity, gives greater energy to a person's words and feelings, dissolves passivity and provides an alternate way of showing a person's inner world.


You will be learning all of this about psychodrama and more as you learn experientially by doing your own psychodramas as well as through taking roles for other group members to help them enact their psychodramas. You will also be learning about Sociometry, which means the measurement of social connections and roles. You will be leaning about Sociodrama, which is addresses the issues of a group through action (or drama) as opposed to an individual. All the while we will be focusing on the group dynamics and process as a way of teaching group psychotherapy. These are time honored methods that were developed by J. L. Moreno nearly a century ago. They have continued to evolve through the work of his wife, Zerka T. Moreno as well as many talented and creative psychodramatists over the years.


Didactic learning with the Psychodrama Institute of South Florida is usually woven into our active teaching style. Additionally there is an important processing component to each psychodrama when we discuss the clinical underpinnings of why the action took the path it did. Beginner's minds and advanced questioning minds are always a welcome and integral part of the learning and teaching process.

History of the Institute 

The Psychodrama Institute of South Florida was founded by Pamela Goffman and Paul Lesnik to meet the training needs of mental health professionals in the South Florida region; as well as nationally and internationally. Regionally they present Psychodrama workshops to such universities as Florida Atlantic University, Barry University and Florida International University. Some of the areas of focus of these workshops are "Introduction to Psychodrama Techniques", "Creating Safety in the treatment of Trauma with Psychodrama", "Spirituality in Clinical Practice", and "Integrating the Expressive Arts with Social Work Practice". Additionally they train staff of some of Florida's Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation. Nationally, they are active presenters at conferences for mental health professionals.

Ms. Goffman has over 20 years of experience in the field of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. A history of teaching movement, body awareness, and alignment to actors informs and enriches her somatic knowledge and understanding of the importance of the body and spirit in psychotherapy. This adds to the knowledge base of of her trainees.

Ms. Goffman has been granted the certification of Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner (TEP) of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy by the American Board of Examiners (ABE) in Psychodrama, Sociomerty and Group Psychotherapy. Ms. Goffman is a fellow in the American Society of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama (ASGPP). The Psychodrama Institute of South Florida is a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) provider for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors. Ms. Goffman is a qualified supervisors for any Social Workers or Mental Health Counselors seeking licensure in the state of Florida.

South Florida training address:

2645 N Federal Highway, Suite 210

Delray Beach, Fl 33483

Pamela Goffman, LCSW, TEP

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