Psychodrama is an action method (developed in the 1920s by Jacob Moreno in Vienna) in which participants use spontaneous dramatization, role playing, and dramatic self-presentation to engage a situation or encounter. It is an incredible performative practice for diving deeply and playful into intra/inter-subjective facets of self and other. Psychodrama is practiced in a group, whereby one participant volunteers to be the protagonist who then acts on their "drama" with the aid of other group members as auxiliaries. It is a highly structured technique with forms that establish safety, minimize projection, and create the capacity for extremely deep and transformative expression. Each session will involve a brief demo of core techniques, a warmup, the selection of one protagonist, the drama, and then shares at the end. Sessions are drop-in, however, registration closes 24-hours prior to each session. Participants must register online. And participation will always be capped at 13 participants. Doors will close 10-minutes after beginning in effort to create a safe container.
About the facilitator: Aaron Finbloom is a philosopher, artist, pedagogue and counselor. He is also the founder and director of the Deep Play Institute. Finbloom's lifework (and PhD in relational practice) involves expanding transformative inquiry through games, performance, and structured play. After an initial 40-hour psychodrama training in 2018, Finbloom co-led a psychodrama group in Montreal, and has directed dozens of psychodrama sessions in the forthcoming years. His facilitation style is informed by training in Circling, Authentic Relating, Vipassana Meditation and inspired by key theoretical aspects of Internal Family Systems. Finbloom has seen clients for over 2+ years using transformative deep play techniques derived from these aforementioned practices. He holds a PhD in relational practice from Concordia University's Interdisciplinary Humanities & Fine Arts program, and teaches philosophy at the City College of New York and The University of Portland.
Covid Policy: We will follow CDC protocol regarding covid isolation and engagement. If anyone tests positive for covid, they must wait to attend until 10 days after the first day of developing symptoms (and in this situation, if they are still testing positive at this point, they can attend, but with a mask). If any participant has symptoms of covid, we ask them to please wear a mask even if they have tested negative on antigen tests (as tests can deliver false negatives). For everyone else, masks are optional.
Disclaimer: This is not therapy, nor should be considered a substitute for therapy. That said, the explorations we will engage in will have the potential to go rather deep, and may be quite intense. The Deep Play Institute upholds the belief that deep play lives on an edge between safe and dangerous. As such, we invite participants to play in this liminal space, and as facilitators we work to help participants stay on this edge. We see it as our responsibility to design a space that is trauma-informed, holds space for emotional processing, includes self-care, and normalizes opting out at any time. We ask participants to gauge when their experience has crossed into territory that they deem “too edgy” and take the steps necessary for their own emotional safety. Finally, we want to acknowledge that particularly insofar as we occupy privileged identities, we bring our personal limitations and biases into the space, and while we are working to educate ourselves and minimize harm, we recognize that we may cause harm and for that we apologize.
Price: $20-40 based on what you can afford. (No one is turned away: If this price is too prohibitive for your given income, please email the facilitator aaron.finbloom@gmail,com )