Full Course Description

Relational Trauma Treatment Workshop: Processing Deep Childhood Wounds with Psychodrama and Experiential Interventions

Misread, neglected or abused by the people they most wanted to be loved by – the unseen wounds of childhood relational trauma can fuel the dysfunctional behaviors that undermine your clients’ connection with themselves and others as adults.

But if experiences were central to creating this pain and disconnection, doesn’t it make sense that corrective experiences are the key to healing them? The latest research and leading experts like Bessel van der Kolk say yes.

That’s why Dr. Tian Dayton, one of world’s foremost experts on experiential therapy and psychodrama put together this incredible training… so you can create therapeutic experiences that go beyond talking and build momentum for deep change and personal growth.

Under Dr. Dayton’s expert guidance, you’ll learn to harness the power of over a dozen psychodrama and experiential interventions to help clients establish new and healthy ways of thinking, feeling and reacting when childhood relational wounds get triggered in present day relationships.

With easy-to-follow directions you’ll feel ready to use many of these techniques right away to help clients process their painful pasts, connect to the emotions and behaviors attached to them, and gain the insights they need to create new and better solutions for their futures.

Whether you’re seeing clients individually or in a group setting, these interventions will fit seamlessly with your existing approaches as complementary techniques, without the need for you to be a drama expert or “creative type.”

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Program Information


  1. Create a safe and supportive environment for trauma survivors to explore and process their experiences through psychodrama.
  2. Demonstrate how to utilize role-playing, role-reversal, and other psychodramatic techniques in trauma treatment to help clients express and process their emotions and experiences.
  3. Apply the attachment timeline technique in trauma treatment to help clients explore past experiences, identify the impact of these experiences on their current lives and relationships, and develop coping skills and strategies for managing symptoms.
  4. Describe how to integrate psychodrama and sociometrics into an overall trauma treatment plan, including the use of other therapeutic modalities and interventions.
  5. Develop strategies for adapting psychodrama interventions for telehealth delivery, including identifying potential technological and logistical barriers and exploring creative ways to use virtual platforms to engage clients in therapeutic experiences.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the research on the effectiveness of psychodrama and sociometric as adjunctive interventions, including their limitations and risks, and be able to apply this knowledge to make informed decisions when using psychodrama and sociometrics in clinical practice.


Relational Trauma:  
How the Symptoms of PTSD and C-PTSD Play out in Relationships

  • How adult clients import old childhood pain into new relationships 
  • Neuroception: Picking Up on Subtle Relational Signals 
  • How trauma gets “frozen” in the nervous system 
  • Fight/Flight: The Shutting Down of the Thinking/Reasoning Mind 
  • Letting the body have a voice 
Trauma-Focused Psychodrama Interventions: 
Role Plays and Other Therapeutic Experiences for Processing Old Wounds 
  • Discerning who to use these techniques with in individual or group work 
  • Psychodrama and Sociometrics for adjunct therapeutic intervention 
  • Use “Doubling” to give voice to unconscious feelings and uncover blocked emotions 
  • Role reversal exercises to gain new perspectives and foster empathy  
  • Floor check process for self-regulation and co-regulation 
  • Experiential letter writing – allow clients to express themselves  
  • Adapting interventions for telehealth delivery 
  • Utilize the resilience timeline to consolidate progress and celebrate strengths 
Tools for Self-Discovery and Establishing Emotional Safety 
  • Mobilizing the Social Engagement System 
  • Using Floor Checks for relational trauma psychoeducation and self-discovery 
  • Skills to elevate unconscious pain and anger to a conscious level 
  • Utilizing supportive group work to develop emotional literacy 
  • Processing triggered feelings without going numb, imploding, or exploding 
Revisit and Process Past Traumas with an Attachment Timeline 
  • How trauma creates a fragmented self 
  • Dyadic interactions: how people internalize relational trauma  
  • How to use the Attachment Timeline Intervention to: 
    • Explore how past experiences impact your clients’ lives and relationships 
    • Develop new copings skills and strategies for managing symptoms 
  • Using the timeline with other techniques to integrate relational rupture experiences 
Trauma-Informed Family of Origin Work 
  • Mapping perceived roles in familial and desired relationships 
  • Measuring changes in clients’ relational lives 
  • How the “social atom” helps us understand transference 
  • Diagrams and writing exercises as warm-ups for psychodrama 
Research, Risks and Treatment Limitations 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychotherapists 
  • Therapists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Nurse 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 

Copyright : 07/21/2023