Change, personal growth, development, emotional education, creativity, crisis intervention are keywords in my biography. See my blog at todaysdrama.wordpress.com for more on all of the above!
In my experience Psychodrama as theory and practice provides the most functional language for learning how to take charge of our lives and make the changes that we want to make. It facilitates a change in perspective and role interaction, past, present and future. When we see differently, we behave differently. It works for individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.
Currently, I am focused on developing tutorial programs for adolescent academic underachievers and the use of mission statements for couples and families, as the foundational work necessary to encourage growth for all family members.
Starting out in the mid 1960's as one of three faculty at the Walden School in Washington, D.C., among the first local alternative high schools, we developed emotional and cognitive educational programs for over 75 students before closing due to lack of funding after 5 successful years. As Director of Crisis Intervention at Overbrook School, a private treatment center for school phobic adolescents, I organized a realistic and effective approach to the daily needs of an educational program for troubled teen-agers. While obtaining an MA in Philosophy of Education I was a guest lecturer on Adolescent Psychology at George Washington University. I then completed a two-year internship in the renowned Psychodrama training program at St. Elizabeths? Hospital, a federal facility for the mentally ill. I joined the staff of St. E's as Staff Psychodramatist of John Howard Pavilion (the psychiatric in-patient maximum-security institution for those found not guilty by reason of insanity). In the era of rapid growth in community mental health treatment I worked as Staff Psychodramatist at Area A Community Mental Health Center in Georgetown, DC.
With a growing family and the dissolution of the community based treatment centers I took an alternative avenue into the private commercial sector and spent 15 years as Director of Corporate Marketing for Lewis & Silverman, Inc., a large real estate company specializing in representing new home builders. In that capacity I solicited new business, trained and managed sales agents and worked with advertising companies to develop marketing campaigns for 50+ new home subdivisions.
In the early '90s as the real estate market nose-dived I returned to my home ground of psychodrama consulting through Wickersty and Associates in the Washington metropolitan area and nationally in the field of anger management. My return to the field of mental health as a consultant, trainer and group therapist led me to organizational development and strategic planning. From 1999 to 2008 I engaged in clinical work in the treatment of foster care adolescents by serving as Director of Programs and Training for The Adolescent and Family Growth Center (AFGC) in Springfield, Va. AFGC serves adolescents removed from their homes by the courts for reasons ranging from neglect to abuse.