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Holistic. Experiential. Integrative.
"Don’t be satisfied with stories of how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute (LPTI) provides holistic, integrative, experiential professional development opportunities for practitioners and students in the mental health and related human service fields

LPTI’s powerful trainings integrate theory-based and research-informed content with high-impact action learning methods.

Psychodrama is uniquely suited as a highly effective therapeutic and learning modality with its emphasis on addressing the whole person in a comprehensive manner that brings body, mind, emotions and spirit into the work.


From the Greek holos, holism proposes that all systems must be viewed as wholes, not merely as a collection of parts. In popular language, we say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This concept is important in therapy and learning because it emphasizes the necessity of looking at the person as a unified whole consisting of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Moreover, within a holistic perspective, we also view the individual within the context of their interpersonal and social world. J.L. Moreno’s psychodrama explicitly incorporates a holistic perspective.


Findings from the contemporary field of interpersonal neurobiology support and complement many of Moreno’s seminal theories and methods. According to Dan Siegel (2018), the core function that promotes healing, learning and wellbeing is integration.

For the individual, this means actively linking thought with emotion and bodily sensation with logic. In relationships, integration means each individual is respected for her/his separate self, while at the same time, being linked to others through energetic and empathic attunement.

Moreno’s triadic system of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy explicitly incorporates this same thinking about the importance of integration in all human relationships.


According to expert educator, David Kolb (1999), optimal adult learning occurs best when the learner goes through a complete cycle of learning that encompasses four different ways of learning: Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation, Abstract Conceptualization, and Active Experimentation.

Kolb’s theory provides another conceptual framework for explaining the effectiveness of psychodrama as a highly effective way of teaching and learning.

To learn more about Kolb’s theory, see the Resources page

Our programs promote integrative learning by incorporating four core components:

  • Theory
  • Skills development
  • Personal growth and
  • Professional application.

Trainings at LPTI integrate theory and techniques from classical psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, along with contemporary findings from interpersonal neurobiology and knowledge from ancient wisdom traditions such as mindfulness, hatha yoga and diverse spiritual traditions.

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“We are improvising actors on the stage of life.  No one hands us a script.”

– J.L. Moreno, originator of psychodrama

Psychodrama is a Powerful Method for Healing, Learning and Development

Psychodrama is an experiential form of psychotherapy created by Jacob L. Moreno (1889-1974) and Zerka T. Moreno (1917-2016) that uses dramatic enactment to expand and deepen the purely verbal method of traditional talk therapy.

Psychodrama can be applied to individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy. It can also be applied to non-clinical settings, such as coaching, teaching/training, group facilitation, community development, spiritual facilitation and theater training.



Psychodrama is a therapeutic modality that can help a person:


Heal emotional wounds from childhood and beyond

Express Emotions

Experience healthy ways of expressing feelings and emotions

Rewrite their Story

Create new meanings and personal narratives

Change Behavior

Learn to make wiser choices and take more courageous and skillful actions

LPTI Founder, Executive Director & Principal Trainer

The Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute (LPTI) represents a synthesis of the life work of its founder Catherine D. (Cathy) Nugent. Cathy’s holistic approach to psychotherapy and teaching thoughtfully blends life-long areas of interest and study into a holistic, integrative approach that Cathy embodies and teaches through her psychotherapy practice and her classes and workshops.

Cathy is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and board-certified psychodramatist and psychodrama trainer (TEP). A respected and effective leader in the psychodrama field, Cathy currently serves as President of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ABE), and is former Executive Editor of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Drawing on her extensive training and experience in the following disciplines and practices, Cathy has fashioned a unique approach that she models and teaches:

  • psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy;

  • interpersonal neurobiology;

  • attachment theory;

  • trauma-informed and recovery-oriented approaches;

  • body/mind psychotherapies;

  • yoga and mindfulness; and

  • creative arts therapies.

As Executive Director and Principal Trainer of LPTI, Cathy’s work aligns with her life purpose and mission: to facilitate healing, learning, growth and wellness for herself and others through the holistic and integrative processes of psychodrama and related experiential modalities.

Read more about Cathy here

Training, Consultation, and Supervision

“Tell me and I’ll forget;
Show me and I may remember;
Involve me and I’ll understand.”
-Chinese proverb


LPTI’s training, workshops, and supervision/consultation are designed for students and professionals in the mental health and related helping/healing professions.

LPTI offers three categories of professional development opportunities:

  • Psychodrama Training Cohorts: Intensive training in the theory and methods of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. Introductory- and Intermediate-Level Cohorts meet as a closed group for nine months.
  • Special Topics Workshops: Exploring emerging ideas in the helping and healing professions using action methods. One day workshops explore a special topic using basic sociometry, group action structures, and teach specific interventions. Extended format (four and five day workshops) take a deeper dive into themes and include full classical psychodramas with processing.
  • Supervision and Consultation: As a board-certified psychodrama trainer and Maryland state approved LCPC supervisor, Cathy provides individual and group supervision and consultation on using action methods in clinical practice and exploring clinical and ethical issues using action methods.


LPTI programs place particular emphasis on new and emerging knowledge from the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and on experiential interventions (psychodramatic, body-based and creative arts) for healing the adverse effects of trauma and attachment/developmental injuries, as well as for promoting resilience, growth and transformation.

If you are a professional or student interested in learning how to apply psychodrama and related experiential methods in your practice, click here to find out more about our training, workshops and supervision/consultation.

Continuing Education:

LPTI’s programs offer approved training hours through the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy (ABE) and continuing education credits through the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

See Training Page for full continuing education information and disclosures.

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