Adam Blatner's Professional Presentations

Re-Posted July, 2013
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Sociatry: Opening to Our Global Mission. Plenary presentation, April 12, 2013, ASGPP Conference, Arlington, Virginia.
    (Also, moderating a panel on Global Psychodrama. And, with Allee Blatner, leading a workshop on role taking and imagination development., April, 13, 2013)

Considering Moreno as a Root for Applied Improvisation. AIN Conference, September 22,  2012. Ft. Mason, San Francisco. article on website: .../pdntbk/appliedimprovmoreno.html

Innovations and Integrations: A Keynote (Experiential) Workshop for the annual conference of the British Psychodrama Association conference, June 24, 2012.

Using Action Methods for Pursuing Your Spiritual Journey (3-hour workshop). At Annual Conference of the National Association for Drama Therapy, San Francisco, November 7, 2011.
    Also, sociodramatic exploration workshop on “Subtle Oppression” on November 9, 2011.

Demystifying Mysticism. Plenary presentation at Conference on Spirituality and Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, October 27, 2011 Supplementary papers:

Spiritual Journey Explored: A Workshop at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, Philadelphia, April 30, 2011;
     Also: New Developments in Sociodrama: Moderating a panel and presenting. At same conference.   

Enhancing Practitioner Flexibility with Morenian Methods: A 3-hour workshop at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, June 3, 2010.   Also at that conference: A paper on “Subtle Types of Oppression” 

Imagination Development: A Workshop at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, Philadelphia, April 18, 2010.
     Also: Psychoanalysis and Psychodrama: Moderating a panel and presenting. At same conference.   

Practical Applications of Mandala Art: Plenary Presentation, at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Art Therapists, Dallas, November 20, 2009
         . (Also a workshop on The Art of Play.)

The Art of Play: Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Drama Therapy, November 9, 2008.

The Psychology of Grief Work. Lecture to be given at the conference of the International Network on Personal Meaning, July 25, 2008.
      Also a workshop: Techniques for Facilitating Grief Work.

ReVisioning Psychodrama: A Plenary Presentation at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, San Antonio, TX, April 11, 2008

Exploring Spiritual Challenges: Mandala Art and Axiodrama: Workshop at ASGPP Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 13, 2008.

Social Connectedness: A Workshop, at the annual meeting of the National Association for Drama Therapy, Montreal, Quebec, August 11, 2007.

Envisioning the Broader Spectrum of Drama: Presentation at the American Association for Theatre in Education annual conference, Vancouver, BC, August 3, 2007.

American Creativity Association, March 23, 2007. Presentation on Creativity. Austin TX.

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). Symposium on Role Theory, co-presented with David Kipper, March 3, 2007, Austin, TX

Enriching Family Work with Psychodramatic Methods: Workshop presentation for the International Human Learning Resources Network (IHLRN) 37th Annual Conference, in Austin, Texas, October 20, 2006.

Four presentations at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (ASGPP), (San Francisco) April 28-30, 2006:
  – Deepening Personal Meaning Using Psychodramatic Methods (Co-Led with K. Carnabucci)
  – Psychodrama and Ritual (Co-Led with Jack Shupe)
  – Educational Aspects of Psychodrama (One speaker on Panel)
  – Advancing Theory in Psychodrama (Symposium, with R. Remer, E. Hug, others.)
   (Plus co-hosting the song fest)

Two presentations at the American Creativity Association annual meeting, March 23-6, 2006, Austin.
  – Moreno and creativity
  – The philosophy of creativity: Whitehead’s Process Philosophy.

Presentations at the National Association for Drama Therapy: August, 11, 2005.
        On the spectrum of applied drama. Workshop with Daniel Wiener, 8/12;
        Panel on Healing in Drama Therapy                          8/12.

Two presentations at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (ASGPP), Miami, Florida:
    – Practical applications of Moreno’s Role Theory, April 15, 2005
    – New Dimensions in Sociatry: Interactive & Improvisational Dramas, April 17, 2005

Four presentations at the International Psychodrama Conference, sponsored by the British Psychodrama Association, Oxford, England, August 11-15, 2004, on: (1) Introduction to Role Taking; (2) Exploring Tele and Personal Connectedness; (3) Theory in Psychodrama; and (4) Developments in Psychodrama.

Two presentations at the International Drama in Education Association conference in Ottawa, Canada, July, 2004: The Art of Play – an experiential workshop; and leading a special interest group (meeting over 4 different days) on drama, drama therapy, and psychodrama.

Action Methods for Teaching Social & Emotional Learning. Pre-Conference workshop, Nexus EQ conference. Jan 14, 2004.
    Introduction to Psychodrama. Central Florida State University Half-day workshop. Jan 13, 2004
    Techniques of Psychodrama. South Florida Collective. Day-long workshop. Jan 11, 2004

Conflict Resolution. National Association of Drama Therapists Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 2, 2003.

Making Magic: The Empowering Function of Drama Therapy. National Association of Drama Therapists Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, November 9, 2002.

Creative Mythmaking in a Postmodern World. Plenary Presentation at the International Conference on Personal Meaning, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 17, 2002
      Also: Workshop on Using Action Methods to Deepen Personal Meaning. .

Conflict Resolution: A Workshop: At the Omega National Conference. Austin, May 18, 2002.
         (Presentation on website: )     Also at that conference: The Art of Play.

Exploring Nonverbal Communications: Workshop at the ASGPP conference, April 20, 2001, Toronto.

Creating Celebrations. National Association for Drama Therapy conference, San Francisco, November 12, 2000.   Also a pre-conference workshop co-led with Alyce Smith-Cooper on Story-making in Life.

Deepening Personal Meaning (Using Action Methods). At “Discovering Meaning in the New Millennium,” an international conference, Vancouver, July 15, 2000.
   (Also, presentation on Emotional Intelligence at that conference)

The Art of Play: Helping Adults Reclaim Imagination and Spontaneity. Workshops at:
   * The Heart of Happiness: An Omega / Crossings Conference. Austin, Texas,  May 18, 2002.
   * ASGPP Conference, New York, April 1, 2000.  (And also, previously, at other ASGPP conferences and also:)
   * International Transpersonal Conference, Santa Rosa, CA. October 11, 1988.
   * The Healing Power of Play, Long Beach, May 1989.
   * Association for Humanistic Psychology, Midwest Conference, Indianapolis, April, 1989.
   * Association for Humanistic Psychology, National Conference, Stanford, CA, August, 1989.

Presentations at National & International Professional Conferences (Cont’d).

Spiritual Dialogue as an Aid to Contemplation. Presentation at the Yoga and Psychotherapy Conference,  South Fallsburg, New York, July, 1999.

Re-story-ing the Soul: Keynote Presentation.  American Society for Group Psychotherapy
  & Psychodrama (ASGPP) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, April 11, 1999.

Also at 1999 ASGPP conference: Theoretical Foundations of Psychodrama.    And:
  Encountering Your Soul: Spiritual Axiodrama.  (Both of these were also presented at the 13th
     International Congress of Group Psychotherapy, London, August 24-28, 1998, and at the
     ASGPP Conference in San Francisco, April, 1998.

Why Process Thought is Relevant: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective. 25th Anniversary International Whitehead Conference, Center for Process Studies, Claremont, California, August 6, 1998.
        (Presentation on website)

Role-Taking: Getting The Knack (one day course), ASGPP Annual Conference,  New York City, February 21, 1997. (Also at the 1995 and 1996 conferences.)

Psychodramatic Methods in Education. Conversation Hour. ASGPP Conference, New York City, February 21, 1997.

Enacted Dialogue for dealing with Spiritual Issues: National Association for Drama Therapy Conference, Santa Monica, CA, October 18, 1996.

New Developments in Theory. ASGPP Conference, Houston, Texas, April 25-28, 1996.

Intercultural Psychodrama, with T. Miyama; International Networking, with N. Wolf; (and)
  History of Psychodrama in Photographs (in an album). ASGPP Annual Conference, Washington, DC, April  20-24, 1995.

Role Dynamics: An Integrative Language for Psychology. Society for  the Exploration of  Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), Washington, DC,  April 9, 1995.

Implications of Postmodernism for Drama Therapy (symposium). National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT) Annual Conference, New Orleans, Nov. 4, 1994.

Tele: The Dynamics of Interpersonal Preference. The Way Forward: An  International Psychodrama Conference, Oxford, England, July 31-  August 5, 1994.

Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods (one-day course).  American Psychiatric Association
  Annual Convention. Also presented as the Director at the 1985-1994 meetings, and was one of the "Co-Faculty" presentors at the meetings in 1975, 1976, and 1981.

Psychospiritual Issues: Using Enacted Dialogue. American Psychiatric Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, May 25, 1994.

Axiodrama for Exploring Spiritual Issues; (and) Tele: The Dynamics of  Interpersonal Preference.  ASGPP Conference, Baltimore,  April 29-May 1, 1994.

Applications of Moreno's Work in the 21st Century; Nonverbal Communications in Psychodrama; (and)  Introductory and Advanced  Workshops in Psychodrama. International Forum on Psychodrama,
   Tokyo, February 28-March 3, 1994.


Sociometry as a Social-Depth Psychology. Workshop presented 29 October, 2012, at the Drama Therapy Program, Antioch University, Seattle. Also a workshop at CIIS on 23 September, 2012 for students of drama therapy and others. Supplemented by readings:

Introductions to Spontaneity Development. For beginning students, drama therapy program; and also beginning students, expressive therapy program. California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.  September 19, 2012.

Action Methods in Family Therapy. Day-and-a-half Workshop presented as continuing education for Family Therapists at the University of Georgia, January 27-28, 2012.
   (January 26: On sociodrama. 2-hour presentation for the School of Education.)

In Another’s Shoes: Action Methods for Empathy: 2 hour workshop: to the UCLA-Affiliated Health Sciences Extension Program. Los Angeles (Santa Monica), December 10, 2009.

Psychodramatic Methods in Psychotherapy. Day workshop for Extension Program of Antioch University, Seattle, WA. November 13, 2009.

Action Methods for Empathy in Psychotherapy: For South Texas Art Therapy Association (STATA), Austin, Texas, October 19, 2008.

Applying Psychodramatic Methods in Counseling: For therapists in the community and students at the California Institute for Child & Family Therapy, North Hollywood, California, April 30, 2008.

Psychodramatic Methods. For Arts-Omega Professional Ongoing Training & Support Group, Sonoma, California, April 25-26, 2008.

Psychodramatic Methods. For staff at Giddings State School, Giddings, Texas. September 7, 2007, plus further consultation, October 4, 2007.

ReVisioning Drama. Workshop at the Drama Therapy Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, May 4, 2007.

Psychodramatic Methods in Education; and:
 No Fourth Wall: The Range of Applied Theatre. Two workshops at the annual conference of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, in Austin, TX, January 19-21, 2006.

Transpersonal Psychodrama: A workshop for Drama Therapists. Omega Drama Therapy Training Program, Boston, MA. January 12-15, 2006

Introduction to Psychodrama. Counseling Program, Texas State University, Cedar Park, July 12, 2005.

Teaching Empathy. For Conference on Creativity in Psychotherapy, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, February 12, 2005

Spirituality and Psychotherapy. For Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Scott & White Clinics, Temple, TX, October 1, 2004

Sociometry for psychodrama professionals, in San Antonio, July 17, 2004.

Week-Long Course: Aspects of Psychodrama. Kansas State University Department of Drama, Manhattan, KS, June 23-27, 2003

Creative Mythmaking.  Seton Cove Creative Learning Center, Austin. November 21, 2002.

Psychodramatic Methods in Psychotherapy (Half-day workshop.). New Mexico Group Psychotherapy Society, Albuquerque, November 8, 2002.

Exploring Spiritual Issues Using Psychodrama. Psychodrama Institute of San Antonio, August 25, 2001.

Week-Long Course: Aspects of Psychodrama. Kansas State University Department of Drama,  Manhattan, KS, June 4-8, 2001

 Aspects of Psychodrama: Morning workshop. Seattle Psychodrama Practitioners’ Peer Group.  April 13, 2001.

Treatment Planning and Case Presentation. Tropical Cities Mental Health Clinics, Harlingen, TX,  November 15, 1996.

The Art of Case Presentation. Austin-Travis County MHMR Continuing Education Program,   Austin, TX, November 12, 1996.

Family Therapy: New Directions. Continuing Education Conference, Texas Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation, September 11, 1996.

Action Methods in Therapy. Grand rounds for the Department of Psychiatry, St. David's Hospital,
  May 15, 1996.

Workshop(s) on Grief Work and Facilitating the Dying Process for continuing education program for
  nurses at the University of Texas School of Nursing, February 23-24, 1996.

Keynote Presentation: "Drama for Psychological Literacy," at the annual meeting of the Texas
   Educational Theatre Association, Houston, TX, February 2, 1996.
  (Also workshops on the place of drama in education and role playing in the classroom.)

Psychodrama Training (beginning and intermediate levels) Austin, TX:  Spring-Summer, 1995.
  Six-Week Course, Summer 1984.

Role Playing in Education: A day-long workshop for teachers and counselors, and national
  teleconference. November 4, 1995.

Conscious Role Playing for Everyday Life: Workshop at the California Institute of Integral Studies
  (CIIS), San Fransisco, Sept 29-30, 1995.

Group Treatment for Prisoner Rehabilitation. Federal Correctional Institution,  Bastrop, TX,
   Sept 7, 1995.


Spontaneity and Interpersonal Relations – to class on Communications and Virtual Worlds, at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), April 29, 2008.

Therapeutic Applications of Drama and Wider Applications – to class on Applied Theatre at the Department of Drama, University of Texas, November 14, 2007

Developing Empathy Skills. Workshop at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Francisco, May 3, 2007  (Affiliated with University of California San Francisco School of Medicine)

Guest Presentation–Experiential and didactic, on supervision and The Art of Play, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, April 27, 2006

Action Methods in Psychotherapy: Grand Rounds: Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico Medical Center, Albuquerque, November 8, 2002.

Panel on Careers in the Behavioral Sciences. Southwestern University Department of Psychology, Georgetown, TX.,  November, 2000.

Freud’s Contributions and Limitations. Visiting Lecture(s). Southwestern University Department of Psychology, Georgetown, TX., Oct. 27, 2000

Comparative Psychotherapies. Austin Psychiatric Residency Training Program, Austin State Hospital,

  Austin, TX, Feb-March, 1997.

Literature Seminar, Director. APRTP, ASH, Austin, TX,  September 1994-1996. Weekly seminar. Supervised lectures by PGY-4  residents and occasionally gave lectures on such topics as: defense mechanisms, history of  psychiatry, ego strength, transpersonal psychiatry, etc.

Supervising individual residents re their cases, 1994-1996, Austin State Hospital.

Overview of Transpersonal Psychology. Literature Club, Austin State Hospital,  September 6, 1995.

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