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Overview of MAC: Mid-Atlantic Chapter, American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (MAC) is a regional chapter of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), the national professional organization devoted to advancing the field of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. Since its inception in 1984, MAC’s primary purpose has been to provide professional development and networking opportunities for area psychodramatists and others interested in psychodrama. MAC programs, workshops, and other events are educational in nature and are not intended as a substitute for psychotherapy.

Brief Overview of Psychodrama: Psychodrama is a form of psychotherapy developed by Jacob L. Moreno, M.D., a Viennese psychiatrist who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1930s. Psychodrama uses various forms of enactment to expand and deepen the purely verbal method of therapy. Psychodrama helps participants bring their inner experiences into the outer world through role-play and related action methods.

In classical psychodrama, a person’s story is enacted with other group members taking the needed roles. Various specialized psychodramatic techniques (e.g., role reversal, double, mirror) are used to expand the action and explore the inner reality of the protagonist (person whose story is being enacted in the psychodrama). Psychodramatic action can help a person achieve insight into a problem, express feelings, complete unfinished actions, and learn new ways of behaving. Psychodrama is typically practiced in groups, although psychodramatic techniques can also be used in individual settings. Psychodramatic methods can also be applied to non-therapy settings, such as personal growth, education and training, organizational consulting, and community development.

  • February 2014 Workshop

    Thursday, 23 January 2014

    Honoring our Stories

    We’re invited to gather for an open session of warming up and action. This is an opportunity for people to give in to your spontaneity, whether you are moved to be in an auxiliary role, facilitate a warm-up or direct with the support of a caring community. We offer this opportunity to gather, whether you have been part of the psychodrama community for some time, or are a student or clinician who is curious about action methods.
                          Click here to download information about our February 2014 Workshop.


  • Maryland Expressive Arts Therapies Conference

    Monday, 20 January 2014

  • Harvesting our Strengths

    Saturday, 05 October 2013


    After Cathy presented the 2013 MAC Gratitude Award to Steve, they took a posture inspired by Moreno’s poem, Invitation to an Encounter. The award was designed and donated to MAC by Charles West of West Designs.



    Merry Macke is all smiles during MAC’s fall workshop entitled, Harvesting Our Strengths.




    Kendall Smith and Krista Verastro chatting after completing an activity during the workshop.



     Linda Bianchi and Pat Noonan sharing a hug during a break at the workshop.

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