Daniel J Wiener, Ph.D.Statement Of Teaching Philosophy

Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D, is an Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University, from which he retired in August, 2018 and is in private practice in Northampton, MA as a licensed psychologist. Also licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Connecticut, he is a Diplomate in Family Psychology, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.

Having founded Rehearsals! for Growth™ (RfG) in 1985, he has presented over 230 workshops throughout the United States, at agencies, training institutes, professional conferences and as part of the RfG Certificate Program. Beginning in 1988, he has also presented RfG trainings in England, Canada, Greece, Italy, India, The Czech Republic, Germany and Russia.

In addition to authoring numerous professional articles and book chapters, Dr. Wiener has written three published books: (Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists and Rehearsals for Growth: Vol. I (1991-2004) and Vol. II (2005-2016). He has also) and has edited / co-edited three others (Beyond Talk Therapy: Using Movement and Expressive Techniques in Clinical Practice; Action Therapy with Families and Groups: Using Creative Arts Improvisation in Clinical Practice; and Interactive and improvisational drama: Varieties of applied theatre and performance). His instructional video Rehearsals for Growth: Couple Therapy was published as “Action Methods in Couple Therapy” by Psychotherapy.net in 2011.

He is the recipient of a number of teaching awards: the 1997 Zerka T. Moreno Award (by the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama), and both the 2006 Research and 2010 Gertrud Schattner Awards by the National Association for Drama Therapy (now the North American Drama Therapy Association).