2020 Certificate Program
Rehearsals! for Growth (RfG) is a novel method of psychotherapy and education which uses techniques from theater improvisation to achieve individual and interpersonal growth. RfG, a distinctive Drama Therapy of relationships, facilitates change by playfully exploring alternative roles through dramatic enactment. RfG provides vivid, immediate experiences and reaches all populations, including those who do not respond well to talk-only methods.
RfG teaches you to:
- Create that “feel safe” environment necessary for your clients to take risks for growth
- Access spontaneity through improvisation
- Promote attentiveness and validation both of self and others
- Apply assessment skills using non-verbal cues
- Increase your own vitality, passion, and creativity!
Over the past 30 years, more than 2500 clinicians have attended RfG workshops and training seminars; many have expressed interest in receiving further training in these methods. The Rehearsals for Growth Certificate Program (RfG-CP) offers hands-on instruction in RfG methods through intensive training workshops and co-training with Dr. Wiener and/or RfG Certified Trainers, live or video supervision of the trainee’s work and the completion of written assignments. The RfG-CP is designed primarily for mental health professionals wishing to offer this work.
The RfG-CP trains therapists to apply RfG in the areas of:
- Psychotherapy — using play and enactment to effect clinical change
- Relationship Skills Training — offering playshops to non-client groups of Individuals and Couples
- Education — accelerating group learning; improving student morale
RfG-CP training workshops offer instruction in principles, concepts, techniques and applications of the following topics:
- Social risk-taking
- Expanding emotional range
- Experiential learning
- Physical enactment
- Relationship enhancement
- Encouraging adult play
- Exploring other roles
- Therapeutic narrative enactment
The RfG-CP provides Drama Therapy students pursuing NADTA Registry (RDT) through Alternative Track training with 4 credits when combined with the satisfactory completion of written assignments.
Continuing Education credits for Licensed Mental Health professionals can be applied for at the time of the student’s registration. Ordinarily, CEUs will be applied for when four or more trainees desire them from the same licensing profession, pay an additional fee and apply at least 45 days in advance of a RfG training event.
The RfG-CP is not offered for academic credit.
RfG-Certified Therapists may display the RfG logo with their name, degrees and licenses and use the title “Rehearsals for Growth Certified Therapist” when offering playshops, therapy groups, or educational workshops.
- A Letter of Attendance will be given to each trainee upon satisfactory completion of all hours at that workshop level.
- A Certificate of Completion will be given to each trainee upon satisfactory completion of all RfG-CP requirements.
Requirements: Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and either:
a. A graduate degree from a recognized program in psychiatry, psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, pastoral counseling, occupational therapy, expressive arts therapy or marriage and family therapy;
b. Be enrolled in an accredited program leading to the awarding of such a graduate degree. Ordinarily, candidates will have had some professional work experience in a clinical capacity.
Candidates lacking the abovementioned academic training but who present extensive or unusual related training and/or work experience in the mental health field will be considered. To participate in RfG training at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels participants must currently be working with clients in a clinical or psycho-educational capacity.
Starting in 2014, progress toward the completion of the 60-hour RfG Certificate Program (RfG-CP) is offered in intensive multi-level weekends and one-day trainings. “Multi-level” training differs from the previous practice of holding a fixed sequence of trainings, each devoted exclusively to instruction at one of the levels described below; it means that the participants in these RfG workshops now share in most activities during the workshop but may be assigned different tasks, before, during and after that workshop.
Trainees wishing to pursue Certification sign up in advance for the level(s) in which they wish to acquire hours and then participate in any workshop at the next, uncompleted one of the four Certificate Program levels: Basic, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.
Completion of each level is contingent on: participating in the required hours of direct training; doing assigned readings; and, satisfactory completion of the written assignments for that level.
Part I: Direct Training
BASIC LEVEL TRAINING (15 hrs)
Improv Enactment Training designed primarily to impart the experience of being a participant in RfG exercises. Prior recent RfG experience in graduate courses, RfG workshops and attendance at conference workshops featuring RfG may reduce the number of required hours at this level, or exempt participants entirely from taking Basic Training. Within one month of completing a training day or weekend at the Basic Level, trainees wishing to proceed to the Beginning Level answer self-assessment questions in writing.
BEGINNING LEVEL TRAINING (15 hrs)
Continuing to learn from experiencing more advanced RfG techniques. Introducing, directing and learning Post-Enactment processing of RfG games and exercises. At this level there is both some prior assigned reading and some preparation/familiarization with the directing of others in assigned games and exercises.
The required Text for completion of the Beginning and subsequent Levels is:
Wiener, D. J. (1994). Rehearsals for growth: Theater improvisation for psychotherapists. New York: W. W. Norton. Available here.
Within one month of completing a training day or weekend at the Beginning Level, trainees wishing to proceed to the Intermediate Level answer self-assessment questions in writing. Participants wishing to complete this level should contact Dr. Wiener at least one week prior to training events for assignments.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TRAINING (15 hrs)
Training in offering RfG techniques to:
- assess client readiness to participate
- examine ethical and safety considerations in applying these methods
- make clinical inferences from client performances
- use therapist’s’ own emotional reactions to identify treatment issues crucial to the success of these methods
- conduct Post-Enactment Processing (PEP) with participants in-role as clients
The required Text for completion of the Intermediate and subsequent Level is:
Wiener, D. J. (2004). Rehearsals for Growth: Collected papers Vol. I, 1991-2004. Leverett, MA: (Self-Published). Available here.
Within one month following training at the Intermediate Level, trainees wishing to proceed to the Advanced Level: (1) review videotaped material of that workshop; (2) provide written answers to reflective questions provided by the Trainer; and (3) hand in their answers to a take-home exam on RfG principles, practices and concepts.
ADVANCED LEVEL (15 hrs)
Training and personalized practice in:
- integrating RfG with other therapeutic modalities
- using repetitions and sequences for RfG exercises
- dealing with unexpected events arising in the use of enactments
At the Advanced level trainees are required to present videotaped case material or to bring material for the simulation of cases for consultation. Within one month following training at the Advanced Level, trainees wishing to complete the Direct Instruction part of the RfG-CP: (1) review videotaped material of that workshop; (2) provide written answers to questions provided by the Trainer; and, (3) submit a written case vignette featuring their use of RfG methods.
The required Text for completion of the Advanced Level is:
Wiener, D. J. (2016). Rehearsals for Growth: Collected papers,Vol. II, 1991-2005-2016. Northampton, MA: (Self-Published). Available here.
In preparation for this Level, review of the following DVD is required: Wiener, D. J. (2010). Rehearsals for Growth: Couple Therapy. Leverett, MA: (Self-Published). Available DVD here or as a streaming video here
Trainees wishing to complete this level should contact Dr. Wiener at least one week prior to training events and should be prepared to present on at least one clinical case during training.
Part II: Demonstrated Practice/Leadership
In addition to workshop attendance for the requisite number of hours at each Level, trainees wishing to complete the requirements for RfG Certification (RfG-CP) must demonstrate their practice/leadership of RfG methods, typically in one of the following two ways:
- Co-leading one RfG playshop, workshop, and/or psychosocial group session with an RfG Certified Trainer
- Presenting for supervision videotapes of two different psychotherapy sessions in which they functioned as the therapist and which feature prominently their use of RfG techniques
Other formats proposed for meeting this requirement need prior approval from Dr. Wiener.
Following each demonstration, the trainee presents a critique of his or her own work during a supervision session with a RfG trainer. Trainees pay an additional fee for this supervision. Trainees may invite other trainees to observe these supervision sessions. The RfG trainer will later provide an evaluation of each trainee’s demonstrated skill.
Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., RDT/BCT (Director)
Emeritus Professor at Central Connecticut State University in the Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Licensed as a Psychologist in Massachusetts, he is an APA Diplomate (Board Certified) in Marital and Family Psychology, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and a Registered Drama Therapist/ Board Certified Trainer.
Dr. Wiener has over 40 years of experience in academic teaching, psychotherapy practice, postgraduate clinical training, and organizational consulting. Since founding RfG in 1985, he has offered RfG training to clinicians, educators and lay-people and has presented this work both nationally and internationally at over 200 professional conferences and trainings. In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, Dr. Wiener has written or edited five books, including the RfG-CP texts, Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists (Norton, 1994) and Rehearsals for Growth: Collected papers, 1991-2004.
In 2019, RfG-CP training sessions will be co-taught by Dr. Wiener and one or more of the following RfG Trainers:
Charlotte A. Ramseur, LMFT: AAMFT Approved Supervisor; RfG Certified Trainer; Adjunct Professor in MFT at Central Connecticut State University. Trained in both Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Internal Family Systems, she has a private psychotherapy practice in New Britain, CT.
Maureen Sand, LMFT: RfG Certified Trainer. She is an MFT therapist at the Klingberg Extended Day Treatment Program in New Britain,,CT and specializes in working clinically with children and their families.
Jami Osborne, LMHC: MA (in Integrated Holistic Health & Transpersonal Drama Therapy studies), and CAGS in Counseling Psychology. She is a MA Mental Health Counselors Association Certified Clinical Supervisor [MaCCS]; Diplomate in Trauma Treatment [DCMHS]; RDT/BCT & RfG Certified Trainer. Jami is the Administrative Assistant for the MA Mental Health Counselors Association, License Support Committee Chair for MaMHCA and maintains a private practice.
Tuition for the 2020 RfG-CP workshops is listed below.
Two-day workshop (9:30am–5:30pm each day)
February 22-23, 2020
June 27-28, 2020
Novemeber 7-8, 2020
Location: Greater Hartford, Connecticut Area
Contact: Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT-BCT
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Individual Professional rate: $375
3+ professionals registering and paying simultaneously: $325 each*
Individual Student rate: $275
3+ students registering and paying simultaneously: $225 each*
*For these discounted rates, payment must be received more than 30 days before the workshop date. Otherwise, add 10%.
The cost for one-day attendance is half of the two-day rate plus $10.
You may pay online using a debit/credit card or via PayPal.
Process: Candidates complete the admission form below and send a $100 deposit, which is non-refundable upon acceptance to the program. The deposit will be returned if the candidate is not accepted.