Friday, December 2
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom
Ruth S. Harley University Center
Tagged: School of Social Work, Continuing Education, Garden City

RTR: An Experiential Model for Treating Relational Trauma

Event, Garden City Event, Workshop, Continuing Education, Social Work CE

With Tian Dayton, Ph.D.

6 CE and 6 NYS OASAS clock hours

Research in neurobiology has made clear that our emotions are experienced and processed by the body as well as the mind and that healing from the kind of trauma that living with addiction engenders requires a mind/body approach. Psychodrama and sociometry allow the body to participate in the therapeutic milieu. In this experiential workshop we’ll look at how to use sociometry to explore trauma and addiction as well as to “warm up” a group, connect them with each other and their personal “stories”.

RTR is designed to fit into any treatment program clinic or one to one practice.  It is a multi-sensory model of trauma treatment that uses psychodrama, sociometry, journaling and guided imagery. Sociometry allows for many small connections with self and others. Working in small and incremental moments of connection and repair can help clients to move in and out of their own freeze state without becoming overwhelmed and stuck. This process can also help clients to chunk down and regulate overwhelming emotions without becoming flooded. Relationship repair (RTR) within the many moments of sharing in dyads and clusters that strengthens skills of opening up, reaching out, sharing and then listening to others do the same.

Learning Objectives

  1. To expand a restricted range of affect that can be the result of trauma.
  2. To allow the group to become comfortable identifying, articulating and sharing emotion.
  3. To allow the group to connect with each other around vulnerable emotions, share and take in sharing and support.
  4. To teach and develop emotional literacy and emotional intelligence.
  5. To have clients learn to “tolerate” and talk about painful emotions so that they are less likely to act them out and relapse over them.
  6. To have clients learn to “tolerate” and talk about positive and self-affirming emotions so that they are lesslikely to relapse over them.
  7. To educate clients as to the range of symptoms that can accompany relationship trauma and the ACoA Trauma Syndrome

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About the Workshop LEader

Dr. Tian Dayton is the Director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute, an acclaimed author of fifteen books including Neuropsychodrama in the Treatment of Relational Trauma, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: How Childhood Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships, Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance, Trauma and Addiction: Ending the Cycle of Pain Through Emotional Literacy, Heartwounds:The Impact of Unresolved Trauma and Grief on Relationships, Forgiving and Moving On,The Living Stage: A Step by Step Guide to Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy, The Magic of Forgiveness. She is a Huffington Post blogger and creator of

Films and Videos include: The Process: A 73 Minute award winning docudrama that uses Psychodrama to tell stories of Addicts and ACOAs Psychodrama and Trauma Resolution Training Tape,:a compressive psychodrama training tape illustrating the effect of unresolved trauma on the personality and its resolution through psychodrama and sociometry available through Tian Dayton has a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and is a board certified trainer in psychodrama and a licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is also a certified Montessori teacher. Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. She is a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in psychodrama, trauma and addiction and has served as their director of program development for eight years. Dr, Dayton was on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP, winner of their scholar’s award, the President’s award and editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and sits on the professional standards committee. She is also the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, Geraldo. For further information log onto


This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events. If there are any changes in State regulation, this policy will updated accordingly.  

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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