The Body Remembers What the Mind Forgets - Treating Trauma with Experiential Methods


Friday, July 12, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012  

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours


As clinicians, we are on a quest to find the best practices to treat the trauma we see every day in our clients. The latest research shows that trauma is stored in the more primitive part of the brain, the amygdala, and when triggered, can lead to physical symptoms, addictions, and other acting-out or acting-in behaviors. Yet our interventions as clinicians often ignore the physicality of trauma, unwittingly creating intellectualization for our clients who might develop more insight, but little symptom relief.

In this three-hour, interactive and experiential workshop, join us to learn about psychodrama, the premier experiential therapy method that was created by psychiatrist JL Moreno, a former NYU instructor, in the 20th century. We will explore what JL Moreno already intuitively knew several decades ago about treating trauma: the body remembers what the mind forgets.

Learning Objectives


  • Identify three (3) specific therapeutic needs of trauma clients and why the body must be incorporated into treatment for this population.
  • Develop a basic understanding of psychodrama and experiential methods and how to apply it to practice.
  • Add three (3) basic experiential techniques for clinicians to utilize with traumatized clients.


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Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT

Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT, a certified practitioner and trainer in psychodrama, has been a clinical social worker in NYC for over 20 years. She is the creator of The Inner Stage™ experiential workshops, international retreats, and psychodrama trainings. Specializing in trauma and addiction in her private practice, Valerie works with individuals, couples, and families and facilitates therapeutic groups and intensives. Valerie also trains clinicians in experiential methods as a primary trainer in psychodrama.

Valerie graduated with honors from NYU; both from Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film/Television production, and again with an MSW from Silver School of Social Work, where she received the Research Award. Valerie has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, addiction facilities, public schools, and mental health clinics. Valerie provided services to those affected by September 11th through Project Liberty, and she also aided Gulf Coast musicians after Hurricane Katrina as a social worker for the Jazz Foundation of America. She is on the Advisory Committee for Art Connects, a non-profit that brings participatory art projects and art installations to social service agencies in NYC. Valerie has been a guest blogger for Psychology Today.