Rebecca Walters


Creative Use of the Empty Chair for the Warm Up, Enactments and Sharing.

The empty chair is a blank screen. It can concretize anything or anybody. It can be used to encourage emotional expression, identify thoughts and feelings, explore/clarify multiple parts of self or other, facilitate role reversal to develop awareness, understanding and empathy, and for role training and role rehearsal.

This highly experiential and participatory workshop will include demonstration of creative ways to use both the Sociodramatic and Psychodramatic Empty Chair in groups as well as in working with individuals. We will look at the different uses of the empty chair during the warm up, as a valuable and multi faceted tool during therapeutic explorations and/or psychodramatic encounters and as a way to facilitate quick sharing and closure. Participants will learn ways to use the Empty Chair in both psychodramatic and sociodramatic structures that will include relational sculpting, interpersonal and intrapsychic encounters, role training and ways to concretize surplus reality.

Rebecca Walters, MS TEP is Director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute in NY founded in 1989. HVPI is an active psychodrama training center offering weekend workshops and five- and six-day psychodrama and directing intensives. Most are held at Boughton Place, home of the Original Moreno Psychodrama Theater. With 30 years of inpatient experience, Rebecca was Director of Child and Adolescent Psychodrama Services at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, New York where she ran psychodrama groups on both inpatient and outpatient units. She also supervised their psychodrama internship program. Rebecca was a consultant for MD Anderson Cancer Center teaching communication skills to medical personnel. She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of Psychodrama and Sociodrama with Children and Action Methods with Adolescents. She is the author of several peer reviewed articles about the use of sociodrama with children and in using sociodrama to teach interpersonal skills. Rebecca has presented at conferences and training workshops throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Central America. She is a member of the executive council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), is a Fellow of that organization and was the recipient of their 2018 JL Moreno Award for lifetime achievement in the field.


3pm - 7pm


9pm - 1am


10pm - 2am