USABP Spotlight - Integrating Rubenfeld Synergy Method with Psychodrama

Judy Swallow, MA, CRES, TEP, LCAT

Presented by:
Judy Swallow, MA, CRS, TEP, LCAT
Founder of Embodiment in Education™

This course will not include CEs. Our upcoming recorded live events will be available here, free for members and non-members who register for them, as is the case here. Members and event registrants can use their discount code to watch this event free.


The Rubenfeld Synergy Method ® is a way to combine bodymind awareness with talk and touch. Psychodrama is a way to gain deeper understanding through role play. These two forms of bodymind therapy work well with each other.

This workshop invites you to experiment with first yourselves and then with each other to enhance awareness of present situations and to try on possibilities of alternatives. Included will be a facilitated body scan with self-touch and imagery. An experience of non-habitual activity takes us beyond ‘known’ boundaries. Empty chair work allows for expression of personal thoughts and feelings; then role reversal allows for responses and awareness of ‘the other’ we hold inside. We end by sharing our discoveries of how we can share these skills with our clients.

The Main Points of This Workshop:

  • The body has a lot to teach us if we listen with respectful and non-judgmental awareness.
  • The body/mind is activated in the here and now
  • Awareness is first necessary to allow for change.
  • Direct expression frees up energy.
  • Reversing roles allows for widening awareness.

Participants will learn:

  • How to do a body scan with self-touch and imagery
  • How to stay in the here and now (present tense) while using the empty chair psychodramatic technique
  • How to role reverse and stay in the present tense
  • How to assess any bodymind differences from the roles taken.


  • Welcome
  • USABP Announcements
  • Presentation, Demo & Experiential
  • Q & A
  • Overtime discussion (after the event formally concludes)


Rubenfeld, Ilana. (2000). The Listening Hand: Self-Healing Through the Rubenfeld Synergy Method of Talk and Touch: Bantam Books.

Blatner, Adam. (1996). Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods: Springer Publishing Company.

Dayton, Tian. (1994). The Drama Within: Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy: Health Communications.

Rivera, Toni Luisa. (2015) The Propelled Heart: Moving from Injury to Insight: PHP Publications

Your Instructor

Judy Swallow, MA, CRES, TEP, LCAT
Judy Swallow, MA, CRES, TEP, LCAT

Judy Swallow, MA, CRS, TEP, LCAT has been working as a practitioner and teacher of both psychodrama and Rubenfeld Synergy ® for over 40 years. She is a co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute, which serves both national and international students. She is also a founding member of Playback Theater, now practiced worldwide. She enjoys the interface of different bodymind modalities in her work.

Course Curriculum

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