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Maintaining Sobriety: Role Training for Recovery


Many of our clients have worked to muster the courage, or the will, to get sober. These are important steps. But the real issue with addiction isn’t getting sober, it’s staying sober, and staying sober requires different skills. The old patterns don’t disappear. They have been hard-wired into the brain like ruts on an old dirt road. The people, places, things, and attitudes and shortcomings that made it hard to get sober will still be there ready to help them slide right back into those old ruts. In order to stay sober, clients must create new heathy patterns and work to get those patterns hard-wired into their brains. Experiential techniques and structures rooted in psychodrama, sociodrama, and sociometry cut through rationalization, denial, justification and other defenses that can lead to backsliding and relapse.

This workshop offers practical and engaging exercises you can use with your clients in the Action and Maintenance stages of change. You will learn interactive and experiential structures to help clients identify obstacles to staying sober, resources to help them maintain sobriety and experiential techniques to help them practice making healthy choices.


  • Participants will learn the importance of utilizing action-based techniques that will assist clients as they navigate the action and maintenance stages of change.
  • Participants will learn to access resources that support their clients' efforts to understand the challenges of the action and maintenance stages and techniques that will help clients sustain their sobriety.


It is preferred that professionals with substance abuse certifications, Master's level or higher degree in counseling related fields such as; Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling or be in a graduate level counseling program register.


Though this training is not mandatory, space is very limited. This training is very interactive and experimental, various activities will be conducted. Use of your video camera and audio will be required throughout the entire training. If you believe you will be unable to make this commitment, please allow someone the opportunity to register. In the event that you register and later learn that you will no longer be able to participate, please let us know as soon as possible. By proceeding with registration, you are confirming your complete


Jennifer Salimbene headshotJennifer R. Salimbene, MSSW, LCSW-R, CASAC, TEP is the Director of the Addiction track at the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute. She has been Director of Clinical Services at several in and outpatient substance abuse programs including Lexington Center for Recovery in Dutchess County, NY, and St. Christopher’s Inn at Graymoor in Garrison, NY. She has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She has a clinical supervision and private therapy practice with offices in Hopewell Junction and Rhinebeck, NY, a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), and is a graduate of the School of Playback Theatre.

Regina Sewell headshotRegina Sewell, PhD/ MEd, LMHC, PCC, CP is a licensed mental health counselor in New York and a licensed professional counselor in Ohio. Regina specializes in co-dependency, addictions, LGBT issues, stress management, and getting unstuck. She has a private therapy practice with offices in Hopewell Junction and Rhinebeck, NY. She is currently the Secretary of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) and is also a Fellow of the ASGPP and the president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the ASGPP. Regina also teaches Theatre Therapy at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and Sociology at SUNY New Paltz.

Starts: Jul. 18, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Jul. 18, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 18, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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