Addiction & Trauma:

A Psychodramatic Approach

with Dr. Scott Giacomucci, USA


With scientific research, Dr. Giacomucci demonstrates why it is important to address addiction & trauma simultaneously and teaches the basics of applying it in action in your practice.


(100 Days Access)

Psychodrama has proven to be effective in work with addiction & trauma. The course explains in detail how Trauma-Informed & Trauma-Focused psychodrama works on retraumatization prevention and treating trauma and PTSD. Furthermore, it demonstrates in a psychodrama vignette how to introduce a new client to psychodramatic techniques to work on their addiction and trauma using the three stage clinical map. 

For those who work with addiction and trauma :

Psychologists, mental health professionals working with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions, therapists, and social workers. The course might be interesting for those who are in recovery or aiming towards recovery.


Describe the effective introduction of action methods to clients. Demonstrate the application of Trauma-Informed psychodrama into practice.

Learning Objectives:

• Analyze the newest research and statistics on addiction & trauma;

• Identify the key reasons for addressing addiction & trauma simultaneously;

• Describe the fundamentals of utilizing psychodrama in work with addiction & trauma;

• Explain introducing action methods to clients;

• Describe how to direct a psychodramatic vignette that establishes strengths with a client to address addiction & trauma in the future.


Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAAETS, TEP, is the Director, Founder, & Director of Training/Continuing Education of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy. He provides clinical services at the center as well as supervision, consultation, and training.

Course Includes

Main Content:

• Video lectures - 113 min

• Video Demonstration - 93 min

• Handouts - 121 min

• Test - 30 min

• Course Survey- 5 min

Recommended Content:

• Practicum - 30 min

Hours for Certificate:

• 6.5 Hours on Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification)

• 5 Hours on CE (excludes test, survey and practicum time)

Information on Continuing Education Hours

Psychodrama professional certification training hours: 

• American Board of Examiners - ABE accepts a maximum of 120 training hours for psychodrama distance learning. This module/course will count as asynchronous distance learning as long as the primary trainer approves it.

• International Boards: You may be able to submit this certificate to your local Psychodrama board. Please contact your respective local board for information.

To obtain Psychodrama training hours:

a) Pass the test with at least 70% correct;

b) Fill in the survey. 

Experiential training hours: 

• International Society of Experiential Professionals: ISEP accepts experiential training hours administered by a TEP trainer. More information will be provided shortly. 

Social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: 

• APA CEs: In order to receive your certificate, you will need to visit the following website, pass an exam and complete the course evaluation.

• is the provider of (CEs). Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form. Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. is approved by:

• The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• Florida Certification Board

• The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2025

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

• California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-0225 Expires 02-2025

• The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education

• The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education

• Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)

• Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board - Approval from a state licensing board for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists is accepted by the OH CSWMFTB.

• New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State EducationDepartment’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

Other Disciplines:

• You may be able to submit this certificate for credits in other mental health disciplines. Please contact your local board for information.

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