Course: Work with Mini Stage

Module 2. Group Setting

Observe in the online group therapeutic session , utilizing action methods on a mini stage, guided by expert Ina Hogenboom from the Netherlands, TEP in Psychodrama, Trainer and Team-Leader in Therapeutic Spiral Model


(100 Days Access)

What is Mini Stage? 

The Mini Stage presents an innovative approach to therapeutic work with objects in a miniature stage setting. Clients have a clear view of the stage, the available objects, and the clinician simultaneously. Its compact size makes it ideal for online sessions, ensuring clients have a comprehensive view of the entire stage while collaboratively arranging objects with the clinician's guidance. This facilitates a deeper exploration of clients' inner and outer dialogues, providing therapists with structured insights into their clients' realities.

The Mini Stage serves as a valuable tool for therapists, enabling individuals to externalize and address their issues in a creative and symbolic manner. It establishes a secure environment for the protagonist, offering an additional layer of safety, especially for clients not yet ready for psychodrama participation.

Moreover, the Mini Stage accommodates various therapeutic models, engaging clients with symbolic objects and role-playing to navigate complex emotions and challenges. Throughout this course, the work is conducted in a psychodramatic style, with references to the therapeutic spiral model, relational trauma repair model, and transactional analysis. Mini stage allows working with play, projection, and visual concretization, emphasizing  the astonishing effect on clients as they gain new perspectives and creative solutions.  While resembling sand tray work, the Mini Stage distinguishes itself by its smaller, yet equally impactful, size.

This video module presents the use of Mini Stage for group sessions, demonstrating a structured approach to engage participants through miniature symbols and role-play. It explores the intricacies of guiding group members to assume roles, facilitating deep exploration and collective growth within diverse group settings. Experience a master-level, transformative online group mini-stage therapeutic session. Witness professionals from Spain and the US guided through a profound transformation by a therapist from the Netherlands.

This module is designed for:

• Therapists

• Social workers

• Psychologists

• Counselors

• Psychodramatists

• Educators

• Coaches

Appropriate for those who are new to action methods, as well as experienced practitioners, students in mental health fields, and those who want to develop their skills in action methods. Acting skills are not necessary.

How and where to use:

• In Clinical and non-clinical setting

• Group settings

• Online and in-person (therapy, counseling, business coaching, classes, group leading).

• For developing social skills, emotional intelligence, conflict management, professional skills training, or promoting self help

• In single sessions (conferences, business training etc.)


• Identify the core principles and techniques of Mini Stage in group settings

• Describe how to direct Mini Stage session in the group setting

Module Highlights:

Core Techniques: Delve into the essential techniques of Mini Stage, including symbol selection, role-play, and the use of miniatures, critical for impactful sessions.

Facilitation Skills: Develop the ability to guide Mini Stage, in-person or online for group sessions, mastering the art of structuring and conducting sessions that promote insightful exploration and emotional engagement.

• Mini Stage Mastery: Gain a comprehensive understanding of Mini Stage, including its application in therapeutic settings and strategies for effective online facilitation.

Dynamic Learning: Engage with video content featuring an international cohort of students, enhancing the learning experience through diverse perspectives, and enjoy self practicum applying learned techniques into real life. 

Knowledge Assessment: Assess your grasp of Mini Stage with a 30-minute test, followed by a brief 5-minute course survey to provide feedback, solidifying your proficiency in the methodology.


Ina Hogenboom holds a registration as a psychologist with the NIP and serves as a trainer in psychodrama at both her own institute and the NBES (TEP). She has a specialization in integrating psychodrama with trauma work, particularly through the Therapeutic Spiral Model. In her practice, Ina skillfully merges psychodrama, sociodrama, and sociometry with techniques from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Focusing, Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), cognitive behavioral therapy, and incorporates the latest insights from neuroscience.

Module Includes:

Main Content:

• Videos  - 73 min

• Test - 30 min

• Course Survey- 5 min

Recommended Content: 

• Working with Mini Stage Online. Interview with Ina Hogenboom. Part 1 - 11 min.

• Working with Mini Stage Online. Interview with Ina Hogenboom. Part 2 - 15 min.

• Working with Mini Stage Online. Interview with Ina Hogenboom. Part 3 - 15 min.

• Practicum - 30 min.

Certificate & Continuing Education:

• 2 Hours on Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification - including 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.

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: 

• We are working on getting board's approvals and will update this information shortly. 

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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