Saturday, August 24, 2013

                     Saturday, September 21, 2013           10a.m -5p.m.
                               How Do You Want To Live Now?
      We will explore and learn about the role of the Procrastinator and how we,
as Procrastinators, get stuck and deflect our goals. There are many roles involved in being a procrastinator.
"I need to get out of this relationship."
"I need to take that vacation, I always dreamed about, but I will not take out my savings."
                              PSYCHODRAMA WILL BE THE PRIMARY METHOD USED.
Come and act out your issues/problems instead of just talking about them.
Fee: $100
Where: David Klow and Associates
5225 Old Orchard Rd. Suite 37
Skokie, Illinois, 60077

Having present both nationally and internationally, Lorelei J. Goldman is a seasoned trainer of
Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. She brings thirty years of experience as the training director of the
Psychodrama Training Institute of Chicago and has published articles on education and drama while bringing
a spirit of compassion laced with humor to her training/personal growth workshops. This workshop is especially suited for counselors, teachers and those in the public domain that wish to continue to grow and heal.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Information for Psychodrama4uandme -May, 2013 -Open sessions continue at the Unitarian Church of Evanston - Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00p.m. The fee is $20.00. We are located at 1330 Ridge in Evanston

February 21, 2010 Psychodrama Workshop at the Piccolo Theater at 600 Main Street, Evanston, Illinois. Come join Lorelei J. Goldman, MA, Trainer, Educator and Group Psychotherapist for a full day of psychodrama. "Reminiscence and Repair is the theme where participants can be involved in their own drama as well as those of others. We are our stories. By taping into the treasure of our life experiences we will find our true self and enhance our own lives as well as the lives of others. This experiential and didactic workshop explores the theoretical basis and practical applications of life review. Discussion will reflect on how we approach and stimulate memory, enhance self and create a supportive community. IN this workshop, experience how old roles can be transformed and new beginnings made possible. Participants will learn the psychological reasons why reminiscence is important and how Psychodrama can be used for repair. Attendee, will also experience Psychodrama (action techniques) including role playing and role reversal to help those memories come alive. The focus will be on turning points across the life cycle. Lorelei J. Goldman, MA, TEP, is the training director of the Psychodrama Training Institute of Chicago. She has been active nationally and internationally in teaching the art/science of Psychodrama. She was trained by both Zerka Moreno and Dr. Elaine Sachnoff. She is a fellow and current board member of the American society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. She has published in Beyond Behavior and Elementary English journal. She created Poetry in Action as a teaching tool.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Senior citizens still sharing

love of theater

By: Annie Bruce

EVANSTON, Ill. — Seventy-three-year-old Lorelei Goldman started acting because it was like “being born in a trunk.” “It’s that old Judy Garland song,” Goldman said. “What it really means is it was part of my family’s legacy and culture to be in the theater.” Goldman has continued that legacy today as a psychodrama teacher and a member of the Still Acting Up! group – an acting group for senior citizens. Acting opportunities are popular among senior citizens, and the Chicago area provides multiple classes and groups that cater to this demographic. The acting organizations give senior citizens a chance to change their normal routine and create their own sense of community with fellow actors. “I think it gives a vitality and it’s life sustaining,” Goldman said. “We’ve become a community of friends. If someone is ill we follow up with them, and we become a family.” Linda Waite, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and director of the Center on Aging, said she believes learning new skills when getting older improves the health of the brain and protects it from cognitive decline. Waite says that acting classes, or any social opportunities, benefit senior citizens by giving them an opportunity to expand their social networks. “Social networks are an important resource, because they provide advice and support,” Waite said. “You can rebuild or fill in your social network as you get older by doing something under your control.” Members of Still Acting Up! range from 66 to 88 years in age, and they rehearse and write their own shows at the Skokie Park District, Goldman said. Once the show is finished, the group travels to different locations to perform.

There are other acting opportunities available for senior citizens in Evanston. Tim Rhoze, the artistic director of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, runs the Youth & Senior Theatre Ensemble Project, or YSTEP, and the PrimeTime Players Senior Drama Club.

YSTEP helps to unite both senior citizens and teenagers. The participants, usually 3-6 teenagers and 3-6 senior citizens, meet twice a week to describe their life experiences and write a one act play that they perform after the four week planning and rehearsal period. “The whole idea is to give the opportunity for these two generations to come together and see that they have a whole lot in common,” Rhoze said. “I think they gain a level of respect for people in their community.”

Rhoze is also in charge of the senior drama club. The group, made up of about 15-20 seniors, meets to read and analyze plays and play different acting games. “I’ve seen theater as a way to spin your imagination and extend your self-expression,” Rhoze said. “When people have more time on their hands, theater is certainly one of those areas they are interested in.” In Goldman’s case, theater has been a lifelong part of her life. Goldman began doing radio shows in Chicago when she was in high school, and her mother was an acting teacher. Today, Goldman is a certified practitioner of psychodrama – a method that involves role reversal.

Goldman planned to teach a psychodrama class for senior citizens at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, but the class was cancelled because of the lack of interest. However, Goldman still teaches a psychodrama class, open to all ages, Monday nights at the Evanston West building of the Music Institute of Chicago.

“Senior theater has a script, but in psychodrama [people are] re-creating in the moment the story that a person brings to the experience,” Goldman said. Goldman emphasized the health benefits acting classes have on memory by describing the repetition that goes in to learning a script and choreography. “[It’s an] opportunity to get out of the old rut,” Goldman said.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ― Kurt Vonnegut