“I Don’t Want To, You Can’t Make Me” with Jennifer Salimbene, Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute

This workshop is proudly presented by Psychodrama Singapore @ Promises in collaboration with Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute.

What is it about?
Explore what resistance is, how it gets in the way, how it serves us and how we can help our clients move beyond it.

This two-and-a-half day action-workshop covers psychodrama and sociodrama interventions that go with the resistance, honour our client’s defences and are attuned to sociometry, creating the safety that helps change barriers into open doors.

The methods taught here will encourage individuals and groups to warm up to spontaneity, healing and change. This workshop will integrate concepts from Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change.


Who is it for?
This workshop is especially useful for those working with adolescents, the chemically dependent and clients who act out.


What can you take away?
Participants will learn and practice through action:
  • Sociometric exercises that increase group cohesion and safety
  • The use of the Psychodramatic ‘Empty Chair’
  • Doubling in group and individual work
  • The power of Role Reversal
  • Sociodrama
  • The Angle of Choice
  • Future Projections
  • & many more experiential structures that assist in helping reluctant clients make choices towards change


Friday, 20 March 2020 : 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Saturday, 21 March 2020: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday, 22 March 2020: 9.00am – 4.00pm

*subject to change

Early Bird ends 23 February 2020.

Training hours obtained in this workshop will count towards Psychodrama certification.

Group discounts available upon request – please email to psychodrama@promises.com.sg.


Jennifer Salimbene, LCSW-R, CASAC, CDAC, TEP, Senior Faculty at Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute, has over 25 years in the field of addictions and co-occuring disorders, working in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings. She specialises in the areas of addiction treatment, co-dependency, trauma, PTSD, tweens adolescents, and families.

As the director of the inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency programs in the Hudson Valley Jenny designed and implemented clinical programs using psychodrama with individuals and groups as well as multi-family treatment with adolescents and families. She developed and facilitated the psychodrama programs for homesless substance abusing adults and for people struggling with chemical dependency issues and co-occuring disorders in inpatient and outpatient programs.

As director of several chemical dependency treatment programs Jenny also used psychodrama to run supervision groups for social workers, mental health counselors and substance abuse counselors as well as support groups for administrative staff.

Jenny has presented psychodrama workshops at local, county, state and national conferences. She presents workshops on how to incorporate psychodrama with Motivational Interviewing and with Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change model. She also presents workshops for adolescents using sociodrama to help them explore healthier decisions around substance use, cutting and other destructive behaviours.

Psychodrama Open Session January 2020

Come start the year with a fresh dose of spontaneity!

Experience the 5 elements of Psychodrama and be part of the action on the stage. All you need to bring is your curiosity and willingness to experiment!

Our Open Sessions are beginner-friendly! They’re a great way to discover what Psychodrama is about and how you can benefit from it.

Come join us!

*Open Sessions are a prerequisite for first-timers intending to join Personal Growth Groups.


Sharmini Winslow is the Director of Psychodrama Singapore under the auspices of Promises Healthcare.

Her passion for a creative movement and people led her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in University of California, and Masters in Counselling in Monash University. She is also an expert Pilates trainer with 20 years of experience under her belt. Currently, Sharmini is a Psychodramatist with over 900 hours of Psychodrama training with the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute and AANZPA (Aoteora Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association).

Her experience in the fields of the Performing Arts and Counselling aided her in developing a dynamic and innovative form of Experiential Therapy.  Her work experience includes running therapy workshops and trainings for:
• Changi Women’s Prison
• Raffles Counselling Centre,
• The We Care Centre,
• Singapore General Hospital,
• KK Hospital,
• The Rainbow Centre,
• Executives in Corporations and Banks
• Breast Cancer Foundation
• Dayspring Girls’ Home
• Jamiyah Childrens’ Home
• Singapore Girl’s Home
• The Ministry of Education
• LaSalle College of the Arts.

Sharmini’s work includes stress management, altering perspectives, grief work and catharsis of emotions. Her work with clients who have mood disorders incorporates developing self-awareness and motivation for self efficacy and self healing. She facilitates 12-Step recovery and Motivational Interviewing in her work with addicts. Her work with Relationship Trauma Repair has helped facilitate healing for many of her clients using a multi-sensory approach.

Her workshop “Life is a Dance When You Do the Steps” was included at an International conference in Scotland. Sharmini’s eclectic style of counselling and therapy in her Personal Growth Groups and Addiction Groups includes elements of Psychodrama, Sociodrama, Role Training, play and the creative arts. Other workshops she facilitates are “Spirituality and the Steps”, “The Sobriety Shop” and “All in the Family”.

Nov/Dec 2019: Psychodrama Singapore Happenings

Time has flown by this year and we hope it’s been a year of discovery and enlightenment for you – but if it hasn’t, no worries!

We’ve lined up some great events for you to close off 2019 with a skip in your step!

Personal Growth Group: Rising Above II (5 Weeks)

Our Personal Growth Groups will use psychodrama which employs a combination of experiential methods – sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics – to facilitate insight, personal growth, spontaneity, self-discovery, and integration of the mind, body and emotions.

Experience the fun and spontaneity of working together in a group of individuals from all walks of life. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore their own Psychodrama in this group within the 5 sessions.

Places are limited to 8 individuals for this group with 5 consecutive weekly sessions starting 22 November 2019, every Friday from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.

– 22 November 2019
– 29 November 2019
– 6 December 2019
– 13 December 2019
– 20 December 2019
*subject to change

Standard: SG $250.00

*Open Sessions are a prerequisite for first-timers intending to join Personal Growth Groups.

Register here:

6th Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addiction Medicine Conference (APBAM) 2019: Experiential Training with Sharmini Winslow

Curious about experiential techniques and learning to use it in group therapy, counselling, training and so on? 

In conjuction with the 6th Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addiction Medicine Conference (APBAM) 2019, join experienced psychodramatist, Sharmini Winslow, as she facilitates a workshop geared towards training those in group therapy, counselling and training roles.

This workshop will equip you to engage your group members in activities that will promote spontaneity and deeper sharing; that goes beyond talk therapy. Participants will learn how to warm their groups up and to facilitate lively role playing and group participation.

28 November 2019
8.00am – 5.00pm

More information here:

We look forward to see you at these exciting events so that you can make 2019 your best year yet!