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Module 2: Experiential Check-Ins

Step-in-Circles, Locograms, and Spectograms

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Talk alone does not reach the kinds of inner states wherein trauma is held. Research on neurobiology has revealed the importance of an approach to healing trauma that involves the body and the mind. This can be challenging for treatment centers in training staff and creating safety. Sociometrics is an embodied process that makes bringing experiential work into treatment programming measured, safe, and effective. 


Step-in-Circles, Spectrograms, and Locograms are experiential processes from JL Moreno’s triadic system of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. They help clients warm up to and enter an experiential process within themselves and in a group. They also allow clients to begin to understand and measure the impact of relational trauma on themselves and their lives. Participants in this module will learn how to break the ice and warm group members up to being in a process, how to connect and bond groups, how to move group members from their chairs into a more active experience, and how to move group members from their “heads” to becoming present in their here-and-now of the group process.

Educational Goal

The educational goal of this module is for clinicians to learn how to conduct step-in-circles, locograms, and spectrograms.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 2 activities that can be used to “break the ice” and warm the group up to experiential work.

  • Describe 2 processes that can be used to warm group members up to each other.

  • Explain how to facilitate the process of sharing feelings openly.

  • Demonstrate how to offer quick, experiential “check-ins.”

Tian Dayton MA, PhD, TEP


Tian Dayton, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in trauma, addiction, and psychodrama. Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute and author of 15 books, including the soon-to-be-released Treating Adult Children of Relational Trauma, Sociometrics, Emotional Sobriety, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, and others. A board-certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, she’s spent her decades-long career adapting psychodrama and sociometry for work specifically with relational trauma and addictions. Her trademarked processes, Relational Trauma Repair/RTR-SOCIOMETRICS, are used nationally and worldwide. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, their Scholar’s Award, the President’s Award, and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She also won The Marty Mann Award, The Mona Mansell Award, and The Ackermann Black Award. Dr. Dayton earned her masters in educational psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She served on the faculty at NYU for eight years and has appeared as a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and other major media outlets.


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