Chicago Trainings

The Chicago Center for Psychodrama offers high quality Psychodrama trainings for all levels of experience. Come join Dr. Brittany Lakin-Starr and learn ways to enhance your therapeutic techniques through the art and science of psychodrama! Psychodramatic techniques can help clinicians from all theoretical models help patients work through problems at a deeper level, gain an increased understanding of core issues, become unstuck, learn new coping strategies, and create lasting change. Psychodrama is also helpful for attorneys to help them step into their clients' shoes and help get their stories across in the courtroom.  

Dr. Lakin-Starr has provided trainings throughout the Chicago area at many medical centers and private practices including Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center. If you would like to bring Dr. Lakin-Starr to your site, please contact us at

Dr. Lakin-Starr is also excited to be providing psychodrama trainings for the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, an arts based, psychotherapy practice and training center. They offer certification and certificate programs in drama therapy, expressive arts therapy, and therapeutic performing arts. These workshops are open to all interested participants, but also fulfill the psychodrama requirements for registered students in the drama therapy program.

​Please note that at this time only trainings at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy are approved for CEU's for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383). Each workshop through the Center for Creative Arts Therapy provides 15 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors, 15 Psychodrama Hours, and 1 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.

 2019 -2020 Trainings 

Previous training in psychodrama is not required. These sessions are for anyone from the first time participant to individuals with advanced training in psychodrama. All sessions are designed to stand alone so that attendance at all sessions is not required.


   November One- Day Training

    Sunday, 11/24/19

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Nourishment Works

    3921. N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613





*Students $80   


*Early Bird $155 (before 11/1) 


*Staff $150 Code: STAFF


January 2020 Two- Day Training


Saturday, Jan 11 9:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 12 9:00-1:00


Illinois Masonic Medical Center Behavioral Health Services

938 W Nelson St, First Floor

Chicago, IL 60657


*Student $100 (Code: STUDENT)

*Staff $220 Code: STAFF

  February 2020 Two- Day Training

            *provides CEUs

Saturday & Sunday, Feb 1-2



Center for Creative Arts Therapy

4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515


*Special graduate student pricing ($200/training weekend) for students who are not registered students of the Creative Arts Therapy Center. Please call 847-477-8244  to receive this special offer.


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American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference

April 1-4, 2020 Hyatt Regency 

Schaumburg, IL 


It’s Not About the Food, It’s All About the Food:

Sociometric and Psychodramatic Techniques in the Treatment of

Eating Disorders  


Brittany Lakin-Starr, PhD, CP, PAT  

Kate Merkle, MSW, RD, LDN, CDWF


October Two- Day Training

      Saturday & Sunday, Oct 10-11


In Collaboration with the Center for Creative Arts Therapy



*Special graduate student pricing ($200/training weekend) for students who are not registered students of the Creative Arts Therapy Center. Please call 847-477-8244  to receive this special offer.

Stay Tuned- More Trainings Coming Soon!!!