The term psychodrama is derived from Greek words meaning "psyche" and "action". Therefore, psychodrama is an exploration of the human psyche through action. It is a professional practice which utilizes action methods based upon the theory, philosophy, and methodology of Jacob L. Moreno, M.D. It uses methods of enactment, sociometry, group dynamics, role theory and social systems analysis to facilitate constructive change in individuals and groups through the development of new perceptions or reorganization of old cognitive patterns. It is widely used for personal growth, professional training and education.
About Dena Baumgartner
Dr. Baumgartner has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Tucson, Arizona for 28 years. She is director of the Tucson Center for Action Methods and Psychodrama (TCAMP), is a certified group psychotherapist and is licensed by the State of Arizona as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage Therapist.
Dena's expertise is in psychodrama. She is certified by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy as a psychodramatist as well as a trainer of psychodrama.
For 7 years, Dena has served as an elected board member for the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP). She is currently serving as co-chair of membership in addition to being the interim chair for the psychodrama section.
Dena is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.
She was elected and served for nine years on the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy acting as president for one.
Dena has trained therapists nationally and internationally in psychodrama methods, and has presented for numerous conferences national and internationally on the use of psychodrama and psychodrama methods for various populations, cultures, and specialty groups.
Dr. Baumgartner has been instrumental in helping corporations, educators and legal professionals incorporate action methods into their training programs and professional lives.
In 2014, April 4th, Dena was presented The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama 2014 J.L. Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award at The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama conference Oakland, CA.
In 2004 Dena received The Collaborator's Award from The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama for work that contributed to the learning and practice of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and for her exemplary modeling of collaborative roles.
In 1995 Dena was awarded the J.L. Moreno Alumni Award for Outstanding Psychodramatist by the psychodrama section of St. Elizabeth's Mental Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she had done her internship in psychodrama from 1983-1984.
In 1984 Dena was awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Department of the United States Army for work at the Fort Meade Counter-Terrorist Mission.