The Jacob & Zerka Moreno Foundation

Our Educational Program

Narratives of Transformation in Action

Presenter: Cathy Nugent, LCPC, TEP
Saturday April 27 - 12:00-3:00 PM EDT

Viktor Frankl, creator of Logotherapy, is noted for saying:
Everything can be taken from a [hu]man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—
to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one’s own way.

Drawing on concepts from narrative therapy, existential psychotherapy and logotherapy, and Morenean concepts, we explore the significance of the stories we (and our clients) tell ourselves, and the impact on mental health. Techniques from narrative therapy are integrated with psychodramatic methods to promote the construction of new, embodied, and life-affirming narratives.

Training Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the significance of constructing narratives as a way of making meaning of experience.
  • Differentiate between a contamination/victimization narrative versus a narrative of redemption/transformation (McAdams, 2006)
  • Examine the “ABCs” (Agency, Belonging & Cause) for making meaning of our lives (Fieler, 2020)
  • Explore at least one way to reframe a narrative toward posttraumatic growth.
  • Identify at least 2 holistic, integrative, and experiential techniques for constructing and exploring a meaningful life narrative.


Catherine D. Nugent, Executive Director & Principal Trainer with Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute (LPTI), is a licensed clinical professional counselor and Board-certified psychodrama trainer. In her psychotherapy practice, Cathy offers holistic, integrative, and experiential approaches to help individuals, couples, and groups heal from trauma and move toward posttraumatic growth. Beyond her 40+ years of experience as a psychodramatist and group facilitator, Cathy’s clinical practice and teaching are informed by her training in sensorimotor psychotherapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion practices, and hatha yoga.

In addition to her role with LPTI, Cathy pursued a successful 20-year career with the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). At SAMHSA, Cathy was a thought leader in promoting the recovery-oriented approach to substance use disorders treatment and mental health services. From 2013-2019, Cathy also taught in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Johns Hopkins University. She has received many awards and accolades for her work, including the ASGPP’s 2019 J.L. Moreno Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychodrama, and more recently the 2024 Ann Hale Sociometry Award.


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Cost: $80 (with a sliding scale $35-$125 depending on your comfort)

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NOTE: Participants will be eligible to receive 3 HOURS training approved by the American Board of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ABE), and also 3 HOURS CEU (if approved for your state).
All proceeds are tax deductible as a donation to the Moreno Foundation.