Board Directors can be reached by looking up contact information in their Directory profile.

Officers

Scottie Urmey, LCSW, T.E.P.

President

Scottie Urmey, LCSW, T.E.P.

Scottie is founder and director of Psychodrama New Jersey, adjunct professor at Monmouth University, and frequent volunteer for ASGPP and ABE. Scottie founded Psychodrama New Jersey in 2012 as an institute of psychodrama training, continuing education, and psychotherapy. Scottie received the 2014 Alumni of the Year Award from Monmouth University School of Social Work (07’), 2014 Volunteer Award from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, NJ for contributions made post-Super Storm Sandy, and the 2016 ASGPP Collaborators Award for her long-time work with Ronald Collier.

Term of office: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024

Julie Wells, L.C.S.W., T.E.P. - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Vice-President

Julie Wells, L.C.S.W., T.E.P.

Julie Wells is an author, an International Presenter, and Founder and Director of Suncoast Psychodrama Training. She offers continuing education opportunities in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas. Julie is in private practice in Clearwater, Florida and uses psychodrama in individuals, families, couples and groups. Julie was co-chair of the 75th ASGPP Conference in 2017 at Clearwater Beach and actively works as a team player for the expansion and development of psychodrama in the community and throughout the world. Julie has the qualifications, the drive, and the skills that are an asset to the Psychodrama community.

Term of office: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Treasurer

Lynne Jaben Bratcher, J.D.,

Biography to come.

Term of office: 

Directors

Amy Clarkson, M.M.T., L.C.A.T., M.T.-B.C., C.P./P.A.T.

Amy provides psychodrama and music therapy services, training and supervision through her practice, Creative Flow Therapy Services. An adjunct faculty member at Montclair State
University, Amy teaches music therapy courses and coordinates pre-internship clinical training.
She engages groups in Bibliodrama within faith communities and provides Bibliodrama trainings. Amy has authored journal articles and book chapters and has presented at local and
national psychodrama and music therapy conferences.

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Fredilyn Sison, J.D., C.P. - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Fredilyn Sison, J.D., C.P.

A co-author of Trial in Action: the Persuasive Power of Psychodrama, Fredi represents poor people accused of federal crimes. She graduated from Cornell and NYU School of Law and lives in Asheville, NC.

Term of office: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Siyat Ulon, M.D., T.E.P. - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Siyat Ulon, M.D., T.E.P.

Siyat Ulon, a trained psychiatrist and anthropologist, has researched the effectiveness and the empathy of psychodrama. He offers psychodrama training in his private clinic and a national medical center, and has introduced psychodrama in the countryside since 2007. As a co-founder of the Formosa Institute of Psychodrama, he collaborates with colleagues in creating diverse psychodynamic perspectives and transcultural training.

Term of office: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

Vice-President Barbara Guest (Hargin) B.Ed., M.S.W., R.S.W., T.E.P. - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Barbara Guest (Hargin) B.Ed., M.S.W., R.S.W., T.E.P.

Barbara Guest (Hargin) is a graduate of The Toronto Centre for Psychodrama and Sociometry and has been a trainer with the Toronto Centre for 20 years. She maintains a private practice in Stratford, Ontario and travels to work with several First Nations communities throughout Southern Ontario. Barbara began her career in secondary school education where she worked with diverse cultural groups using both sociometry and psychodrama to create a cohesive class structure. Barbara has over 50 years experience as an educator.

Term of office: February 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024

President Catherine D. Nugent, L.C.P.C., T.E.P - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Catherine D. Nugent, L.C.P.C., T.E.P

Catherine Nugent has been studying and practicing psychodrama for 30+ years. In 2015, she founded Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute in Maryland. From 2013-2019, Cathy was an instructor with Johns Hopkins University. Until 2014, Cathy conducted her clinical and training efforts while working at SAMHSA, as Chief of the Workforce Development Branch. She is a Fellow of ASGPP; Past-President of MACASGPP; a former Executive Editor for the psychodrama journal, and the recipient of the 2019 J.L. Moreno Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Term of office: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

Letitia Victoria Coburn, MS, MA, LCSW, CASAC, C.P. - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Letitia Victoria Coburn, MS, MA, LCSW, CASAC, C.P.

I started my training in Psychodrama in 1997 with high enthusiasm because Psychodrama encompasses in action all the values that match my beliefs and is a practice that enables deep healing. Since then, I have witnessed how the field fuels Moreno’s tenets among its practitioners, protagonists and participants.

In the role of psychotherapist and teacher, I seek to embody the ideals of inclusion, advocacy and empowerment in my work. I will strive to carry these same expectations forward in service of ABE’s mission, to uphold the discipline’s professional standards and to certify qualified professionals who meet those standards.

Term of office: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024

Executive Director

Dale Richard Buchanan, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W., T.E.P. - American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

Dale Richard Buchanan, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W., T.E.P.

For twenty-six years Dale worked at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. For twenty of those years he was Director of Psychodrama Programs, and for the last ten years he was Director of Clinical Therapies. Dale is the Executive Director and Past Chairperson of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of and has received numerous awards from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. He received their J. L. Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award, the Scholar’s Award, the Collaborators Award (with Nina Garcia), the Hannah Weiner Award for Outstanding Service to them, and the Neil Passariello Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to the application of psychodramatic methods to issues related to AIDS. He is also the author of over twenty published articles in professional journals, and two chapters in two books.