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Director

Jean Campbell - Action Institute of California - Director

Jean M. Campbell, LCSW, TEP

Teacher | Trainer | Psychodramatist | Consultant | Alchemist | Spiritual Midwife

Jean M. Campbell is a Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, a Practitioner and Trainer of Psychodramatic Bodywork®, a Masters Level Certified Experiential Therapist, an EMDR practitioner, a Reiki Master, a Graduate of the Wholebeing Institute Certificate in Positive Psychology, and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-In-Training (Intermediate Level). In addition, Jean has extensive teaching experience, including as an Adjunct Professor at San Diego University for Integrative Studies, San Diego, CA; as an Instructor at UCLA Extension, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; as a Faculty Member at Ryokan College in Los Angeles, CA; as a Psychodrama Trainer at Onsite Workshops in Cumberland Furnace, TN, and as a Program Faculty Member of the I*CARE (Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement) Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Jean was Director of Operations for a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical advertising and marketing firm in New York City when, because of her own personal recovery journey, she realized that while that work was feeding her 401K, it wasn’t feeding her soul. So, she earned her Masters in Social Work at Fordham University in New York, NY and went on to focus her clinical work in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, trauma resolution and somatic psychotherapy. Over the last 22+ years, Jean has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including as Director of the Family Program at Inter-Care, Ltd. in New York, NY, as Clinical Director of Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles, CA, and in Private Practice.

Jean started the Action Institute of California in 2005 and is committed to providing safe spaces for individual, couples, families and groups to heal, and for mental health and bodyworking professionals to have a safe spaces to train and to engage in their own healing work. She consults with organizations to provide program development, staff training and team building and is available to create and/or implement family programs in clinical settings.

Jean brings her own 29 year healing journey to every workshop or training she offers, is committed to using action to effect change on a body, mind and spiritual level, and believes that what we can’t do alone, we can do together.


Faculty

susan aaron - action institute of california - faculty

Susan Aaron, BA, RMT

Susan is an internationally respected expert on emotions, the body and spirituality. Susan is a Canadian Certified Director of Psychodrama, a registered massage therapist and a Reiki Master with extensive training in body psychotherapy. In 1990 she created a training program called Psychodramatic Bodywork®.

Since then, Susan’s training and workshops have transformed people from Canada, the UK, the U.S. and Europe, by teaching and applying principles supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual journey. She has produced two videos in DVD format that illustrate her work on anger and fear. She works with a team of skilled students and graduates who help create the safe space that is an essential requirement for transformative experiences. She channels her messages to her students with the support of a council of guides.

Susan is the recipient of the 2006 Innovator’s award, presented by the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (ASGPP). This award acknowledges her innovative work in combining psychodrama and bodywork.


bill coleman - action institute of california - faculty

Bill Coleman, LMSW, TEP

Bill is Certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and is currently on staff as a Trauma Therapist at Sierra Tucson, a world-renowned treatment program in Tucson, Arizona. For eight years he was a Staff Psychodramatist at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah, NY, treating dually diagnosed adolescents and adults. He is on the faculty of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute, a premier training institute in New Paltz, NY. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Russell Sage College in New York, designing and teaching courses in Theater Therapy. Bill has also designed and taught Psychodrama methods for Day Top Village, Freedom Institute and other substance abuse treatment facilities. He has presented at many international conferences and is the creator of “Men-At-Fifty”, psychodrama groups for men in mid-life transitions.

Bill also has an extensive history in government and business. For five years he was a Counterintelligence Officer in the US Army doing service during the Vietnam War. He was also the Assistant Security Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and held a similar position at Sotheby’s, New York. During the 1980s, Bill was Corporate Director of Security for two prominent Wall Street firms and has owned and operated his own international private investigations company.


Diana Edds, MA, IMF #97335 - action institute of california - faculty

Diana Edds, MA, IMF #97335

Diana is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-In-Training (Beginning Level), and Enneagram Institute® certification student who specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who have been impacted by addiction and/or trauma. She has facilitated experiential groups for teens, adults, and families focusing on addiction recovery, recognizing and healing from trauma, nonviolent communication, boundaries, individual/family development, spirituality, emotional intelligence, and sexuality. In addition, she has facilitated psychodrama and experiential therapy groups for adults in a substance abuse inpatient treatment center.

Diana worked with Phoenix House in Carlsbad, CA serving teenagers and their families as an individual/family therapist and group facilitator, and most recently, was the Lead Therapist and Clinical Director for a residential treatment facility in San Elijo Hills, CA. For over a decade she volunteered with teens and adults as a speaker, teacher, mentor, and group leader dealing with issues ranging from childhood trauma, spirituality, family dynamics, conflict strategies, generational poverty, and healthy coping skills. Additionally, she volunteered at a local clinic in El Cajon, CA as a non-professional counselor and advocate for women experiencing stress and/or trauma from life situations related to miscarriage, pregnancy options, abuse, and parenting.

Diana is committed to providing an environment where people can experience the healing and integration of body, mind, heart, and soul along with embodying this transformation in her own personal journey.


Michael Gross, phd, radt-II, CP - psychodramatist, addiction counselor, trauma specialist

Michael Gross, PhD, RADT-II, CP

Dr. Gross is a Board Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psycho­therapy, has worked in the field of addiction recovery for over five years, and for more than three years, has facilitated psychodrama groups for survivors of trauma and neglect, as well as addictions and eating disorders. During his own intensive psychodrama training, he found inspiration and experienced personal transformation through the invitation offered by sociometry and psychodrama, and is keen to share those opportunities with others.

In addition, Dr. Gross integrates principles of twelve-step recovery into his work with groups and individuals, and seeks to embody them in his own life. Previously, he devoted two decades to the world of HIV/AIDS, especially HIV prevention, as a counselor, educator, grant developer/administrator, program director, and clinical researcher, in association with a variety of organizations including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH).


Paul J. Lesnik, LCSW (FL), ASW #77706 (CA), TEP

Paul J. Lesnik, LCSW (FL), ASW #77706 (CA), TEP

Paul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (FL), a California Licensed Clinical Social Work intern, practicing in San Diego,CA, and a Board-Certified Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodrama. Paul has devoted much of his career to exploring the lives of those often marginalized in society (individuals with disabilities, the LGBT and recovery communities) and helping them to heal through arts experiences.

With a background in dance-movement and visual art therapy, Paul directed Accessible Arts, a not-for-profit agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with disabilities through the arts for 6 years. Accessible Arts proved to be a turning point, as the intersection of the arts and psychotherapy proved to be the impetus to create a life marked by service to others and a belief that the arts can heal. Under Paul’s direction, Accessible Arts won the 1998 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award. On leaving Kansas City, Paul was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Kansas State Board of Education for making a difference in the lives of children.

In 1997, Paul experienced psychodrama and what became the opportunity to incorporate his wealth of experience in the arts therapies in a method that created real and lasting change. Paul fuses the arts, psychodrama, sandplay, hypnotherapy and traditional helping methods to explore the intersection of the arts and psychotherapy with clients.

Paul came to Florida and Compass, the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Palm Beach County in 2000, working with LGBT youth and their families. In 2004 Paul became Compass’ first in-house provider of mental health services through Ryan White funding. In this role, Paul provided psychotherapeutic sessions to HIV positive men and woman and their families and members of the LGBT community. Paul also presented workshops for youth, mental health professionals and teachers and supervised social work and counseling interns from three universities. Paul was the 2008 American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) Neil Passariello Workshop Presenter; an honor awarded for significant achievement working with HIV+ men and women. Paul served as an Executive Council member of the ASGPP for 2 years. Paul became a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama (CP) in 2009, a Fellow of the ASGPP in 2010 and a trainer in 2014.

In 2007, Paul started a private practice in Lake Worth, Florida. In conjunction with this practice Paul created expressive therapies curriculua for drug and alcohol treatment facilities, one of which he directed for 7 years. In 2008, Paul began training colleagues and master’s level students in the infusion of the expressive therapies with psychodrama in conjunction with Lin Considine, LMHC, TEP.

He is a frequent presenter on the Arts and Social Work/Therapy as adjunct faculty at universities and in other venues. Paul won Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year in 2010 in Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work.

Paul relocated to San Diego, CA in April of 2017. Paul is currently working towards certification as a Sandplay Therapist, which also prompted his journey to SoulCollage® facilitation training in 2017. He continues to be committed to utilizing creative arts as an agent of change.

Paul is a California Associate Social Worker (ASW #77706) moving toward full licensure in California. Paul is establishing a private practice in San Diego, as well as a organizational change management practice, PhDelta, along with Philippe Honore, MBA. He also creates curricula for agencies and not-for-profits interested in utilizing the arts in meeting client or employee goals and objectives.


lesli maul, LCSW, CEDS, CDWF - staff member at action institute of california - psychodrama training institute in San Diego california

Lesli Maul, LCSW, CEDS, CDWF

Lesli has worked in a number of healthcare settings over her 25 year career, and she has been in private practice for the past 14 years in Brea, CA. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is certified as an Eating Disorder Specialist – serving as President of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals from 2011-2013 – and has been trained and certified in all three of Dr. Brené Brown’s professional programs: Connections, The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong. In addition, Lesli has advanced training and certification in Clinical Hypnosis and Family Mediation, and as an adult adoptee herself, has a special interest and involvement in the adoption community. She has offered several workshops and educational events for adoptees and most recently authored a book chapter entitled, Late Discovery Adoptees: The Original Victims of Identity Theft in the 2014 anthology, Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians.

Lesli enjoys speaking to groups about finding courage, authenticity and wholehearted living, and values the strength and resiliency that each individual brings to the world. Her commitment is to building vulnerability, connection and authenticity within all beings.


dr. jim tracy - the action institute of california faculty

Dr. Jim Tracy, CP, PAT, MA, MFTi, CADCII, BRI II

Dr. Tracy is a Board Certified Sociometrist and Psychodramatist, a nationally-recognized expert, speaker and educator in the area of impaired Health Care Professionals, and has been conducting Professional and Family Interventions for over 20 years. He provides extensive family case management and monitoring, has developed Professionals Programs and facilitates action-based family programs for some of the most respected treatment centers in the country.