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Name: Karen Carnabucci

Current hometown: Racine

Connection to Racine County: I live and work in Racine.

Occupation: Psychotherapist and trainer at Lake House Health & Learning Center, Racine.

Title of book and publisher: “Show and Tell Psychodrama: Skills for Therapists, Coaches, Teachers, Leaders,” published by Nusanto Publishing.

Synopsis of book: The book demonstrates to professionals how they can enhance and enliven their practices of psychotherapy, health care, law, education, business, spiritual growth, community activism and coaching with a greater understanding of how to connect people in groups and how to encourage creativity in people and groups. Whether you are a curious professional seeking new skills or a student just beginning to fall in love with the amazing method of psychodrama, these 60 bite-size articles give you an easy introduction to fresh ways to support healing, learning and change.

Is this your first book? I’ve been lucky to have two books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London, England; both books discuss alternative psychotherapies, one describing the emerging alternative healing process known as family constellation work, the other demonstrating how eating disorders can be effectively addressed with experiential therapies. I’m now working on my next book, which has a working title of “Imagination Heals: Guided Imageries for Recovering People.”

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Why did you write the book? Psychodrama is the powerful interactive method of invigorating our creative potential to meet life challenges and opportunities. It has its roots in the 20th century and has rapidly spread around the world, continuing to blossom with innovation and inspiration. I’m the only board-certified master trainer in Wisconsin, and I take this role seriously in wanting to educate people about alternatives and choices. The book contains specific information on how to safely conduct role play and other experiential activities, as well as addressing other therapeutic and educational concerns.

How long did it take you to write the book? This book started with several one-page handouts to my trainees in 1999 and I have continued adding new pages throughout the years. I’ve had professionals attend my trainings here from Racine, Kenosha, throughout the Milwaukee area, Illinois and even Indiana and Arizona. These psychotherapists, counselors, psychologists, coaches, physicians, body therapists, ministers, attorneys, educators and artists keep asking questions and challenge me to explain how to best use these methods and techniques in various settings and with various problems.

How did you get interested in writing? Before I was a psychotherapist, I was a daily newspaper journalist, writing about emotional and physical health, families, creativity and alternative healing. Now I love combining my professional expertise and writing to educate helping and healing professionals, educators and others about the amazing opportunities for change and alternatives.

Where is the book available for purchase? You may order at www.createspace.com, www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. A limited number of copies are available at my office at 932 Lake. Ave. in Racine and during my trainings and presentations, which are scheduled through 2014. A new training schedule is now being organized for 2015. I’ll also have some book signings in the community.

Is the book available at the library? Yes, very soon.

Website or Facebook page readers can visit for more information: Find details at http://tsw.createspace.com/title/3869056. Learn more about my work of teaching and practicing experiential therapies at www.lakehousecenter.com; you can watch my site for upcoming programs and book signings and email requests for presentations. The book’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/showandtellpsychodrama.

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