Michigan DUI lawyer Patrick T. Barone was recently featured in an article appearing on page 5 of the September 2016 Michigan Edition of Super Lawyers. This edition of the Super Lawyer’s magazine was sent to all of Michigan’s more than 33,000 lawyers and judges. For the general public searching for a Super Lawyer, there is also a digital version on line, and even an app that includes the featured list that is searchable by location.
Super Lawyers is a rating service, and each year Super Lawyer’s Magazine uses their “patented selection process” to find and report on Michigan’s outstanding lawyers and rising stars. The selected lawyers are then compiled, and the results of their research are published in a Super Lawyer’s Magazine.
In addition to the lawyer listings, the Editors of Super Lawyers Magazine also looks to write about lawyers on their Super Lawyer list who have, for example, have handled landmark cases, have innovated their firm or practice in some way or have compelling personal stories about their lives/careers. Specifically, the September Super Lawyer’s article addresses Mr. Barone’s journey toward psychodrama certification as well as his incorporation and trial use of action methods borrowed from psychodrama.
The Super Lawyer’s article featuring Barone details some of the requirements necessary to obtain psychodrama certification. In addition to either at least a Master’s degree in counseling or a non-therapy graduate degree (like a Juris Doctor, or J.D.) certification also requires a minimum of 780 hours of practical training in psychodrama. Additionally, certification requires that the applicant personally conduct 80 hours of structured psychodrama sessions. At least half of these 80 sessions must be directly supervised by an advanced practitioner known as a TEP. (Trainer, educator, practitioner). Finally, non-therapist candidates, including lawyers, must also take and pass 15 credit hours of graduate level psychology/counseling coursework.
Once the candidate has completed these requirements certification also requires a successful board certification written exam and a separate 3-hour psychodrama practicum. Thus, certification is largely the equivalent of a graduate degree, and likewise, completion of all of the requirements is typically a 5 to 7-year process.
In the future, Mr. Barone will be using his psychodrama training and certification to continue to improve his trial practice, teach other lawyers trial skills based on psychodrama action methods, and to assist Dr. Elizabeth Corby in presenting psychodrama workshops through the Michigan Psychodrama Center.
Mr. Barone will also continue his work as a business consultant using psychodrama based action methods to teach emotional intelligence, group and team dynamics, organizational development and other critical business skills. Previously, Mr. Barone has worked with business owners and executives in businesses of all sizes including TGI Direct, Movimento, AcuMax, A2 Energy Systems LLC, Spry Publishing, Compliance Training Partners/Drakeshire Dental, Booms Stone Co., The Hunter Group, LLC., and Vistage Michigan.