“I experienced personal and professional growth beyond any expectations.” – TLC course attendee


Regional Seminar 2021: TLC Trial Skills Foundation


10/10/2021 – 10/15/21




Shambhala Mountain Center


Psychodrama has been defined as “the search for truth in dramatic action”. Unless one knows something of the self it is impossible to know much about the jurors, the judge and the witnesses. A jury trial is a meeting at which the various psyches of the participants are thrown into the pot — the courtroom — along with the law and the evidence, and that which emerges from the “mystical stew” is the verdict. Trial Skills Foundation is a 5-day course that teaches participants how to use the methods of psychodrama in every phase of their trial. This course, at a level of participation entirely up to the participant, provides an opportunity for lawyers to approach the trial of their cases with a new knowledge of the self that helps remove much of the mystery and blind conclusions of the jury trial and opens new doors for winning. In every element of the trial from discovering the story to the final argument we utilize means and methods that students have discovered in the psychodramatic experience. Open to Lawyers and Paralegals from qualifying law offices. This course was previously titled Psychodrama for Lawyers.

LOCATION Shambala mountain center in colorado

Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, Shambhala Mountain Center is a six-hundred-acre mountain valley retreat surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks. Tamed by decades of use as a contemplative refuge, we provide a safe and supportive container for exploring paths of deepened awareness, personal wellbeing and societal transformation.


All Trial Lawyers College courses are taught by graduates of the College, who volunteer their time, talents and resources to provide high-quality training not offered in any other CLE program. Because our faculty are volunteers, and are actively practicing in their respective firms, our faculty list is subject to change.

Course leaders: Susan Hutchison, Rafe Foreman



  • 3 – 5 PM – Registration
  • 6 – 7: 30 PM – Facility Orientation and Group Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9 PM – First Session

General Schedule 10/11-14

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 9 AM – 12 PM – Working Sessions
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 2 PM – 5 PM – Working Sessions
  • 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM – Dinner
  • 7:15 PM – 9 PM – Working Sessions

Course will end at Noon on October 15

Should the course be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, refunds will be promptly issued or credited to another TLC course of your choosing.

Proof of Covid vaccination and masking will be required.


Proof of vaccination will be required for all students attending TLC’s in-person programs in 2021.
We respect those who do not choose to be vaccinated and encourage attendance at one of our Virtual Seminars instead.

CLE Credits

CLE approval granted.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

This course was previously titled Psychodrama for Lawyers, and will focus primarily on psychodrama with some sessions on Directing Skills.

Several articles are required reading as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials from our website.

Registration deadline is the Monday prior to the course start date unless the course is full prior to that.

Applicant must be a member of their State Bar in good standing or paralegal of qualified attorney (contact Nancy Shore for paralegal registration information). Must also be a plaintiff’s lawyer, public defender, or a criminal defense lawyer, or a paralegal in a qualifying firm. TLC does not offer training to attorneys who are an employee of a corporation, insurance firm or of the federal government.

Food, Lodging & Roommates

Specific food, lodging, room sharing, classroom layout, and social distancing arrangements will be determined in accordance with up-to-date CDC guidelines as we get closer to the course dates.

Travel Information

An email will be sent to registered attendees with detailed course information.


The entire balance for a TLC course is due 90 days after the start date of the course unless other arrangements have been made with the Financial Officer. Any registrations made within 5 days of the start of the course must be paid in full at the time of registration. Tuition payments are only transferable to another TLC course within the same calendar year or to a substitute participant for the same course. Cancellations must be e-mailed to TLC’s Registrar:

For all courses except Graduate I and Graduate II: Cancellations received at least 14 calendar days prior to the course will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 13 – 6 calendar days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund. We regret that no refunds can be made 5 days or less prior to the start date of the course.

Graduate I and Graduate II Course Cancellation Policy: As of 2019, both these courses will be by application, rather than by registration. Upon acceptance by TLC, all students must remit a $500 deposit at the time of submitting the application and is refundable only 60+ days prior to the course. Refunds will not be made for cancellations to Grad 1 or 2 within 59 days or less of the commencement of the program.