Journal 21 December 2012

Through a Glass Darkly: Coming Face to Face With mirroring in Psychodrama

Mirroring is a central element in psychodrama but the term is used in variable ways in different contexts. In this article, Tim Mapel investigates these various meanings. He focuses first on the historical development of the mirror concept in the writings of J.L. and Zerka Moreno, both as a therapeutic technique and as a stage of human development. Later writings, particularly contributions by Dr. Max Clayton, are then considered followed by a discussion of the contemporary uses of mirroring in psychodramatic production.

Dancing in the Sun: The Creative Combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodrama

Clinical psychologist and psychodramatist Jenny Wilson values many different approaches in her work as a psychotherapist, particularly the modalities of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodrama. Following an earlier article comparing their origins and philosophies (Wilson, 2011), she focuses here on practical application.

History on a Bus: Using sociodrama to address racism and reconciliation

In Sydney’s Redfern Park on the 10th of December 1992, the launch of the International Year of Indigenous People, the then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating delivered a ground breaking speech that gave great hope to people working for reconciliation with Aboriginal Australians. One of those inspired to continue this work, Helen Kearins developed a workshop that assists participants to own racism and move beyond it towards genuine reconciliation with Aboriginal people.

A Traveller’s Guide to Supervision Principles and Practice

In this article, Liz Marks reflects on over twenty years of experience as a supervisor of counsellors. Providing illustrations, she draws out some of the principles and practices that have guided her on this journey. Of particular note are the development of adequacy in warm up, relationship and learning culture, taking a systems approach, relating to the developmental stage of the supervisee and viewing the supervision process as an ongoing, unique and highly valued enterprise for both supervisor and supervisee.

The Way We Do Things Around Here: The Role of Leadership Teams in Shaping Progressive Organisational Cultures

The links between organisational culture, leadership and success continue to capture the attention of organisational leaders. Providing illustrations from her work as an organisational leadership coach and drawing on J.L. Moreno’s concept of social and cultural atom, Diana Jones proposes that leaders can shape positive change in their organisation’s culture by enacting and modelling progressive functioning in their relationships with one another and their staff.

Being an Effective Auxiliary: Some Reflections on Doubling and Dependency in Psychotherapy

As a term, J.L. Moreno’s concept of ‘auxiliary’ captures the idea of entering into a psychotherapeutic relationship for the purpose of consciously assisting another person to develop spontaneity in a specific context.

The Moving Forward Project: Reflecting on the Efficacy of Sociodrama and Playback Theatre in Addressing Family Violence

The Moving Forward Project is a collective endeavour established in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand to address family violence. It aims to raise awareness of the subtleties, complexities and systemic nature of domestic violence, reduce isolation for those affected by it, promote healing and strengthen moves towards change. In this article, facilitators Sandra Turner and Cinnamon Boreham describe the project’s pilot programme.

Reflections of a First Time Producer

Anyone who has trained in the psychodrama method has experienced first time production. Many have a story or two to tell in this regard. In this short informal article, Jenny Postlethwaite tells her story of producing a psychodrama for the first time.

Book Review: Psychodrama Second Volume: Foundations of Psychotherapy

I commend Psychodrama Second Volume: Foundations of Psychotherapy to all those who work to assist folks to free themselves from the shackles of the past, to expand possibilities in living and to research the social condition. I imagine benefit to those who enjoy the exploration of ideas and the different solutions that early psychotherapists developed to common dilemmas of individual and group psychotherapy, the forms, theories, techniques and philosophies. This book may evoke in you a warm up to your own review of psychotherapeutic ideas and to your experience as a clinician and trainee.

Book Review: Impromptu

In 1973 I ‘became’ a psychodrama trainee and ever since I have studied, practised and taught the psychodramatic method in my professional and personal life. I have a particular interest in its origins and history because the early seeds, the experiments and research conducted by Dr J.L. Moreno, constitute the foundational elements for those of us who practise psychodrama.

Book Review: The Words of the Father

The Words of the Father: A Response by Sara Crane


With these words on page 152 of The Words of the Father (2011), Jacob Moreno calls forth the Creator of the Universe. He challenges his readers to come alive to the forces at work in the world and accept our responsibility to become change agents.

Book Review: Still Life: A Therapist’s Responses to the Challenge of Change

Still Life. It is a title that intentionally resonates with multiple meanings. As the author, Liz White, looks back over forty years as a practitioner, her reflection brings an extra resonance to her title. Now it alternates between stillness and activity, now between contemplation and still choosing life. Both experiences are central to the tapestry of perspectives she presents in a book that is part reflection, part working manual.

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