Journal 23 December 2014

Psychodrama in the Frame

Excerpt: I facilitate groups of people commonly regarded as long-term psychiatric patients from a variety of cultures, socio-economic situations, and with a variety of diagnoses. This on-going group is funded by regional health authorities and referrals are received via multidisciplinary teams across Wellington, NZ. The 2 hour long sessions are divided into 8 week cycles which allow people to enter and leave the group. Some people remain in the group for longer periods of time, some for several cycles.

The Hauraki Seachange Project

Creating opportunities for a community to resolve issues that affect it is an exciting and empowering notion. Central to this is a sociometric challenge. This paper describes how a large multi-stakeholder group was facilitated in a decision making process. We present the reasoning behind the use and selection of sociometric criteria and describe the application of sociometry in this facilitated process. A liberating notion is that people can work collaboratively to reach alignment regardless of what their organisational structures and decision making modes are.

Reflections on Role Theory

Excerpt: I am a child playing in the sand arranging and rearranging the sand to create forms that are my own form of art and meaning. I am constructing and deconstructing, involved with the texture of the sand, the tactile sense of the grains passing through my hands. I notice how the sand moves in response to my touch and the weight or wetness of the mounds. Sometimes the grains sparkle and I am reminded that sand is essentially glass and a central component in the manufacturing of steel. My father works with both glass and steel – he is a sculptor and engineer.

Facing the Empty Page

The empty page
looks all innocence
but has its own sense of humour.

The Water of Life

Whether as a producer, auxiliary or protagonist I love surplus reality and the metaphorical elements in psychodramas. I have been a romping dog in a drama and any number of vines, rocks and broken axe handles. I feel enlivened and relish this in others. These elements may be, and often are, expanded into a whole story, one that has an integrity to the protagonist and the group. There is a co-creation at work as auxiliaries experience the freedom of being something that isn’t everyday, whether a personified rock or the warrior goddess Sekhmet.

A Discussion on Science and Research in Psychodrama

Phil: Hello Charmaine. I very much appreciate your paper (McVea, 2007) in the AANZPA journal. I am curious as to what impact it had. What was your motivation in presenting it and what has arisen out of it?

Charmaine: The study that I discussed in the 2007 journal investigated the short and longer term impact of a psychodrama enactment for the protagonist using Robert Elliot's (2002) single-case efficacy design.

Social Atom Repair and Lifelong Learning

Joan Chappell was one of the great thinkers and quiet toilers in AANZPA. She died in 2013 at the age of 92 in Tauranga after a life of working as a psychiatrist, GP and psychodramatist. She grew up in England, moved to Christchurch in the early 1970s before retiring to a ‘lifestyle village’ in Tauranga in 1992.

Qualities of the AANZPA Symbol

Let the circle be one to show all things complete. Describe another circle with the same radius. Let them intersect such that the centre of each lies on the circumference of the other. This is the vesica piscis. Something so simple, yet the structure has so much of what comes after (the larger numbers) inherent in its structure. The Vesica Piscis is a foundation of sacred geometry (Lawlor, 1982). It has astonishing properties. Certain ratios that cannot be precise in number, are precise in form. The proportions replicate

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