Journal 15 December 2006

Journal 15 December 2006 Cover

The AANZPA Journal 15 December 2006 artwork and design is by Stuart Ewings. Cick on the image to right to see a larger view of the cover.

ANZPA Journal 2006 Editorial Team:

  • Rollo Browne (editor)
  • Bev Hosking
  • Bona Anna
  • Helen Phelan

Design and Artwork:

  • Stuart Ewings


  • Aviweb, Glebe NSW

Journal 15 December 2006

Journal 15 December 2006 - Entire journal

Integrating Infant Mental Health and Psychodrama Perspectives

Abstract: Discusses Moreno's theories of child development, spontaneity and warm-up and the work of major infant mental health theorists. It draws a parallel between these theories and describes how these two bodies of work can strengthen therapeutic practice.

Psychodrama, Ritual and Ceremony: As Katrina prepares to die

Abstract: The process of death, rituals and ceremony are analyzed based on the case study of Katrina who had breast cancer and decided to go home to die. The whole case study presents psychodramatic reflections and how foreknowledge about death offers great opportunities to live a life to the fullest extent.

J.L. meets the Warrior Princess: Exploring Psychodrama and Feminism

Abstract: A psychodramatist in Christchurch from New Zealand explores the feminism and psychodrama at the Next Step Centre for Women, part of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. She feels that both feminism and psychodrama offer new ways of being which can help the women to transform inadequate systems and behavior.

Joan Chappell-Matthias Reflects

Abstract: Discusses the life and work of Dr Joan Chappell-Mathias who worked as a psychiatrist in forensic, alcohol and drug addiction and hospice areas. She feels that psychodrama has the technique of positive and negative accommodation where she can use historical or regressive scene setting for drama.

Exploring the therapeutic potential of skilled auxiliary work

Abstract: Auxiliary work in any group has the potential of letting members see differently either off the psychodrama stage or the interactions within the group. Auxiliary work when undertaken in accordance with the considerations is a highly skilled act with therapeutic potential for the protagonist.

Conflict Resolution Through Encounter

Abstract: Discusses the framework for resolving conflict through encounter. This kind of encounter is demanding and it is not a quick fix on offer, however, the benefits will be lasting and transformative.

J.L. Moreno and Meister Eckhart: A Not So Unlikely Couple

Abstract: Presents two people, Jacob Levy Moreno (1889-1974) and the Dominican priest-mystic, Meister Eckhart (c.1260-c.1329), who lived centuries apart and led different lives and vocations. Yet they shared a similar belief that all humans are co-creators with the divine. Moreno believed in the importance of spontaneity and its relationship to creation. Both Moreno and Eckhart believed in co-creation and the potential for healing in every human being.

Accessing Spontaneity in a Role Training Session

Abstract: Role training is a psychodramatic intervention where its structure provides greater emotional safety for participants. Role training in combination with small drama can release greater spontaneity among the participants.

Working with the Ladder of Inference: a Psychodramatists Guide

Abstract: This paper sets out a simple yet profound model that suggests our actions are determined via a causal loop of inference based on minimal or even absent data (Dick & Dalmau 2001, Argyris 1990, Vickers 1995, Senge et al 1994). It shows how we make snap judgments, responses and reactions. The author has found this model enormously useful as a psychodrama practitioner, adult educator and trainer. The model can be used in groups and it assists in creating fresh perspectives. This is a practitioner's paper designed for practitioners.

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