Journal 16 December 2007

The Island of Competence: Coaching When Judgement and Shame is Present

In this article I present a case study and a coaching framework based on the theories of Moreno and Vygotsky, an educationalist. My hypothesis is that effective coaching focuses on the emergent progressive roles before addressing developmental areas and results in the learner integrating and sustaining progressive functioning. A learner often assesses his or her progress inaccurately by using experts in the form of more experienced practitioners as the benchmark.

Via Sponte: The Art of Effective Auxiliary Work

When a person approaches another and enters their experience, with lightness, immediacy and boldness, where they are not bothered by convention but caught up in a simple act of kindness, the world becomes a different world. Everything is brighter, the sky is bluer. In these moments the person becomes more observant and gets to know aspects of self that have been hitherto unknown. Experiencing the self is a holistic, numinous experience and it’s these experiences that make it possible to keep generating more spontaneity and acts of kindness.

The Internal Instrument; A Conversation with Lynette Clayton

Lynette is a Distinguished and Founding Member of ANZPA and initial member of the Board of Examiners who, in 2006, was awarded membership of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “services to psychology, particularly the application of psychodrama as a clinical tool, and to the community through the Uniting Church in Australia”. With Max Clayton she brought psychodrama to Australia and New Zealand in 1971. She retired from training psychodramatists in 1999 and lives in Perth, WA.

Measuring the Efficacy of a Single Psychodrama Session

Current developments in psychotherapy research methodology are opening possibilities for psychodramatists to investigate the types of questions that are of interest to us as practitioners, and to communicate our findings to the wider community. The dynamic nature of the psychodrama method has made it difficult to apply traditional outcome research approaches without compromising the integrity of the method in the research design.

The Lay of the Land: Medicine, Paradigm Change and Psychodrama

Ali is a Psychodramatist and General Practitioner in Christchurch, New Zealand. This paper is adapted from her thesis “Psychodrama for doctors: Role development for a new medical paradigm”.

This theoretical article summarises my understanding of the paradigm change currently occurring in Western medicine. Its purpose is to assist understanding of the existing medical landscape and the place of psychodrama in the development of a new paradigm in which relationships and personal experience are more highly valued.

Tatou Tatou e: Co-leading a Bicultural Workshop

Carol is an education lecturer in Nelson, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She uses action methods in her work training high school teachers. She is an advanced trainee and is studying towards a Masters in Environmental Education.

Becoming Jane; Appreciating Her Being and Becoming Through Explorations of Role

Don is a TEP working with the Christchurch Institute for Training in Psychodrama, New Zealand, and the Queensland Training Institute of Psychodrama, Australia. He has been exploring role dynamics for a decade gathering Morenian clues1 for application to a pragmatics of role dynamics. Here he applies his understanding of role to Jane Austin, as she is seen in the 2006 movie ‘Becoming Jane’, which focuses on her formative influences as an emerging novelist in late eighteenth century rural England.

Walking with Moreno in the Organisational Jungle

Jane is an advanced psychodrama trainee who is a senior manager in the public sector in Brisbane. She has been a change agent and leader in organisational and people development for over two decades. Her passion for creating successful organisations that enable people to grow into their potential capability has been a driving force in her work.

The Beginning of the Quest

Role-Play Realising its Potential for Workplace Learning

Jenny Hutt has worked as an organisational learning and development consultant for nineteen years. She is based in Melbourne and works with public and private sectors in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Jenny is a Sociodramatist and TEP-in-training. She is on the teaching staff of the Australian College of Psychodrama and is Immediate Past President of ANZPA.

Book Review: The Quintessential Zerka Writings by Zerka Toeman Moreno on Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy Edited by Toni Horvatin and Edward Schreiber, 2006

Zerka Moreno, who recently celebrated her ninetieth birthday, needs no introduction to anyone with more than a cursory familiarity with psychodrama. It is timely that this book, bringing together some of her considerable writings regarding the psychodramatic method into a single volume, is finally published. Never far from the mention of Zerka is the spectre of her late husband, psychodrama’s founder, Jacob Moreno. It therefore seems fitting that the title of her book, The Quintessential Zerka, gives a playful nod to the primer of his writing by Jonathon Fox, The Essential Moreno.

Book Review: The Art of Facilitation: the essentials for leading great meetings and creating group synergy

The Art of Facilitation the essentials for leading great meetings and creating group synergy
by Dale Hunter, Stephen Thorpe, Hamish Brown, and Anne Bailey,
2007 Random House NZ
Reviewed by Vivienne Thomson

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