Journal 17 December 2008

Journal 17 December 2008

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Proud to be Apologising

In New South Wales, high school students who have been suspended from school must attend a suspension resolution meeting with their parents and the school counsellor before they are allowed to return to school. Often, the students who fi nd themselves in this predicament are already disengaged from the school community and feel blamed, shamed and resentful. Their parents, also caught up in the punitive system, are often angry and embarrassed by their child’s actions. This paper tells the story of Ahmed, his serious offending, suspension and subsequent return to school.

Me, I, You and All of Us

Jacob Moreno’s theory of personality development posits that human beings develop by moving from the undifferentiated Matrix of All Identity at birth, through the stages of Mirroring and Doubling, and culminate in the ability to Role Reverse. When individuals emerge from the Matrix of All Identity, they have come to know where they begin and where they end. This paper explores the concept of the Matrix of All Identity as a working framework for clinical practice, including its relationship to attachment theory, with a view to identifying effective interventions.

Moreno’s Golden Theatrical Rule: An Application in a Productivity Development Project

This article provides an account of how Moreno’s Golden Theatrical Rule was used to develop productivity in the New Zealand Immigration Contact Centre. When attended to, the relationship between the variables of the Golden Theatrical Rule, motion, state, and time, creates a unity that produces satisfying results. Interventions are described and commentary presented in relation to each of these variables, as well as the impact of the productivity project on the contact centre.

Sociodrama with Community Outreach Coordinators

This paper describes a sociodrama conducted for community change-agents working towards a multi-cultural Australia. Amongst the many possibilities for producing a drama, the director must choose action cues to pursue whilst also assisting the group to stay focused on the task at hand. A number of these choice points are discussed. The author focuses on two important factors that guide the director — the clarity of purpose and the analysis made of the subgroups and the subgroup relationships.

Social Atom Repair after Parental Suicide

This paper addresses the nature of, and conditions for, resilience and hope after parental suicide. The author presents her understandings regarding the young child’s experience of parental suicide, and identifi es a number of phases, or stages, that children experience in their social atom when coping with this traumatic event. She describes how her analysis of the shifting sociometric patterns in the family system infl uences the way in which interventions are made to facilitate social atom repair. The ideas are illustrated with three case studies from practice.

Sourcing Human Madness Psychodrama, Sexuality and a New Order

‘Megalomania Normalis’ was a name Dr J.L. Moreno invented to describe everyday inhumanity – madness. He invented Psychodrama to address this universal social phenomenon. Sourcing Human Madness addresses questions of central importance to ‘who shall thrive’ in this 21st century. These are: What is the core nature of the human being? This essential religious question used Role Theory to explain sexual preference. How might this human nature be better nurtured? This scientific question addresses
(a) the complications that have stymied prior researchers of sexual preference and

Engaging The Muse: Reflections on Art And Creativity

J.L. Moreno’s vision, practice and writing ranges widely but at the core there is always a philosophy of spontaneity and creativity. This essay reflects on the author’s personal creative experiences, with Moreno’s ideas as a guide. The Canon of Creativity, along with its implications for the two aspects of spontaneity training — deconserving and role training — is explored. The essay concludes with some stories and quotes from the lives of painters, to highlight the explosion of creativity and spontaneity that can occur in the moment.

Seeing Double: Moving Between a Psychodramatic and a Sociodramatic Perspective

In the debate about the differences and different uses of psychodrama and sociodrama, the most useful conclusion is to ‘see double’. In any group or drama, both a psychodramatic and a sociodramatic perspective can be useful. The paper posits that, in the final analysis, psychodrama is a focused and specialised form of sociodrama because everything that takes place in a psychodrama is connected to the group, and through the group to the socius. Examples from practice are included to illustrate the premise.

Turning to Meet the Storyteller

Recently I spent two idyllic months on a canal boat in France. I kept my connection with my children and grandchildren by writing stories for them to read on my return. The themes that emerged were to do with self sufficiency and transformation.

Book Review: The Psychodrama Papers

The Psychodrama Papers
By John Nolte
Encounter Publications, Hartford, Connecticut 2008
This collection of 14 papers written by John Nolte, is intended
for psychodramatists and students of psychodrama. Spanning
35 years, the papers cover a wide variety of topics that Nolte
has considered in depth.

Book Review: Penina Uliuli

Book Review: Penina Uliuli Contemporary Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific Peoples
Edited by Philip Culbertson and Margaret Nelson Agee, with Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale
University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu 2007

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