Journal 19 December 2010

Journal 19, December 2010

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Towards, Away, Against: Coping Role Strategies as Attachment Styles

This paper draws parallels between psychodrama role theory and attachment theory. The three coping role strategies of moving towards, moving away and moving against can be understood as attachment styles, developed in the crucible of the original social atom. This view of coping roles provides a sound basis on which to choose appropriate interventions, and builds links between psychodrama and other therapeutic modalities.

Extraordinary Children: Harnessing the Potency of Elemental Roles

Sara Crane traces the journey of her psychotherapeutic work with three children, describing how she came to appreciate the therapeutic potency of the extraordinary elemental roles enacted by them. The work of the clinician is to understand the context and underlying value system of these frequently unattractive and antisocial roles, and to ensure that they are doubled, mirrored and harnessed to the progressive system.

Walking with Moreno: A Historical Journey of Psychodrama and Nursing

Little has been written about the links between J.L. Moreno and the nursing profession. Wendy McIntosh explores nursing and academic literature and identifies strong links, many not previously reported within the context of major influences on nursing. This paper presents parallel journeys, the author’s personal journey with the work of Moreno and the significant influence of Moreno’s concepts and techniques on the profession of nursing since the 1930s.

Towards Healing: Confronting the Holocaust Through Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Rituals

In ‘Towards Healing: Confronting the Holocaust through Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Rituals’, Yaacov Naor and Hilde Goett describe an on-going workshop project undertaken with second and third generation descendants of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators. They discuss the trans-generational transmission of trauma, and identify differences and commonalities between victim and perpetrator descendants as well as those from mixed backgrounds. They describe how they use psychodrama, sociodrama and ritual to bring about encounter, dialogue and the beginnings of healing.

The Alco-Holocaust: Alcohol, Problem Drinkers and Psychodrama

Although often denied or the subject of double standards, alcohol is the main drug of choice and a serious health problem in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Paul Baakman shares insights fl owing from his decades of work with the problem drinkers and co-dependents that result. He advocates a non-judgemental, involved and patient approach that focuses on people, relationships and connection. Effective treatment options and approaches are described and discussed, in particular the use of the psychodramatic method.

More than Picking at Scabs: Working with Trainee Counsellors

Cecelia Winkelman weaves three strands together as she reflects on her use of a role training approach in the teaching of counselling. The first strand focuses on the author’s methods for assisting counselling trainees to develop empathy, a naïve attitude and the ability to enter into the experience of their clients. In the second strand the use of Moreno’s role training method is described, including adaptations developed by the author to maintain links with the trainee-interviewer and the trainee-interviewee as two protagonists, and the training group as the third protagonist.

Thriving Under Fire: Bringing Moreno into the Corporate Training World

John Faisandier describes his adaptation and use of psychodramatic principles and practices in the corporate training world. The TUF: Thriving Under Fire® programme uses action sociometry, systems analysis, role training and doubling to assist corporate staff to maintain positive relationships when facing angry and abusive customers in the heat of the moment. The author also refl ects on the development of the training programme and business that he has built on Morenian principles.

What Price a Smile?

Buck was an 18 year old schizoid boy, a patient at the Moreno Sanitarium. In those days in the USA mentally ill people without financial means were sent to very large state mental hospitals. After five years of hospitalisation in one such institution, Buck had been sent to us by his middle-aged mother. He was her only child, born in her forties. She was now frail with a heart condition. Her husband, Buck’s father, had recently died and had left her a small insurance legacy. Instead of ensuring her own future, she chose to invest it in her son.

Lasting Impressions: Robert Crawford, Queen Mary Hospital and ‘Too Good to Last’

Peter Howie favourably reviews the book ‘Too Good to Last: The Death of a Caring Culture’ whilst also honouring the legacy of it’s author, Dr. Robert Crawford and the unique healing institution that he developed and led at Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer Springs, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Book Review: The Theatre of Spontaneity (2010 Edition) By J.L. Moreno

The Theatre of Spontaneity (2010 Edition) By J.L. Moreno
The North-West Psychodrama Association 2010
Original German ‘Das Stegreiftheater’ published anonymously 1923 by Gustav Kiepenheuer Verlag, Potsdam, Germany
Original English translation by J.L. Moreno published 1947 in the USA by Beacon House, New York, followed by two revised and enlarged editions 1973 and 1983
Reviewed by Christian Penny

Book Review: Thriving Under Fire: Turn Difficult Customers into Business Success

Thriving Under Fire: Turn Difficult Customers into Business
By John Faisandier
Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington, New Zealand 2009
Reviewed by Peggy Cook

Book Review: Group Supervision: A Guide to Creative Practice

Group Supervision: A Guide to Creative Practice (2nd Edition)
By Brigid Proctor
Counselling Supervision Series
Edited by Michael Carroll and Elizabeth Holloway
Sage Publications, London 2008
Reviewed by Walter Logeman

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