Journal 7 December 1998

Journal 7 December 1998

Journal 7 December 1998 - Entire Journal

A Psychodramatic Warm-Up to a Theatrical Rehearsal

Abstract: The author, a theatre director and psychodrama trainee, describes his experimentation with a psychodrama warm-up to a theatrical rehearsal. He used a psychodramatic warm-up to an acting role with a female actor during a rehearsal of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". The warm-up liberated all the actors involved in the scene, helping them give an emotionally authentic performance.

Yoga and Psychodrama

Abstract: The author explores the link between the restorative aspects of yoga and psychodrama in training group sessions. The focus is on bringing participants to a warm-up through an awareness of the interaction between the body and mind using yoga and psychodrama. He cites several examples to illustrate the therapeutic effects of combining the two practices. A description of a warm-up session using yoga and psychodrama is also presented.

The Psychodramatic Technique of Doubling and its Relationship to Zen Buddhist Practice

Abstract: The author describes the interaction between psychodrama and Zen Buddhist practice through the psychodramatic technique of 'doubling'. She recalls how the Zen Buddhist practice of 'zazen' meditation helped her cope with a severe illness. The practice of labeling thoughts, emotions, and impulses in zazen is similar to the psychodramatic process of doubling. She calls this process 'self-doubling' and believes that the greater self-awareness it brings about has had a positive impact on her life.

Applying the Concept of Warm-Up in a Life Crisis of Redundancy

Abstract: The author found that the concept of warm-up helped her cope with the trauma of being made redundant. She recounts her experience of using warm-up to deal with the experience of losing her job as team leader of a supported housing service for mentally ill people. Warm-up helped her reorganize her role system and applying role training principles in her daily life helped her identify and appreciate the new opportunities provided by her redundancy.

Assisting Children and Young People to Participate in Legal Processes

Abstract: The author discusses the application of the psychodramatic technique of role training to help children and young people to understand and participate in legal processes. She describes two areas where role training was effective, namely school discipline meetings and court appearances. She asserts that psychodrama helps her to react more spontaneously to her young clients and to find innovative ways to help them participate in the legal setting.

Action Insight: The Treatment of Adolescent Sexual Offenders

Abstract: The article describes the use of psychodrama in the treatment of adolescent sexual offenders under the SAFE network. The focus is on the psychodramatic process of self-discovery, termed "action insight" by Jacob L. Moreno. Action insight focuses on the three aspects of a role, namely feeling, thinking, and action, thus helping the young offenders change old behavior patterns through the creation of new experiences. Drama therapy games work well as action warm-ups with the adolescents, enabling them to use their bodies while stimulating their emotions and increasing spontaneity.

Out of Step But in Time

Abstract: The author explores the inner life of a psychodramatic role, demonstrating that an understanding and appreciation of such roles can help an individual to assimilate the problems of everyday life. She describes how awareness of the role of King Arthur and his life in Camelot helps her cope with the challenges of her daily life.

"A Cast of Thousands": Working with the Five Instruments of Psychodrama in the Therapeutic Relationship

Abstract: The paper examines the application of Jacob Moreno's five instruments of psychodrama in the one-to-one therapeutic setting. It asserts that the approach facilitates the development of spontaneity in the client. It describes the role of each of Moreno's five instruments, namely, the stage, the subject or actor (protagonist), the director, the staff of therapeutic aides or auxiliary egos, and the audience. It is suggested that therapy is both gratifying and challenging when it uses the multiple roles offered by a "cast of thousands".

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