Journal 8 December 1999

The Metaphysical Tasks of the Psychodramatist

Abstract: The author argues that, in order to assist clients in their spiritual development, practitioners must first develop metaphysical roles that integrate the basic aspects of their own existence. She explains the metaphysical model of humanity as well as Jacob L. Moreno's philosophy, theology, and cosmology. She believes the metaphysical task of the psychodramatist is to help the client to reconcile and/or integrate body, soul, and spirit. She divides the overall metaphysical task of reconciliation into a series of smaller tasks for ease of operation.

The Social Atom Diagram Expanded

Abstract: The article presents an expanded three-dimensional representation of the social atom diagram, which integrates a record of the social atom, the cultural atom, and the individual's sociometry. The tree-like shape of the representation allows a dynamic recycling flow of life. The use of the visual representation in a clinical setting is described. The author asserts that such representation offers him a flexible structure within which to explore the client's social atom movements in a more interactive manner.

Tele with Animals

Abstract: The author describes how children's tele with animals helps increase their warm-up to a role and helps them find creative solutions to problematic situations. The relationship with animals often serves to reinforce roles that develop a sense of self-belief and self-confidence in the child. She cites several instances when pets served a major role in psychotherapy sessions with her young clients

A Systems Approach to School Bullying

Abstract: The author describes his experience in conducting a staff development program on bullying and harassment within a high school. He uses a systems approach in tackling bullying in the school. The approach analysed the school and community system as a whole rather than addressing only student behavior or helping teachers deal with bullying. His interactions with the school Head, the staff, students and their parents reveal that each group views the other as the cause of the problem.

Building a Student Support System using Sociometry

Abstract: The paper describes the development of an effective student support system in a senior high school with 80 teachers and 1400 students in the age group of 13 to 18 years. The support system is constructed using the principles of sociometry. The data collected during the process of setting up the system and implications of the findings are discussed.

Domestic Violence Group for Women

Abstract: The authors describe their efforts in designing and conducting several group work programs for women who have been victims of domestic violence. The program philosophy and goals are outlined. The primary methods used include facilitated group work and sociometry. The functioning of the group work program is illustrated through two case studies.

Death by 1000 Banalities - Testing Spontaneity Theory in Mental Health

Abstract: The paper examines the relationship between Jacob L. Moreno's theory of spontaneity and Coming Out, or the universal process of self-realization in which the individual's true nature is expressed. It contrasts the Coming Out process with a forbidden identity dominated by social or cultural conserves. The spontaneity axiom is analyzed through an empirical study on the Coming Out of homosexual male subjects. The study also highlights the psychodramatic benefits of spontaneity in mental illness, which is associated with the dominance of old conserves.

Career Planning - A Psychodramatic Approach

Abstract: The author asserts that the career counsellor's role is similar to that of a psychodrama director to the protagonist in that both focus on the person's passage through life. She describes an approach to career planning that utilizes the principles of psychodramatic theory. It is suggested that psychodrama in career planning offers the individual the opportunity to enact psychodramatic roles that are central to their personality. The author describes an approach to career planning based on the principles of psychodrama.

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