Role training applies the principles of role theory using particular psychodrama techniques to develop specific aspects of a person’s functioning such that their goals for their professional or personal life, are achieved more adequately.
Role training involves a person delineating a specific aspect of functioning they wish to improve or develop themselves in. Beginning with a specific situation or situations where the person wishes to develop fresh approaches, Role training involves the dramatic
Because human beings act in such a wide range of different ways, there are an infinite variety of areas that may be focussed on in any role training session. Since the focus in a role training session is normally
- one session might focus on the resolution of part of a role conflict,
- another session might focus on the expansion of a person’s view of life,
- another session might develop the
actioncomponent of a person’s functioning and
- another session again might focus on the development of feeling or emotional expression.
If we look at any person in their daily functioning we can conclude at any moment that their functioning is either:
- over-developed in some area,
- under-developed in some way,
- or that aspects of human functioning are entirely absent.
Therefore, some sessions are entirely focussed on the further development of adequate functioning. Other sessions will aim to reduce functioning which is over-developed or further develop functioning which is under-developed. Thus, in role training, the primary focus is not on the reorganisation of the total personality of the individual although naturally the modifying of one aspect of a person’s functioning