Journal articles

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Ōtepoti AANZPA Conference 2025 Announcement (PDF, 137.0 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 We will welcome you on the 15th January with a pōwhiri, followed by dinner. We will keep warming up to each other, strengthening our whanaungatanga. Let’s weave our sociometric threads, our past and present connections, valuing and exploring old bonds and new encounters. 13 2023-12
Cassidy, Reitu; Luafitu, Hurihia Cover Image: Tuituia te Hononga (PDF, 135.9 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 “Tuituia te Hononga” friendships and connections bonded with meaningful intentional, tripping up and holding close — sharing, teaching, celebrating, the incline and decline of progression individually and together. 12 2023-12
Franklin, Kevin A Truly Universal and Socially Transformative God- concept for a Globalising and Progressive World (PDF, 125.5 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 buddha, culture, dissociative, existential, gestalt, I-self, identity, individuation, Person, socius, whole of identity In this article the author grapples with J L Moreno’s God-concept and further evolves this concept with new meaning and wider-world relevance. Much of our individual-group-collective practice and theoretical focus within AANZPA is on role. In that context, identity has been largely overlooked even ignored and perhaps considered too hard. This author addresses this neglect of identity by using a J L Moreno (JLM)-inspired holistic metaphysic, an individual-group-universal equation of Whole of Identity. This holism — where whole is greater than the sum of the parts — necessitated a re-think, especially the commonplace universal God connection. And to re-examine write and discuss with my Association colleagues my antiquated discarded concept for this new God-concept. 10 2023-12
McVea, Charmaine How using psychodramatic production in supervision strengthens the emerging professional identity (PDF, 63.6 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 concretisation, insight, professional identity, Psychodrama, role reversal, supervisee, supervision In my experience of supervising new practitioners, I have noticed that simple psychodramatic interventions often have a profound impact on their spontaneity and confidence. One area of impact that I want to consider more fully, is how producing the supervisee’s presenting issue can bring into awareness some things that they already know and assist them to articulate their understanding and principles of practice. This has the effect of further integrating what they have learnt into their practice and strengthens their emerging professional identity. 9 2023-12
Whisker, Craig Two Men, Two Homes (PDF, 3.6 MB) Journal 32 December 2023 On a street called Berggasse in central Vienna the gently rolling pavement is all that remains of the ‘mountain alley’ (trans. German) of centuries ago. Here many of the homes built in the 18th and 19th centuries have been restored or preserved in their distinct 3-4 storey chunky, smooth-stoned Viennese style. At number 19 that preservation is as a museum to the 47- year working life of Sigmund Freud in the family home and psychotherapy practice rooms that he, and later his daughter, Anna, worked from until the family’s escape to England in 1938 following Nazi annexation of Austria. 9 2023-12
Jones, Diana; Kigyóssy, Zsófi Cultural Differences in psychodrama training: Reflections on the process of practitioner equivalency (PDF, 129.3 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 cultural conserve, culture, differences, influence, purpose, similarities, values, vision A celebratory lunch unexpectedly led to an exploration of AANZPA’s culture and the process of equivalency whereby international psychodramatists can be accepted as AANZPA practitioners. The question arose. How does AANZPA continue to evolve as an organisation, and maintain its purpose, vision, and values as it expands its membership to include international practitioners? 8 2023-12
Patty, Christo Haiku from Puketeraki Marae (PDF, 57.1 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 haiku, poetry Being on a marae is new to me. ‘Newness’ alerts me to vitality and liveliness. I warm up to relating to this place and the people I meet with a spirit of curiosity and tenderness... a kind of investigative vulnerability fills me up, and as I enter the marae, I notice my body soften. Now I’m getting ready to be part of this world and attend. These haiku come to me at different points of being on marae. 7 2023-12
Carter, Dr. Philip The Present of a Lifelong Learner: How Psychodrama inspired a post-graduate research programme (PDF, 100.8 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 application of psychodrama in academia, being companioned, emergent design, fresh data, inspiration, internal locus of authority, learning culture, living spirit, Max Clayton, passion, research, supervision No one wanted to do it but I was keen, very keen. I saw an opportunity to give our post-graduate students, most of them fresh from overseas, a vital experience of research which would arise out of their interests, work towards their aspirations and build on their capabilities. I volunteered to lead and redesign Research Methods, the foundation paper for our post-graduate students, mainly in Computer Science and Information Systems, with some Maths and Stats students as well. 6 2023-12
Callanan, Jennifer Taking Leadership of the Soul: Julie takes charge (PDF, 109.7 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 concretisation, creativity, cultural conserve, enactment, God, J L Moreno, leadership, Moreno, role reversal, soul, surplus reality, systems theory, transformation This article, using extracts from Jennifer Callanan’s Psychodrama Thesis, shares a glimpse into the complete work, “Taking Leadership of the Soul. Revitalising leadership development through psychodrama’s experiential learning approach,” completed in June 2023. 5 2023-12
Jeffrey, Rowan Poems by Rowan Jeffrey (PDF, 56.6 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 Poem, poetry Maitai Summer, Brother — at 59, We the downcast, Rowan poem 4 2023-12
McCoy, Nikki Living not Acting (PDF, 43.0 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 In the second session of a group I was running with Aboriginal men who had acted violently, we did a Psychodrama with one man who had been in a previous group and was very familiar with Psychodrama. He had recently returned to my group and had a big yearning to explore why he kept doing the same thing again and again. 3 2023-12
Synnot, Elizabeth Praxis: Using psychodrama methodology to respond to the existential threat of climate change (PDF, 109.5 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 climate change, creativity, environment, modelling, Moreno, Psychodrama, research, sociodrama, systems theory What follows is the backdrop of climate change that affects all life on planet Earth. As a sociodramatist, at times, I work directly with this existential threat. I have found that research is needed to be able to direct a sociodrama on a general topic of ‘What matters today?’ or more directly on ‘Responding to climate change with hope and agency’. The content presented here is correct in 2023. As you’d expect the science refines each year. 2 2023-12
Crane, Sara Editorial 2023 (PDF, 49.9 KB) Journal 32 December 2023 editorial Waiho I te toipoti, Kaura I te toiroa Let’s keep close together, not wide apart. Our Journal reflects the clarity and shared understanding of who we are and what is important to us. It is also an opportunity to value the differences, divergencies and individualities amongst us. Let’s enter these territories together. 1 2023-12
Crane, Sara Editorial 2022 (PDF, 51.9 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 editorial Increasingly, in the world we now live in, we are challenged to warm up again and again to AANZPA’s vision. We seek to be spontaneous and joyful in spite of living in troubled times where war, pestilence and uncertainty are ever present. We continue to sustain ourselves through relationship and valuing our psychodrama connections, old and new, known and unknown. 1 2022-12
Brown, Hamish Collaborative Decision Making in Facilitated Groups and Other Organisations (PDF, 230.1 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 collaboration, decision making, dependency, development, facilitation, leadership, Moreno, organisation, relationship, role, role theory, social system, sociometry, subgroups Developing collaborative approaches in organisational settings is very challenging. If collaboration were simple most organisations would adopt such practices with ease. However, this is rarely the case. I have spent nearly three decades working to find effective ways to bring about collaboration in organisational settings. This paper presents the approach that I and my colleagues from Phoenix Facilitation developed to make collaborative decision making in groups and complex organisational settings possible. It is based primarily on the Psychodramatic theories of sociometry and role theory. In this paper I will introduce you to three dimensions of organisational life that are central to organisational functioning and discuss how these dimensions relate to one another. I will present a diagnostic and descriptive model that arises from this approach, which assists in seeing and understanding the relational dynamics people in the organisation are experiencing. This model also directly assists in planning organisational change. 2 2022-12
Levack, Glenis Creating a New Warm Up to Learning (PDF, 114.6 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 as if, coaching, doubling, encounter, J L Moreno, learning style, mirroring, parents, Psychodrama, relationship, role, role training, warm up Teenagers who are pregnant or who have a young child face many challenges in returning to school, especially when they have had a number of earlier learning experiences that have been discouraging. In this article, factors resulting in students feeling that they lack the capacity to learn are acknowledged and interventions that assist them to have a new experience of learning are described. 20 2022-12
Maher, Jane Beauty and the Covid Beast (PDF, 115.0 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 beauty, creativity, health, internet, isolation, love, relationship, role, spontaneity, systems theory, vulnerability In this moment from ‘Beautiful World Where Are You’, Sally Rooney’s characters experience reunification, they embrace, after separation, conflict, breakdown and heart break. Beauty blossoms in their embrace. Embracing has been something that the Covid 19 Pandemic required us to curtail. Hugging, kissing, touching, proximity, gathering, all required more awareness, more planning; often constraint. At times the number of minutes we spent out of home were closely clocked, the distance from home and what we could go out for were prescribed. Likewise who we could be with. Mandated lockdowns, curfews, border closures, quarantining, masks, covid safety plans; all new ways of living imposed to mitigate a health crisis that might otherwise push through the pre-existing cracks and bring on total social collapse. In this context our priorities were naturally reviewed. Where do we find beauty amongst the unwelcome messes, fears, sorrows, losses; the burdens that discriminate unfairly. There have also been new possibilities. 4 2022-12
Simmons, Neil Moreno (Back) in the Doctors’ Surgery (PDF, 123.4 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 concretisation, creativity, health, mirroring, Moreno, patient, psychodramatic methods, relationship, role, social system, spontaneity, tele, warm up I am a creative being. As a child I was artistic. I was always making things; baskets, weaving, jewellery, drawings, paintings and furniture. Since deciding not to be a professional artist and to continue being a doctor, I have been on a quest to bring creative life to my medical work. In more recent years, psychodrama has been a companion in this quest. 5 2022-12
Jones, Diana The Art of Writing is Born by Considering Elephants (PDF, 93.7 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 creative genius, essay writing, leadership, Max Clayton, organisational consulting, supervision, writers, writing Have you ever sat down to write and waited or even prayed for a flash of brilliance that never came? Writing an assignment, a thesis, or a book might well seem impossible. You might have got started but floundered? After experiencing this many times myself, I discovered a secret. Well, more I attended to a cliché — on how to eat an bite at a time. 6 2022-12
Rock, Cissy Embodying a Creative Revolution: A Sociodramatist at Work (PDF, 96.9 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 as if, community development, creativity, encounter, God, health, mirroring, Moreno, playback theatre, relationship, role, sociodrama, sociometry, spontaneity, systems theory, warm up This article explores Moreno’s notion of sociatry and the required creative revolution that involves everyone in the healing of society (Moreno, 1947). It will appeal to anyone wanting to work sociodramatically or wanting to get to know about Moreno’s concepts of sociatry and creative revolution. It is also relevant for anyone working with principles of social justice, equity, dignity, diversity and inclusion. 7 2022-12
Whisker, Craig Tauhara Encounter: Reflections on a Residential Psychodrama Group Session (PDF, 129.8 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 audience, auxiliary, auxiliary ego, creativity, director, doubling, encounter, mirroring, Moreno, production, protagonist, Psychodrama, psychotherapy, reflections, relationship, role, role reversal, sharing, spontaneity, tele, warm up Since 2013 I have co-led with either Marian Hammond or Selina Reid, and have twice led by myself, an annual winter residential psychodrama retreat at the Tauhara Retreat Centre located above Acacia Bay on Taupō-nui-a-Tia, Lake Taupō near the centre of Te Ika-o-Māui, the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. On each occasion I write copious notes describing workshop sessions and my initial analyses and reflections on them and I jot down insights from between-session or end-of-day discussions with my co-leader. The process of writing while memories and impressions are still fresh captures what in days, even hours, may be unrecoverable. When I warm up to re-entering the stream of consciousness I had during the session I often perceive more than I did when in the group. These are unpolished perceptions. They include wonderings or conflicts that I form into questions or pose as contrasting points of view and they sometimes cause fragments of associative thought to surface from deep within my psyche, or a new perspective to suddenly appear like the bright green tip of a spring bud. 8 2022-12
Gurnsey, Simon Book Review: Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama (PDF, 103.3 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 book review Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama: Experiential Approaches for Group Therapists, Community Leaders, and Social Workers (Psychodrama in Counselling, Coaching and Education Book 1) By Scott Giacomucci Springer Nature Singapore 2021 Reviewed by Simon Gurnsey 10 2022-12
Phelan, Helen Book Review: Leadership Levers by Diana Jone (PDF, 69.6 KB) Journal 31 December 2022 book review Leadership Levers: Releasing the Power of Relationships for Exceptional Participation, Alignment, and Team Results By Diana Jones Routledge, London and New York 2021 Reviewed by Helen Phelan Having been in leadership development programs in organisations for many years, I was warmed up to the focus of the book and recognised the aspects the book addresses as highly relevant for these times; aspects that may not be new, but have needed addressing in a fresh way to enable new leadership outcomes of inclusive and collegial workplaces. 9 2022-12
McDonald, Judith Book Review: Words of the Daughter: A Memoir By Regina Moreno (PDF, 399.5 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 book review Words of the Daughter: A Memoir, by Regina Moreno, recounts her growing up with the famous JL Moreno as her father. She is the only child, and daughter, of JL with his second wife, Florence Bridge Moreno. The book traces the time in which her parents married, the family moved to and lived at Beaconsfield, followed by her parents’ eventual divorce, after the years in which JL was having an affair with Zerka. Regina spent some unhappy time living with her mother, before returning to live with JL and Zerka, and eventually her brother, Jonathon, was born. 10 2021-12
Oliphant, David Book review: Moreno’s Personality Theory and Its Relationship to Psychodrama: A Philosophical, Developmental and Therapeutic Perspective By Rozel Telias (PDF, 279.5 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 book review I am grateful to have been asked to review this book. I hesitated at first. Although I have been around Psychodrama circles for around twenty years or more, I have never qualified. But I feel some sort of connection with Moreno. I had a big experience of what I believed was God in my early twenties, and I lived in shame of my megalomania; until Moreno came along. It has fascinated me that when he had the experience that led him to write The Words of the Father he gave up on religion; when I had my experience I gave up on atheism and took up religion. He said that he had found God without religion and eventually I came to see that perhaps I had also. I began calling myself a secular religionist. I have Moreno to blame for this. So you see, he is quite special to me. 9 2021-12
Jeffrey, Rowan How Psychodrama Helped Pop My Creativity Cork (PDF, 148.3 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 Poem, poetry, writing Almost anyone can write, but at what point can you call yourself a writer? I enjoy writing but I’ve always struggled to perceive myself as a writer, at least outside the safe confines of the academic arena. Academic writing is my safe space where the rules of specificity, clarity, formality and evidence dictate the tone and credibility of your work. I make my living supporting others to write effectively in this style, as an avenue for achieving their learning goals. Quietly though, I’ve harboured more expansive writing objectives. 8 2021-12
Bennet, Trisha Gifts of Encounter at Death’s Door (PDF, 167.1 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 auxiliary, death, doubling, encounter, flow, healing, J L Moreno, nursing, patient, Psychodrama, relationship, spontaneity-creativity, tele, vulnerability, Zerka Moreno Acute vulnerability, rawness, honesty, courage and depth all coexist and surface in the journey towards death. “I don’t want to die!” “It’s not fair, I’ve done everything right.” “I was not expecting this!” “I’m not ready!” “How can I leave them?” “I’m really afraid!” “I can’t even think about it!” “It’s too much!” “You wouldn’t treat a dog like this.” “This is their fault.” “Go away.” Embedded in each of these statements are offerings that communicate ‘what is’ for the person, each of which may lead to encounter. 7 2021-12
Fisher, Annette Encounter: Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket - Never Let it Fade Away (PDF, 310.2 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 attachment, attachment theory, corrective emotional experience, counter-transference, crisis intervention, crisis management, critical incident debriefing, empathy, encounter, encounter groups This paper illustrates and discusses encounter, regarding it as a vital aspect of the therapeutic relationship. In my view an encounter, as described in this paper, can provide a corrective emotional experience that assists in social atom repair and contributes to role development. The article also gives an historical background of ‘encounter’ and its place in psychodrama theory and in the canon of psychotherapy. This is followed by an illustration derived from my work with several people, and my reflections on that work. 6 2021-12
Postlethwaite, Jenny There’s Lots of World Out There (PDF, 194.6 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 academic mentoring, coaching, creativity, human development, insight, J L Moreno, mentoring, metaphor, organisational culture, spontaneity, supervision Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space (Card, 1995); sparking our imagination, our creativity, our understanding; providing us a royal road of relating to situations and possibility. Here follows a scene from a classic musical. I invite you to warm up to the world of a developing psychodrama practitioner. Don their garb, enter into this scene, sense the role relations, experience the spontaneity, look for what truth, insight and inspiration it may offer for them. 5 2021-12
Logeman, Walter The Value of Sociodrama in Psychodramatic Couple Therapy Training (PDF, 287.9 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 couple therapy, J L Moreno, Psychodrama, psychodrama training, psychodramatic couple therapy, relationship, sociodrama, sociodramatic couple, systems, tele This article focuses on the value of sociodrama in the training of psychodramatic couple therapists. The author describes the way in which a sociodramatic approach is employed to bring to life a ‘sociodramatic couple’, who later become the focus of training sessions in which the trainer and trainees explore the effectiveness of various interventions in couple therapy practice. Drawing on the illustrative material, the author reflects on the value of sociodrama in the development of the trainees, at both conscious and unconscious levels, and raises the possibility of applying a sociodramatic approach to training in related fields, such as individual therapy, family therapy and organisational development. 6
Hutt, Jenny Perspectives on Racism (PDF, 233.6 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 anti-racism, aversive racism, Gordon Allport, J L Moreno, legalised racism, racism, socialisation, sociodrama, systemic racism, unconscious bias Introduction This article is about racism. My interest was prompted by a study group to focus on the history of the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, which I wrote about in this Journal (Hutt, 2018). This work made apparent to me the racism embedded in our history. I wanted to learn more about racism: where it comes from, why it is still prevalent today and how it can be transformed. I began with a search of literature on contemporary social research and anti-racism practice, and along the way discovered the contribution to this field of J.L. Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, and some of his influential contemporaries. This article presents my findings. 3 2021-12
Baakman, Paul Shining a Light on the Blues: the Gift of Psychodrama (PDF, 199.3 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 addiction, antidepressants, anxiety, creativity, de-institutionalisation, depression, role theory, social atom, therapeutic community, therapeutic relationship Introduction Structural restrains, in terms of mental health funding, a biochemical narrative based on shaky evidence and the profit motive in Big Pharma, contribute to a pathologising cultural force which promotes a medical model that has reduced aspects of human suffering to an illness to be cured by drugs. Psychodramatists, psychotherapists and counsellors can make a difference by providing psychodrama as a drug-free approach in working with depression and anxiety. 4 2021-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Hopeless, Choiceless and Other Experiential Openings for Psychodramatic Theory and Practice (PDF, 251.3 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 auxiliary, Bohm, breath, choice, death, doubling, heart, interpersonal neuro-biology, loci of identity, love, Max Clayton, mirror neurons, mirroring, neuroscience, personal experience, responsibility, social field, social self, tele A warm-up One Tibetan breathing practice is to imagine a thick mass of toxicity below, breathe that into the belly and breathe out purified air. I assume the body is being used in the service of the universe. I give it a go. After a while, and totally unexpectantly, something else happens that I have never heard described. At the same time there is a cycling of muck coming in and clean going out, there’s another cycling of clean coming in and muck going out. It feels like two bellows being worked simultaneously but in opposite positions, interpenetrating each other in a yinyang way. 2 2021-12
Crane, Sara Editorial, 2021 (PDF, 111.9 KB) Journal 30 December 2021 editorial 1 2021-12
Wilson, Jenny Order in the Chaos (PDF, 396.3 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 AANZPA member Jenny Wilson has provided the photograph for the Journal cover. Jenny has recently followed a lifelong clay interest and completed a Diploma in Ceramic Arts. She is of Chinese and British origins, and identity and existential questions are current motivations for her artwork. These are the moths of my childhood. Heavy-bodied dusty beauties beating against cupped hands, or resting against the glass of a darkened window. The grid layout is a reference to museum collections and the hopeful impression that we can understand things by capturing and cataloging. 13 2020-12
Jones, Diana Book Review: Our House: Visual and Active Consulting (2020 Edition) (PDF, 246.5 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 book review Our House: Visual and Active Consulting (2020 Edition). By Antony Williams Illustrated by Nelle Pierce Published by Routledge, NY 10017. Reviewed by Diana Jones. Antony Williams is a rare consultant who shares his consulting methodology freely and gives insights into his consulting practice. Our House is an invaluable handbook for new and experienced consultants, sociometrists, psychodrama trainees, and practitioners who want to embed vitality among these they work alongside. 11 2020-12
Synnot, Elizabeth Book Review: Sociometry, experiential method and the Science of Society (2012) (PDF, 673.3 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 book review, J L Moreno Sociometry, Experiential Method and the Science of Society; an approach to a new political orientation (2012 edition). By J.L. Moreno. The North-West Psychodrama Association. United Kingdom. Reviewed by Elizabeth Synnot. This book is the second edition. It was first published in 1951 by Beacon House, New York. It includes much of Moreno’s significant sociometry writing from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. His writing continues to be relevant today with current social upheavals and tensions between and within social groups exacerbated by internet and other satellite communications. 10 2020-12
Begg, Ali Psychodrama Theory and Group Work in Reflective Practice Groups for GPs (PDF, 174.4 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 GP, hospital, patient, Psychodrama, role analysis Introduction: On obtaining certification as a psychodramatist I recall Max Clayton saying “Now the real learning begins” — and it certainly did! I got a job as a medical educator and have gradually transformed from being a GP on the treadmill of 15-minute consultations into a medical educator and group leader. When I wrote my AANZPA thesis “Psychodrama for Doctors” (Begg, 2005) I proposed psychodrama as a path to help doctors develop self-awareness and interpersonal relationship skills that would help medicine progress towards a new holistic medical paradigm. I imagined ways of using action methods in medical settings. I then experimented with various aspects of psychodramatic production as opportunity arose in my work for the NZ College of GPs’ education program — concretisation, action sociograms, role play etc. However, group work and psychodrama theory have proved the most useful aspects of my psychodrama training for my current work. This article is about my Reflective Practice Group for first year General Practitioners (GPs) which I have been leading for 13 years. I will introduce you to these groups and share some ways I see psychodrama theory and group leadership skills contributing to this work. Hopefully, this will be of interest and relevant to your work, especially if you run groups in settings where psychodrama is not explicitly practiced. 9 2020-12
Patty, Christo A Haiku Journey — Slow Walk Around a Small Island (PDF, 164.8 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 environment, haiku, imagination, love, poetry, reflections, warm-up, writing Prologue: I think we’re all time travellers. In a second we can conjure events from the past and the experiences and feelings of back there and then can flood into our here and now and become real. And the opposite can occur — a present moment can activate my memory glands. I often experience this when writing Haiku. There’s a formula to traditional Haiku — three lines — 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. I like and prescribe to the seventeen syllable limit as I experience a satisfying feeling of push-back, a kind of requisite resistance to other poetic foibles I may have at the time. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Please join me for a slow walk around my island home of Coochiemudlo. Along the way I’ll let you in on how this journey started, my now abiding passion for Haiku, how I benefit from my practice, a little of my process and how I use it in my work with clients. 8 2020-12
Heriot, Anna Three Ceremonies: Sociodrama In Situ (PDF, 152.2 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 ceremony, doubling, J L Moreno, mirroring, social atom repair, sociodrama, spontaneity Introduction: Integration of sociodrama into my being I respond somatically to completing my written and practice tasks for my final accreditation. Experiencing myself cellularly as enlivened and buoyed, I am able to sink down into the ocean of my life and work fearlessly, then bob up again, corklike, lightly and joyfully. My confidence, strangely, also feels unsinkable: another completely new experience. I remember Max Clayton looking at me in one memorable moment and saying, “You’re alright you know.” I heard him and believed him, but I didn’t feel it. Now I do. I begin to present myself as a sociodramatist, one who works with the whole group and different subgroups. I know I offer them, and they actively receive, something of real value. I feel the reverberations as I work. 8 2020-12
van Kuilenburg, Philippa Distortion, Praise and Authenticity - The Power of Mirroring (PDF, 120.6 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 development, J L Moreno, mirroring, modelling, Psychodrama, relationship, role theory, Zerka Moreno Research has proven the need for positive social interactions for a child to survive (Poulton et al., 2020). A parent’s job therefore is to create a nurturing environment in which the child experiences themselves as being safe, loved and valued. For many of my clients their parents failed miserably in this duty of care as their particular way of engaging their child was through control, judgment and criticism. The child had repeated experiences of being victimised, humiliated, shamed, patronised and pathologized until their confidence was eroded, their perception of self skewed and their ability to relate severely impaired. Somehow however those children survived into adulthood and maintained a small kernel of hope for a different future that led them to sign up for an eight week skills based programme for women on anger management, identity, self worth and assertiveness. That’s when my work begins as I lead this self development programme. 7 2020-12
Brown, Hamish Directing Psychodrama on Stage (PDF, 143.4 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 director, encounter, humanity, love, photography, protagonist, Psychodrama, role It is 10 am. I am sitting at the edge of a horse shoe of 8 chairs on the stage of the dilapidated Crystal Palace Theatre in Mt Eden. It is freezing and a vast blackness stretches upwards and beyond the first few rows of chairs that I can make out. I draw my attention down and into the group, I take in the stage lights set up around the group, the lighting technician adjusting things at the edge of the circle, Yvonne looking on with her camera. Now I can see the people in the group I will be working with, some I know well and we exchange easy smiles, others are new to me and new to the psychodrama method, sent along by enthusiastic friends to a free workshop. Briefly, I get anxious as I consider their experience, this must seem crazy to them, to be sitting in this place among all of this. 6 2020-12
Shaw, Yvonne The Honest Mirror (PDF, 1.2 MB) Journal 29 December 2020 auxiliary, auxiliary ego, mirroring, photographs, photography Photographs, even documentary ones, are ambiguous records. I am drawn to many types of photographs, ones that are tricksters as well as ones that are faithful. In my own practice as a photographer I am interested in making portrait photographs that mirror social encounters, photographs that connect the viewer to a depth of expression in human relationships. In April, 2019 I was in a marvellous, run-down theatre in Auckland making a series of photographs of psychodrama that I hoped would bring the method of psychodrama to life in a realistic way. This is the story of how that series came about. It is a telling of my love for photography and my love for psychodrama and the parallel I see between the photograph and the psychodramatic concept of the mirror. 5 2020-12
Knottenbelt, Hilde A Place to Meet: Reflections on Group Improvisational Processes on Zoom (PDF, 882.1 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 creativity, director, German, J L Moreno, Moreno, poetry, protagonist, Psychodrama, spontaneity, warm-up Introduction It’s been a month since I worked face-to-face. The studio is looking decidedly casual. It’s become a place to hang out rather than a place to work. In the first weeks of Covid-19 lockdown, as I considered what my working life might look like in the next while, the word ersatz came to me. It’s a term borrowed from the German language meaning replacement, substitute, imitation, fake. In WW1 and WW2 ersatzbrot (substitute bread) was made with potato starch and sawdust and fed to prisoners who starved of malnourishment. I don’t want to create ersatz anything. 3 2020-12
Crane, Sara Editorial, 2020 (PDF, 65.4 KB) Journal 29 December 2020 editorial Editorial 3 2020-12
Beran, Penny Book Review: The J.L. Moreno Memorial Photo Album (2014) Edited by Zoli Figusch (PDF, 296.8 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 book review The front cover image of The J.L. Moreno Memorial Photo Album is dynamic. There is JL, hands in a blur, eye gaze steady, mouth open as if using the voice of command as an assured producer. Published in 2014 in the 125th year since J.L. Moreno’s birth, this book complements other biographical publications of JL and psychodrama. The author, Zoli Figusch, provides a succinct summary of his raison d’etre on the back cover, noting that the album is the result of his passion for psychodrama and his more recently found interest in book and photo editing. He aims to capture some of the key moments of Moreno’s life, work and legacy through a pictorial narrative interspersed with reminiscences and testimonies. What he has produced is a 50-page landscape format photo narrative with captions, in a loosely chronological sequence beginning with JL’s parents 10 2019-12
Synnot, Elizabeth Book Review: Psychodrama Third Volume: Action Therapy and Principles of Practice (2012 Edition) By J.L Moreno and Zerka T. Moreno (PDF, 417.5 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 book review Psychodrama Third Volume: Action Therapy and Principles of Practice was originally published by Beacon House in 1969, with a second edition offered in 1975. This third edition, known as the 2012 edition and edited by Zoli Figusch, is one in a series of new editions of J.L. Moreno’s and Zerka T. Moreno’s work published by the North West Psychodrama Association and available through Lulu Press . 9 2019-12
Browne, Rollo Book Review: The Future of Man’s World (2013 Edition) By J.L. Moreno (PDF, 317.5 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 book review This short book, first published as Psychodrama Monograph No 21 in 1947 by Beacon House, contains only 26 pages of Moreno’s writing. Structured into three unnumbered chapters, International Sociatry and the United Nations Organisation, The Future of Man’s Self and The Future of Man’s World, it is packed with pithy and, at times, prescient statements that invite reflection. Being short, it also invites the reader to pick it up more than once to gain a deeper feel for Moreno’s unique perspective. While some of the concepts appear in other writings, Moreno pulls them together here into an argument about the need for a creative revolution, the challenges that arise, his solutions and the human predicament. Essentially the book is about sociatry, a term Moreno coined as the social equivalent of psychiatry to describe the treatment of society, and it is underpinned by observations from his deep philosophy of spontaneity as the core of human existence. 8 2019-12
Tapley, Kate The Horse as an Auxiliary for Life - Natural horsemanship, psychodrama and leadership development (PDF, 178.2 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 auxiliary, healing, horse, human development, J L Moreno, leadership, Moreno, natural horsemanship, Psychodrama Natural horsewoman and psychodrama trainee Kate Tapley draws our attention to the horse as an auxiliary for life. Through her work training riders in natural horsemanship from a psychodramatic perspective, she has noticed that horses, unerring sentients that they are, act as auxiliaries for human beings, mirroring their inner often unconscious experience with immediacy and authenticity, and following only those riders who prove themselves willing to enter their here and now world of being-ness and presence, as ‘true leaders’. This article presents the application of this approach during a natural horsemanship workshop and the positive outcomes in terms of leadership development, healing and wholeness. 7 2019-12
O'Rourke, Patricia The Thinking Heart, The Loving Mind - The application of psychodrama in therapeutic reunification work with maltreated and neglected infants and their parents (PDF, 181.0 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 babies, child protection, infant, J L Moreno, Moreno, parents, Psychodrama, therapeutic reunification In this article, Patricia O’Rourke describes the way in which she applies psychodrama in her therapeutic reunification work with parents and babies in the child protection system in Australia. The paper was developed from a keynote address delivered to the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA) Conference in Brisbane in January 2019. 6 2019-12
Clark, Cushla Staging the Therapeutic Experience - Using Moreno’s psychodrama stage in parenting groups for women (PDF, 259.9 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 action space, audience, balcony, enactment, J L Moreno, levels, Moreno, Psychodrama, psychodrama stage, spontaneity, warm up, warm up step Moreno proposed the psychodrama stage as the first instrument of psychodrama. He designed it with four levels, the audience, the warm up step, the action space and the balcony, which mirror the stages of a protagonist’s warming up process. Providing illustrations focused on the use of the warm up level or step and the balcony in parenting groups for women, Cushla Clark proposes that a psychodramatist who maintains consciousness of the structure of the Morenian stage, including improvising the different levels when physical constraints are present, is able to enhance a protagonist’s warm up to spontaneity and produce a full and satisfying dramatic enactment. This article is drawn from Cushla’s AANZPA thesis, Liberation via The Stage. 5 2019-12
Postlethwaite, Jenny From Rational to Relational - Reflections on embracing a psychodramatic approach in academic mentoring (PDF, 202.9 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 academic mentoring, conserved cultures, mentoring, Psychodrama, relational, spontaneity, university mentoring, vulnerability Many practitioners working in organisations will find themselves facing the challenge of heavily conserved systems and cultures. What might be the effect of embracing a psychodramatic approach in such contexts? Through the lens of a long running mentoring programme in two Australian universities, this article identifies the experience for the participating academics as novel and impactful, providing them with a springboard to develop and integrate a new relational capacity into their rational world. The positive effect is felt and seen within individual mentoring relationships and beyond, sparking spontaneity capable of shifting the wider university paradigm. 4 2019-12
Logeman, Walter Encounter - The heart of psychodramatic couple therapy (PDF, 183.1 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 begegnung, couple therapy, doubling, encounter, J L Moreno, love, mirroring, Moreno, natural groups, Psychodrama, relationship, role reversal, spontaneity, synthetic groups, tele This article is concerned with the application of psychodrama principles and practices to couple therapy. In particular, it explores Moreno’s philosophy of encounter, that meeting of two, ‘face to face and eye to eye’, which lies at the heart of psychodramatic couple therapy. Drawing on illustrative material, the author shows the way in which the psychodrama structure of warm up, action and sharing apply in a couple therapy session, with the encounter presenting as the action phase. He also describes the psychodramatic techniques of doubling, mirroring and role reversal as they are used to facilitate the encounter. 3 2019-12
McVea, Charmaine Spontaneity or Emotion as the Catalyst for Change - Corrective experiences in psychodrama (PDF, 320.2 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 action insight, corrective experience, emotion, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), Greenberg, J L Moreno, Moreno, Psychodrama, psychotherapy integration, research, social atom repair, spontaneity, transformation Corrective experiences are a common factor in effective therapies, often having profound transformative effects. While Greenberg proposes that the activation and processing of emotions produces corrective experiences, Moreno emphasises spontaneity as the therapeutic agent or catalyst of change. Drawing on research, Charmaine McVea argues for the greater efficacy of spontaneity. She proposes that spontaneity not only constitutes an outcome of corrective experiences but also contributes to the emergence of those experiences, specifically through the development of action insight and corrective interpersonal experience during psychodrama enactments. 2 2019-12
Anna, Bona AANZPA Journal #28 2019 Introduction (PDF, 96.9 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 introduction Welcome to the 2019 edition of the AANZPA Journal, which includes seven articles and three book reviews. 0 2019-12
Oliphant, David Exploring J.L. Moreno’s Spirituality and Theology (PDF, 269.2 KB) Journal 28 December 2019 Psychodrama J.L. Moreno’s theological thoughts are not always taken seriously, even by those devoted to other aspects of his work. Yet clearly, they were foundational for him on any reasonable reading of his life. Creation and history are God’s stage for God’s psychodrama and Moreno got to be part of this in a very big and direct way, or so he believed. He role reversed with God and understood this as part of the unfolding of God’s subjectivity in history. Traditional theology thought of God as ‘object’. Now it was clear through Moreno’s experience that God was to be thought of as ‘subject’. God now no longer needed religion because he had entered the secular world fully, as spontaneity and creativity. This article explores some of the implications of this shift and highlights the centrality of our ‘responsibility’ as co-creators with Moreno’s God, which is the spontaneity-creativity of the universe. 1 2019-12
Beran, Penny What is ‘good’ sharing? (PDF, 200.8 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 sharing “That wasn’t very good sharing,” said a group member after their own sharing at a psychodrama residential session about ten years ago. That statement stayed with me. When attention is given to the quality of sharing all group members are assisted to enlarge their role repertoire, which will serve them in their lives as they go out into the world following the session. I have been warmed up to the question of what makes ‘good’ sharing and how can I contribute, as an audience member, to sharing in a ‘good’ way? Here’s what I have come up with after reflecting on my own experiences and reading several authors on the topic. 10 2018-12
Tierney, Brian Sacrifice and spontaneity: a doctoral journey inspired by psychodrama (PDF, 262.1 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 Max Clayton, research Sacrifice—the process of making sacred through meaningful surrender— is the core topic of my doctoral research in psychology and psychodrama is at the heart of my research methodology. It was during psychodrama foundation training at the Corban Estate in Auckland, New Zealand with Max Clayton in 2010, that creative sacrifice and its relationship with spontaneity began to take root in me as a Muse that would power seven years of doctoral research and practice. 9 2018-12
Gurnsey, Simon Developing community through collective projects and activities: the benefits of using sociometry (PDF, 360.2 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 arts participation, community development, community engagement, development, resilience building, sociometry In this article, I will let you know how Gap Filler creates ways for people to interact with others and their city, using examples of some of the Gap Filler projects I have been involved with over the past few years. I will focus on identifying the creative sociometric interventions that build relationships. This article will be of interest to practitioners working in community development, resilience building, arts participation or other community engagements. 8 2018-12
Reid, Selina Doubling as a therapeutic response to childhood sexual trauma (PDF, 251.1 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 doubling Attuned companionship from others early in life builds the foundation for a person’s acceptance of their self as worthy, lovable and belonging. This self-acceptance assists a person to relate positively to others and to the world as a whole (Broom, 2008; Cooke, 2009; Dayton, 2005; O'Rourke, 2005). Conversely, a person’s self-acceptance may be restricted or absent as a result of the lack of attunement from early caregivers, or diminished by traumatic events, including childhood sexual trauma [CST]. If this occurs, the spontaneity of a psychodramatic double may assist a person to warm up to self-acceptance, enabling them to connect with already- developed abilities, and to develop new progressive functioning (Dayton, 2005). 6 2018-12
Crane, Sara Tansy’s take on it: the dog as effective auxiliary in Moreno-inspired psychotherapy (PDF, 239.8 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 adolescents, auxiliary, auxiliary ego, child development, family system Tansy is a twelve-year-old Border Collie dog. When she is at home, she is a working dog and a pet, herding llamas and chickens and sometimes children, and playing with her son Mr. Brock, a Border Collie Huntaway crossbred. But Tansy has another important role. She comes with me, her pack leader, and companions me in the counselling and therapy work I do at the Urban Eden Psychotherapy Centre. In my first contact with prospective clients, I always let them know that Tansy will be there. When we go for long walks together in the hills, I often reflect out loud about my work with her. This particular kind of intimate soliloquy, that occurs when Tansy and I are outside together, is very precious and profound for me. This is our story... 7 2018-12
Hucker, Neil Tele (PDF, 63.8 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 Poem, poetry Moreno’s word Tele was an expression novel to me Something that only the Greek gods knew. Until my tele-photo vision Let the dictionary expose a few 5 2018-12
Dewar, Josephine Don’t call me a lady: issues relating to gender identity (PDF, 260.7 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 gender, gender diversity For some time I have been considering why being called a lady creates in me a desperate need to react aggressively. I was socialised into believing that there were two genders, man and woman, and that the male gender was more dominant and more important than the female gender. Social values and language were pivotal in formulating this construction. While I did not accept this formulation, intellectually I was drawn into the norm and socialised into being a woman. I am also a Lesbian and this socialisation has presented me with many negative roadblocks. Reflecting on my personal journey, I am now resisting the idea that language such as “lady” has any bearing on who I am. 3 2018-12
Howie, Peter Digging for gold: the search for meaning (PDF, 229.4 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 Max Clayton, warm up, warm-up, warming up What are you focusing on in your research?’ Max asked with clear interest. ‘Defining the psychodramatic concept of warm-up, Max,’ I said. I could see that Max was becoming mildly congested as his eyes reddened and his nostrils flared, presumably from the strengths of his responses ranging from ‘I’ve already written about that extensively’, to ‘Haven’t you listened to anything I’ve ever said?’ Not waiting for the congestion or dyspepsia to pass, whichever it might have actually been, I hurried on to head him off at the pass. ‘I know you’ve written about warm-up extensively in your co-authored book and in other works and chapters. You’ve written about how to recognise it, how to work with it, and where to expect it. And you’ve also taught extensively on how to notice and recognise it, and then work with it psychodramatically.’ As I spoke, Max seemed to settle, so I continued... 4 2018-12
Carter, Dr. Philip 2018 Editorial (PDF, 93.4 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 1 2018-12
Hutt, Jenny Starting where we are (PDF, 418.0 KB) Journal 27 December 2018 Aboriginal Australians, reconciliation, social system This article explores our relationship with the history of where we live and why it matters. The development of a study group approach to this area of life is described and the relevance to us as citizens and practitioners is considered. 2 2018-12
Rose, Gillian Book Review: The Quintessential Zerka Writings by Zerka Toeman Moreno on Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy Edited by Toni Horvatin and Edward Schreiber, 2006 (PDF, 67.6 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Zerka Moreno, who recently celebrated her ninetieth birthday, needs no introduction to anyone with more than a cursory familiarity with psychodrama. It is timely that this book, bringing together some of her considerable writings regarding the psychodramatic method into a single volume, is finally published. Never far from the mention of Zerka is the spectre of her late husband, psychodrama's founder, Jacob Moreno. It therefore seems fitting that the title of her book, The Quintessential Zerka, gives a playful nod to the primer of his writing by Jonathon Fox, The Essential Moreno. 15 2007-12
Zerka T. Moreno (PDF, 281.4 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 Zerka Moreno Zerka Moreno was a pioneer in psychodrama, formulating fundamental psychodramatic theory and embedding it in effective practice. She was a co-founder of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and she established the Psychodramatic Institute in New York in 1942 with J. L. Moreno. They began producing the journal Group Psychotherapy in 1947. She was J. L. Moreno's partner and co-creator for over thirty years until his death in 1974. She continued training and teaching worldwide. 9 2016-12
Hosking, Bev; Putt, Martin; Seligman, Katerina Climate change, biochar and community action: An exchange of letters (PDF, 268.1 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 When plants grow, they take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When the plants die, the carbon is released back into the atmosphere. However, if the plant mass is converted to charcoal, the carbon that was in the plant can be locked into the soil instead of being released into the atmosphere. Charcoal is made by heating biomass (plant and animal material) in the absence of oxygen. The fumes that are driven off can be fed back to fuel the furnace, and can also be captured to produce high octane fuel. The heat produced can be used to generate electricity. 11 2016-12
Sutcliffe, Marilyn Via Sponte: The Art of Effective Auxiliary Work (PDF, 70.7 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 When a person approaches another and enters their experience, with lightness, immediacy and boldness, where they are not bothered by convention but caught up in a simple act of kindness, the world becomes a different world. Everything is brighter, the sky is bluer. In these moments the person becomes more observant and gets to know aspects of self that have been hitherto unknown. Experiencing the self is a holistic, numinous experience and it's these experiences that make it possible to keep generating more spontaneity and acts of kindness. Such experiences are unforgettable and they expand exponentially, creating change in the whole social system. Achieving these ecstatic, existential encounters happens only when we access our spontaneity. 2 2007-12
Farnsworth, John Boundary and Flow: Max Clayton and Psychodrama in Action (PDF, 155.7 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 boundary, containment, flow, Max Clayton, Psychodrama, psychotherapy, Winnicot What has containment to do with the vitality of the psychodramatic method? In this article, John Farnsworth recalls a vivid demonstration by Max Clayton in 2002 of how containment and flow relate to each other. Max also raised important questions about how closely psychodrama and psychotherapy relate through these concepts.The article investigates each of these concerns, illustrating them by investigating how boundary and flow appear in different settings, whether with individuals, groups, face-to-face or online. 13 2013-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Journal 25 December 2016 - Editorial (PDF, 156.1 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 editorial Welcome to the 25th edition. The cover is a collage of AANZPA members when they were in their mid-twenties. So much life! 4 2016-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Journal 23 December 2014 - Editorial (PDF, 282.2 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 Welcome to the 23rd edition. The Chinese phrase on the cover says: 'let the hundred schools contend'. It refers to a golden age of thought during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods of ancient China. An artist in Taiwan did a calligraphy of these four characters especially for the journal. The contributions in this edition demonstrate a richness of thought, a daring to put these ideas into practice and to describe the results. There are differences in style, tone, authority and understandings of theory. The multiple sets of ripples in a pond are an image of the hundred ways we connect. Interpenetration can be perceived; each set of ripples taking the other into itself. Notice multiple occurrences of the AANZPA symbol. 1 2014-12
Browne, Rollo; Parry, Warren Sociodramatic principles and big data in organisational change (PDF, 337.0 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 family system, organisational consulting, social system, sociodrama Warren recently published Big Change Best Path, a book on his work on leading organisational change. In this interview, he discusses change, his research, the links to sociodrama and psychodrama and the principles that underlie his practice. Warren was centrally involved in psychodrama from 1976 and pioneered the development of sociodrama becoming a TEP in Sociodrama in 1986. Warren subsequently set up his own consulting business, and developed ChangeTracking to assist leaders to implement change programs successfully. In 2013, ChangeTracking joined Accenture who have since used the proprietary method in large scale change initiatives. Big Change Best Path was published by Kogan Page in 2015. 6 2016-12
Desmond, Matt; Hosking, Chris Two Stories of Training in Vietnam (PDF, 348.7 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 Two psychodramatists share their experience of the role training workshops they conducted in the north of Vietnam. 7 2001-12
Daniel, Sue Psychodrama as a Living Process (PDF, 169.6 KB) Journal 6 December 1997 Two pieces of work with the same protagonist whose theme is working with isolation, is presented. The first one is enacted in a training workshop and the second one takes place in an open seminar on psychodrama, and these enactments reveal the living process. 4 1997-12
Cook, Peggy Book Review: Thriving Under Fire: Turn Difficult Customers into Business Success (PDF, 300.5 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 Thriving Under Fire: Turn Difficult Customers into Business Success By John Faisandier Reviewed by Peggy Cook 20 2010-12
Fisher, Annette The Grandmother in the Development of Psychodramatic Roles in Grandchildren (PDF, 358.8 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 This paper was written to demonstrate that the roles of the grandmother can be active and creative. By following the principles of role theory and spontaneity the old rigid conserves of family structure and function can be freed to encourage creative and joyful relationships. With imagination, commitment and love, a valuable contribution can be made to child development. 4 1996-12
Howie, Peter Working with the Ladder of Inference: a Psychodramatists Guide (PDF, 72.2 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 This paper sets out a simple yet profound model that suggests our actions are determined via a causal loop of inference based on minimal or even absent data. It shows how we make snap judgments, responses and reactions. The author has found this model enormously useful as a psychodrama practitioner, adult educator and trainer. The model can be used in groups and it assists in creating fresh perspectives. This is a practitioner's paper designed for practitioners. 9 2006-12
Logeman, Walter Moreno's Scientific Methodology: By, Of and For the People (PDF, 324.3 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 experimental design, Moreno, principles of sociometry, Psychodrama, scientific methodology, social science, spontaneity This paper is an exposition of the scientific methodology developed by Jacob Levy Moreno. It is based on an extensive reading of his writing and the discovery that the heart of his philosophy includes a research paradigm that incorporates human spontaneity and unpredictability. Six principles have been identified and formed into a working description so that research may be by the people, of the people, and for the people. The paper invites a greater consciousness of this research methodology. The author hopes that practitioners of psychodramatic methods will be encouraged to apply it in their work. 12 2015-12
McIntosh, Wendy It's not so lonely on the stairs now: Linking the personal, the professional and the psychodramatic technique of doubling in professional boundary training (PDF, 250.5 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 This paper focuses on three ways in which my personal development journey has informed my work delivering individual and group training regarding the transgression of professional boundaries by health clinicians. The first aspect is the link between the experience of boundary violation in childhood and the motivation to work as a professional boundary trainer. The second element is the link between the experience of isolation as a result of childhood boundary violation, and my valuing of the psychodramatic technique of doubling in professional boundary training to enrich clinicians' understandings of themselves and their transgressions. The third thread encompasses the significance of psychodrama in helping me to integrate the personal and the professional, and thus conduct meaningful professional boundary training. 12 2016-12
Hucker, Neil Psychotherapist in Search of a Psychodrama Stage Projection Spaces As Action Stages (PDF, 73.9 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 This paper elaborates six mental projection spaces of the mind (Hucker, 2006) that can be viewed as psychodramatic action stages, upon which the content of the imagination can be projected, differentially concretised and modifications of the psychodrama method applied. The application of these projection spaces will be illustrated via the description of an individual psychotherapy session. In this session, the mental projection spaces are worked with as if the therapy was being enacted psychodramatically on a psychodrama stage. 9 2009-12
Broom, Judy Towards, Away, Against: Coping Role Strategies as Attachment Styles (PDF, 165.4 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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. The material in this paper is adapted from the author's 2008 ANZPA psychodrama accreditation thesis, Protest, Clinging and Withdrawal: Attachment Theory and the Origins of Coping Strategies. 1 2010-12
Browne, Rollo Sociodrama with Community Outreach Coordinators (PDF, 118.0 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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. 4 2008-12
Crane, Sara Social Atom Repair after Parental Suicide (PDF, 82.1 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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 identities 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 influences the way in which interventions are made to facilitate social atom repair. The ideas are illustrated with three case studies from practice. 5 2008-12
Clayton, Dr. G. Max A Creative Spirit at Work in Our Association: Then and Now (PDF, 87.6 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 This keynote address was presented by Dr. Max Clayton to the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (ANZPA) Conference To Be And To Create, That Is The Challenge in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr. Clayton discusses the value of the living encounter, being grounded in the present moment, doubling and role development, and then goes on to highlight some of the founding principles and activities of ANZPA. He expresses his deep appreciation of the commitment to the learning and fine practice of the psychodrama method in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and the enlivening of the human spirit that has resulted, before turning to the matter of a vision that might carry the association and its members forward. 8 2011-12
Thomson, Vivienne Moreno's Golden Theatrical Rule: An Application in a Productivity Development Project (PDF, 79.2 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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. 3 2008-12
Raimundo, Carlos The Play of Life A Biological View of its Impact on Behavioural Change (PDF, 167.5 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 This article presents, through the medium of a case study, the effect of the Play of Life and other expressive, ludic (playful) methods and interventions on complex brain connectivity. This approach provides a platform for sustainable behavioural change. It gives a brief view of the biology of behaviour and relating, and the potential therapeutic effect of the method. This article presents, through the medium of a case study, the effect of the Play of Life and other expressive, ludic (playful) methods and interventions on complex brain connectivity. This approach provides a platform for sustainable behavioural change. It gives a brief view of the biology of behaviour and relating, and the potential therapeutic effect of the method. 6 2002-12
Reekie, Don Creative Genius: A Spark in a Cloud of Unknowing (PDF, 111.9 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 creative genius, creativity, creator, director, genius, protagonist surplus reality, Psychodrama, spontaneity, tele and telic This article presents the author's conviction and work showing that a psychodrama director learns to follow the protagonist/client and trust a wide range of interactive communications. Their full nature may be hidden from the director. The protagonist can be unconscious of specifics or relevance. The writer accepts many cognitive functions of the central nervous system happen at a speed making conscious consideration impossible. Learning is not only an intentional act but is built into our mind-body functioning. This paper posits that the instances described involve dynamic inter-play of S factor (spontaneity) and C factor (creativity) within the Morenean universe of discourse, and considers creative genius as an integrative quality common in human functioning 13 2013-12
Gagani, Ioanna Building a Relationship with Alice, an Autistic Child (PDF, 201.8 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 This article presents a few significant moments in the author's work with Alice, an autistic child, that helped them make a connection and start building what is now a very strong positive relationship. 2 2001-12
Fisher, Annette Maria Goes To Hospital - An Original Use Of The Double (PDF, 73.9 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 This article is focused on the importance of doubling in individual psychotherapy. J.L. Moreno used philosophy, science and knowledge of the theatre to develop the psychodramatic method, including the use of the double as a therapeutic intervention. The author summarises Moreno's stages of development, and presents a description, applications and case study of the use of the double and doubling in clinical practice. 9 2009-12
Batten, Francis The Story: An historical account of my path to the idea of 'Magister Ludi, Master of Play' (PDF, 1.4 MB) Journal 1 December 1992 This article is an extract from the thesis Francis has written for his qualification as a psychodrama director. This portion of the thesis was selected for this article because it reveals something of Francis' ongoing journey over several years. Through the reading, we may be assisted to realise or re-realise the strength and power that can be inherent in gradually and steadfastly working to achieve long term goals. The overall focus of the thesis is on a role profile of the 'Magister Ludi/Playwright' and its application in the areas of Creativity and Spontaneity Training, and additional professional areas, such as in organisations as the role of the Creative Manager, the Strategic Leader, and within Playback Theatre as the Conductor. 1 1992-12
Clayton, Dr. G. Max Reflections on Doubling (PDF, 84.7 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 This article is an effort to present a clear, detailed and interesting portrayal of doubling through highlighting what it is, and through presenting and discussing efforts to function as a double with another person. A well functioning double has a profound effect on another person's level of self-esteem and in addition gains a greater experience of the wonder and value of human life. 9 2009-12
Browne, Rollo Sociodrama with Juvenile Offenders (PDF, 57.6 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 This article focuses on the lead up to and the enactment of a sociodrama with juvenile offenders who have committed serious crimes. It highlights the need for flexibility in managing the group warm up, finding the appropriate structure and recognizing the underlying theme of the group. One clear conclusion is that keeping the sociodramatic question in mind is an effective way of grounding the learning for the participants. 5 2005-12
Reekie, Gwen Should We Tell the Truth? (PDF, 59.2 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 This article examines the social pressures on individuals to normalise and confess and explores implications for group leaders. 6 2001-12
Tyler-Smith, Keith Mainstream Moreno: Teaching Teachers to use Action Methods (PDF, 736.0 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 This article describes how a course on Advanced Action Methods for Teaching Professionals was designed, approved and taught for the staff development unit of the Christchurch Polytechnic as part of their Certificate of Adult Teaching (CAT) programme. This course is one module in a series of courses that make up the Diploma of Adult Teaching, a nationally recognised qualification for tertiary level tutors. The challenge was to design a course that met the needs and requirements of a teaching institution while at the same time preserving the essential principles of spontaneity, role development, sociometry and warm up, as developed by J.L. Moreno. 1 1996-12
Hucker, Neil Book Review: The Autobiography of J.L Moreno M.D. (Abridged) (PDF, 206.8 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 This 2011 Edition of Moreno's autobiography brings together works previously published in the Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry in the Spring and Summer of 1989 1. As noted by Jonathan Moreno in his erudite foreword to the 1989 version, it was an edited 124 page version of Moreno's five hundred page original autobiographical reminiscences, written several years prior to his death in 1974. This current edition has been re-edited by Zerka Moreno. We are indeed lucky to have this recording and editing of his autobiography by Jonathan Moreno his son and Zerka T. Moreno, his second wife. 25 2013-12
Enlivening the Psychodramatist as Writer (PDF, 79.5 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 production, spontaneity training, writers, writing There is a wide roaming pack of existential fools, mavericks and strangers in strange lands. Some are writers. Some are great. The great writers have achieved a working practice of spontaneity, purpose and craft. They are alchemists working with the exhilarating power of production. They engage readers as active participants in the emerging human experience, not explaining things but crafting them in a way that the reader can experience them. Their works and their lives lived are treasures for the apprentice writer. This paper presents some of these treasures. It is designed for the psychodrama enthusiast who has been keen to bring the life of the stage to the page. 11 2011-12
Crane, Sara Book Review: The Words of the Father (PDF, 188.8 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 book review The Words of the Father: A Response by Sara Crane ALL CREATURES ARE ALONE UNTIL THEIR LOVE OF CREATING FORMS A WORLD AROUND THEM With these words on page 152 of The Words of the Father (2011), Jacob Moreno calls forth the Creator of the Universe. He challenges his readers to come alive to the forces at work in the world and accept our responsibility to become change agents. 25 2012-12
Synnot, Elizabeth The Application of Sociodrama in the Training of Middle Management (PDF, 451.5 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 The utility of the sociodramatic approach in the training of a group of middle managers is demonstrated. The article discusses a series of steps through which the roles systems of the managers change from compliance to an external system to collaborative, individually internalised, vision-driven ones that enable them to strategically manage public sector dilemmas. 5 1992-12
Corbett, Phillip Psychodrama of an Illness (PDF, 603.9 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 illness, progressive roles, restrictive roles, role The truth of Virginia Woolf's words was brought home to me in a very personal way as a result of my own recent experience of severe illness and even though it was for me a time of considerable suffering, when viewed from a psychodramatic perspective I can see how my illness gave me the opportunity for much personal growth and many of my long term familiar roles, both professional and personal, were transformed. 2 2017-12
Clayton, Dr. G. Max Delightful Moments for the Toiling Psychodramatist (PDF, 348.4 KB) Journal 6 December 1997 The training group that represents an effort to recapture moments by shuffling the roles of director and protagonist is presented. A focus on the interview and an intervention by the trainer are also provided. 5 1997-12
Penny, Christian Book Review: The Theatre of Spontaneity (2010 Edition) By J.L. Moreno (PDF, 1,010.7 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 The Theatre of Spontaneity (2010 Edition) By J.L. Moreno 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 15 2010-12
Faisandier, John Working with Maori and Pacific islands Clients in Aotearoa/ New Zealand: Considerations for the Pakeha Psychodramatist John Faisandier (PDF, 1.6 MB) Journal 3 December 1994 The specific and different cultural elements that a Pakeha psychodrama director should understand and include when working with Maori and Pacific Island clients in Aotearoa/New Zealand are discussed. Experiences of and the models used in the enactment of psychodrama in this context are presented 2 1994-12
Parkinson, Peter The Contribution of Psychodrama to the Understanding and Treatment of Asthma (PDF, 3.3 MB) Journal 6 December 1997 The role that psychodrama plays in understanding and treatment of asthma is discussed, based on medical knowledge and clinical experience. Two personal boundaries which are maintained by the roles of the anxious negotiator, the threatened self defender, the fascinated attractor and the welcoming lover are proposed. 1 1997-12
Faisandier, John Book Review: The Psychodrama Papers (PDF, 1.2 MB) Journal 17 December 2008 book review, John Nolte The Psychodrama Papers By John Nolte 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. 15 2008-12
Heriot, Anna Psychodrama, Ritual and Ceremony: As Katrina prepares to die (PDF, 65.3 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 ceremony, death, rituals The process of death, rituals and ceremony are analyzed based on the case study of Katrina who had breast cancer and decided to go home to die. The whole case study presents psychodramatic reflections and how foreknowledge about death offers great opportunities to live a life to the fullest extent. 2 2006-12
Hawken, Dinah Role-Reversal: Personal and Political Implications (PDF, 805.1 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The paper explores the personal, social, and political implications of the psychodrama technique known as role reversal. The issue is discussed with reference to a role reversal vignette between a father and daughter that occurred in a personal development group for women. Several ideas relevant to the analysis of the relationship between the two protagonists in a role reversal are examined. The similarities between French feminist Julia Kristeva's three stages of the feminist struggle for equality and J. L. Moreno's stages of personality development are also discussed. 9 2000-12
Franklin, Kevin Death by 1000 Banalities - Testing Spontaneity Theory in Mental Health (PDF, 363.8 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. 7 1999-12
Hirschfeld, Brigid; McVea, Charmaine "A Cast of Thousands": Working with the Five Instruments of Psychodrama in the Therapeutic Relationship (PDF, 503.4 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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". 9 1998-12
Fleming, Vincent Role Training with Men who Sexually Offend (PDF, 632.3 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The paper describes the work of SAFE therapists in role training with men who sexually offend. Role training enables men who sexually offend to empathize with their victims through psychodrama tools such as doubling, mirroring and role-reversal. The ultimate aim of role training is to help male sexual offenders exit future high-risk situations. 5 2000-12
McKimmie, Peter Building a Student Support System using Sociometry (PDF, 287.7 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. 5 1999-12
Isoda, Yujiro The Narcissistic Role System; A New Concept of Systemic Role Theory (PDF, 1,012.9 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The paper addresses the issue of narcissism from the perspective of psychodrama. It describes a new concept of systemic role theory called the Narcissistic Role System. It suggests that the Narcissistic Role has its own developmental trajectory and structure, independent from that of normal self-development. The treatment of the narcissistic role system for severely ill people is illustrated through a description of some clinical cases. 6 2000-12
Boreman, Cinnamon; Turner, Sandra The Moving Forward Project: Reflecting on the Efficacy of Sociodrama and Playback Theatre in Addressing Family Violence (PDF, 184.6 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 domestic violence, family violence, playback theatre, Psychodrama, sociodrama The Moving Forward Project is a collective endeavour established in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand to address family violence. It aims to raise awareness of the subtleties, complexities and systemic nature of domestic violence, reduce isolation for those affected by it, promote healing and strengthen moves towards change. In this article, facilitators Sandra Turner and Cinnamon Boreham describe the project's pilot programme. They discuss the way that, in designing the programme, they matched the systemic nature of family violence with the systemic perspectives of sociodrama and playback theatre. The authors also present the programme's participants and evaluation research undertaken with them at the programme's close. 12 2012-12
Moss, Richard Mediation: An Opportunity for Growth (PDF, 222.5 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 The merits and different approaches of mediation are discussed. The potential of psychodrama, as an approach for mediation, to provide opportunities for individual growth is highlighted. 3 1995-12
Clayton, Dr. G. Max The Preparation and Writing of a Social and Cultural Atom Paper (PDF, 334.7 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 The manner in which writing the social and cultural atom paper helps a psychodramatist develop his/her positive identity and skills is discussed. Guidelines are presented on the preparatory steps involved and the communicative requirements needed to write the paper. 8 1995-12
Saxone, Marcel The Transformation of an Autistic Pseudo-Martian using Psychodrama (PDF, 334.8 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 The manner in which psychodrama can be used to transform the perceptions of Autistic individuals, who are similar to pseudo-Martians on Earth due to their inability to understand others' facial and bodily expressions, is described. An example is presented to highlight the role of role play in enhancing the spontaneity and creativity of Autistic individuals in interacting with others. 6 1995-12
Manning, Sean The FU Decision: Reflections on Antisocial Role Development (PDF, 1.1 MB) Journal 4 December 1995 The manner in which influences that lead to the FU decision by certain individuals, which result in their antisocial behaviour, can be brought out using psychodrama is discussed. The key role of Role Theory and Transactional Analysis (TA) in enabling cognitive development of such individuals is highlighted. 1 1995-12
Jones, Diana The Way We Do Things Around Here: The Role of Leadership Teams in Shaping Progressive Organisational Cultures (PDF, 478.4 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 behaviour, leadership teams, Moreno, organisational culture, relationships, social and cultural atom The links between organisational culture, leadership and success continue to capture the attention of organisational leaders. Providing illustrations from her work as an organisational leadership coach and drawing on J.L. Moreno's concept of social and cultural atom, Diana Jones proposes that leaders can shape positive change in their organisation's culture by enacting and modeling progressive functioning in their relationships with one another and their staff. 12 2012-12
McKissack, Ian Psychodrama in the Post Modern World (PDF, 269.0 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 The key role that Psychodrama could be made to play in the development of the Post Modern world is emphasized. The educative role of Psychodrama and its concept of spontaneity must be stressed in order to encourage and nurture the creativity needed in steering the Post Modern world. 4 1992-12
van Kuilenburg, Philippa Working with Family Violence (PDF, 675.3 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 family system, family violence, feminism The intention in this article is to share my experience of working with people who are in abusive relationships. My work is primarily with women. I work for an organisation called the Inner City Women's Group facilitating an eight-week group focusing on anger management and an eight-week group focusing on self-esteem and assertion. I have also facilitated a sixteen-week group for women who, having been prosecuted for family violence, have been ordered by the Courts to attend the programme. In addition, in 2017 I have facilitated programmes in Auckland Women's Prison. Some of the women have ended up in prison as a result of reacting violently as they retaliated to being abused by their partners. In a large number of these cases they were reported to the Police by their partner who demanded that they be charged. Usually no acknowledgement was given of the partner's own abusive behaviour. My work is to assist the women break the cycle of abuse in their relationships. 5 2017-12
Beran, Penny Book Review: The First Psychodramatic Family (2011 Edition) (PDF, 82.8 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 The First Psychodramatic Family was first published in 1964 as No. 40 in the Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy Monograph Series. The authors were J.L., Zerka and Jonathan Moreno. Biographer Rene Marineau (1989:140) describes the work as 'the very personal account of the use of psychodrama in Moreno's own family'. This 2011 edition is published by the North-West Psychodrama Association with Zerka Moreno's permission and blessing. At the beginning of The First Psychodramatic Family, an explanatory note suggests that this is a poetic and aesthetic story. Historical accuracy is not the aim. I returned to this statement each time I became aware of an inconsistency. As I read the book it occurred to me that there could be several lenses through which to view the notion of the first psychodramatic family. I recommend that you read these anecdotes and narratives as if coming to Moreno and his family for the first time 'in this moment. 15 2011-12
Consedine, Mike Seizing the Moment: The Dramatic Impact of Role Training (PDF, 154.1 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 The crucial role that role training in psychodrama plays in accurately seizing a moment of high drama and insight into the protagonist's actions is emphasized. It allows viewers to be fully engaged with the situation which in turn results in improved understanding and interaction. 7 1995-12
O'Rourke, Patricia; Warne, Heather Psychodrama and Infant Mental Health: An Essay and a Conversation (PDF, 154.1 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 infant mental health, Psychodrama The context for the work is an Infant Therapeutic Reunification Service. It is a joint health and child protection initiative in South Australia that works with 0-3 year-old infants who have been abused or neglected and their parent/s. Abusive parents come to the Service with minimal relational capacity and often actively work against being in relationship as their whole experience of relationship has been frightening. The focus of the work is learning to be in relationship. The client in the story has generously given permission for the work to be published and presented. Patricia O'Rourke: The reason for putting this piece of writing about this work into the psychodrama world is its eloquence. This work, and how we do it, is a synthesis or integration of psychodrama and infant mental health principles that enlarges both areas. 10 2015-12
Daniels, Joan; Smith, Patricia Domestic Violence Group for Women (PDF, 536.6 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. 6 1999-12
Penny, Christian A Psychodramatic Warm-Up to a Theatrical Rehearsal (PDF, 188.3 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 1 1998-12
Densley, Helen Under The Kwila Tree in PNG. The Power of Concretisation in Creating Shared Meaning (PDF, 59.3 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 The author shares her experiences with the Mercy community in Papua New Guinea. 2 2004-12
Parker, Sandy Phenomenology and Role Dynamics (PDF, 598.2 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The author reflects on the relationship between phenomenology and role dynamics. He argues that psychodramatic role-analysis focuses more on direct relationships without contradicting the reality, importance and power of social systems. Two examples are used to demonstrate the benefits of role dynamic analysis. 7 2000-12
Howlett, Susanne Counselling for the Dreamtime: A Training Journey with Aboriginal Women (PDF, 935.5 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 The author provides the course details and progress of the Yorghum Counselling Course, a training programme she offers a group of urban Aboriginal women to enable them to become counsellors. Psychodrama is used in the course to create a method for counselling that includes aspects of Aboriginal culture, spontaneity and creativity. 3 1993-12
Cowan, Caril Applying the Concept of Warm-Up in a Life Crisis of Redundancy (PDF, 311.2 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 5 1998-12
Dorra, Nathan Yoga and Psychodrama (PDF, 575.1 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 3 1998-12
Alderman, Nikki Out of Step But in Time (PDF, 113.1 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 8 1998-12
Crawford, Robert Research on Psychodrama (PDF, 87.5 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 The author discusses the comprehensive manner in which "Selected Abstracts of Outcome Research and Evaluation in the Action Methods", published in 1984 by Thomas Schramski and Clyde Feldman presents conclusions from evaluative research on psychodrama. The research results highlight the important impact of role playing, sociometry and sociodrama in psychodrama on therapy. 7 1994-12
Trainor, Clair Assisting Children and Young People to Participate in Legal Processes (PDF, 161.0 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 6 1998-12
Williams, Antony In the Background there is a Volcano' Nine Adages Before the Eruption (PDF, 846.7 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 The author discusses some ideas and processes of action methods that a therapist should implement within a framework of therapeutic psychodrama. 5 1993-12
Putt, Martin Trusting Myself. Trusting the Method (PDF, 57.4 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 The author discusses his role as a psycho dramatist at work in a weekend workshop conducted for adult male sex offenders and his contribution in it. The main aim of the workshop was to widen perspectives, develop empathy and move towards a role reversal with victims. 4 2004-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Towards a Definition of Spontaneity (PDF, 118.1 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 The author discusses his attempt to present an appropriate definition of spontaneity which captures its essence from the perspective of psychodrama. He defines spontaneity as a readiness to provide a free and vital response to the emerging moment. 4 1994-12
McLaughlan, Karen The Need for a Creative Approach to Abortion Counselling (PDF, 276.2 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 The author discusses her work with clients who are pregnant and considering an abortion, and highlights the need for a creative approach to abortion counselling. She suggests altering the traditional role system and developing different roles that would help the clients take their own decisions on abortion and their future life. 6 1993-12
Seligman, Katerina The Psychodramatic Technique of Doubling and its Relationship to Zen Buddhist Practice (PDF, 953.8 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 4 1998-12
Crane, Sara Tele with Animals (PDF, 323.5 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 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 3 1999-12
Browne, Rollo A Systems Approach to School Bullying (PDF, 1.2 MB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. He emphasizes the need to develop a sense of shared identity and purpose in order to find an enabling solution to bullying in the school. 4 1999-12
Cowan, Caril The Use of Role Theory in Developing Mental Health Workers (PDF, 503.4 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The author describes her use of role theory in the training of mental health support workers. Role theory helps her maintain positive communication with students and develop a better appreciation of their deeper issues. A focus on the students' psychodramatic roles helps her understand their performance as students and mental health support workers and promotes greater role development in the students. 4 2000-12
Aitkin, Linda When Two Worlds Collide: An Account of a Student's Experience in Bringing Together Psychodrama Theory and Literary Criticism (PDF, 638.5 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 The author describes her experiences of applying the theory and principles of psychodrama to literary criticism. She provides examples of her critical writings on several issues in literary works, including 'Paradise Lost' and the works of Henry Lawson, that enabled her to approach them in a novel manner. 5 1994-12
Seligman, Katerina Roles for Constructive Communication and Conflict Resolution (PDF, 470.8 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The author describes a system of eight roles that may be applied in constructive communication and conflict resolution. The roles range from 'Courageous Adventurer' to 'Naive Receptive Enquirer'. A psychodramatic case study demonstrates how the eight roles facilitate the flow of communication and help in resolving conflicts. 8 2000-12
McNab, Lynley Ryan and the Yellow Bike: Using Psychodrama in Work with Autistic Children (PDF, 720.8 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The author describes a revolutionary Special Education programming technique designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The approach, known as 'Social Stories' and developed by Carol Gray in Michigan, USA, uses the exceptional visual ability of most children with ASD. A method called 'Comic Strip Conversations' is described where social concepts are described through detailed illustrations. The method helps children with ASD learn about and understand complex social interactions and relationships and to express themselves and their emotions. The issue is discussed with reference to a 9-year-old boy, Ryan, and his struggle to express his feelings about a specially-built yellow bike. 3 2000-12
Mapel, Timothy Reflections on Psychodrama and Buddhist Practice (PDF, 421.8 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 The author asserts that there are several similarities and complementary elements between the psychodrama method and the Buddhist practice of meditation. He suggests that, while the two cultures appear completely different, they share several underlying values and attitudes. Among the similarities is the atmosphere of openness and acceptance required by both psychodrama and meditation and a recognition of the healing powers of consciousness. Psychodrama and meditation are mutually supportive practices that increase sensitivity and help to develop deeper understanding of life. 1 2000-12
Thomson, Vivienne Career Planning - A Psychodramatic Approach (PDF, 348.9 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. She asserts that the career counsellor's role is similar to that of a psychodrama director, in that both focus on the person's passage through life. The structure of the career planning session is described together with philosophical and psychodramatic principles used in the planning process. It is suggested that psychodrama in career planning offers the individual the opportunity to enact psychodramatic roles that are central to his or her personality. 8 1999-12
Elizabeth, Clare The Metaphysical Tasks of the Psychodramatist (PDF, 1.1 MB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. A case study demonstrates the enactment of three metaphysical role clusters, namely, the bridge, the mentor, and the visionary. The metaphysical tasks and roles of the Director are analyzed with reference to the study. 1 1999-12
Hucker, Neil The Social Atom Diagram Expanded (PDF, 251.6 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 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. 2 1999-12
McVea, Charmaine It's Not Enough Just To Say It Works. Research into Psychodrama and Experiential Therapies (PDF, 55.6 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 The article discusses the research being done in the field of psychodrama and how it is a useful therapeutic tool. The possibilities for psychodrama research appear to be quite optimistic and suggest a need for further research into the subject. 7 2004-12
Robson, Marlyn Action Insight: The Treatment of Adolescent Sexual Offenders (PDF, 391.4 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 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. 7 1998-12
Thomson, Vivienne Book Review: The Art of Facilitation: the essentials for leading great meetings and creating group synergy (PDF, 124.6 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 The Art of Facilitation the essentials for leading great meetings and creating group synergy by Dale Hunter, Stephen Thorpe, Hamish Brown, and Anne Bailey, Reviewed by Vivienne Thomson. The authors of this new book all live and work in Auckland, New Zealand, and have drawn on their work as members of Zenergy, a company that specialises in facilitation, mediation, coaching and facilitator training. While Dale Hunter, a co-founder of Zenergy, presents the bulk of the content, the book is the result of the authors' collective effort and wide range of experiences and expertise. It is a revised and updated edition of The Art of Facilitation first published in 1994 incorporating new thinking and research. There is now a chapter on 'Facilitation Online' that highlights the benefits and issues associated with facilitating online groups. In addition, Hamish Brown, ANZPA member and psychodramatist, has contributed a chapter entitled 'Facilitation and therapeutic group work' in which he relates spontaneity, warm up, role theory, and creative genius to facilitation. 20 2007-12
Cook, Peggy; Cooke, Kate; Fisher, Annette; Hucker, Neil The 19th International Association of Group Psychotherapy Congress: Reflections and Learnings (PDF, 231.6 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 The 19th International Association of Group Psychotherapy Congress: Reflections and Learnings 13 2015-12
van Kuilenburg, Philippa Looking Through the Lenses (PDF, 71.2 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 Techniques and theory used by the psychodramatist, sociodramatist, role trainer and sociometrist are the same. All aim to provide an experience that facilitates an effective learning or therapeutic outcome for clients. Where they differ is in their focus. This paper explores the different lens used by psychodramatists, sociodramatists, role trainers and sociometrists in their work in one to one process, the therapeutic relationship, group development, education and business. 9 2009-12
Bassi, Jerri A Psychodramatic View of Adolescence (PDF, 69.7 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 Suggests guiding principles to help develop a better relationship between the adolescent and the therapist. The roles of adolescents in a fragmented role cluster are indicative of negative functioning. 8 2004-12
Farnsworth, John Book Review: Still Life: A Therapist's Responses to the Challenge of Change (PDF, 221.4 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 book review, Liz White Still Life. It is a title that intentionally resonates with multiple meanings. As the author, Liz White, looks back over forty years as a practitioner, her reflection brings an extra resonance to her title. Now it alternates between stillness and activity, now between contemplation and still choosing life. Both experiences are central to the tapestry of perspectives she presents in a book that is part reflection, part working manual. 12 2012-12
Hutt, Jenny Rev Dr G. Max Clayton 27 January 1935 - 28 March 2013 (PDF, 1.3 MB) Journal 22 December 2013 Some AANZPA members have known Max over four decades, while others have met him more recently. This overview sketches key events in Max's life as a backdrop to the tributes that follow. 13 2013-12
Hutt, Jenny; Kellermann, Peter Felix Book Review: Sociodrama and Collective Trauma (PDF, 1.9 MB) Journal 18 December 2009 sociodrama Sociodrama and Collective Trauma By Peter Felix Kellermann Reviewed by Jenny Hutt In this wide-ranging exploration Peter Felix Kellermann draws a comprehensive map of current sociodrama practice and its use in collective healing. 15 2009-12
Franklin, Kevin The Practical Science of Sociatry: A Progressive Path (PDF, 54.4 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 Sociatry is a way to systemic social unity and the stability of valued socio-diversity where as psychodrama role theory uses integrated systemic theory of role. Both of them are practical sciences, out of which practical, developmental and socially unifying ethic makes the latter a progressive cultural path of best practice. 7 2005-12
Crane, Sara Extraordinary Children: Harnessing the Potency of Elemental Roles (PDF, 133.2 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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. 2 2010-12
Consedine, Mike Accessing Spontaneity in a Role Training Session (PDF, 62.7 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 role training, spontaneity Role training is a psychodramatic intervention where its structure provides greater emotional safety for participants. Role training in combination with small drama can release greater spontaneity among the participants. 8 2006-12
Anna, Bona A Literature Review of the Integration of Psychodramatic Principles and Practices in Education (PDF, 112.1 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Reviews the literature available on applying Moreno's work to schools and classrooms and how it can improve learning and educational outcomes. This literature review has helped highlight and describe the large body of Morenian work in the education sector. 8 2003-12
Williams, Antony Vitality's Back A Dilemma Framework for Leaders (PDF, 82.5 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 Report presented illustrates the application of role theory in developing a leadership development framework. A leadership framework developed based on five dimensions such as vision, relationship, power, credibility and vitality is discussed along with the related leadership role and dilemma. 7 2002-12
Consedine, Mike Using Role Theory in Clinical Supervision (PDF, 138.5 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 Report presented discusses the use of role theory in clinical supervision. The report expands the vision of practitioners and senior trainees of the psychodramatic method and discusses the use of role theory as a means of deepening the experience of the supervise with respect to the systemic nature of life and relationships. 4 2001-12
Knottenbelt, Hilde Generating a Somatic Perspective in the Psychodramatic Enactment (PDF, 66.8 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 Report presented discuss the generation of somatic perspective in psychodramatic enactment. It states that generating a somatic perspective means the application of a body-focused approach within the wider theoretical framework of the psychodramatic method. 5 2001-12
Brodie, Robert Supervision of Psychodrama Trainees (PDF, 73.0 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 Report presented describes the purpose and focus of supervision and discuss its relationship to training. It presents observations about the significance of boundaries in supervision by illustrating a case of an individual supervision session. 3 2001-12
Crane, Sara Turning to Meet the Storyteller (PDF, 87.1 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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. Growing up in Ulster, steeped in the mystic world of faery and as the eldest child and grandchild, I became a caretaker and storyteller for my younger siblings and cousins. It is the relational aspect of storytelling that has enabled me to re-invent for myself the psychodramatic role of storyteller. It has been a way of responding to the overdeveloped caretaking roles from a new and more vital perspective. And it has been a way of maintaining and strengthening those relationships that hold significance for me. To continue to meet and develop the storyteller, I am required to reveal myself through the stories, and through sharing them to continue to enter the realms of the imagination. Relationships are at the forefront of Morenian theory. Psychodrama calls forth the intentional nature of interaction. Originally I wrote this story for my daughter, and now it becomes one way for me to relate to you the ANZPA Journal readers. 9 2008-12
Faisandier, John Sobriety Shop: Structured Role Plays in a Residential Treatment Centre for Alcohol and Drug Dependency (PDF, 508.5 KB) Journal 6 December 1997 Psychodrama provides a way of breaking through isolation, increasing self understanding and self respect, and increasing spontaneity to develop creative new solutions to life problems. It is a useful method for work with addictive clients, as it helps to begin acting in new ways and to evaluate the immediate impact such ways of acting have on their lives and on the lives of others. 3 1997-12
Crawford, Robert The Place of Psychodrama in the Treatment of Alcoholism (PDF, 801.9 KB) Journal 6 December 1997 Psychodrama is a unique way of entering into the patient's existence, and helping to focus on the important relationships, explore and change them. Psychodrama is used in alcoholism by getting the patient to use a method which helps in defining in a practical and creative way the present relationships, the way the relationship is wanted in the future, and has been shaped in the past. 2 1997-12
Farnsworth, John Psychodrama at Distance: Effective Supervision Using Communication Technologies (PDF, 83.8 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 coaching, communication, distance supervision, doubling, email, internet, media, mirroring, new technologies, phone, Psychodrama, relationship, role reversal, social and cultural atom Psychodrama and electronic technologies seem unlikely bedfellows. As this paper demonstrates, they are, in fact, made for each other though surprisingly little has been written about their combined potential. Drawing on vignettes and case examples as illustration, John Farnsworth demonstrates how effective supervision can take place in the absence of a physical psychodrama stage. He describes the way in which he uses all aspects of the psychodrama method via email, phone, digital and online communications, to create warm, functional working relationships. Psychodramatists are invited to reflect on the way that psychodrama can and will be used in the emerging vibrant electronic worlds of the future. 11 2011-12
Cartwright, David; Christie, Sue; Colwell, Jo-Anne; Cooke, Kate; Fowler, Richard; Franklin, Kevin; Guy, Claire; Pender, Vivienne Previous journal articles: Reflections and implications (PDF, 443.7 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 reflections Previous journal articles: Reflections and implications 5 2016-12
Abbott, Margie J.L. Moreno and Meister Eckhart: A Not So Unlikely Couple (PDF, 55.1 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 Meister Eckhart, Moreno Presents two people, Jacob Levy Moreno (1889-1974) and the Dominican priest-mystic, Meister Eckhart (c.1260-c.1329), who lived centuries apart and led different lives and vocations. Yet they shared a similar belief that all humans are co-creators with the divine. Moreno believed in the importance of spontaneity and its relationship to creation. Both Moreno and Eckhart believed in co-creation and the potential for healing in every human being. Understanding Moreno's spiritual world can assist us as producers and directors to think of ourselves as co-creators when working with groups. Moreno's writing can be somewhat cryptic and confusing and may be illuminated by an understanding of Eckhart. 7 2006-12
McKenzie, Narelle Resistance - A Thrust Towards Autonomy: A Case Study of Radix Body-Oriented Therapy seen from a Psychodrama Perspective (PDF, 60.8 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 Presents a case study describing work with a client from Radix and psychodrama perspective. Radix practices were brought together with psychodramatic thinking to heal the client's emotional and physical problems. 9 2005-12
Hawken, Dinah Poems by Dinah Hawken (PDF, 210.1 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 Poems by Dinah Hawken 2 1996-12
Brown, Hamish The Book of Evan: The work and life of Evan McAra Sherrard (PDF, 166.8 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 book review Phil asked me to review The Book of Evan for our journal. I have found that I don't really want to review it. What emerges in me as I put it down having read it, is a reverie; a reflection on my life and development as it has unfolded and where it interconnects with Evan's work and life path as described in The Book of Evan. Probably, if you have been involved in psychodrama, counselling, pastoral care or psychotherapy in New Zealand over the last 50 years, then Evan's work has also affected you. 7 2017-12
Howie, Peter Lasting Impressions: Robert Crawford, Queen Mary Hospital and 'Too Good to Last' (PDF, 108.4 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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. 9 2010-12
Hosking, Chris Book Review: "Surplus Reality and the Art of Healing" by Zerka Moreno, Dag Blomkvist and Thomas Rutzel (PDF, 158.9 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 No abstract available 1 2000-12
Howie, Peter Book Review: "Sociodrama and Team Building" by Ron Weiner (PDF, 188.6 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 No abstract available 20 1999-12
Marks, Liz Book review: "Focus on Psychodrama: The Therapeutic Aspects of Psychodrama" by Felix Kellerman (PDF, 245.1 KB) Journal 8 December 1999 No abstract available 15 1999-12
Hosking, Chris Our Friend and Colleague Elizabeth Hastings Born 21.1.1949 - Died 13.10.1998 with an Extract from Elizabeth's Psychodrama Thesis (PDF, 1.8 MB) Journal 7 December 1998 No abstract available 2 1998-12
Jones, Diana Book Review: "The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree" by Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger (PDF, 78.9 KB) Journal 7 December 1998 No abstract available 1 1998-12
Park, Natalie Book Review: "Psychodrama and Systemic Therapy" by G Max Clayton Leon Fine (PDF, 250.0 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 No abstract available 20 1996-12
Park, Natalie Book Review: "Boys in Schools" Editors, Rollo Browne and Richard Fletcher (PDF, 306.3 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 No abstract available 15 1996-12
Clayton, Dr. G. Max 25th Anniversary of the Commencement of Psychodrama Training in Australia (PDF, 229.5 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 No abstract available 9 1996-12
Hawken, Dinah Poem: Trick and Treat (PDF, 79.3 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 No abstract available 8 1996-12
Hawken, Diana; Mirabelli, Milena Poem: Hope (PDF, 150.2 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 No abstract available 5 1996-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Editorial (PDF, 298.7 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 No abstract available 1 2017-12
Boettcher, Wilhelmina Therapy for Fallen Gods (PDF, 171.9 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 Poem No abstract available 6 2015-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Journal 24 December 2015 - Editorial (PDF, 155.4 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 editorial No abstract available 5 2015-12
Rose, Gillian Journal 22 December 2013 - Introduction (PDF, 45.9 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 No abstract available 13 2013-12
Hill, Kate Book Review: "Psychodrama in the 21st Century" edited by J Gershoni (PDF, 69.0 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 No abstract available 25 2005-12
Corbett, Phillip Book Review: "Trauma and Addiction: Ending the Cycle of Pain Through Emotional Literacy" by Tian Dayton (PDF, 82.1 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 No abstract available 20 2005-12
Broom, Judy Book Review: "A General Theory of Love" by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy" by Louis Cozolino (PDF, 86.1 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 No abstract available 15 2005-12
Consedine, Mike Poem: The Psychodramatist (PDF, 24.0 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 No abstract available 10 2005-12
Howie, Peter Book Review: "The Living Spirit of the Psychodrama Method" by Max Clayton and Philip Carter (PDF, 154.6 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 No abstract available 15 2004-12
Reekie, Don Book Review: "Contemporary Psychodrama, New Approaches to Theory and Technique" by Jose Fonseca (PDF, 100.0 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 No abstract available 15 2004-12
Browne, Rollo; Swain, Sally Book Review: "Sparks of the Cosmos: Rituals for Seasonal Use" by Margie Abbot (PDF, 45.5 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 No abstract available 35 2003-12
Farnsworth, John Book Review: "The Action Manual: Techniques for Enlivening Group Process and Individual Counselling" by Liz White (PDF, 54.2 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 No abstract available 15 2003-12
Bassi, Jerri Book Review: "The Origin and Nature of Sexuality: A Research Report using A Scientific and Religious Role Theory of Unified Reality" by Kevin Franklin (PDF, 48.7 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 No abstract available 2 2003-12
Hutt, Jenny Book Review: Foundations of Psychodrama (4th edition) by Adam Blatner (PDF, 37.7 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 No abstract available 20 2002-12
McMorland, Judith Book Review: Relationship Capital True Success Through Coaching and Managing Relationships in Business and Life by Carlos Raimundo (PDF, 39.0 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 No abstract available 15 2002-12
Reekie, Don Book Review: Group Action The Dynamics of Groups in Therapeutic, Educational and Corporate Settings by Martin Ringer (PDF, 34.2 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 No abstract available 15 2002-12
Crawford, Robert My Reflections on Counter-Transference in Psychotherapy (PDF, 259.0 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 No abstract available 4 1993-12
Beran, Penny Book Review: The Unconscious at Work edited by Anton Oberholzer and Vega Zagier Roberts (PDF, 59.8 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 unconscious No abstract available 25 2006-12
Synnot, Elizabeth DVD Review: "Moreno Movies", produced by Rene Marineau (PDF, 99.4 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 No abstract available 15 2006-12
Selected Abstracts: The German Psychodrama Journal (PDF, 52.4 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 German, Journal, Psychodrama No abstract available 11 2006-12
Jones, Diana Sociometry and Social Network Analysis: Applications and Implications (PDF, 86.2 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 No abstract available 10 2006-12
Putt, Martin Book Review: Rebels With A Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques by Mario Cossa (PDF, 68.8 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 adolescents, Mario Cossa No abstract available 2 2006-12
Wallace, Suzanne Book Review: A Clinician's Guide to Psychodrama (PDF, 243.7 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 My interest in this book was aroused as soon as I opened the front pages and scanned the contents page. I was instantly alerted that this might be the simple guide to psychodrama that I had always wanted. I reflected on my experiences many years ago, as a beginner psychodrama trainee, when I began experiential training with no understanding of the basic methods underpinning the action. At that time I would have benefited from having available a clear and simple guide to the method. Later, as a beginning clinician, I lacked a simple, straightforward text for reference on a day-to-day basis, both for my own guidance and for the education of students and other staff in the hospital in which I worked. Many years later, as an experienced clinician, I would still value such a guide. As a trainer, I would value a textbook to provide relevant, excellent and enlivening ideas and information to trainees. The book by Leveton appeared to be just the one that might meet all of these needs and I was delighted to read it. 15 2013-12
Pender, Vivienne A Vital and Relevant Life - A Morenian Approach In Palliative Care (PDF, 96.9 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 Moreno's philosophy is considered within the context of palliative care, specifically a Swedish model which illuminates a way of being when a family member is dying. Several examples drawn from hospice experience are described within a framework encompassing Moreno's role theory and the continua of the Swedish model, affinity-isolation, power- powerlessness and continuity-disruption. 9 2009-12
Mapel, Tim Through a Glass Darkly: Coming Face to Face With Mirroring in Psychodrama (PDF, 122.0 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 Max Clayton, stages of human development, mirror technique, mirroring, Moreno, Psychodrama, Zerka Moreno Mirroring is a central element in psychodrama but the term is used in variable ways in different contexts. In this article, Tim Mapel investigates these various meanings. He focuses first on the historical development of the mirror concept in the writings of J.L. and Zerka Moreno, both as a therapeutic technique and as a stage of human development. Later writings, particularly contributions by Dr. Max Clayton, are then considered followed by a discussion of the contemporary uses of mirroring in psychodramatic production. What emerges is greater clarity regarding the concept and technique of mirroring. 12 2012-12
Clayton, Lynette; Herron, Dale The Internal Instrument; A Conversation with Lynette Clayton (PDF, 57.2 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Lynette is a Distinguished and Founding Member of ANZPA and initial member of the Board of Examiners who, in 2006, was awarded membership of the Order of Australia (OAM) for 'services to psychology, particularly the application of psychodrama as a clinical tool, and to the community through the Uniting Church in Australia'. With Max Clayton she brought psychodrama to Australia and New Zealand in 1971. She retired from training psychodramatists in 1999 and lives in Perth, WA. 3 2007-12
McIntosh, Wendy Walking with Moreno: A Historical Journey of Psychodrama and Nursing (PDF, 101.2 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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 inflšuences 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. 3 2010-12
Hall, Richard; Kenny, Mary Psychodrama with the Deaf/Hearing Impaired (PDF, 783.2 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 Letters exchanged between psychodramatists Mary Kenny (Qld.) and Richard Hall (Vic.) are presented. They discuss the best ways in which to enact psychodrama with the deaf/hearing impaired, their potential, challenges and their wish to overcome isolation by communicating through signs. 3 1994-12
Price, Henry Drivers and Restrainers (PDF, 553.6 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 Learning methods involving enactment are being increasingly utilised in the training and development of managers as an adjunct to formal information learning sessions. Their advantage lies in creating learning which integrates action, thought and feeling. This article describes the enactment of a Lewin Force Field as a means of understanding and changing organisational culture in a middle management public sector context. 2 1992-12
Hucker, Neil Movie Review: Lars and the Real Girl (PDF, 1.2 MB) Journal 18 December 2009 Lars and the Real Girl Directed by Craig Gillespie Reviewed by Neil Hucker. When I first saw this film title and read a brief review I was cautious. I thought maybe this was just a new soft porn take on men and blow up dolls! I put off even considering seeing it, until a friend recommended it. To my great surprise, it turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable film without any of the recent postmodernist darkness and pessimism that frequently accompanies films. 25 2009-12
Howard, Katherine The Dance of Relationship: Using Moreno in Workplace Injury Rehabilitation (PDF, 90.2 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 coaching, creativity, cultural conserve, doubling, injury, mirroring, modelling, Moreno, Psychodrama, rehabilitation, role, role relationship, role reversal, role training, spontaneity, warm up, workplace Katherine Howard explores the use of Moreno's methods in what has become, in Morenian terms, a robotic workplace injury rehabilitation system. Presenting two case studies as illustration, she employs the metaphor of the dance of relationship to capture the way in which psychodramatic techniques transform difference and conflict into mutuality and cooperation, habitual coping roles into fluid and progressive functioning. This article is adapted from the author's 2010 Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (ANZPA) accreditation thesis, Spontaneity and Creativity at Work: The Application of Morenian Methods in Workplace Injury Management. 11 2011-12
Seligman, Katerina Responses to the Threat of Climate Change: A Sociodramatic Exploration (PDF, 82.8 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 climate change, environment, global warming, Moreno, Psychodrama, role reversal, sociodrama, subgroups Katerina Seligman describes a sociodrama undertaken during a residential psycho- drama workshop, whereby sociodramatic questions regarding the global threat of climate change were posed, and a range of subgroup responses were explored. She begins with her personal story of exploration regarding climate change to warm the reader up to the sociodramatic enactment that follows. The author describes the way in which the enactment facilitated role reversal and a deepening of the understanding of conflicting values in relation to climate change. 11 2011-12
Franklin, Kevin Book Review: Radical Man: The Process of Psycho-Social Development (PDF, 249.5 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 Karen Horney (1885-1952), J. L. Moreno (1889-1974) and Charles Hampden-Turner in Radical Man stand on common ground.They highlight anxiety in human functioning; the cause of neurosis according to Horney, for Moreno anxiety is nothing but spontaneity-lost, and for Hampden-Turner it is cause of anomie. He writes (p. 392) '... insofar as any single problem holds other problems in its thrall, I would say that the central issue is our individual capacity to tolerate the fires of existential anxiety.' 13 2013-12
Faisandier, John Thriving Under Fire: Bringing Moreno into the Corporate Training World (PDF, 300.5 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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 reflects on the development of the training programme and business that he has built on Morenian principles. 7 2010-12
Hutt, Jenny Role-Play Realising its Potential for Workplace Learning (PDF, 63.7 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Jenny Hutt has worked as an organisational learning and development consultant for nineteen years. She is based in Melbourne and works with public and private sectors in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Jenny is a Sociodramatist and TEP-in-training. She is on the teaching staff of the Australian College of Psychodrama and is Immediate Past President of ANZPA. The practitioners who introduced role-plays to workplaces in the 1940s and 1950s found they could transform employee relations, staff selection and ways of conducting meetings, conferences and job-related learning. They noticed it made learning dynamic, less theoretical and more relevant to real life. 10 2007-12
Morgan, Jane Walking with Moreno in the Organisational Jungle (PDF, 62.4 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Jane is an advanced psychodrama trainee who is a senior manager in the public sector in Brisbane. She has been a change agent and leader in organisational and people development for over two decades. Her passion for creating successful organisations that enable people to grow into their potential capability has been a driving force in her work. Ever since reading Hegel and Marx as a young sociologist in the 70's, I have believed that bureaucratic organizations are an inescapable and dominating form of our social structure. And in those exciting days I did more than my fair share of hurling myself against those unresponsive walls. It was later that I came to know this as the 'cultural conserve' of government and administration - the product of previous creative effort that had become stultified and although lacking in spontaneity was now accepted as the way things worked. I was left affronted and deeply perplexed by the minimal and easily corrupted changes achieved through all this radical collective effort. 9 2007-12
Turner, Sandra Me, I, You and All of Us (PDF, 89.2 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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. 2 2008-12
Logeman, Walter The Imago Affair - Jacob Moreno's Interpersonal Therapy And Harville Hendrix's Relationship Therapy (PDF, 82.2 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 Jacob Moreno's Psychodrama Interpersonal Therapy and Harville Hendrix's Imago Relationship Therapy, while different, have much in common. The meaning and origin of encounter and dialogue, and the contrast between locus and focus, are discussed with reference to ways they can be fostered. The question of professional identity and identification with a modality is raised. Some general conclusions are reached regarding the boundaries between psychodrama and other modalities. 9 2009-12
Logeman, Walter Engaging The Muse: Reflections on Art And Creativity (PDF, 102.7 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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. 7 2008-12
Yehoshua A Life Lived Backwards (PDF, 574.1 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 It was a beautiful summer's day on Whale Beach north of Sydney. I was in the dressing shed after having just emerged from the surf. I looked at myself in the mirror and horror of horrors I saw my first facial wrinkle. It was then that I realised the aging process had begun. I was 25 years old. For the next 51 years, I had a ringside seat for my aging process. At first it was landmarks like hair loss, thickening of the waist, my first grey hair. Later came teeth loss, the beginnings of arthritis, increasing presbyopia and the beginnings of short-term memory loss. Staying fit required more effort than before. Recovery after exertion (or a party) took longer. Erectile dysfunction began. Mid-life crisis came and went. Awareness of my own mortality slowly dawned. Instead of the sky being the limit, I was now looking downhill into my own grave. A terrible awareness of time and talents wasted seeped through me. I was sinking into the quicksand of aging Finally, I came to a point where I realised no matter how hard I tried, there was no longer any possibility of restoring my functioning to that of my halcyon days. I had finally arrived at old-age. I was now a full member of the old farts club. 6 2017-12
Williscroft, Cher Integration of Organisation Theory (PDF, 911.1 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 It is the organisation of people on a visit to Nelson Lakes National Park which I have used to describe the characteristics of open systems in the first paper. In the second paper I have described my analysis and interventions with the staff of a veterinary clinic. 1 1993-12
Williscroft, Cher Effie Best Life of a Sociodramatist (PDF, 79.1 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 Interview with sociodramatist Effie Best discussing her life and work. 3 2005-12
Browne, Rollo Psychodrama and Insight (PDF, 102.0 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 brain wave, catharsis, creativity, insight, intuition, spontaneity, warming up Insight in psychodrama occurs through the use of basic techniques such as concretisation, role reversal and mirroring. But it is not guaranteed. Drawing on research into the neuroscience of insight, the psychodramatist can explicitly focus on simple steps to maximize the possibility of insight: setting out the dilemma, shifting to a resting state and then bringing this state of being into contact with the presenting dilemma. 13 2013-12
Baakman, Paul; Cartmel, Brendan; Gunner, Andrew; Howie, Peter Working With Men (PDF, 391.5 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 In this section four men write briefly about their work with men both individually and in groups. 7 1993-12
Marks, Liz A Traveller's Guide to Supervision Principles and Practice (PDF, 124.4 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 development, learning culture, learning style, Moreno, relationship, supervisee, supervision, supervisor, systems, warm up In this article, Liz Marks reflects on over twenty years of experience as a supervisor of counsellors. Providing illustrations, she draws out some of the principles and practices that have guided her on this journey. Of particular note are the development of adequacy in warm up, relationship and learning culture, taking a systems approach, relating to the developmental stage of the supervisee and viewing the supervision process as an ongoing, unique and highly valued enterprise for both supervisor and supervisee. 12 2012-12
van Kuilenburg, Philippa The Island of Competence: Coaching When Judgement and Shame is Present (PDF, 152.7 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 In this article I present a case study and a coaching framework based on the theories of Moreno and Vygotsky, an educationalist. My hypothesis is that effective coaching focuses on the emergent progressive roles before addressing developmental areas and results in the learner integrating and sustaining progressive functioning. A learner often assesses his or her progress inaccurately by using experts in the form of more experienced practitioners as the benchmark. The central idea is that coaching relationships with a primary focus on what is wrong, rather than what is being developed warm a learner up to inadequacy, inhibiting development of progressive functioning and role repertoire expansion. 1 2007-12
Howie, Peter Seeing Double: Moving Between a Psychodramatic and a Sociodramatic Perspective (PDF, 66.2 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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. 8 2008-12
Kearins, Helen History on a Bus: Using sociodrama to address racism and reconciliation (PDF, 176.8 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 Aboriginal Australians, racism, reconciliation, sociodrama, warm up, White Australians In Sydney's Redfern Park on the 10th of December 1992, the launch of the International Year of Indigenous People, the then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating delivered a ground breaking speech that gave great hope to people working for reconciliation with Aboriginal Australians. One of those inspired to continue this work, Helen Kearins developed a workshop that assists participants to own racism and move beyond it towards genuine reconciliation with Aboriginal people. In this article, adapted from her 2011 AANZPA Accreditation thesis, she demonstrates the efficacy of sociodrama in this work. 12 2012-12
Turner, Sandra Facing Jerusalem: Reflections On Doubling (PDF, 54.0 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 In psychodrama the task of the Double is to increase the warm up of the protagonist using physical and mental starters. Good doubling results in a fuller warm up of the self and increases the ability to live with freedom. 2 2002-12
McNab, Lynley Proud to be Apologising (PDF, 73.1 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 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 find 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. The story is intended to illustrate how psychodramatic action methods can be used with young people to assist them to develop the necessary skills to re-enter their school community with a sense of purpose and belonging, and some ideas about how to repair their relationships with peers. 1 2008-12
McIntosh, Wendy Walking with Moreno Take Two: Integrating Theory with Practice (PDF, 100.7 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 Moreno, nurse, nursing, patient, professional boundaries, professional identity, Psychodrama, role reversal, role training, supervision, systems theory In an article published in the 2010 ANZPA Journal, Wendy McIntosh explored the significant impact of Moreno's work on the nursing profession. In this follow up paper she presents her utilisation of role theory in work with one nursing client who has transgressed professional boundaries. Mindful of Moreno's dictum for nurses to establish and maintain a reciprocal relationship, she demonstrates the client's progress as he develops insights and roles that will assist him to maintain adequate professional boundaries in the future. 11 2011-12
Wade, Victoria New Directions in Medical Education: Integrating action methods into a new curriculum (PDF, 438.7 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 In 1996 the Department of General Practice in the Medical School at Flinders University changed over from a six year undergraduate course to a four year graduate-entry course, and from an integrated but fairly conventional curriculum, to a problem-based learning curriculum. This article discusses the new course and the plans to incorporate action methods into the curriculum. 3 1996-12
Fisher, Annette Book Review: Impromptu (PDF, 183.2 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 book review, Moreno In 1973 I 'became' a psychodrama trainee and ever since I have studied, practised and taught the psychodramatic method in my professional and personal life. I have a particular interest in its origins and history because the early seeds, the experiments and research conducted by Dr J.L. Moreno, constitute the foundational elements for those of us who practise psychodrama. As a caretaker of the psychodramatic method, I find Impromptu an enlightening archive of his original ideas.The numinous quality that the method offers, its capacity for transformation and Moreno's seminal concepts are found here, as in others of his original texts. These concepts include spontaneity, creativity and the creative genius, human qualities that he first captured in the notion of the 'impromptu state'. 11 2012-12
Goett, Hilde; Naor, Yaacov Towards Healing: Confronting the Holocaust Through Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Rituals (PDF, 115.9 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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. 4 2010-12
Baakman, Paul Principles of Psychodrama Training (PDF, 85.2 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 Identifies the six principles of psychodrama training and illustrates these using personal experiences and practices. It also elaborates on how the psychodrama method itself can be applied in the process of training in psychodrama. 8 2002-12
Howard, Katherine Psychodrama: Descendant of the Shamans (PDF, 676.3 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 Psychodrama, shamanism I have come to view shamanism as a predecessor of psychodrama: an ancestor. Perhaps shamanism lives in psychodrama, and psychodrama in shamanism. Perhaps they are siblings. Psychodrama and shamanism live inside me, intertwined and side by side, intimately connected. This is my world, my world view. This article is an exploration of the links between psychodrama and shamanism. As a beginning, I invite you to journey with me on a vision quest. This will serve as a grounding for later discussions. 11 2015-12
Crane, Sara Why aren't you dancing? (PDF, 213.8 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 I have been out for dinner with my husband Simon, my brother Simon, and my sister-in-law and friend Jude. We decide to go to Stranges Lane to listen to Lyndon Puffin, a musician who is going to play at Simon's 60th birthday in a couple of months' time. 10 2016-12
Synnot, Elizabeth Book Review: Psychodrama Second Volume: Foundations of Psychotherapy (PDF, 191.8 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 book review I commend Psychodrama Second Volume: Foundations of Psychotherapy to all those who work to assist folks to free themselves from the shackles of the past, to expand possibilities in living and to research the social condition. I imagine benefit to those who enjoy the exploration of ideas and the different solutions that early psychotherapists developed to common dilemmas of individual and group psychotherapy, the forms, theories, techniques and philosophies. This book may evoke in you a warm up to your own review of psychotherapeutic ideas and to your experience as a clinician and trainee. 12 2012-12
Cowan, Caril Book Review Smash Asthma: The wisdom of wheezing (PDF, 197.8 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 book review I am excited by this book for several reasons. Firstly, it incorporates the physiology of the work of psychodrama in a way that I do not think has been done before. Secondly, the examination of asthma through case studies identifies and challenges the co-dependency between medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. This is done with humility, but also with the rigour of a scientifically trained medical practitioner using his knowledge, professional experience and rational deduction. Thirdly, there is a memoir aspect to the writing that steps the reader through the author's thinking and the complex medical aspects in an easy understandable way. The style is lyrical and entertaining. Read over coffee or tea and one can almost imagine chatting and laughing with the author. 14 2015-12
Nourse, Rosemary Saying YES: Embracing Life As We Age (PDF, 237.2 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 aging I am as old as my disappointments in life, and as young as my naughtiest thought. - Xameb the Bushman (Pearse, 1973, p. 3) Elizabeth and I greet each other with pleasure. I'm standing in the passage outside our office to give participants in a new group directions to our room. In greeting me she slows, but keeps moving slowly and steadily down the long passage. Her body is angled forward, her walker bearing her weight. She's the first to arrive, as she was for every session of our previous group. 9 2015-12
Logeman, Walter Book Review: Group Supervision: A Guide to Creative Practice (PDF, 440.0 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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 25 2010-12
Simon, Carolyn Greenfoods Organic Enterprise and The Ethics of Selling Alcohol (PDF, 63.6 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 Greenfoods Organic Enterprise (GOE) was established to ensure an ongoing supply and variety of good quality organic food for the local market and to promote the benefits of an organic food supply to the general public. The enterprise follows the closed system which defines the roles of the members and makes the members focus on the common purpose for which the system exists. 2 2005-12
Begg, Ali Book Review: To Rakiura and Beyond (PDF, 31.4 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 For me, To Rakiura and Beyond began as a sensory experience. This slim 99 page paperback looks good and feels good with its colourful cover and silky, high quality pages. Short chapters with poetic or descriptive titles are sprinkled with poems and italicised quotes in large print. A great warm up. Soon I was immersed in Sandra Turner's cancer journey, her experiences of living with cancer rather than battling it. I was in tears at times and full of wonder at the strength of the life force in others. It was an honour to share this author's well written story, in which she has opened her life to others. The book is especially aimed at those living with cancer, and their families and friends, but as a reflection on what is important and how to live well when life throws a curler, its appeal is much wider. 12 2011-12
Bassi, Jerri Psychodrama in the Frame (PDF, 344.2 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 I facilitate groups of people commonly regarded as long-term psychiatric patients from a variety of cultures, socio-economic situations, and with a variety of diagnoses. This on-going group is funded by regional health authorities and referrals are received via multidisciplinary teams across Wellington, NZ. The 2 hour long sessions are divided into 8 week cycles which allow people to enter and leave the group. Some people remain in the group for longer periods of time, some for several cycles. 2 2014-12
Thomson, Vivienne Reflections on Role Theory (PDF, 309.6 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 Max Clayton, role theory, Zerka Moreno I am a child playing in the sand arranging and rearranging the sand to create forms that are my own form of art and meaning. I am constructing and deconstructing, involved with the texture of the sand, the tactile sense of the grains passing through my hands. I notice how the sand moves in response to my touch and the weight or wetness of the mounds. Sometimes the grains sparkle and I am reminded that sand is essentially glass and a central component in the manufacturing of steel. My father works with both glass and steel he is a sculptor and engineer. It is not lost on me how significant he is as an ever present influence on me; and my mother, too, who is a source of inspiration for my creative endeavours. All the world is in a grain of sand. The simple act of playing in the sand gives me pleasure. Others watching are also enjoying the naive play. It is even more fun when I am with playmates engaging in the sand play when the results of our collective endeavour expand, our ideas transform as we connect with each other and our constructions meet up. Our delight is mutual. 4 2014-12
Gurnsey, Simon The Water of Life (PDF, 360.0 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 mythical story, organisational culture, surplus reality Whether as a producer, auxiliary or protagonist I love surplus reality and the metaphorical elements in psychodramas. I have been a romping dog in a drama and any number of vines, rocks and broken axe handles. I feel enlivened and relish this in others. These elements may be, and often are, expanded into a whole story, one that has an integrity to the protagonist and the group. There is a co-creation at work as auxiliaries experience the freedom of being something that isn't everyday, whether a personified rock or the warrior goddess Sekhmet. A story has a narrative and logic that drives it forward carrying the drama. Sometimes these stories are ordinary 'small' stories, sometimes they are world-encompassing mythic tales; stories that mirror human nature, our collective histories and how things are the way they are. They go to the core of meaning and illuminate it. 6 2014-12
McVea, Charmaine A Discussion on Science and Research in Psychodrama (PDF, 302.7 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 Psychodrama, research My motivation for writing the article was to demonstrate that research can be done with integrity and can produce encouraging results that illuminate our practice and give us a vehicle to communicate the benefits of our method to others. By integrity, I mean that we can investigate psychodrama without compromising its form or philosophy. Elliott's approach is practice-based and, I believe, a good fit with psychodrama. I have a vision of creating a series of efficacy studies based on the work of AANZPA practitioners, which would combine to form a substantial research project. From my experience to date, I am confident that this research would demonstrate that psychodrama interventions can have positive therapeutic impacts that are maintained over time. Hopefully, it would also lead us into new discoveries about the therapeutically helpful aspects of psychodrama. 7 2014-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Qualities of the AANZPA Symbol (PDF, 177.3 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 symbol, Vesica Piscis Let the circle be one to show all things complete. Describe another circle with the same radius. Let them intersect such that the centre of each lies on the circumference of the other. This is the vesica piscis. Something so simple, yet the structure has so much of what comes after (the larger numbers) inherent in its structure. The Vesica Piscis is a foundation of sacred geometry (Lawlor, 1982). It has astonishing properties. Certain ratios that cannot be precise in number, are precise in form. The proportions replicate and multiply and can be seen in the forms and structures of life. 11 2014-12
Faisandier, John; Thomson, Vivienne Social Atom Repair and Lifelong Learning (PDF, 325.4 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 Joan Chappell was one of the great thinkers and quiet toilers in AANZPA. She died in 2013 at the age of 92 in Tauranga after a life of working as a psychiatrist, GP and psychodramatist. She grew up in England, moved to Christchurch in the early 1970s before retiring to a 'lifestyle village' in Tauranga in 1992. She was not easily understood by many in AANZPA. Vivienne Thomson and I were her only two TEPITs (Trainer, Educator, Practitioner in Training) because somehow we were able to tune in to her way of working. At conferences and FTINZ meetings she would make herself available to us, sometimes at 7 in the morning for supervision. Despite, and perhaps because of, her quirky way of working we gained a tremendous amount from Joan. 9 2014-12
Evan McAra Sherrard (PDF, 200.8 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 Evan Sherrard was an elder in our association. He was involved in the establishment of psychodrama in New Zealand: an innovator, practitioner and trainer. A book is being written about his contributions to the ministry, education, transactional analysis, psychodrama and psychotherapy. 8 2015-12
McDonald, Judith Book Review: From One-To-One Psychodrama to Large Group Socio-Psychodrama: More Writings from the Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama (PDF, 842.0 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 Edited, translated and published by Zoli Figusch Reviewed by Judith McDonald This, the second book of Brazilian psychodrama writings edited and translated by Zoli Figusch, is made up of a collection of 16 articles by leading Brazilian psychodramatists, some of whose work has thus far only been available in Portuguese. The book has two distinct parts, the first focusing on the theory and practice of what the Brazilians call one-to-one psychodrama psychotherapy, and the second on large group socio-psychodrama. Figusch provides an introduction to both. 20 2009-12
Williscroft, Cher Book Review: Sociodrama in a Changing World (PDF, 76.7 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 Senior sociodrama trainers from the United Kingdom, Ron Weiner, Di Adderley and Kate Kirk have collated an impressive collection of 34 articles on the history and development of sociodrama and its theory, practice and application, through the lens of four key themes: So What is Sociodrama? (Theory and Practice), Sociodrama in Cross Cultural Work, Sociodrama in Organisations and Sociodrama in Education and Training. The editors succeed in their goal of providing a 'wide ranging collection of views on the current debate what is Sociodrama?' with articles gathered from practitioners and trainers living and working in 13 countries from all four corners of the globe. Each contributing author works at the cutting edge of sociodramatic development in their own country and has an impressive background of teaching and practice. There is a variety of different approaches, with some articles predominantly theoretical, some historical in flavour, some sociological and others case study centred. 20 2011-12
Fisher, Annette Book Review: The Body Alchemy of Psychodrama (PDF, 57.9 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 Dr. Rebecca Ridge has been practising the psychodramatic method for 30 years. During this time she has also studied, taught and incorporated a broad range of somatic therapies into her work. This book is the culmination of her therapeutic practice, academic studies and extensive research. It is presented as a text book- cum-manual to assist psychodrama practitioners develop and integrate their abilities in somatic therapies. The author addresses and references the alchemy of mind and body, psychodrama, somatic therapies and neuroscience fully. Her central hypothesis is that by integrating an ability to work with the body, a practitioner increases their effectiveness as a therapist, particularly in the area of healing and transformation. The theme running through her writing is that psychodrama and somatic therapy combined will assist the protagonist and the director to gain a deeper understanding and expression of the 'self ' or psyche/soul. 3 2011-12
Reid, Selena Dale Herron: Opportunity, courage, freedom (PDF, 321.6 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 Dale Herron Dr Dale Herron expresses many roles in the AANZPA community. She is an initiator, explorer, experimenter, close companion, friend, mentor, supervisor, psychodramatist, educator and trainer. She is also a Distinguished Member of AANZPA and continues to be actively involved in the work of the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama. While many members of AANZPA have met and worked with Dale, many others have not. In this article, Dale describes in her own words the early influences of her family and communities in the USA, her subsequent immigration to NZ and the many friendships and contributions she has made in AANZPA. Scattered throughout are her reflections on the process of 'becoming' through psychodrama and the freedoms inherent in the method. The text is drawn from recent conversations between Dale and Selina Reid. 7 2016-12
Reekie, Don Healing Rifts: Sociodrama in a Maternity Community (PDF, 91.7 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 communication, crisis management, hospital, lead maternity carer, midwifery, obstetrics, organisation, psychodramatic methods, role training, sociodrama Don Reekie was contracted by a New Zealand District Health Board to facilitate the healing of rifts among practitioners in a hospital maternity community. In this article he describes the efficacy of sociodrama in this work, particularly focusing on his decisions and interventions, and the responses of the participants involved. Reference is made to community members' written attestations regarding the positive ongoing consequences of the sociodramatic interventions. The author particularly acknowledges the community members and key players among them, as co-creators of a new maternity culture. 11 2011-12
Reekie, Don Please Forget That You Know What 'Role' Means . . . The Pragmatics Of Human Functioning (PDF, 77.1 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 Don Reekie focuses on the pragmatics of human functioning. He considers what makes sense and how we work. You are invited to recall, review and relearn. Set aside the baggage that the word 'role' is lumbered with in the 21st century. Examine your own everyday experiences. Look at human functioning while applying Jacob Moreno's concepts and methods, centred on theatre, stage, drama, production, storyline, actors and audience. These can guide us to make sense of our ordinary everyday functioning and assist us in producing psychodrama. 9 2009-12
Reekie, Don Becoming Jane; Appreciating Her Being and Becoming Through Explorations of Role (PDF, 79.4 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Don is a TEP working with the Christchurch Institute for Training in Psychodrama, New Zealand, and the Queensland Training Institute of Psychodrama, Australia. He has been exploring role dynamics for a decade gathering Morenian clues1 for application to a pragmatics of role dynamics. Here he applies his understanding of role to Jane Austin, as she is seen in the 2006 movie 'Becoming Jane', which focuses on her formative influences as an emerging novelist in late eighteenth century rural England. 8 2007-12
Reekie, Don Heart of Humanity: Thinking it Through with Moreno Again and Again (PDF, 106.2 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 canon of creativity, health, humanity, Moreno, Psychodrama Don argues each concept in Moreno's vision for humanity is appreciated best when viewed in the light of all the others. He suggests that taking them one by one often leads to misinterpretation. Worse, the psychodrama community may become distanced from Moreno's core philosophies. Embracing Moreno's thinking as a whole enhances and refines the comprehension and application of his work. The central thrust of Moreno's thinking attends to a range of factors that together powerfully assist us to work effectively with the heart of humanity. Within this article, Don asks you to think of social systems, individual systems, each individual person, personality and relationships, as well as their physical and mental well-being and family health. 13 2013-12
Howie, Peter; Synnot, Elizabeth Working with Indigenous Community Leaders in Cape York (PDF, 68.2 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Both Diz and Peter are on staff at the Queensland Training Institute of Psychodrama, which along with their successful organisation consulting business is now a part of the Moreno Collegium for Human Centred Learning, Research and Development. Over the past 4 years we have been running an 8 day Cape York Strategic Leaders Program in far North Queensland. The purpose is to work with leaders from remote indigenous communities in Cape York and so liberate their capacities to use their wisdom, experience and knowledge in an active and potent manner. We actively: apply the principle of spontaneity (Spontaneity rules!); reduce isolation between participants by building relationships; enlarge individual functioning and create and enjoyable learning- rich environments. is still in operation. So it is a complicated matter to have people from different communities. While there are clear connections and a pride in their differences, these differences are quite substantial. 6 2007-12
Anna, Bona Who Will I Choose And Who Will Choose Me? Using Warm Up and Sociometry to Facilitate a Progressive Classroom Culture (PDF, 74.7 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 Discusses the use of warm up, sociometry and sociometric thinking in facilitating a progressive classroom culture. It is observed that these methods helped the students to release their anxiety and warmed up to progressive roles and a sense of fun and spontaneity. 1 2002-12
Crane, Sara Spontaneity With Children: Applications of Psychodrama that Enable Children to Express their Creativity (PDF, 67.9 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Discusses the role of play therapy and psychodrama and how it helps children to express their creativity. The applications of the principles of psychodrama to help increase the spontaneity and creativity of children is highlighted. 3 2003-12
Keam, Kaye Mobilising the Believer in the Creative Genius (PDF, 78.9 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Discusses the role of creative genius and the impact that it has on social and cultural atom development. A case study is used to show that without the role of the believer in the creative genius, a person is incapable of sustaining intimacy in a relationship at any level. 1 2003-12
Consedine, Mike Supervision and the Reduction of Anxiety (PDF, 54.6 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Discusses the proper procedure to be followed for an effective supervisory session and the role that anxiety and lack of spontaneity play in negatively impacting it. Spontaneity is a key ingredient in effective supervision and also that warm-up is a critical aspect for the supervisor. 4 2003-12
Consedine, Mike Transference, Social Atom and Spontaneity (PDF, 64.4 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 Discusses the meaning and aim of 'transference', a term coined by Freud wherein the re-enactment of old responses and patterns of behavior can help create greater spontaneity in the lives of individuals.The relationship between social atom and spontaneity is also highlighted. 6 2004-12
Phelan, Helen The Internal Consultant: The Sociometrist Working with Transitions (PDF, 74.1 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Discusses the links and relationship between sociometry and the transition process. It is indicative of how the internal consultant makes positive interventions in transitions and within an organization. 5 2003-12
Faisandier, John Joan Chappell-Matthias Reflects (PDF, 58.3 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 negative accommodation, positive accommodation, scene setting Discusses the life and work of Dr Joan Chappell-Mathias who worked as a psychiatrist in forensic, alcohol and drug addiction and hospice areas. She feels that psychodrama has the technique of positive and negative accommodation where she can use historical or regressive scene setting for drama. 4 2006-12
Densley, Tony Warming Up To Spontaneity and Creativity: Developing the School Leader (PDF, 77.0 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Discusses the key findings of a workshop conducted with 25 educators to help develop their spontaneity and creativity and extend their leadership capacity. 2 2003-12
Turner, Sandra Conflict Resolution Through Encounter (PDF, 52.6 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 conflict resolution, encounter Discusses the framework for resolving conflict through encounter. This kind of encounter is demanding and it is not a quick fix on offer, however, the benefits will be lasting and transformative. 6 2006-12
Hailes, Julia Moving from Restrictive to Progressive Learning Systems in Professional Healthcare Training (PDF, 66.8 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 Discusses the dynamic forces that come together when a trainer works with a group for the very first time in palliative care for registered nurses. The key topics covered in spontaneity training are group dynamics, sociometric interventions and warming up. 3 2004-12
Reynolds, Trish Dissociative Identity Disorder and the Psychodramatist (PDF, 1.4 MB) Journal 5 December 1996 Discusses the dissociative identity disorder with respect to its nature, aetiology and diagnostic criteria. A psychodramatic approach to the management of dissociative identity disorder is explored and a description in terms of role theory and systems theory with some clinical examples is provided. 10 1996-12
Carter, Dr. Philip Spontaneity Made Explicit (PDF, 149.2 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 Discusses spontaneity from different perspectives and concludes that spontaneity cannot be seen directly however its effects can be seen. 8 2005-12
Marks, Liz Expanding Our Thinking About Families As Systems (PDF, 73.6 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 Discusses some of the key concepts of family therapy such as family structure and dynamics in particular. The context, structure, interactional patterns, rules and beliefs of one family during a time of transition are highlighted. 5 2004-12
O'Rourke, Patricia Integrating Infant Mental Health and Psychodrama Perspectives (PDF, 85.9 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 child development, infant mental health, spontaneity, warm-up Discusses Moreno's theories of child development, spontaneity and warm-up and the work of major infant mental health theorists. It draws a parallel between these theories and describes how these two bodies of work can strengthen therapeutic practice. 1 2006-12
Woodcock, John Psychodrama Roles: Creating a New Culture (PDF, 64.9 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Discusses a psychodrama wherein the main protagonist grapples with her own version of a cultural catastrophe. The different conflicts that emerge within a protagonist on the discovery of an act hunger are highlighted. 7 2003-12
Baakman, Paul Principles of Supervision (PDF, 73.1 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 Describes the seven principles of supervision and illustrates these with some personal experiences and practices. These principles present an overview of the ideas and values that are adopted in the practice of supervision. 5 2002-12
Browne, Rollo Grappling with a Ghost From The Past (PDF, 68.1 KB) Journal 12 December 2003 Describes the roles and sub-groups operating in a social system and explores the implications for intervention. 6 2003-12
McVea, Charmaine Measuring the Efficacy of a Single Psychodrama Session (PDF, 73.1 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Current developments in psychotherapy research methodology are opening possibilities for psychodramatists to investigate the types of questions that are of interest to us as practitioners, and to communicate our findings to the wider community. The dynamic nature of the psychodrama method has made it difficult to apply traditional outcome research approaches without compromising the integrity of the method in the research design. A move towards practice-based research that answers questions about when and how interventions work best in relation to particular clients and their concerns (Greenberg, 1999), may be a better fit. A central principle of practice-based research is that it investigates therapy in its natural context rather than under imposed research conditions, and can therefore be applied to methods such as psychodrama, where the process unfolds in response to the emerging moment. a client who has had no previous psychodrama experience, and identifies specific links between events within the session and post-session changes. 4 2007-12
Colin Martin (PDF, 397.6 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 Colin Martin was a significant pioneer of psychodrama in New Zealand introducing many professional people to action methods and their application in organisations. This article is a selection from his memoirs he dictated to his wife Vivienne Thomson and some of his writings and teachings. 3 2017-12
Wilson, Jenny Dancing in the Sun: The Creative Combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodrama (PDF, 189.2 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 action methods, CBT, cognitive behavioural therapy, essay writing, Psychodrama, specific phobia, spontaneity training Clinical psychologist and psychodramatist Jenny Wilson values many different approaches in her work as a psychotherapist, particularly the modalities of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodrama. Following an earlier article comparing their origins and philosophies (Wilson, 2011), she focuses here on practical application. Working with a client who has an essay writing phobia and involving a clinical psychology trainee as observer and psychodramatic auxiliary, she demonstrates that CBT and psychodrama can be creatively combined to facilitate both effective therapy and student learning. 12 2012-12
Hill, Chris; Hosking, Chris; Jones, Diana Leadership Material (PDF, 846.5 KB) Journal 26 December 2017 leadership Chris Hill: I have been intrigued about what has been unexpected for you. What has happened in response, that you couldn't have imagined happening, or didn't imagine happening? Diana: One of the things that's been unexpected, and amazing, is that the book has had a lot of interest internationally. People have wanted to interview me about my ideas in the book:, CEO magazine, and the Huffington Post. Quotes of mine have been tweeted. 'Feedback is a lever for a development conversation. It's not the answer' went whizzing around the world. I never expected that. It means something to business people. What I am saying is making sense to them. 4 2017-12
Winkelman, Cecelia More than Picking at Scabs: Working with Trainee Counsellors (PDF, 2.7 MB) Journal 19 December 2010 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 naive 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. The third strand addresses defensiveness that emerges in the training group, including the development of safety and connection and the use of the focal conflict model. 6 2010-12
Shand, Carol; Simpkins, Roberta Tatou Tatou e: Co-leading a Bicultural Workshop (PDF, 59.8 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Carol is an education lecturer in Nelson, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She uses action methods in her work training high school teachers. She is an advanced trainee and is studying towards a Masters in Environmental Education. Roberta is a child therapist/whanau (family) counsellor based in Nelson. Her tribal affiliations are Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Koata and Ngati Rangiwewehi and she is actively involved in Iwi development. Roberta has been a tertiary student counsellor and tutored on the Certificate and Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a mother of 4, a grandmother of 9, and has miraculously survived 33 years of marriage. N_u te rourou n_ku te rourou ka ora te tangata With your knowledge and experience and my knowledge and experience this ensures the well being of all. As part of our commitment to work across the Maori and Pakeha cultures in New Zealand, we had agreed to run a psychodrama workshop: Tatou Tatou e. This means 'recognising diversity, coming together in unity'. We wanted to look at how we can value our own and each other's worldview so that we make progress in creating a better future together. Naturally this raised a host of issues about warm up, the nature of leadership, living in the moment and trusting the method. every moment? And anyway, what defines the moment? 7 2007-12
Hucker, Neil Book Review: The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (Revised Edition) (PDF, 109.6 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 When I first heard the title of this book last year I immediately thought of J.L. Moreno's (1978) Canon of Creativity, that circular/spiral relationship between the conserve and spontaneous new role development. With my underlying biological orientation as a psychiatrist I am always on the lookout for developing perspectives on the foundational biological processes of spontaneity, creativity and role development. How does the brain work? And how does it accommodate on going progressive change that facilitates continuous development of roles and the self ? 30 2011-12
Moreno, Zerka What Price a Smile? (PDF, 47.5 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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. 8 2010-12
Cooke, Kate Self At Zero - Bringing Spontaneity To The Treatment Of B P D (PDF, 71.4 KB) Journal 18 December 2009 Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a debilitating disorder of the self, the treatment of which to date has been largely confined to cognitive skills acquisition and verbal psychotherapies. This article describes the use of non-verbal kinaesthetic therapies, such as circus arts and action methods, in a specialist treatment centre. The effect of this new approach on clients at the centre is described with reference to the development of the false self, the self at zero, and the key element of spontaneity that provides the impetus for growth. 9 2009-12
Hutt, Jenny; Wilson, Jenny Book Reviews (PDF, 281.1 KB) Journal 25 December 2016 book review Book Reviews: 1. Group therapy workbook: Integrating cognitive behavioral therapy with psychodramatic theory and practice. by Thomas W. Treadwell, Debbie Dartnell, Letitia E. Travaglini, Maegan Staats, and Kelly Devinney. Reviewed by Jenny Wilson 2. Trapped in the gap: Doing good in Indigenous Australia by Emma Kowal. Reviewed by Jenny Hurr 13 2016-12
Book Review: Penina Uliuli (PDF, 286.5 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 book review 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 This collection of 19 essays, written by Pacific people involved in mental health, is a must read for anyone working with Pacific people in New Zealand and Australia. It is a long overdue exploration of the nature of the Pacific experience in New Zealand and in particular the social, religious, and mental health challenges Pacific people face. The name 'Penina Uliuli' means 'Black Pearl'. This is a highly valued gem created by the friction of an intruding particle in the Pacific oyster, and is thus an appropriate title for this collection. 20 2008-12
Fine, Leon Book Review: Directing Psychodrama, a Training Companion by G Max Clayton (PDF, 222.3 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 Book Review: "Directing Psychodrama, A Training Companion" by G Max Clayton. Review by Leon Fine 15 1992-12
Hosking, Bev Book Review: 'Psychodrama: Inspiration and Technique' edited by Paul Holmes and Marcia Karp (PDF, 118.8 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 Book Review: 'Psychodrama: Inspiration and Technique' edited by Paul Holmes and Marcia Karp 1 1993-12
Daniel, Sue Book Review: 'Love Songs to Life' by Zerka Moreno (PDF, 174.4 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 Book Review: 'Love Songs to Life' by Zerka Moreno 20 1993-12
Brodie, Robert Training The Auxiliary Ego (PDF, 1.0 MB) Journal 1 December 1992 Auxiliary work is central to psychodrama method and a necessary aspect of individual development. In this paper there is an illustration of its relevance to, and the development in, one client. There is also a section giving detailed instructions to new participants about performing as an auxiliary. 6 1992-12
Kaur, Baljit Exploring the therapeutic potential of skilled auxiliary work (PDF, 70.3 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 auxiliary, protagonist Auxiliary work in any group has the potential of letting members see differently either off the psychodrama stage or the interactions within the group. Auxiliary work when undertaken in accordance with the considerations is a highly skilled act with therapeutic potential for the protagonist. 5 2006-12
Brown, Hamish Being an Effective Auxiliary: Some Reflections on Doubling and Dependency in Psychotherapy (PDF, 106.6 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 auxiliary, clinical psychodrama, dependency, doubling, relationship matrix, role constellation, social atom As a term, J.L. Moreno's concept of auxiliary captures the idea of entering into a psychotherapeutic relationship for the purpose of consciously assisting another person to develop spontaneity in a specific context. This paper focuses on a number of important elements in this regard: the importance of being an adequate auxiliary able to enact roles in response to specific social atom constellations; the importance of doubling within a role constellation to bring about social atom repair; the importance of allowing dependency in long term therapeutic relationships so that effective auxiliary functioning is maintained over time to promote the development of progressive embryonic roles. The concept of auxiliary is particularly helpful if we keep ourselves involved with the role constellations present in a person's inner world and the needs of the client within a specific context. 2012-12
The Mandorla (PDF, 91.5 KB) Journal 2 December 1993 Article about the Mandorla which is the almond shaped segment created by overlapping of two circles. 2 1993-12
Watersong, Ali Surplus Reality: The Magic Ingredient in Psychodrama (PDF, 84.0 KB) Journal 20 December 2011 as if, auxiliary ego, concretisation, imagination, locus nascendi, maximisation, neuroscience, protagonist, role reversal, social atom repair, spontaneity, status nascendi, surplus reality, systems theory, unconscious Anything that can be imagined can be created on the psychodramatic stage. This is the magic that makes surplus reality a central aspect and powerful tool of Dr. J.L. Moreno's psychodrama method. Through surplus reality a person is able to enter the unknown, live out their fantasies and become the creator of their own life. Using psychodramatic work as illustration, Ali Watersong demonstrates the way that surplus reality facilitates the development of spontaneity, brings about social atom repair and assists in the formation of a positive identity. 11 2011-12
Postlethwaite, Jenny Reflections of a First Time Producer (PDF, 108.5 KB) Journal 21 December 2012 producer, Psychodrama Anyone who has trained in the psychodrama method has experienced first time production. Many have a story or two to tell in this regard. In this short informal article, Jenny Postlethwaite tells her story of producing a psychodrama for the first time. 12 2012-12
Baakman, Paul The Alco-Holocaust: Alcohol, Problem Drinkers and Psychodrama (PDF, 138.5 KB) Journal 19 December 2010 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 flowing 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. The ideas are applicable to related areas such as legal, illegal or prescribed drug addiction and process addictions enacted by gamblers, workaholics and overeaters. 5 2010-12
Begg, Ali The Lay of the Land: Medicine, Paradigm Change and Psychodrama (PDF, 64.2 KB) Journal 16 December 2007 Ali is a Psychodramatist and General Practitioner in Christchurch, New Zealand. This paper is adapted from her thesis 'Psychodrama for doctors: Role development for a new medical paradigm'. This theoretical article summarises my understanding of the paradigm change currently occurring in Western medicine. Its purpose is to assist understanding of the existing medical landscape and the place of psychodrama in the development of a new paradigm in which relationships and personal experience are more highly valued. 5 2007-12
Nannestad, Elizabeth Facing the Empty Page (PDF, 130.7 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 poetry The empty page; looks all innocence; but has its own sense of humour. 5 2014-12
Cooke, Kate Portrait of a Woman Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, incorporating a Morenian Perspective (PDF, 374.2 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 alien self, attachment, Borderline Personality Disorder, psychiatry, social and cultural atom My desire to write this article was driven by two issues in my mind. Firstly, I had a desire to get to know more thoroughly Ailsa, the client featured in this article who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I perceived that writing was one way I could achieve this. By 'more thoroughly' I mean that I wanted to elucidate in a written form how her life events were connected to and influenced the growth of particular aspects of these disorders. Secondly, I wanted to integrate concepts from various psychological or psychiatric perspectives with my thinking as a psychodramatist. 8 2014-12
Brown, Hamish The Hauraki Seachange Project (PDF, 352.1 KB) Journal 23 December 2014 collaboration, decision making, facilitation, multi-stakeholder, sociometry Creating opportunities for a community to resolve issues that affect it is an exciting and empowering notion. Central to this is a sociometric challenge. This paper describes how a large multi-stakeholder group was facilitated in a decision making process. We present the reasoning behind the use and selection of sociometric criteria and describe the application of sociometry in this facilitated process. A liberating notion is that people can work collaboratively to reach alignment regardless of what their organisational structures and decision making modes are. 3 2014-12
Robinson, Sue The Conductor's Baton as a Magic Wand (PDF, 117.1 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 A woman conductor discusses her wish to bring more freedom in the performances of her musicians through her conducting. She also wants to include psychodrama in her orchestra so as to enable musicians to work better with their instruments, the conductor and the audience. 3 1992-12
Herron, Dale The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer: Isolation in the T.E.P.-in-Training Process (PDF, 124.1 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 A Trainer, Educator and Practitioner-in-training (T.E.P.I.T.) discusses the lack of interaction and supervision among T.E.P.s while developing and writing courses for psychodrama. This isolation might adversely affect their creativity in written content amidst administrative and supervision work. 6 1994-12
Kennedy, Grace A Psychodramatist in the Classroom (PDF, 323.4 KB) Journal 9 December 2000 A teacher uses her experience as a psychodrama trainee to introduce several principles and practices into the classroom that promote the development of every student's identity. She contrasts this developmental approach to education with two outdated models still prevalent in Australian schools. She recognizes the contribution of three eminent educators from the 20th century, namely, Leila Berg, Sylvia Ashton-Warner and Paulo Freire, whose work inspired her own teaching practices. 2 2000-12
Field, Simon The Tantalus Myth (PDF, 225.7 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 A teacher in the Special Needs Department of Wellington High School discusses the dramatic method he used to raise the self-esteem of his students with learning difficulties. He describes the way in which enacting the different roles in the Tantalus myth provided them with an expanded life experience and enhanced their self esteem. 7 1992-12
Burge, Michael The Vietnam Veteran and the Family "Both Victims of Post Traumatic Stress" (PDF, 948.0 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 A specialist in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder shares his experiences in counseling Vietnam veterans and their families by discussing the infiltration of post traumatic stress (PTSD) in their family's lives. The way in which psychodrama can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of post traumatic stress is demonstrated highlighting the role analysis, role training, role development and role theory. 6 1996-12
Porter, Frances Interventions with Kerry, a Twelve Year Old Student (PDF, 150.4 KB) Journal 10 December 2001 A Senior Team Leader from the Primary division of the Correspondence School presents a case study on Kelly and his behavior. His behavioral pattern helped her to understand the relationship systems and helped her to establish a relationship with him. 1 2001-12
Crane, Sara Bringing in the Baby (PDF, 1,003.6 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 A psychotherapist describes the changes in her psychodrama group brought about by the presence of a baby among the members. It is believed that the changes in the baby through the sessions influenced the healing, creativity and self development of other clients. 4 1995-12
Rose, Gillian J.L. meets the Warrior Princess: Exploring Psychodrama and Feminism (PDF, 70.4 KB) Journal 15 December 2006 feminism A psychodramatist in Christchurch from New Zealand explores the feminism and psychodrama at the Next Step Centre for Women, part of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. She feels that both feminism and psychodrama offer new ways of being which can help the women to transform inadequate systems and behavior. 3 2006-12
Pender, Vivienne Awakening Creativity With Brief Enactment (PDF, 66.8 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 A psychodramatist and teacher from Wellington presents her thinking about the value of brief enactment in counseling, psychotherapy and teaching. She feels that short dramatic enactment opens up the possibility of spontaneous, artistic exploration and enables personal change. 1 2005-12
Kilgour, Anne A Poem (PDF, 243.2 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 A Poem by Anne Kilgour 5 1995-12
Whisker, Craig Jumping The Berlin Wall: Social And Cultural Atom Repair With An Individual Adult (PDF, 172.6 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 A family psychotherapist presents a paper on his work with Brian, a client seeking to develop adequate functioning in familial relationships. He observed that in the first three therapy sessions Brian developed a new progressive func 6 2005-12
Wilson, Hamish Medical Journey to Another World (PDF, 403.4 KB) Journal 1 December 1992 A doctor describes how his experience in psychodrama groups has enhanced his medical practice. He discusses how psychodrama group work has made him realise the value of relationships and understand his patients' problems in the context of their relationship with their situations. 8 1992-12
Bassi, Jerri Sociometry and Psychodrama with Teenagers: Improving the Quality of Their Lives (PDF, 565.6 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 A counsellor's attempt to improve the quality of the lives of teenagers at risk of drug and alcohol abuse in a Dunedin community setting is discussed. The methods used, based on Jacob Moreno's principles on self-realisation, to make them understand their place on a sociometry scale and enable them to connect by sharing their experiences are described. 1 1994-12
Nourse, Rosemary The Humble Continuum Revalued (PDF, 62.7 KB) Journal 14 December 2005 A counsellor who works for the Oasis Center for Problem Gambling and Relationship Services in Wellington, New Zealand, presents a report on the application of the continuum in her clinical practice. She presents descriptions of sessions, general clinical observations and discusses some of the impacts of its use. 4 2005-12
Dickson, Barbara An Invisible Grief: Group Work with Bereaved Siblings (PDF, 72.2 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 A counseling psychologist from Australia presents a report on the grief of bereaved siblings and a group work approach which is used with them. She feels that usually the grief of brothers and sisters is overlooked and it becomes an invisible grief. 3 2002-12
Turner, Sandra Encountering What Is Possible – The Impact of Role Development in Facing Existential Crisis (PDF, 61.7 KB) Journal 11 December 2002 A coping role system lessens the anxiety and maintains equilibrium in the presence of the threat. The system reflects a person's best attempt at managing an anxiety provoking situation. 4 2002-12
Lambie, Ian; Robson, Marlyn Using Psychodrama to Facilitate Victim Empathy in Adolescent Sexual Offenders (PDF, 486.0 KB) Journal 4 December 1995 A comprehensive community therapeutic programme which uses the psychodramatic method to facilitate victim empathy in adolescent sexual offenders is described. Examples are presented for the ways in which role theory and action methods are used in an 'offender drama' to encourage the offender to understand the experience of their victim. 2 1995-12
Fowler, Richard Dr J. L. Moreno - Marriage Therapist (PDF, 791.1 KB) Journal 3 December 1994 A compilation of the writings of Dr. J.L. Moreno on his experiences of marital or couple therapy through psychodrama is presented. The methods and techniques of psychodrama that Moreno used in his work as a 'marriage therapist' are described. 8 1994-12
Fleming, Patrick Letter to the Self: A Technique to Assist Role Assessment and Intensify Level of Warm Up in One-to-one Counselling (PDF, 187.4 KB) Journal 5 December 1996 A clinical psychologist analysis a patient who is a professional photographer by making him write a letter to self. A brief analysis of this letter is made and the benefits of such a letter in one- to- one sitting is discussed. 7 1996-12
Colwell, Jo-Anne The Flowering Of A Rose. An Illustration of Progressive Role Development (PDF, 83.6 KB) Journal 13 December 2004 A case study is discussed to explore the progressive role development of a young woman called Rosemary when presented with complicated continence issues. Three sessions are highlighted to understand how she is progressing towards leading a normal life. 1 2004-12
Franklin, Kevin Sourcing Human Madness Psychodrama, Sexuality and a New Order (PDF, 86.3 KB) Journal 17 December 2008 'Megalomania Normalis' was a name Dr J.L. Moreno invented to describe everyday inhumanity and 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 (b) some work-in-progress in Dr Moreno's Theory of Role. 6 2008-12
Cammock, Peter; Rose, Gillian Just an Ordinary Max Clayton Person (PDF, 663.6 KB) Journal 22 December 2013 Just an Ordinary Max Clayton Person' is from an interview with Max G. Clayton by Peter Cammock 13 2013-12
Hunton, Valerie Setting the Scene: An Image Maker 80 Years On (PDF, 424.3 KB) Journal 24 December 2015 scene setting ...and when I take a break, I come over to my table, and that is what I saw (the photo below secretly taken by Rex Hunton). And in that moment, I began to laugh, tingle, and it seemed like everything in me resonated with: That is me now. I Am It! That's It! 7 2015-12