||Encounter - The heart of psychodramatic couple therapy
||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.
||Doubling as a therapeutic response to childhood sexual trauma
||Journal 27 December 2018
||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).
||Psychodrama at Distance: Effective Supervision Using Communication Technologies
||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.
||The Dance of Relationship: Using Moreno in Workplace Injury Rehabilitation
||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.
||Being an Effective Auxiliary: Some Reflections on Doubling and Dependency in Psychotherapy
||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.