Journal articles

Using keyword role theory

Author Title Issue Keywords Abstract Sequence
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
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
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
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