||From Rational to Relational - Reflections on embracing a psychodramatic approach in academic mentoring
||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.