Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Psychodrama conference catalog is out!

Right now! Check out the conference catalog of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, happening April 9-12, 2015 in Philadelphia. A slew of presenters (I'm proud to be on the list!), plus keynotes, awards ceremony, silent auction and more. Details here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Psychodrama advocate Gerry Spence talks about authentic relationships

Attorney Gerry Spence, one of the foremost advocates of psychodrama, talks about the importance of creating relationships in the courtroom. He is the founder of the Trial Lawyers College, which trains hundreds of attorneys in psychodrama.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fun and colorful look at: "What is psychodrama?"

Super-cool video has just been produced by friends and colleagues at the Sociometric Institute in New York City that answers the question, "What is psychodrama?" Enjoy...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog features psychodrama topics on LinkedIn

I've just begin to post business-related articles on LinkedIn, the rapidly growing business social media site. These articles focus on topics related ideas for small business, alternative practices and keeping healthy as a business person. 

Some topics related to psychodrama and sociometry include:

  • Be a rock star with role play, discussing best practices for  role play in a variety of settings here.
  • Creativity will make your conference memorable, giving examples of how the American Society of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy has used creativity to spur engagement with participants here.
  • Getting to know you: networking from a holistic viewpoint, making suggestions about easy networking from a sociometric viewpoint here.

If this interests you and you are subscribed on Linked In, please feel free to follow, share and comment.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Arizona mini-conference coming up in October

Pleased, proud and honored to be among the 16 psychodramatists who will be presenting at the upcoming psychodrama mini-conference on Oct. 11-13 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The  mini-conference is sponsored by the energetic Arizona Psychodrama Institute, which has been recently firing up interest in the state, offering both short and residential programs.

I'll be  presenting  on "Stories of the Ancestors with Psychodrama and Constellation Work" and "Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods," with my colleagues presenting on topics from working with kids to adults, spirituality, dreams, Magic Shop and much more.

Learn more about the conference schedule and sign up here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zerka Moreno, at 97, talks about learning psychodrama

Sergio Guimaraes, a psychodramatist from Argentina, recently visited the United States to gather material for his Ph.D. thesis, and interviewed Zerka Moreno, the mother of psychodrama, as part of his research. Zerka, now 97 and living in a nursing home in Rockville, Md., talks about learning and teaching psychodrama.

Like this? He has other related videos about psychodrama on his YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Show and Tell Psychodrama is now here!

It's here!

My newest book Show and Tell Psychodrama: Skills for Therapists, Coaches, Teachers, Leaders, is now officially available for purchase, reviews and recommendations. It's available in paperback and Kindle versions.

Find synopsis and bio here.
Look inside to find preview here.
Join book's Facebook page and keep updated on news and other useful links.
Enjoy video here.

Whether you are a curious professional seeking new skills or a student just beginning to fall in love with this amazing method, these 60 bite-size articles give you an easy introduction to fresh ways to support healing, learning and change.

Show and Tell Psychodrama will help you learn how to:

- Spark creativity and spontaneity within you and the people you work with
- Lead safe and effective role plays - from classroom to corporation
- Create authentic relationships in groups in every setting
- Take your role as a leader and understand and manage the roles that others play.

Just a few of the specific topics are:

- Magic Shop
- Canon of Creativity
- Diamond of Opposites
- The empty chair and other useful props
- History of psychodrama
- Rules for role play
- Group guidelines
- Thoughts on ethics
- Sociometry options
- Ideas for addictions counselors
- Anger and experiential work
- Neurobiology of experiential work
- Psychodrama and Jung
- How to find a trainer

Extra bonus: Special section for the psychodrama certification candidate to navigate studying for the national exam with the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

John Nolte has a new book coming in June

This book outlines Moreno’s early years (his religious phase), the philosophy on which the foundation of his methods are based, and descriptions of the three major methods that Moreno originated: psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. It provides a more systematic presentation of Moreno’s work and presents his philosophy and theory clearer, more understandable manner. 

John Nolte has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University and was trained in psychodrama by J.L. and Zerka Moreno. He served as director of training for the Moreno Institute after Moreno's death. He is currently working as a training consultant and staff member of Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.
It's scheduled for publication June 2014.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Expecting the arrival of Show & Tell Psychodrama soon!

About to be birthed -- my new book Show and Tell Psychodrama: Skills for Therapists, Coaches, Teachers, Leaders. We're in the final process of book preparation, with publication scheduled for May 2014. Order here

Take a peek. Here's the front cover:

And the back cover:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scenes from the 2014 psychodrama conference

Scenes from the 2014 annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama in Oakland, Calif. Watch for more blog postings about the conference in the next several days.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Psychodrama, 93 years young today!

Happy birthday, psychodrama! Today, April 1, is the birthday of this wondrous action method developed by Dr. J.L. Moreno and his wife Zerka Moreno. Dr. Moreno presented his first non-scripted drama 93 years ago at a theater in Vienna, Austria. The method continues to grow and expand throughout the United States and the world with today's psychodramatists continuing to innovate and create.

Here's a recent video interview with Valerie Simon, a psychodramatist in New York City who works with issues of trauma and addiction as well as performers who want to expand their creativity and spontaniety.


Monday, March 17, 2014

What's in your warm up (basket)?

I'm having fun putting together my donations for the silent auction fundraiser, which is a special feature of the annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, coming up next month April 3-7 in Oakland, Calif.

All baskets have themes -- and this one is "Eye on Images For Warm Ups," with a focus on using cards and other images for warm up activities.  I love using commercial card decks for to begin groups and individual sessions as they are evocative ways to stirring stories, feelings, memories and ideas. At the beginning of a session, they can be placed on the floor, right side up, for people to look at and select, or in a basket in a part of the room or passed by hand from one group member to another.

In this basket, I've included Loving Our Earth cards, Disney princess cards, animal magnets, framed and matted animal prints, vintage post cards, animal notepads and animal book marks, greeting cards and a set of "cards" that I made from CD envelopes and pictures cut from magazines and other places.

Here's how I made my picture envelopes (see photo, with sample at left) and how you can make them:

  • CD envelopes with cellophane window
  • Magazines, greeting cards, brochures, photos and other items with interesting pictures
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

  • Make template with card stock, cutting your card stock 1/8 inch less on each side.
  • Place template over most interesting graphic part of picture from magazines, cards, brochures or whatever else you have collected.
  • Use pencil to mark lines lightly on picture.
  • Insert picture into envelope.
  • Close envelope by folding flap inside or tape.
There's still time to come to the conference. Details here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"Impromptu Man," Jonathan Moreno's words of the father

Dr. J.L. Moreno, who fathered psychodrama, is the subject of an upcoming book by his son, Jonathan D. Moreno.

The book is Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network, scheduled for publication in Fall 2014. It's called the "untold story of the creative genius behind major 20th-century movements in therapy and theater and his lasting influence."

Here's the pre-blurb for the book:

"A mystic, theater impresario, and inventor in his youth, Moreno immigrated to America in 1926, where he trained famous actors, introduced group therapy, and was a forerunner of humanistic psychology. As a social reformer he reorganized schools, prisons, and refugee camps. Moreno's methods have been adopted by improvisational theater, military organizations, educators, business leaders, and trial lawyers. His social graphics laid the groundwork for social media like Twitter and Facebook."

The younger Moreno, whose mother is Moreno's third wife Zerka T. Moreno, is an acclaimed bioethicist, and the author of several books about science and philosophy.

Read more about the book here.

Find Jonathan's web site here.

Psychodrama, all over Facebook

Psychodrama is about groups and social networks, and you can find psychodrama on Facebook. Just for fun, I took a quick tour around Facebook to find out where psychodrama has landed. Here's what I found:

American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama is the U.S. membership organization, and this is its official Facebook page. You'll find news from ASGPP, with special emphasis on its annual conference. Link here.

Midwest Psychodrama especially welcomes members from the Midwest states, including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,  Minnesota, Wisconsin and nearby. Link here.

The British Psychodrama Association  is the accrediting body for psychodrama psychotherapy and sociodrama in Britain. Link here.

The International Psychodrama Group has one of  the larger memberships on Facebook, at 1,072 members. Link here.

U.S. Psychodrama & Sociometry Journal focuses on research with about psychodrama, sociometry and related topics and encourages interest in and writing for the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, published by the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Link here.

Open Psychodrama Study Group by Students, for Students and Practitioners is one of the newer Facebook groups, started by Adam Barcroft and focuses on studying for the U.S. certification exam. Link here.

Toronto Center of Psychodrama and Sociometry is related to the center in Toronto which has provided quality training in psychodrama, not only for residents of southern Ontario, but also for an international community of students. Link here.

Oxford School of Psychodrama and Integrative Psychotherapy is a psychotherapy training organization, originally called Oxford Psychodrama Group, and offers psychodrama workshops in Oxford and an online book shop. Link here.

Young Friends of Psychodrama focuses on younger people interested in psychodrama, but the truth is -- anyone can join! Link here.

Moreno Psychodrama Society comes from the "down under" country of Australia and is moderated by psychodramatist Sue Daniel. Link here.

Psychodrama Morocco, for anyone interested in what's happening in the psychodrama scene in Morocco. Link here.

Oh, yes, there's even more groups -- in Egypt, Russia and other places with alphabets and language that I can't read. Have fun touring and spreading  the word about psychodrama!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Creative arts empower adults with developmental disabilities

Empowering Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Creative Arts Therapies Approach 

Here's something new:

Stephen Snow helps practitioners gain new tools for helping adults with developmental disabilities using creative arts therapies within his unique ethnodramatherapy model. It's new video offered by Psychotherapy.net, titled Empowering Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Creative Arts Therapies Approach.

The video has gotten rave reviews from a variety of professionals, including theater professionals, drama therapists and psychodramatists, including psychodramatist and author Adam Blatner. He says:

"The expressive arts therapies can be of enormous benefit to people with developmental disabilities. In this excellent video, therapists build on group members’ strengths to put on a show, feel accepted, experience teamwork, and participate in the wider realms of poetry, music, dance-movement, and drama. Dr. Snow’s program at Concordia University is an incredible source of ideas and inspiration!"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A pizza radio psychodrama when we talk about eating disorders

I had the great opportunity to visit with Ted Ehlen of WRJN  in Racine, Wis., to talk about my new book (with co-author Linda Ciotola) Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods: Beyond the Silence and the Fury. Listen how we create a mini-drama during the radio interview with the characters of Ted, Pizza and Health. We could have added Scale if we had a little more time.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lewis Yablonsky, sociology professor & psychodramatist, dies

Lewis Yablonsky, one of the first generation of pioneering psychodramatists, has died at the age of 89. He was was an authority on youth gangs, hippies and drug addicts whose rough-and-tumble early years gave him insights others lacked.

He specialized in sociology and surely his psychodrama mixed well with that field; he  wrote quite a bit about gangs and criminology. His 1992 book Psychodrama: Resolving Emotional Problems Through Role-Playing was translated into German, Italian and Spanish.

See his amazing resume here.

Read his obituary here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Doubling ... at the museum!

Here is a beautiful and spontaneous example of the psychodramatic technique of doubling, which I picked from the Facebook page of Maria Montessori. I love this child's spontaneity!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Meet you in Oakland, Calif., for our psychodrama conference

This year we'll have people who love psychodrama to gather, learn, play, talk, share -- and psychodramatize!

It's the annual conference of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. The dates are April 3-7 in Oakland, Calif. Today, Feb. 7, is the last day to get the discount for conference attendance.

I've been invited to present, and my workshop  Eating Disorders and the Ancestors Connection on Saturday, April 5. Psychotherapy for eating disorders traditionally looks at the immediate life of the person seeking help. As we widen our perspective – that many of our problems may have roots in intergenerational family trauma - the integration of psychodrama and constellation work offers new tools to understand and heal. In this workshop, we identify hidden intergenerational issues relating to eating disorders and how to select interventions that honor suffering, promote strength and allow love to flow.

If you're going, watch for our book signing evening and look for me and my coauthor Linda Ciotola signing our book, Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods: Beyond the Silence and the Fury. I also hope to have my newest book, Modern Psychodrama, available, which is in press right now.

 How about you? Will I see you there?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Knowledge or experience? Love this!

Love today's post from George Takei's Facebook page. It's so psychodramatic, so sociometric! We see that knowledge separates us, and sharing experience connects us. It reminds me about the value of sharing at the end of a psychodramatic session. What about you?

Friday, January 31, 2014

"Little Me" is mandala for healing trauma

Little Me - Circles of Grace by Bill Coleman, TEP, is a little blue book and a manual for creating a mandala to heal trauma. 

Bill, a psychodramatist who practices in Tucson, Ariz., says that the concept is quite simple although the execution can be very cathartic for the client. 

A reviewer describes the book as "a must-have book for any counselor or therapist -- not to mention anyone in recovery -- to help identify the character defenses that are still getting in the way of having a good life, as well as a great opportunity to build self-compassion when exploring the origins of those defenses." Cost is under $20. Find the book here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Psychodrama techniques with new names


Mecca Burns has just come out with a new three-minute video illustrating techniques that psychodramatists will find very familiar.

Role reversal is "Switching Roles."
Doubling is "Thought Bubble."
Mirroring is "Screen Image."
Surplus reality is "Three Wishes."

The video, titled Presence,  is elegantly done and the new names, admittedly, bring a freshness to these techniques originated by Dr. J.L. Moreno, the developer of psychodrama, and Augusto Boal, the developer of Theatre of the Oppressed.

Mecca is a drama therapist and co-founder of Presence Center for Applied Theatre Arts which utilizes Theatre of the Oppressed, drama therapy and Playback Theatre to address matters of race, gender, culture and ability.

She is based in Charlottesville, Va., and trains drama therapists and organizes participatory theater in Uganda, Kenya and Spain as well as the United States. For many years she worked as a drama therapist with youth and adults in residential settings. For the past 10 years, she has specialized in working with children with special needs and communities with social justice issues.