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, 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?