If you are a professional or student in the field of helping professions seeking an opportunity to deepen your self-knowledge, develop and improve your relationships, and gain group experience – this might be JUST FOR YOU!
1️⃣Kate Bradshaw Tauvon has been the Primary Trainer for the Genuine Encounters Classical Psychodrama post graduate diploma from the beginning of the course. Kate is from the UK and Sweden and is a registered psychotherapist, supervisor, and teacher of psychotherapy; psychodramatist, group analyst, and EMDR therapist, integrating theories and methodologies. She is the former President of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP). Kate works transgenerationally, including facilitating reconciliation between war veterans. She is Co-Editor/Author—The Handbook of Psychodrama 1998 Ed. Karp, Holmes & Bradshaw Tauvon (Routledge). Co-Author—Empowering Therapeutic Practice Ed. Holmes, Farrall & Kirk. 2014. (JKP)
2️⃣Accompanying Kate will be a colleague from Scotland, Teresa Brown. She is a UKCP and BPA registered Trainer, Examiner, Supervisor, and Practitioner in Psychodrama Psychotherapy. A candidate for Honorary President of BPA this year. In the 1970’s she worked as a group psychotherapist at Duke Street Psychiatric Unit in Glasgow, where Psychodrama was part of the treatment milieu. She trained at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in psychodynamic principles and practiced in group and individual work. She trained for two years in Organisational Consultancy. She served as an ordinary member of the BPA Executive Committee, chair of the Training Organisation Accreditation Sub-Committee (TOAS), chair of the first BPA conference held in Glasgow, and member of the accreditation committee (now known as TAC) for many years. She held the post of External Examiner for the BPA, specializing in the London Centre for Psychodrama for 25 years. She has written for TELE, the Occupational Therapy Journal, and the Occupational Therapist Handbook for Psychiatry. She wrote the chapter “Psychoanalysis in Psychodrama” in the book “Empowering Therapeutic Practice: Integrating Psychodrama into Other Therapies” (2014) and was on the planning committee for the International Conference of the same title in London.
What is Psychodrama?
Conceived and developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD, Psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual. Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, Psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioural levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well-being, enhances learning, and develops new skills.
“A meeting of two: eye to eye, face to face.
And when you are near I will tear your eyes out
and place them instead of mine,
and you will tear my eyes out
and will place them instead of yours,
then I will look at me with mine.”
― Jacob Levy Moreno
The word ‘Psychodrama’ is often used as a generic term when talking about the range of action methods that J L Moreno developed.
Are used to enable past, present, and future life events to be explored.
Issues or problems and their possible solutions are enacted rather than just talked about.
➡️Offers the opportunity to practice new roles safely, see oneself from the outside, and gain insight and change.
➡️There is a director, an action area, and group members.
➡️The director supports groups to explore new solutions to old problems, group members participate in the drama as significant others and share how they relate to and can learn from the presenting issue at the end of the session.
➡️Psychodrama can be used in a group or individually for therapy and personal growth.
➡️It can also be applied to family and couples therapy.
“Well, Dr. Freud, I start where you leave off. You meet people in the artificial setting of your office. I meet them on the street and in their homes, in their natural surroundings. You analyze their dreams. I give them the courage to dream again. You analyze and tear them apart. I let them act out their conflicting roles and help them to put the parts back together again.”
― Jacob Levy Moreno
Whether we are seen as stereotypes or as individuals depends upon our language and perspective. The art of psychodrama includes the recognition of a person’s private and metaphorical language and the use of multiple perspectives to elicit the subjective experiences of the protagonist, the director, and the group members.
Who is Psychodrama for?
Psychodrama is for everyone and anyone who would like to experience the spontaneity and ‘magic’ of working with action methods. Whether your focus is personal, professional, therapy or training, if you’re interested in the creative exploration of yourself, your relationships, and your life using action as well as words, then you might value and enjoy the psychodramatic method and the personal liberations, self-expression and insights that it elicits.
The vast majority of conditions in psychiatry and therapy are accessible to psychodrama. Common examples are affective disorder (including drug-resistant depression), phobias, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, self-harm, and alcohol and substance abuse. Long-term problems in lifestyles or relationships, including marital and family stress, can be addressed through psychodrama whether or not they have resulted in mental illness.
Any person in therapeutic care may benefit from psychodrama, provided that there is an ability and willingness to present oneself by stepping onto the stage area.
More about Action Methods:
This is the term used to describe visual and role-based approaches to individual and group work. These methods are derived from Psychodrama and Sociometry, which were developed originally by JL Moreno and have subsequently been applied to many contexts: organizational, educational, and community.
They can be used for personal and professional work, for example:
✅️job and relationship choices,
✅️training and development events, and
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