Beginning with a discussion of the intrinsic nature of psychodrama and providing the reader with a thorough description of the psychodramatic method, this book navigates the nature, applications, theories, and practices of the techniques originated by J. L. Moreno. The book covers the work of the psychodrama pioneer in the field of mental health and discourse on his techniques. Methods of handling situations and scenarios that frequently arise in psychodrama sessions are described and amply illustrated with examples from actual psychodramas. The existential philosophy upon which psychodrama is founded, Moreno’s Doctrine of Spontaneity-Creativity, and the theories important to understanding psychodrama are all discussed. The final chapter is devoted to the life and work of J. L. Moreno. This book will be of great interest to psychodramatists, drama therapists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals who use the psychodramatic method in counseling and training programs.
Again available! This handy volume collects the best and most important writings of J.L. Moreno in one concise and accessible place. This unique collection explores Moreno's thought in developing psychodrama and sociometry, with his strong emphasis on spontaneity and creativity. The book discusses both basic and advanced concepts and techniques of psychodramatic treatment. Thte reader will find extensive examples from Moreno's own cases containing verbatim transcripts that illustrate the give-and-take between Moreno, his patients, and the audience observers. Jonathan Fox introduces the book with a brief overview of Moreno's life and ideas and places him in the context of his time and in the field of psychotherapy. Fox's notes throughout underscore significant aspects of the selections for the practitioner and student.
J. L. Moreno wrote books, chapters and articles about psychodrama. His writing, like the method he pioneered, is rich and complex. Many students, practitioners and participants around the world have encountered Moreno’s work in action; however, fewer people may have had the opportunity to read and think about the ‘words of the father’ due to the limited availability of key texts. A desire to ensure Moreno’s work is available to the widest possible audience inspired members of the North West Psychodrama Association to work together to re-publish the books in this series. We hope by doing so J. L. Moreno’s words will continue to reverberate across time and space: inspiring new generations of practitioners to be as creative and spontaneous as is possible whilst managing the complexity of modern day practice.
Internationally recognised practitioners of the psychodramatic method discuss the theory and practice of psychodrama since Moreno's death. Key concepts of group psychotherapy are explained and their development illustrated.
Psychodrama: Advances in Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the theory and practice of psychodrama, integrating different psychodramatic schools of thought. Psychodrama is one of the pioneering approaches of psychotherapy and is practised by thousands of practitioners and in most countries of the world. The editors of this volume bring together contributions from Europe, South America, Australia, Israel and the USA to explain and explore recent innovations. They look at how psychodrama has contributed to the development of psychotherapy, introducing concepts that have had a profound influence on other therapies. These include concepts such as role theory, the encounter, the co-unconscious, the social atom, sociometry, action research, group psychotherapy, the cycle of spontaneity and creativity, role play and many related concepts and techniques. This book will be of great interest to all students, practitioners and trainers in the field of psychodrama. It will also appeal to professionals and students in the related fields of psychotherapy, counselling, psychology and psychiatry.
This book is an extended glossary of terms used by J. L. Moreno, the inventor of psychodrama. The author listed these terms alphabetically, along with Moreno's own descriptions or definitions of the terms. She also gave the page number and the book where the quotation can be found. Any scholars who want to find key references would do well to have this book in their libraries
J. L. Moreno, M.D., is recognized as the originator of sociometry and psychodrama, and was a prodigious creator of methods and theories of creativity, society, and human behavior. The methods and techniques he authored have been widely adopted; the theories and philosophy upon which the methods are founded have not, as they are frequently couched in language which is not easily understood. Moreno’s ideas about group psychotherapy have pretty well gotten lost, and what he considered his greatest contribution, sociometry, gets paid superficial attention by most psychodramatists . Group psychotherapy and psychodrama are both widely practiced but often based on non-Morenean theory, likely due to the inaccessibility of Moreno’s work. This book outlines Moreno’s early years (his religious phase), the philosophy on which the foundation of his methods are based, and a description of the three major methods 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.
A collection of articles on various aspects of psychodrama, the art form/method of communication/method of group psychotherapy originated by J. L. Moreno, M.D., The author, John Nolte, Ph.D., a student of J. L. Moreno and Zerka T. Moreno, has practiced psychodrama for over 45 years. 279 pages.
Psychodrama is the first role playing method to be developed and used psychiatrically, "to heal...minds". Developed by J.L. Moreno in turn of the century Vienna, psychodrama is the parent of all role playing methods that are used to heal psychiatric ailments or "role train" desired behaviors. Any form of role play that you see used "experientially", has its roots in psychodrama. The current popularity of neuroscience and trauma research has placed psychodrama in the forefront of mind/body methods as Moreno was the first to say that "the body remembers what the mind forgets" and to identify the need to include the full person in the therapeutic milieu. He understood that if you leave the body out of therapy you are leaving significant parts of the mind out as well. Moreno is considered to be the father of group psychotherapy and is the first person to have treated people in groups, his work represents the turning point from treating people "in isolation to treating them in groups". Moreno felt that all people are fundamentally "role players" and that the "self emerges from the roles we play". Hence working with the role gives one a royal road into the psyche, so that motivations for behaviors can become more transparent and explicit. Psychodrama also provides practice in embodying, experiencing and thus training new behaviors. Psychodrama is sometimes referred to as "spontaneity training" as it develops spontaneity and creativity in those who experience it. Understanding the mind of it's creator, namely J.L. Moreno allows those who do psychodrama to use it more safely and with a greater understanding as to why they are doing what they are doing.Moreno created the triadic system of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, all of which are introduced in this seminal work.