Three (3) hours per week / Twelve (12) hours total Dates: Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021 Attend ALL or ANY of the sessions:
Time: 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM Central Time (Dallas, USA) 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (UK) Language: ENGLISH
About the training: J.L. Moreno defined spontaneity as our ability to find new responses to old situations, or adequate responses to novel situations. He also saw our ability to respond to situations with spontaneity as a measure of good mental health, while the inability to do so, as a sign of anxiety. His words couldn’t be more relevant in the current world pandemic, a novel and unprecedented situation, which is highly anxiety provoking, yet demands of us to remain spontaneous and find adequate responses in continuing to deliver our work as psychotherapists.
This series of experiential workshops emerged from my attempts to respond spontaneously to the challenges of the pandemic in my psychodrama work. My aim is to present, demonstrate and share one-to-one psychodrama techniques, which were initially developed for face-to-face work, but can be readily adapted to working with clients via online video platforms. The series consist of four sessions, each focusing on different and particular techniques and aspects of one-to-one work. They are designed in a way, that will hopefully provide helpful learning to those choosing to attend only one or a few of the sessions; while those attending all four sessions would be able to join up and integrate these in an equally meaningful way. All sessions will be experiential, with demonstrations of the techniques, allowing participants to consider how to incorporate them into their own practice.
Session 1: March 2, 2021 ‘Internal psychodrama’ This technique works with internal and symbolic dramatization, with the client visualising and experiencing the action, but without physically executing it. Instead, the dramatic interaction with characters happens internally/mentally. It has been developed and furthered by Brazilian psychodramatists such as Bustos, Dias, Godoy and Fonseca.
Session 2: March 9, 2021 ‘The matrix of defences’ This session will present a particular technique which aims to identify, understand and elaborate defensive structures that have emerged from ruptures experienced in the early significant relationships, or later traumas; as well as look at opportunities for reparation via the psychodrama work. This technique emerged from Dalmiro Bustos’s approach to internal work with reactive characters, and his concepts of ‘locus’, ‘status nascendi’ and ‘matrix’.
Session 3: March 16, 2021 ‘Relationship psychotherapy’ This is a working modality developed by the Brazilian Jose Fonseca, a technique derived from analytical therapy and psychodrama, and described as a minimalist version of psychodrama. The expression ‘relationship psychotherapy’ emphasises the relational philosophy (Martin Buber) within the therapeutic work, and it deals with the client-therapist relationship (here and now), the client’s external relationships, and the relationships from the client’s internal world (the client’s internal sociometry). Scenes are played out verbally; there is no external dramatic action, no stage or stage markings, and no physical interaction.
Session 4: March 23, 2021 ‘The melting clock’ This workshop will explore loss and grief from the perspective of psychodrama theory, and the psychodramatic technique of the ‘melting clock’ developed by Zoli Figusch, specifically aiming at processing stuck, unresolved or pathological grief. It will explore the origins of grief reactions in the context of the matrix of identity and the early experiences of relating and separation; compare the healthy evolution of grief reactions as opposed to pathological grief; and present the psychodrama technique of the ‘melting clock’ developed for grief work.
Cost: All 4 sessions: Professionals and general public: $280 One session: Professionals and general public: $80All 4 sessions: College students & retiree: $200 One session: College students & retiree: $60
For partial scholarship opportunities contact firstname.lastname@example.org Payment, in case of cancellation, will be credited to future workshops.
Up to 12 hours for certification through the :
International Tele'Drama Institute (ITI)
International Society of Experiential Therapies (ISEP)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for UK participants
Up to 12Texas LPC, LMFT and LSW CEUs
You will receive the zoom invitation via email. The best way to participate is through your computer; however you may attend via a tablet or cellphone.
ZOLI FIGUSCH is a psychodrama psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, a member of the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Zoli is a member of the BPA’s Executive Committee and their representative to FEPTO. He is also a member of the North-West Psychodrama Association, and the series editor of the newly re-published series of J.L. Moreno’s books. For his involvement with this work, in 2013 he received the ASGPP’s ’Zerka T. Moreno’ Award. Zoli is the editor of three psychodrama books: ‘Sambadrama – The Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama’; ‘From one-to-one psychodrama to large group socio-psychodrama’; and ‘The J.L. Moreno memorial photo album’. Zoli works as a principal psychotherapist at a specialist psychotherapy service for clients with personality disorders, in Maidstone, UK.
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