Morenian Identity, Theory and Methodology

Members: Paola De Leonardis* and Marco Greco**
*Centro Studi di Psicodramma, Milano / Italy
** Studio di Psicodramma, Torino / Italy

Since 2007, within the FEPTO Research Committee, there were questions about the theoretical and methodological fundamentals of the contemporary psychodrama. In the early 2012, during the Research Committee in Porto (Portugal), a subgroup of RC members conceived the idea of finding a way for exchanging and reflecting together on these subjects. The group was composed by Gabriela Moita, Marco Greco, Ivan Fossati, Mari Rautiainen, Reijo Kauppila, Zoran Đurić, Tamara Cavic, Zsuzsa Marlok, Sirkka Varonen, Christian Stadler, Maria Guglielmin, Paola De Leonardis.

It took one year before the idea could become operative. The original group having split apart, its purpose was taken up on 2014 by the authors of this article.

Shortly we remind the aims of our sub-group research:
1) collect information on curricula and basic training models, within the FEPTO Training Institutes, and diffuse the results throughout the FEPTO Training Institutes;
2) invite the FEPTO Training Institutes to find ways to share theoretical and methodological perspectives and problems, included the PD research ones, which identify and strengthen a common Morenian identity.

We conceived two main steps for our research:

First step 2014-2016:
Psychodrama training in the manifold FEPTO world
It consists of a cognitive Survay, involving all FEPTO Training Institutes, on how Psychodrama is trained and on what theoretical and methodological contents is based.
Second step 2016-2018: A Psychodrama Essential Glossary
The task is to develop an Essential Psychodrama Glossary in collaboration with the FEPTO founding members and the chairs of the FEPTO Training Institutes.

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First step of a Survey within the FEPTO Training Institutes / May 5th 2016

As members of the RC subgroup “Morenian identity, theory and methodology”, Paola De Leonardis & Marco Greco present the final results of the first of a two steps survey directed to the FEPTO Training Institutes on the subject:
“How do we teach psychodrama, with which tools, and theoretical and methodological contents?”

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FEPTO Research Committee: Survay by the Subgroup

Following our survey on PD training organization and contents between FEPTO Training Institutes (published on FEPTO News 2017), we are keen to know your expert opinion on some main items concerning contemporary Psychodrama.
This request has been sent to all FEPTO Training Institutes and eminent psychodramatists in Europe. Here below you find some main items divided in 4 SECTIONS:
– Section 1: Specificity of Psychodrama as a psychological or educational approach
– Section 2: Integration of Psychodrama with other psychological or educational theories
– Section 3: The three basic theoretical assumptions of Psychodrama
– Section 4: Scientific research in Psychodrama

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Group Therapy with Children. Psychodrama with Children

Group Therapy with Children

Alfons Aichinger, Walter Holl
Peer groups have a great significance in children’s development. Since children express their problems through play and action, Alfons Aichinger and Walter Holl have developed the basic ideas and intervention possibilities of psychodrama for group therapy work with children in a process spanning over 35 years. Using vivid examples, they describe the appropriate composition of a group of children, the structure of a group therapy session, the group process, disorder-oriented and group process-oriented interventions and the demands placed on the leaders of these groups.


To Dream Again: A Memoir

To Dream Agaiin

Zerka T. Moreno (Author), Edward Schreiber (Editor)
The focal point of this Memoir is not to describe who Zerka was to J.L. Moreno, but to share who Zerka is to the world. “This is a story about a woman who is a legendary figure, not only in psychodrama, but in the overall field of psychotherapy. Zerka’s life, her international training sessions, and intellectual insights have truly had a powerful and therapeutic impact on people around the world.” Lewis Yablonsky, PhD Emeritus Professor of Sociology California State University-Northridge “Zerka Toeman Moreno tells us many wise stories of survivor courage, steely determination, graceful dignity, witty humor and just plain guts. This is a guidebook for being alive, being awake, caring about oneself and the world, taking ethical action, being fully human.

Myths, fairy tales, legends, dreams. Bridge beyond the conflicts

Myths, fairy tales, legends, dreams

Edited by Wilma Scategni and Stefano Maria Cavalitto
The cadenced, repetitive and periodic rhythm that marks the holding of individual analysis and the group sessions evokes an image of the cyclical nature of ritual experience. Rituals often serve to relate the sacred mythical world of the Gods, of the origins, to the world of everyday experience. Rituals recreate short time – the connection between earth and heaven and between the Gods and the people, in other words the feeling of the deep meaning of our own existence. The book explores this subject, grounding on the experience of many Group Psychotherapists and Analysts practicing in different nations, with different languages, cultural backgrounds and methods. You will find articles in English, in Italian and in Spanish.


Empowering Therapeutic Practice. Integrating Psychodrama into other Therapies

Empowering Practice
Edited by Paul Holmes, Mark Farrall and Kate Kirk
This book considers the potential areas for creative interaction between psychodrama and other therapeutic schools with the aim of elaborating and enriching the therapist’s professional practice. Each chapter presents a different model of integration, alongside a case study to illustrate its successful application in practice.

Show and Tell Psychodrama: Skills for Therapists, Coaches, Teachers, Leaders

Show and tell psychodrama

Karen Carnabucci
Show and Tell Psychodrama demonstrates to professionals how they can enhance and enliven their practices of psychotherapy, health care, law, education, business, spiritual growth, community activism, coaching and more. Psychodrama is the powerful interactive method of invigorating your creative potential to meet life challenges and opportunities. 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.


Impromptu Man

Impromptu man

Jonathan D. Moreno
mpromptu Man is the story of an unlikely combination of ideas that have helped shape our time.  Seen through the colorful personality and long career of one of the 20th century’s great innovators, the psychiatrist and psychodrama founder J.L. Moreno, this epic history takes the reader from the creative chaos of Habsburg Vienna to the wired world of Silicon Valley.  Impromptu Man is also a personal journey of discovery about the author’s father, who he only knew as an old man who watched as his profound insights were pulled apart and absorbed by the culture, ideas that have been richly vindicated in the 40 years since his death.


The Philosophy, Theory and Methods of J. L. Moreno

The Philosophy

John Nolte
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, understandable manner.


Counseling and Drama / Psychodrama a deux

psychodrame a deux

Marvin G. Knittel Ed. D.
This book deals with action methods of counseling when working one-on-one and with families. He explains psychodrama, its origin, and how it fits within the field of counseling. A limited number of publications exclusively devoted to explaining how psychodrama is used with one-on-one counseling were found and are summarized. They reflect divergent opinions which prompted the writing of this book for the seasoned professional counselor in the field and. for students in training.


Integrating Psychodrama and Systemic Constellation Work

Integrating Psychodrama

Karen Carnabucci and Ronald Anderson
Constellation work is based on the notion that people are connected by unseen energetic forces and suggests that the psychological, traumatic and survival experiences of our ancestors are genetically passed forward to the next generation and may live within us. Using insightful case studies from a variety of client groups, this book shows how Systemic Constellation Work can expand the possibilities of psychodrama techniques, and can be successfully integrated with psychodramatic enactment, guided imagery, ritual, concretization and other methods of healing and personal growth.


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