FEPTO Conference

Invitation for the FEPTO Conference

15th FEPTO Conference
Ohrid, North Macedonia, 22nd – 24th of May 2020
The Healing Power of Psychodrama

The Conference will be organized by FEPTO with local partner: AMIGDALA School for Psychodrama (RN Macedonia)


Moreno discovered the healing power of drama while he directed the Theatre of Spontaneity in Vienna in the early 1920’s, a project that he revived in New York in early 1930’s .

He considers health as an actualization process of roles and the Self, based on the two pillars of spontaneity and creativity. Moreno considers pathology as a state that is frozen in patterns which got stuck. There no longer seems to be any access to spontaneity and creativity. The rigid internalized role(s) no longer included the resources required to trigger the process of actualization, only reflexes and automatic responses prevail. Repeating rigid ways of being and acting limits all prospects, they become quasi sterile. Once a role freezes, the individual becomes incapable of adjusting to the diversity of a novel situation.

The Morenos believed psychodrama allowed new expressions of oneself and the integration of the inner and outer realities of a person, which could lead to psychological healing. And psychological healing leads to healing of the body and relations.

Psychodrama is a laboratory for learning how to live while giving space to ontogenetic and phylogenetic language. It is opening the space/stage to face fears, conquer weaknesses, and heal traumas, anxiety, depression, hate, love, dreams, relations, society. We can open stages for individual and group work in the schools, hospitals, work-places, offices, theaters, on the streets, factories, shops, university, psychiatric ordinations, psychological cabinets,

Psychodrama could deeply affect minds and produce cognitive changes, way of thinking, attitudes, believes, finding out and changing bias prejudges.

Psychodrama also can deeply touch and make changes in humans emotions. And it can deeply affect one spiritually.  Moreno says we are not human beings on a spiritual journey; we are spiritual beings on a human journey. And he made Psychodrama to heal the energy that vibrates and creates this dualism.

Human beings have the urge to act and interact: it is a part of their human condition; and it undoubtedly does influence and healing human state of being (emotionally, physically, psychologically, spiritually, mentally, socially, relationally….).

Psychodrama has also made us better people, for ourselves and for others, making us more acceptable, more tolerant, more emphatic, more conscious for society. It can enrich our life experiences and make us wiser.

On behalf of the local organization Committee chair:
Mirjana Jovanovska Stojanovska



During this FEPTO Conference we will focus on the healing possibilities that psychodrama technics provide us, by teaching us spontaneity to allow us to be creative. As Zerka says: “To touch the autonomous healing centre is our task as therapists”. The healing can be through a game, a dance, drawing, singing, acting, talking, encounters, modelling, writing, and fantasizing. Bring your experience and knowledge of psychodrama use to “heal” psychological problems, the soul, the body, interpersonal and society relations.

In this conference we are looking for experiential workshops that will concretise and explore the possibilities of “healing” offered by Psychodrama.

The 2-hour workshops should:

  • Be in English(no translation)
  • Explore a specific topic to the theme of the conference
  • Provide a theoretical frame relevant to the theme of the conference

The proposal should be sent in by the 31st of January, 2020

  1. The title
  2. The workshop leader(s) + Short abstract, incl.
  • Topic and the approach
  • Descriptions of methods/process that will be used
  • Contact information

Sent to us your proposal as soon as possible at:



FEPTO, an organization assisting European and Mediterranean countries, is a great international platform for exchange and support for member institutes and all persons who are interested in psychodrama and related methods. We try to make psychodrama practice/training more effective, recognizable and fruitful for society.

Our approach is capacious and flexible, we can apply it in many forms and contexts: individual, pairs, small and large groups, clinical/psychotherapy work, education, social work, health promotion, etc.

As a FEPTO council we would like to announce and invite you to present your work as a poster which will be shown at the forthcoming FEPTO Conference and AM in Tallinn, May 2019.

The goal of this project is to open an additional space for the participants to share the current activity in the field of psychodrama (including sociodrama and sociometry) and action methods with the audience of these FEPTO annual events.

We trust, that it will be interesting for all participants to see what kind of research you are actually undertaking or what kind of best practice/training you conduct. You are friendly invited to present your good practices or/final research findings in graphic form as a poster.

Posters can be prepared by the individual member or by the team of co-authors. After the poster session the best posters will be awarded! Encourage yourself and your colleagues – get your students involved!


  • What makes a good poster?
  • Important information is readable from about 3 meter away
  • The maximum size of the poster is A0 (841×1189 mm)
  • Title is short, clear connected to the content and draws interest
  • Text is clear and to the point, use between 300 to 800 words
  • Use of bullets, numbering and headings makes it easy to follow
  • You can also use graphics, colours, charts, photos, images
  • Choose consistent and clear layout
  • Think of what the most important/interesting finding in your research or other project is,and make it visible for the readers

Posters should be prepared in English, please check language.

What software can be used to make a poster?
The easiest way to prepare a poster is to outsource this to a professional graphics company, but you can also prepare it yourself using helpful software.

You can use licensed software like Power Point (a part of Microsoft Office package) as well as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or In Design. Another possibility is to use Open Source software like Open Office (impress is its Power Point alternative) Inkscape and Gimp (alternatives to Adobe products). For charts and diagrams, you can use e.g. Gliffy or Lovely Charts.
Please compare: https://guides.nyu.edu/posters

How to prepare and send your application?
Please inform us about author (co-authors) full name (s), affiliation and the title of the poster. Also send an abstract in English summarizing the content within 100 to 200 words. Include the information about the size of the printed version of your project.

The deadline for sending posters is 31 of March 2020. Confirmation of participation will be 15th March 2020. please, share your research and professional experience with others! Let your flower be visible! Make FEPTO a more flourishing organization!

Call for posters: until the 31st of March, 2020. Confirmation of participation will be 15th of April 2019. You can send your proposal using the Google Tables prepared by the LOC

Send us a proposal as soon as possible at:

Please, share your research and professional experience with others! Let your flower be visible! Make FEPTO a more flourishing organization!

FEPTO Posters Committee

Krzysztof Ciepliński, Judith Teszáry, and Vesna Blazevska

14th FEPTO Conference
Tallinn, Estonia, 17th – 19th of May 2019
Mindful Action for Development –
Learning of Individuals and Groups

The conference was organized by FEPTO with local partners: Tallinn Psychodrama Institute (Estonia), MTÜ Tartu Psühhodraama Instituut (Estonia) and Helsinki Psychodrama Institute (Finland) in Tallinn, Estonia



Reijo Kauppila

I am the director and the main trainer in Helsinki Psychodrama Institute, Finland. I am a Psychodrama Trainer TEP, and M.Ed. in Adult Education. I am a certified supervisor and business coach, too. Extremely interested in adult learning and development. My two main interests in psychodrama training are 1) to research and develop the pedagogical and educational competences of trainers and training institutes, and 2) to concretize, what makes learning in and by psychodrama so special 3) to develop applications of psychodrama, sociodrama and sociometry for organisations and leadership. I give seminars in psychodrama, supervision and coaching in Finland and in other European countries, and I work in organizations in private and public sectors. International projects, like Inspirational Pedagogy and EBTS-Trainings, are ways for me to develop psychodrama in different fields of application. Chair of LOC.

Endel Hango

I am the foreign minister of Tartu Psychodrama Institute, Estonia, a trainer and a teacher of psychodrama and playback theatre. I also work in a professional setting with organisations and teams, helping them enhance their creativity and spontaneity.
My first education is in psychology and economy.
And I love to play with chaos and order, spontaneity and systemic thinking to enhance growth.

Aivar Simmermann

Founder of Moreno Centre and Tallinn Psychodrama Institute, Estonia. Doctor of theatre sciences, psychodrama supervisor and trainer, TEP: Member of Crisis Program for Children and Youth






Pille Isat

Founder of Moreno Centre and Tallinn Psychodrama Institute, Estonia.
Psychologist, psychodrama therapist, supervisor and trainer, TEP.
Member of Estonian Psychotherapy Association and Crisis Program for Children and Youth.


LOC coordinator: Reijo Kauppila
Tel: +358 44 599 3377

Secretary of the conference: Katrin Laansalu
Email: conference2019@fepto.com




Featured Event

Research Committee meeting:
Beyond numbers and words. Measuring & understanding psychodrama

10th – 13th of October 2019
Sigmund Freud University
Vienna, Austria

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FEPTO Conference

15th FEPTO Conference:
The Healing Power of Psychodrama

22nd to 24th of May, 2020
Ohrid, North Macedonia

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» Program

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Annual Meeting

28th FEPTO AM:
Topic to be decided

24th to 28th of May, 2020
Ohrid, North Macedonia

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