FEPTO Conference


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

Provisionally program. The final program, including the presentation of the workshops and leaders will be uploaded after the closing time for proposing a workshop.

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Friday, the 17th of May, 2019

15.00 – 16.15    Registration
16.15 – 17.30    Opening and warm-up
17.30 – 17.45    Coffee break
17.45 – 19.15    Lecture about neuroscience and neuropsychology
19.15 – 20.30    Dividing into small home groups and a home group meeting – Home groups are for reflection and integration of lecture to own work and psychodrama
20.30                Dinner

Saturday, the 18th of May, 2019

10.00 – 11.00    Key note speaker Riin Seema, Phd: What is mindfulness and how it develops?
11.99 – 11.30    Home groups: Reflection and integration to own work and psychodrama
11.30 – 12.00    Coffee break
12.00 – 14.00    Workshops I: see Call for workshops, send your own proposal to give a workshop!
14.00 – 15.30    Lunch (not included in the conference fee)
15.30 – 17.30    Workshops II: see Call for workshops, send your own proposal to give a workshop!
17.30 – 18.00    Coffee break
18.00 – 19.30    Home groups: Reflection and integration to own work and psychodrama
20.00 –               Dinner & PARTY!

Sunday, May, the 13th  

10.00 – 11.30   Key note speakers Sirkku Aitolehti, Kirsti Silvola, and Päivi Rahmel, all Psychodrama Trainers TEP: Learning in and by psychodrama
11.30 – 12.00    Coffee break
12.00 – 13.00    Home groups: Reflection and integration to own work and psychodrama
13.00 – 14.00    Integration and closure

Changes in the program may occur.


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

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

From the Sigtuna FEPTO conference, Sweden 2017


1. Moreno’s philosophy: Encounter, living sociometry and socio-psychodrama.
Monica Zuretti, MD

More important than science is its result
One answer provokes a hundred questions”
J. L. Moreno (Vienna 1914)

Moreno’s concepts and philosophy was born from the deep experiences of his life. Maybe it can be sum up in this words:

The meeting of two, eye to eye, face to face
nd when you are near I will tear your eyes out
and place them instead of mine,
and you will tear mine and place them instead of yours
then I will look at you with your eyes
and you will look at me with mine
J. L. Moreno (Vienna, 1914)

Encounter and role reversal is the real focus of Moreno’s philosophy an encounter always includes a third to witness that encounter.

Monica Zuretti“The first step towards a philosophy of the moment is to define and establish the moment as a concept in its own right“, “three aspects mast be emphasized Status nascendi, the locus, and the matrix of identity. These represent different phases of the same process“ (J L Moreno, Sociometry  vol. 4 May, 1941)
Sociometry is a central part of the encounter philosophy as it unfold itself in life. The living sociometry expresses itself in relationships and tele, it is the factor that aloud cohesive actions in a group or on a society. Sociopsychodrama is rooted in Morenos encounter philosophy.

In this lecture we will sum up Morenos philosophy by focusing on this three central concepts of his work: his encounter term, matrix, living sociometry role playing and sociopsychodrama.

Prof. Monica Zuretti, MD: Psychodrama Clinica Posgrado Facultad de Psicologia Universidad de Buenos Aire, Argentina Director of Psychodrama Moreno Institute directed by J. L. Moreno and Zerka Moreno

Facilitator: Børge Kristoffersen is professor at Queen Maud University College, in Trondheim, Norway and Director of Sociopsychodrama.


2. The Human Stage. Hannah Arendt’s Conception of Politics
Ulrika Björk

The lecture introduces the central ideas of Hannah Arendt‘s conception of politics by drawing, first, on her metaphorical use of drama and theatre in her theory of action and political judgement, and, second, on examples of Arendt’s political readings of Greek Tragedy.

Ulrika Björk, PhD, philosopher, Södertörn University, Stockholm



1. Who Shall Survive. What can we learn by Role Reversing with Nature?
Jana Damjanov

“Human beings have more than psychological, biological, social and cultural roles – we have cosmic entity. Reducing our responsibility to purely psychological, social and biological elements makes us alienated. We are equally responsible for the entire universe, all forms of being and all the values, or our responsibility doesn’t mean absolutely nothing!” J. L. Moreno

Jana DamjanovDisconnection from the natural world may be contributing to our planet’s and personal destruction. We are surrounded by extreme technological progress, alienation through the development of technology and virtual reality, social networks, and people are becoming even more anthropocentric, narcissistic and orientated towards extrinsic values. The fact is also that we are living in a time of global warming and climate change, where it is emergency to raise our ecological self and try to create our living more ecologically aware, in peace with nature.

Moreno thought that human mind can imagine more than the reality is given to it and that one of the goals of psychodrama as method is to bend the reality in order to explore it and try to find out different answers and solutions to the present problems and questions. So, by role reversing with the elements of nature one could gain many information and answers that could lead to actions in preventing the alienation from our own nature and environment that surrounds us.

In this workshop we are going to explore what might happen and what information can we receive by role reversing with different elements of nature or connecting with natural entities and identities, and linking our experiences with planet Earth, oceans, forests, mythical creatures related to nature and Pacha Mama.

Jana Damjanov: MSc clinical psychologist, Psychodrama therapist, trainer and supervisor.


2. The counties brings their Youth in a Sociodrama workshop
Sofia Symeonidou, Manuela Maciel   

Partner organizations from 4 countries Hungary, Portugal, Greece, Sweden of the Erasmus + project: PERFORMERS will present their work with youth workers, together with professional socio-and psychodramatists. How can our methods be used in this work with youths staying at institutes, at refugee camps, with disadvantaged and marginalized youth?

The youth in temporary society has a lot of faces. We work with youth that suffers from the absence of their legal rights according the International Convention for children’s rights. Youth without voice, without control over their present and future, without the belief that they can change their life are our main target.

Manuela MacielHow can we contribute to improve their lives is one of the issues that we will explore in this workshop.  How can we contribute to give support – protection and trust; the feeling of belonging and create a vision of a better future. These are the main areas that we will work on in order to liberate them to life. How compassion can be a bridge in the present in Sophia Simeonidouorder to have a future?

Every country brings to the Conference their Youth. So let’s meet them. Let’s give them voice by working with Sociometry and Sociodrama methodology.

Sofia Symeonidou: Psychodrama Psychotherapist Trainer and Supervisor, Director of CESAP in Greece, Trainer in Human Rights.

Manuela Maciel: Clinical and Social Psychologist, Coordinator in Psychotherapy Center “ESFINGE”.  Psychodrama Trainer and Supervisor at the Portuguese Psychodrama Society.


3. One day in the “House of Encounter” – Spontaneity, Creativity and Encounter”
Galabina Tarashoeva

“Come to us from all nations! We will give you shelter!”

The participants will be invited to go back in the time and space – in Vienna before World War I.  If you would like to experience “The religion of Encounter” and to spend “one day” in the community based on its principles, come and be with us! You will have a chance to take part in the activities in and around the “House of Encounter” for immigrants and refugees, in 1909.  The social upheavals in the capital of Austro Hungarian monarchy, Vienna, were linked with the formation of the “The religion of  Encounter” and the idea for sociodrama. Together we could meet the philosophy of Moreno for Anonymity, for Galabina TarashoevaSpontaneity and Creativity.

‘Encounter’ means meeting, contact of bodies, confrontation, countering and battling, seeing and perceiving, touching and entering into each other, sharing and loving, communicating with each other in a primary, intuitive manner, by speech or gesture, by kiss and embrace, becoming one – una cum uno. It encompasses not only loving, but also hostile and threatening relationships. It is not only an emotional rapport, like the professional meeting of a physician or therapist and patient, or intellectual rapport, like teacher and student, or a scientific rapport, like a participant observer and his subject. It is a meeting on the most intensive level of communication.” (Moreno, 1969, p. 26)

Galabina Tarashoeva, Psychodrama Center Orpheus, Sofia, Bulgaria


4. The moral atom: exploring ethics in-action
Ioanna Psalti

The idea is to briefly present the framework of the model (moral atom) and then let the participants explore it sociodramatically.
J L. Moreno’s social atom postulated that the smallest social structure in a community – “the nucleus of relations” – cannot be less than two persons.

As a result we can only be understood within our personal/social context.  The healing process between therapist and client is one such relation bound by a moral contract ‘to do no harm’.  The session introduces the concept of the moral atom, the ‘nucleus of the healing relation’ between therapist and client and it explores how such relation is constantly challenged by the system around it.
Ioanna PsaltiThe moral atom of a therapist is a set of accountability (regulatory or legal) and moral responsibility relationships (at individual, organisational, institutional and collective level) in the stakeholder group in health care, including the community and the environment. The moral atom preserves one’s agency when core professional and personal values are challenged the most.  It follows therefore the moral considerations rooted in Moreno’s ideas: “A truly therapeutic procedure cannot have less of an objective than the whole of mankind”.

The session is a hybrid between a seminar and an interactive workshop where participants will explore a plethora of interacting human roles (physical, psychological, social, ethical etc) with both individual and collective aspects e.g. the therapist as a healer and as a gatekeeper of community resources. 

Ioanna Psalti: Sociodramatist, organisational advisor in health and research policies, researcher (medical ethics, identity and trust in supra structures like the European Union), co-editor of the British Journal for Psychodrama and Sociodrama.
“I have been trained by Ron Wiener and Di Adderley in Sociodrama and I am working on ethics in medicine.I have recently developed a model to show how changes in responsibilities of healthcare professionals as a result of changes in the healthcare systems across Europe can be best understood by integrating Moreno’s ideas on social atom; and how sociodrama can be used to explore ethical questions and instill compassion to healthcare professionals.
This work is to be published as two chapters in a forthcoming publication on primary care ethics.”


5. Moreno’s genetic matrix: what psychodrama can teach us about relation between DNA structure and our roles in life
Giulia Carignani

“Man is more than a psychological, biological, social and cultural entity; is cosmic entity. Reducing the man’s responsibility to purely psychological, social and biological life gets him an alienated. Because it is equally responsible for the entire universe, all forms of being and all the values or his responsibility does not mean absolutely nothing”. J L Moreno

Giulia CarignaniFirst part of workshop will be run with different sociometric questions related to the DNA, molecules in cell and genes. Also, participants are going to take the role of molecules in the cell, and the role of genes to see how are their relationships.  If anyone expresses the need to make a short psychodramatic scene or vignette, it would be possible.

In the second part of workshop, participants will be able to represent a personal scene that can be related to a symptom or disease. Protagonists will explain how they feel about it and what do they think is happening within their bodies, in the cells and in the genome. If the genetic predisposition is clear, then it is possible to work on the molecular mechanism that creates a disease. It is also possible to have a scene about the germ cells and the fertilization or the earlier phases of embryo’s life. It is important to bear in mind that working with genetic matrix also represents working with generations and inherited message, emotions and diseases.

Giulia Carignani, MD: Resident Physician in Medical Genetics and Psychodrama Director of the “Zerka T. Moreno” Centre (Lucca, Italy)


6. Exploring the power of Choice
Jacomien Ilbrink de Visser

Ilbrink JacomienIn this workshop we will incorporate non-violent communication with Morenian methods to explore our constant individual choices. Our personal choices are resulting from fulfilling conscious and unconscious needs and ensuing strategies. The concept of the Canon of Creativity serves as a backdrop for understanding that if enough people start to make different choices the Canon will become activated and might tip. In this way we will investigate feasibilities of creating an interdependent world, rather than an individualized world.

Jacomien Ilbrink de Visser: is a psychodramatist from Dutch origin and was educated in creative arts therapies as well as psychodrama and Sociometry in New York City. Jacomien has focused her specialization on sociometry and sociodrama.


6. She, who must not be named is back… to business
Andrei Yegorov

andrei yegenov1Foreword. I was amazed how easily psychodrama (feminine in Russian) found her own place in in organisational context.  Nevertheless, business prefers not to reveal her origins and connections to psychotherapy in team and leadership development. At the same time business eagerly follows the rules and process and benefits from its effects: fun, excitement, insights.

IN BUSINESS, BUT INCOGNITO. It’s so easy to apply techniques of psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry, work with objects in team & leadership development. I’ll show some of the best cases from my experience at the workshop. Then, I’d like to share and discuss the borderline; a director would like to be aware of if he works within organisations. I hope you will find new opportunities to bring your own experience from psychotherapy to business – after all, we’re people, even if we’re in business.

Andrei Yegorov: head of teamwork practice at Odgers Berndson – a worldwide executive search company. I have more than 10 years of practice in business consulting, training & executive coaching, certified in Hogan assessments, MBTI, group coaching. I work as a team coach with top-teams of international companies (Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, Danaher, Reiffeisen), and the Russian ones. I’m currently studying psychotherapeutic psychodrama at Elena Lopukhina’s school in Moscow. andrei.egorov@odgersberndtson.ru








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