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Development & Network Committee

Members

Dolgopolov, Nifont (Russia), migipmail@mtu-net.ru
Gött, Hilde (Germany), hildegoett@t-online.de
Lagarakis, Stylianos (Greece), stylianoslagarakis@yahoo.com
Mesquita, Jose Luis (Portugal), joseluismesquita@gmail.com
Moita, Gabriela (Portugal), gabriela.moita@mail.telepac.pt
Schouten, Peter John (Netherlands), peterjohn@psychodrama.nu
Stolker, Loes (Netherlands), mail@pjschouten.com
Verdu, Eduardo (Norway), eduardo@psykodrama.no

Chair

Fred Dorn  (Germany)  development@fepto.com

 

The idea to start a Network Committee in FEPTO was initiated in Vienna as one of the seven chairs. The idea was to create a special chair to represent the growing need in FEPTO for more contacts between our members. There was a feeling that FEPTO grew up very much in the last few years and with it was born the need for more networking.
Networking is about creating more meaningful dialogues for our personal and professional developments as FEPTO members. We represent Psychodrama Institutes and training organizations. Behind us are many trainers, teachers, students, trainees and graduates. Creating networking can help FEPTO become a broader psychodrama community and allow more contacts and interactions.

The rationale behind networking is to encourage FEPTO members to have more encounters with one another for the purpose of professional exchange, mutual support and exchange of teachers and students.
In some countries local psychodramatists do not meet one another. Some Psychodrama Institutes are located in the same city without any contacts between them. Networking activities may reduce competition, tension and unnecessary power struggles between institutes and increase the possibility of professional dialogue and cooperation.

Belgrade networkAs FEPTO members we meet only once a year, usually in a very pact and busy schedule. We hardly have time to spend with one another. The network committee wants to encourage FEPTO members to have more possibilities for exchange of ideas, feelings and new professional developments. We need more intervision time and therefore we suggest to have in each FEPTO meeting time devoted to intervision sessions as part of the annual meeting program. This might give us a chance to learn more closely about the structure, content, concerns and the experience collected by our different training programs and share mutual questions and concerns.

The Network Committee can cooperate with the Newsletter to collect and distribute information regarding international and European psychodrama calendar of events, conferences, professional activities, workshops and about new articles and books in our field.
It might be a good idea of FEPTO creating in the future the European Psychodrama Association open to professional individuals and to students who are interested in Psychodrama and Sociodrama. Through the networking process we can find out if this is a real need and start creating the basis for it.

For the purpose of better networking and communications we would like to suggest that FEPTO will publish a booklet in printing and/or on the internet of the different psychodrama training programs in Europe including the name, contact address, phone, email address, site, director, trainers and teachers, short description of the training process etc.

We suggest creating more network groups which can meet once or twice a year. One meeting connected to the annual FEPTO meeting (during the pre- or post- FEPTO meeting) and the other meeting sometime in between the annual meetings for one weekend, each time in another country. This kind of a group can become a constant source of trust and support and allow members to work psychodramatically on personal and professional issues. The possibility of creating such networking groups can be organized during our next meeting in Gent.

We have already one group like this called The Matrix Group which started in Cluj and met already in Berlin, Athens, Glasgow and Belgrade. In the end of August we had an effective and meaningful meeting in Belgrade with Dr. Zoran Iliic and Vera his wife as wonderful and special hosts. We came up there with the following reasons why to have such a network experience: 1) Fascination by working together. 2) Inspiration and support. 3) Containment of feelings. 4) Learning with emotions. 5) Balanced personal and professional experience. 6) Value of sharing without masks. 7) Accepting the differences. 8) Peace.

1. Repport for the Council meeting in Dave, October 2016

At the AM in Marathon several Small Groups were built to work on topics chosen by the participants and to learn from each other – how they do work in their working fields and how they can find possibilities of cooperation in “Times of Conflict and Change”.

One Working Group was built on the topic of Networking as one activity and working field of FEPTO. This group consisted of two former Council members – Yaacov Naor (Israel) and Norbert Apter  (Switzerland) – the present Chair of Networking and Development – Fred Dorn (Germany), Elena Evstatieva (Bulgaria) and Endel Hango (Estonia). So this Working Group did not specifically work on training issues to be demonstrated and studied, but how to organize Networking in a large society like FEPTO, representing almost all European and Mediterranean countries.

Though we were only five people our small group covered almost the total geographical scale of Europe – from North – Estonia – to South – Israel – and from East – Bulgaria – to West – Germany and Switzerland.

We started from the very beginning – how to create a Network Group? – and most important – which are the basic needs? We stated: to be perceived, to be respected and accepted, to show each other one’s key how to be useful for one another and last not least to find common interests.

These were the personal thoughts of our group members, but how to combine them with the needs and requirements of an organization like FEPTO spread over all Europe –

  • which could be the benefit – for the organization and the different networking groups as well?
  • How do they function?
  • How the relationship to the organization should be defined – open enough to give space for self-development and as well mandatory in order to set some rules to be kept and to create a reliable and functioning system of Networking?

We tried to find some answers. We worked out a proposal on Guidelines to be consented on and put some questions that should be discussed in our community. We presented our result shortly at the end of the AM.

Fred Dorn
Chair of Development and Networking Committee

2. New chair for Development and Network Committee

First of all, I must say, I am glad not to be bound to start at zero nor to invent the wheel anew. By the help of Yaacov Naor, former Chair of Network Committee and especially by Norbert Apter, former Chair of Development I got the information I am able and ready to start with. Reading the papers, listening to Norbert and remembering the first meeting the new board had in Marathon, I think there is a lot of work to be done. Where to start, whom to address, how to contribute to the welfare and fruitful development of FEPTO? As I understand it, the Chair of Development covers the whole scale – development in research, membership, international affairs, ethics and of course networking – whereas the Networking Committee exclusively is concerned with the different groups existing in this Committee, working by their own and at the same time connected with FEPTO. How to organize this relationship, how to make it fruitful for the development of the groups, for networking between the groups and of course, for the FEPTO community? So, since I am responsible for the two chairs, I think it is best to start with the Networking Groups.

Networking Groups might be the nuclei of common activities, might help to make contacts between groups and institutes, might find common tasks and common responsibilities, may “reduce competition, tension and unnecessary power struggles between institutes and increase the possibility of professional dialogue and cooperation”.
Suggested guidelines to reach this aims do already exist, you find them…., but as we saw in Bonn, they have to be discussed, clarified, and decided.

So there are some of the crucial questions to be answered:

  • How about the membership in Networking Groups – which requirements do they have to fulfill and which relationship is required considering the FEPTO community – who can be a member of a Network Group?
  • Which guidelines have to be produced by the different groups and how do they coincide with the major guidelines of FEPTO?
  • If there are conflicts – especially in the case of ethical complaints – and the council has made its decision – in which time the Networking Group has to carry out this decision?
  • What about the guests, the different Networking Groups are allowed to invite – which status do they have, how long may they be “guests”?
  • In which way Networking Groups are entitled to act in the name of FEPTO – which rules, which guidelines have to be considered, which legal consequences to be thought of?
  • Last but not least, how members of the FEPTO community may be encouraged to join existing Networking Groups or to create new ones?

About these questions I would like to discuss with the coordinators of the different Networking Groups. I invite you to share with me your experiences, your – maybe -, disappointments, your expectations, and your hopes. I should like to discuss this topic openly by the use of a FEPTO-internet platform to be created.

And I would like to arrange a meeting between the coordinators of the Network Groups – hopefully before the next AM so that already then we could present some results.

Fred Dorn
Chair of Development and Networking Committee

 

3. New guidelines for the network groups / March 2014

  1. Network groups are groups initiated by representatives of member organisations aiming at general or specific purposes within FEPTO.
  2. The prerequisite for joining a Network group is to be the representative of a FEPTO member organization. However, the inclusion of an applying representative needs to be unanimously approved by the Network group.
  3. Network groups are responsible for creating clear guidelines on how to accept new members.
  4. When a member of the Network group is no longer a representative of the FEPTO member organization, he/she is still entitled to stay on as a member of the Network group as an individual.
  5. The only exception to this rule is if an ethical complaint should arise. In that case, the decision whether to freeze or not the individual’s participation in the Network group then becomes a concern of the Chair of the Ethics Committee and Advisory Board of Ethics. Their recommendation will be forwarded to the Council who ratifies the decision.
  6. Each Network group decides its own time structure, the place of meeting, the content and form of the activities, the size of the group and the admission procedure to the group.
  7. Network groups have the possibility of inviting a guest to the meeting who are not however entitled to become members of the group.
  8. Each Network Group shall choose a coordinator who represents the group and who is responsible for writing a report to be sent to the Chair of the Network Committee once or twice a year to be published in the FEPTO Newsletter.


4. September 2013 – Network Committee: a new Chair

From its creation, quite a number of years ago, to now the Network Committee has developed itself quite a lot. We owe it to Yaacov Naor whose commitment to facilitate networking of FEPTO members has been present all the way through, and whose willingness to encourage the creation of new Network groups ended up being fruitful: almost half of FEPTO members are involved one way or another in networking! Congratulations and thank you Yaacov!

As I am taking the Chair of this Committee, I am definitely willing to pursue, as Yaacov did, elaborating projects/dreams to promote cooperation and professional growth.
If we don’t dream who will dream for us? If we don’t evaluate the realism of our dreams, how will we know if we could implement them? And if we don’t act, nothing will happen.

Here are some plans/dreams that might have to be considered and acted upon: (1) Creating a FEPTO Summer Training School, (2) developing an International Networking, (3) participating (co-creating ) events with large Psychodrama Association etc… let us check what is feasible and how, and what is not. We will also take into account some of the proposals made in the Development Committee’s thinktanks: (4) making known (and possibly visible on the website) what is each network group about, what are its goals, how it functions, who can join and how etc.,

Another members’ idea seems to be quite exciting for many people: (5) figuring out a way to enlarge the knowledge of inner resources of the membership. With so many members FEPTO has such a great number of diverse expertise. Where are they? What about? And why not even make them visible to the world (on the website)?

Such are the challenges that the Networking Committee is planning to face in the next two years… WITH YOUR INPUTS!

Norbert Apter, chair of Network Committee


5. Networking Committee report in December 2012/New network group: Psychodrama in organizations

Networking is growing in FEPTO. We experience the initiations of new network groups. In this report we would like to share with you the creation of a new network group which was announced in the FEPTO AM in Oslo.

But first a reminder why it is important for us to take part in the ongoing network activities. Networking is about creating more meaningful encounters and dialogues for our personal support and professional exchange and development as FEPTO members. In the last few years we feel the growing need in FEPTO for more contacts between our members especially in light of the fact that FEPTO is becoming a large organization with many representatives. In some countries local psychodramatists even do not meet one another. Some Psychodrama Institutes are located in the same city without any contacts between them. Networking activities may reduce competition, tension and unnecessary power struggles between institutes and increase the possibility of professional dialogue and cooperation. Most FEPTO members meet only once a year, usually in a very pact and busy schedule. We hardly have time to spend with one another.

The Network Committee wants to encourage FEPTO members to have more possibilities for exchange of ideas, feelings and new professional developments. We need more intervision time and therefore we suggest having in each FEPTO meeting time which is devoted to small groups’ sessions as part of the annual meeting program. This was implemented in the last few FEPTO meetings. It gave us a chance to learn more closely about the structure, content, concerns and the experience collected by our different training programs and share mutual questions and concerns. We would like to encourage FEPTO members to create new ongoing Networking Groups.

The new network group which was formed in Oslo is: “Psychodrama in Organizations” NEW Network Group.

The introduction meeting of this group took place in Oslo. Annick Milet which represents Institut ODeF from Geneva initiated the creation of this group. In a letter which was sent to FEPTO members she explained the following:
The overall objective of the group is to represent the non-therapeutically use of psychodrama within FEPTO. This is linked to three main interests:
1. Create a professional exchange platform to understand group members specialties, find overlapping or complementary fields of interests; to support each other by sharing ideas, asking questions, making proposals, posting articles or interesting links (inter vision and debates)
2. To enhance the “marketing” of the psychodrama within organizations
Nowadays, everybody wants action and role plays in the trainings. We use one of the methodologies which are at the very base of all those “action techniques” and still this is not always understood, used and communicated. So we could work on presenting the theoretical foundations of our work.
3. Participate in FEPTO life: links with other committees (training for coaches and trainers, ethical code to be used with organizations) participation in FEPTO development (as FEPTO has become a big organization)

This is a closed group, meaning that only approved members can join.
All those who are interested to get more information about the aims of this group, its action plan and the way to join should contact Annick through her email address: annick.milet@odef.ch

Yaacov Naor

 

6. Networking Committee report in May 2012

Networking is about creating more meaningful encounters and dialogues for our personal support and professional exchange and development as FEPTO members. In the last few years we feel the growing need in FEPTO for more contacts between our members. There was a feeling that FEPTO grew up very much and with it was born the need for more networking.

The rationale behind networking is to encourage FEPTO members to have more encounters with one another for the purpose of professional exchange, mutual support and exchange of teachers and students. In some countries local pschodramatists do not meet one another. Some Psychodrama Institutes are located in the same city without any contacts between them. Networking activities may reduce competition, tension and unnecessary power struggles between institutes and increase the possibility of professional dialogue and cooperation.

As FEPTO members we meet only once a year, usually in a very pact and busy schedule. We hardly have time to spend with one another. The network committee wants to encourage FEPTO members to have more possibilities for exchange of ideas, feelings and new professional developments. We need more intervision time and therefore we suggest to have in each FEPTO meeting time devoted to intervision sessions as part of the annual meeting program. This was implemented in the last few FEPTO meetings. It gave us a chance to learn more closely about the structure, content, concerns and the experience collected by our different training programs and share mutual questions and concerns.

We would like to encourage FEPTO members to create new ongoing Networking Groups like the Matrix Group and the new Networking group which was initiated by Arsa Kayir and met for the first time in Neve Shalom, Israel March 2011. These groups meet twice a year; each time for three days long.

The Matrix Group meets twice a year for the last 8 years. This group had another fruitful and meaningful meeting in Neve Shalom, Israel during the FEPTO Annual meeting March 2011 and another meeting in Vienna November 18-21, 2011 hosted warmly by Norbert Neureutter in his Psychodrama Center. The next meetings of this group will take place in Oslo June 14-16, 2012 and in Porto September 28-30, 2012.

The group has the following ethical guidelines:
1) The Matrix Group is mainly an inter-vision group.
2) Each member of the Matrix Group is committed for 3 years (or 6 meetings) starting in January 2011.
3) The Matrix Group will open itself for new members as long the size of the group stays 14 members.
4) Each new coming member to the Matrix Group should answer the following criteria:
a) He/she should be officially representing a psychodrama organization which is a member of FEPTO in the time of his/her admittance to the group.
b) He/she is a main psychodrama trainer in the institute or organization which he/she represents.
c) He/she agrees to abide by Matrix Group rules and FEPTO Code of Ethics.

The members of the Matrix Group came up with the following reasons why to have such a network experience: 1) Fascination by working together. 2) Inspiration and support. 3) Containment of feelings. 4) Learning with emotions. 5) Balanced personal and professional experience. 6) Value of sharing without masks.
7) Accepting the differences. 8) Peace.

The Networking Committee is planning the following projects in the future:
1) Creation of a Summer Training School for FEPTO. This will be done with cooperation of the Training and the Development committees.
2) Creating an International Psychodrama Networking.
3) Co-creating International Psychodrama Conferences together with IAGP, ASGPP, BPA and ANZPA.

Yaacov Naor
Chair, Networking Committee

 

7. International Psychodrama Association – Is it Possible?

During the IAGP Mediterranean Conference in Porto, Portugal on September 2011 we had a meeting of the IAGP Psychodrama Section which took place on September 8, 2011. The meeting was directed by Maurizio Gasseau, IAGP Psychodrama Section Chair.

We had a very important discussion regarding an initiation to create an International Psychodrama Association. The goal is to create a clear professional networking arena, have more effective relationships between different Psychodrama Organizations in different parts of the world. This is in order to promote and develop the future of Psychodrama on the international level.

Marcia Karp said that this idea has a long history and that it is important to integrate different styles of Psychodrama and not just to integrate the different Psychodrama Schools. She also suggested an International Congress of Psychodrama with representatives from different countries and continents.

There were strong voices from some people expressing the need to unite and create a World Federation of Psychodrama like FEPTO for Europe. Or create similar federations as FEPTO in other continents and then connect them or create a process of networking between these federations.

Helosia Fleury from Brazil said that it is necessary to have an action plan for the future and suggested a creation of a special international committee to meet and discuss the idea and the come up with an action plan.

There was a decision made to create such an International Psychodrama Committee. The people who were nominated and chosen for this committee are: Rene Marineau (Canada), Maurizio Gasseau (Italy), Manuela Maciel (Portugal), Helosia Fleury (Brazil), Jacob Gershoni (USA), and Yaacov Naor (Israel).

The first meeting of this committee will be held in Yamachiche, near Montreal, Canada in the end of April 2012 hosted by The International Center for Expressive Psychotherapy under the direction of Rene Marineau. A report of this meeting will be send to the FEPTO members.

Yaacov Naor, January 2012

 

8. Network Committee report, December 2010

We are happy to announce the creation of a new Networking Group which will hold its first meeting during the next FEPTO Conference in Israel.

The Matrix Group which already exists meets twice a year; each time for three days long. The Matrix Group had another fruitful and meaningful meeting in Belgrade during the 2010 FEPTO Conference. This group had another important meeting in Will Switzerland November 26th-28th, 2010.

In this meeting the following decisions were made:
1. The Matrix Group is mainly an inter-vision group.
2. Each member of the Matrix Group is committed for 3 years (6 meetings) starting in January 2011.
3. The Matrix Group will open itself for new members as long the size of the group stays 14 members.
4. Each new coming member to the Matrix Group should answer the following criteria:
a. He/she should be officially representing a psychodrama organization which is a member of FEPTO in the time of his/her admittance to the group.
b. He/she is a main psychodrama trainer in the institute or organization which he/she represents.
c. He/she agrees to abide by Matrix Group rules and FEPTO Code of Ethics.

Networking is about creating more meaningful dialogues for our personal support and professional exchange and development as FEPTO members. We would like to encourage FEPTO members to create more ongoing Networking Groups.

The FEPTO Task Force for Peace and Conflict Resolution Group had a weekend meeting in Uppsala, Sweden in December 10th-12th, 2010. This meeting was hosted by Eva Fahlström. In this meeting the subject of offering psychodramatic training in conflict areas was discussed. This question came up as a result of a letter which was sent to Maurizio Gasseau, the head of this group, from The School of Psychodrama without Borders of Gaza directed by Ursula Hauser asking that the FEPTO Task Force for Peace help the psychodramatists which have finished their training, to continue their education.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

9. Network meeting in Ghent

The following people took part in this meeting: Ania Van Impe, Nicole Saenen, Maria Brito, Georgios Chaniotis, Stylianos Lagarakis, Luciano Moura, Dimo Stantchev, Marcia Karp, Roberto De Inocencio, Leandra Perrotta and Yaacov Naor.

The following themes came up in this meeting:

We made a sharing round of experiences from the different small group experiences during the Ghent meeting.

We talked about the ways to create more network groups who can meet during the post Conference and also during the year in between the FEPTO Annual Meetings like the existing Matrix Group.

Many expressed satisfaction about the fact that the Ghent meeting allowed more neighbouring small groups meetings and many suggested to devote at least one day, or even two days, for such small group meetings in each FEPTO meeting and try to make this part of the usual plan for the hosting organization.

People spoke about the need to have such encounters as structure during the FEPTO meeting and not during the post conference. This is in order to deepen the encounter level with colleagues and open more possibilities for professional and personal networking.

Some expressed a wish to be able to keep the small groups which were created in Ghent also in the next FEPTO meeting and suggested to keep the themes which existed: Death and old age, Sexuality, Psychodrama and religion and spirituality etc.

We decided to meet again in Belgrade and work on implementation of our networking needs and wishes and translating them into realities.

I think that the following is a better, simpler version about the FEPTO Award.

The FEPTO awards are presented annually to members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to FEPTO and contributed to the field of psychodrama and its development in Europe.

The FEPTO awards are different from Honorary Memberships which are presented to FEPTO members for outstanding life long contribution in the field of psychodrama in general Selection for Honorary Members is based on general achievement over a period of at least 30 years.

Nominations suggestions for the FEPTO Award should include detailed explaining for the reasons for this nomination.

Nomination must be sent no later than August 1 each year to FEPTO secretary. Decisions about the awards will be made by the council in their fall meeting. The awards will be presented during the FEPTO General Assembly annual meeting.

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