Development & Network Committee

Psychodrama with children and youth


Fabian Blobel (Germany),
Stefan Flegelskamp (Germany),
Hilde Gött (Germany),
Emma Hagen (Scotland),
Evaldas Karmaza (Lithuania),
Rosie van Knebel (Germany),
Karsten Krauskopf (Germany),
Bettina Menzel (Germany)
Milena Mutafchieva (Bulgaria),
Laima Narbutaite (Lithuania),
Thomas Niedermaier (Germany),
Pozsar Bea (Hungary),
Regine Reisinger (Germany),
Elzbieta Schjetne (Norway),
Monika Schwärzler (Austria),
Angela Sordano (Italy),
Eva Steinkier (Norway),
Sharma Sujats (Germany),
Zsofia Tölg-Molnar (Hungary), 


Stefan Flegelskamp (Germany),
Hilde Gött (Germany),

Next Network Group meeting for Psychodramatists
Working with Children and Youth

It is a pleasure to invite you to the 4th meeting of the network group “Psychodrama with Children and Youth”. We would be delighted to welcome you in Cardiff, Wales from 1st – 3rd of February, 2019.

The topic of the meeting is:

Developing standards for Psychodrama with children and youth training

After three very fruitful network meetings, in Torino the network steering group decided that it is time to go to the next level and to address some important professional issues.
In order to be recognized as a specific branch within Psychodrama we need to develop training standards appropriate for psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

We would like to invite colleagues who have already developed standards for Psychodrama for children and youth on a national or organizational level to share their experience. We would also invite professionals who are interested to contribute to this “unpopular” topic.

Also, in order to create an effective working atmosphere and positive group dynamics, we would like participants to share some successful and joyful warm-ups techniques from their practice in working with children and adolescents.
If you want to present training standards, curricula or special warm-ups about psychodrama with younger people, please send a message by 1st of January, 2019 to Stefan Flegelskamp.

Please forward this invitation also to colleagues in your institutes who are involved with this psychodrama field and curious to work on it.
Our local hosts will be Craig Stevens! Craig is happy to take questions about local issues (transport, distances etc.) but not about accommodation:

The network group “Psychodrama with children and youths“ will take place in: The Welsh centre for international Affairs, Temple of Peace and Health, King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff. There will be a fee of 50.- € for each participant for the room rental and the coffee breaks.

Tel: 029 2082 1052

Final program:

Friday, 1st of February: 17:00 – 19.30

  1. Registration and warm up.
  2. Welcome and getting to know each other with Craig Stevens
  3. “ I’ve talked to children, does this mean I can be a child psychotherapist? “ Exploring what is different in psycho therapeutically with young people and why we need standards. Presenter: Kate Kirk.
    This presentation is divided into two section. The first section focuses on data drawn from an ongoing research study entitled “The International Landscape of Psychodrama Psychotherapy with Young People: application of psychodrama psychotherapy in different settings, in different ways and at different ages”.  The material from the demographic component of this study gives a snapshot of the levels of child specific training for psychodramatists: formal, informal and ad hoc.The second section will be experiential, in that, participants will explore ways of collating evidence of their training for work with children and young people.  The template used will be based on the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy learning outcomes for training in Child Psychotherapy.  We will discuss how this maybe used to enable adult psychotherapists convert their learning, fill the gaps in their knowledge regarding work with young people, so that they can work effectively and with confidence as child and adolescent psychotherapists.
  4. Supper together

Saturday, 2nd of February: 9:00 – 18:30

  1. Warm up
  2. Presentation: Csilla Nemeth and Bea Pozsar: Training standards in Hungary
  3. Coffee break
  4. Presentation: Ivana Jurić: Training standards in Croatia
  5. Lunch break
  6. Presentation: Stefan Flegelskamp: Training Standards in Germany
  7. Coffee break
  8. Presentation: Milena Mutafchieva: The minimum training standards of FEPTO.
  9. Supper together

Sunday, 3rd of February: 9:00 – 13:00

  1. Discussion about the development of training standards in psychodrama with children and youth in FEPTO.
  2. Closure

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Next steps:
If you are going to join us, please register and book your flights.

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Looking forward to meeting you in Cardiff – Croeso y Gymru! Welcome to Wales!

Craig Stevens,  Hilde Gött & Stefan Flegelskamp

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The International Landscape of Psychodrama Psychotherapy with Young People: application of psychodrama psychotherapy in different settings, in different ways and at different ages

For first time respondents: This study seeks to describe the ways in which psychodrama psychotherapists work with young people across Europe and America; for the purposes of the study young people are aged up to 18 years.  The participants for the Delphi panel are all, like you, psychodrama psychotherapists who work with young people in a variety of settings and in different countries; at present it is mostly a European wide study, but there are participants from Canada and USA.  The study uses an action research method called the Delphi Cycle, initially described by Delbecq et al (1975).  Participants form a panel of experts in the subject area, similar to the Oracle of Delphi, and answers four cycles of questions.

The first cycle data collection tool was is a projective method, which acted as a catalyst for participants’ thoughts and feelings on what they did or have done in their psychodrama work with young people.  The image to respond to was simply a door with an open question: “what goes on behind this door?” related to children and young people’s services.

The last page of this document asks about you and your psychodrama practice with young people.  Some people may write about their past experiences, others what they are doing in their practice now.

For second time respondents:  The text from your responses was analysed using a method called ‘grounded theory analysis’ as described in the initial information.  This cycle is seeks a deeper understanding of practice and answers to questions that are left unanswered.

As you can see I have left space in the open questions for you to respond.  Please respond as fully as you can. All material remains confidential to the researcher; personal / professional information will not be disclosed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further information: email on

The International Landscape of Psychodrama Psychotherapy
Application of psychodrama psychotherapy in different settings, in different ways and at different ages

Stefan Flegelskamp


Turin meeting: Disorder specific Interventions in Psychodrama Therapy with Children and Youth

The topic of the meeting was “Disorder specific Interventions in Psychodrama Therapy with Children and Youth” and 9 workshops and two plenary sessions were presented during these three wonderful days in Turin. 85 psychodramatists from 10 different countries who are working with children and youth have attended the meeting. At the end of the event we, as organisers, started to ask ourselves “Is this a network meeting or a conference?”

This network group was interested in theoretical and practical exchange, new ideas and for the first time research regarding psychodrama with children and youth. Encounter colleagues and creating new collaborations was in the focus of the reflection of the meeting.
We have established in Turin a steering group which will take care of the content of upcoming meetings and the goals of networking in FEPTO.

Download > Report
More > Turin final program

Meeting in Budapest

It is a pleasure to announce you that the 2nd meeting of the network group “Psychodrama with Children and Youth” was held in Budapest, Hungary, from 3rd to 5th of February, 2017. The goals of this meeting were to organize an international conference and to focus on the topic: Psychodrama with Youth

The Kende Hanna Psychodrama with Children Association and the Hungarian Psychodrama Association invited the FEPTO network group Psychodrama with Children and Youth to Budapest and took care of the organisation of the meeting. 40 participants attended on Saturday and the 6 workshops held by the participants were an unbelievable success.

Thank you Bea, Hanna, Victoria, Daniel and Zsofia for your great hospitality and the warm welcome in Budapest.

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More > Budapest meeting report


A child is very serious when playing

When we chose this topic “Trauma and Resilience”, nobody could imagine how serious the dynamics regarding our topic would be.
18 participants from 8 different European countries accepted the invitation to revive the network group “Psychodrama with children and youth”. What a great response and success for the organisers Hilde Gött and Fabian Blobbel as the local hosts and Stefan Flegelskamp  in the role as FEPTO-facilitator, who organised this meeting together.

The first “simple” sociometric warm up question; ”where are you from?” showed, how the immigration issue arose in each person in our group. Many group members had their own history of moving from one country to another and had suffered isolation and reclusion.

Gisela Scheef-Maier from the Centre for Victims of Torture in Berlin presented her work and gave a lecture and overview about the current development in Berlin. Many refugees are totally frustrated after arriving in Germany without hope and with unrealistic future plans. Her personal point of view was pessimistic concerning the expectations in Germany.

Psychodrama with childrenThe Saturday morning started with Stefan Flegelskamp introducing the German approach, Psychodrama-group-therapy with children developed by Alfons Aichinger. Afterwards he explained the “Defense Cascade” of traumatic experience, and what it means in the daily life of children suffering from posttraumatic symptoms. Finally he demonstrated how he played with traumatised children (pirates) under consideration of perpetrator introject and permission to defend oneself.

After the lunch break Angela Sordano from Torino explained her Jungian analysis approach connected with Morenian psychodrama and group analytical concept. She used symbolic scripts of the group and created together with the children inter- subjective connection without individual interpretations. She   divides the therapeutic room in three spaces; for representation, for drawing and for sharing. At the starting phase Angela used mostly fairy tales; later on in the group process self-made stories. While playing a story the director is doubling from time to time, in order to make sure certain things are done. With a ritual the children jump back to the drawing space after the playing period. The children are invited to draw or to say what touched them in the story. Thus Angela explored the relationships in the group. She demonstrated by using the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” some intervention possibilities with traumatised children or youth.
A long day ended with a concrete counseling on how to found a new group with refugee children in Munich and some ideas on how to work with adolescents.

On Sunday Zsofia Tölg-Molnar and Pozsar Bea from Hungary presented the approach developed by Kende Hanna. She connects individual (Adlerian) therapy with psychodrama. She used a lot of stories, but not real fairy tales, called focus stories, developed by the psychodrama institute for children therapists in Budapest. This information was new for many participants so we decided to visit Budapest next time and Bea and Zsofia will be our next hosts.

After a short discussion we decided to revive the network group Psychodrama with Children and Youth under the umbrella of FEPTO. Stefan and Hilde will be the contact persons for FEPTO and Stefan will take the role as a facilitator/ moderator of this group.
We plan to meet once a year; next time in the beginning of February in Budapest. We have also decided to try to organize an international Psychodrama Conference for Children and Youth in Budapest 2018. We have also started to think about publishing a book on Psychodrama with Children and Youth containing all the different approaches to working with children and youth and psychodrama.

Everybody left this first networking meeting enthusiastic and full of new ideas. Every participant wants to come back and continue in this group.

Download > report

Stefan Flegelskamp






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