Fabian Blobel (Germany), email@example.com
Stefan Flegelskamp (Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilde Gött (Germany), email@example.com
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Evaldas Karmaza (Lithuania), Evaldas.Karmaza@eosgrupes.lt
Rosie van Knebel (Germany), email@example.com
Karsten Krauskopf (Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org
Bettina Menzel (Germany)
Milena Mutafchieva (Bulgaria), email@example.com
Laima Narbutaite (Lithuania), Laima.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Niedermaier (Germany), email@example.com
Pozsar Bea (Hungary), firstname.lastname@example.org
Regine Reisinger (Germany), email@example.com
Elzbieta Schjetne (Norway), firstname.lastname@example.org
Monika Schwärzler (Austria), email@example.com
Angela Sordano (Italy), firstname.lastname@example.org
Eva Steinkier (Norway), email@example.com
Sharma Sujats (Germany), firstname.lastname@example.org
Zsofia Tölg-Molnar (Hungary), email@example.com
Developing standards for Psychodrama with children and youth training
Cardiff, Whales, the 1st to the 3rd of February 2019
We could hardly find a better place in Europe for a meeting of children and youth psychodrama therapists than Wales – the land of myths, fairy tales and heroic legends.
During the meeting preparation, and after analyzing the process of the working group until now, we decided to change the concept and the content of these meetings and take the next step. In previous meetings, we have presented workshops of the psychodramatic ways of working with children and adolescents. These meetings were gradually transformed into small conferences with more than 80 participants. We have played a lot together and learned about each other. However, the time to be “grown-ups” has come and we decided to tackle the standards that psychodramatists need to fulfill in order to use our powerful method with children and adolescents.
The meeting was opened by a beautifully singing children’s band, Polyphonic¸ who opened our ears, eyes and hearts. They sang in Welsh and English.
Craig Stevens invited us to Cardiff and we met in a marvelous historical place named the Temple of Peace. Craig designed the warm up, including typical myths of the region. In the roles of kings, wolves, fairies, lovers, lakes, castles and apple trees, we joined together and got to know each other better.
17 participants from 9 countries came together to start this admittedly not so exciting work.
At the beginning, Kate Kirk presented results from the 3rd cycle of her research work entitled “The International Landscape of Psychodrama Psychotherapy with Young People”. She studies intensively difficult questions such as how do psychodramatists work with children and adolescents in Europe and FEPTO, what kind of settings and interventions do they use; are they trained professionally and do we need standards for this training in Europe? She used the Delphi cycle to collect data and to analyze it; she is entering the 4th and final cycle. She told us about the range of specialised training for working with young people her respondents had done; it ranged from no additonal training to well structured training that focussed on the developmental and different needs of children and young people.
Thank you, Kate for this very important work for all of us.
Saturday was marked by the presentations. Csilla Nemeth and Bea Pozsar presented the training standards at Hanna Kende’s Institute, which are accepted by the Hungarian Psychodramatic Association. Then Ivana Jurić presented the standards of the Centers of Psychodrama in Croatia. Stefan Flegelskamp presented the standards of the German umbrella organization for psychodrama (DFP), which are currently being carried out by the Szenen Institute in Cologne and the Moreno Institute Stuttgart. At the end of the day, Milena Mutafchieva presented The Minimum Training Standards of FEPTO. To the great satisfaction of all those involved, we found out that we use the same standards for PD with children training in the three countries and that they are equal or even higher than Training standards for psychodrama with adults. On Sunday, Angela Sordano, a Jungian psychodramatist, led us to an excellent evaluation, building on the roles of the Welsh fairy tale and relating it to the process of the group.
Summary of the results from the meeting:
- We created a steering group that will continue to work on PD with Children and Youth training standards until the next meeting in February 2020. The group members are as follows: Csilla Nemeth, and Bea Pozsar from Hungary, Milena Mutafchieva from Bulgaria, Yiftach Ron from Israel and Stefan Flegelskamp from Germany.
- The next network meeting will take place from 7.02-9.02.2020 in Munich. Our hosts are Thomas Niedermeier and Bettina Menzel
- The children and adolescents psychodrama should become more visible at the next FEPTO conference in Tallinn and we intend to propose a small group topic and to apply for the poster session.
- We decided to establish a new intervision group for children and adolescents psychodrama trainers and its first meeting will be on 06.02.2020 in Munich.
- The main topic of the next meeting in Munich will be:
Please, keep in mind that the next International Psychodrama with Children and Youth Conference will take place in Zagreb 25th until 27th of September 2020
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Stefan Flegelskamp & Milena Mutafchieva
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 Kate.Kirk@manx.net
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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