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The FEPTO Research Committee aims at enhancing research in all areas of professional practice in psychodrama. No matter if psychodrama is applied in education, adult training, social work, organisational counselling or psychotherapy research is vital for the quality of work and the further development of psychodrama in theory and practice.
From the very beginning of FEPTO research was seen as important for psychodrama. Research activities within the psychodrama community were conducted and coordinated by the chair of the committee.
In recent years the focus of the research committee has shifted towards bottom up research projects by psychodrama practitioners. In the last RC Meetings different research initiatives have been started. Results were presented and discussed in international conferences and research networks with universities were established.
1. Goals of the Research Committee
Researchers, trainers and trainees in psychodrama, psychodrama practitioners are invited and supported to initiate, to participate, to support and to conduct research and to create social networks of practitioner researchers within the psychodrama community. Research attitudes, values, knowledge, skills have to be fostered as a basis for research activities. In detail the objectives of the FEPTO Research Committee are to…
– be a platform for exchange in psychodrama research,
– initiate and conduct research,
– to share research tools and procedures,
– train the psychodrama trainers in research skills,
– integrate research in psychodrama training,
– involve psychodrama training institutions in building a basis for research,
– link psychodrama research with research in related fields, e.g. counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, education.
2. International FEPTO RC Meetings
FEPTO RC Meetings are held twice a year in different European countries. All interested people from research, practice and training in psychodrama are invited to participate. Everybody who has an interest to join a RC meeting or want to address a specific question regarding research in psychodrama can contact the chair of the FEPTO RC.
If you want to be our guest and to get to know our research activities or if you want to participate actively in psychodrama research you are very welcome to join us. Just send a mail with your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are inviting you to join us at our forthcoming FEPTO RC Meeting:
University of Padova from 28th of February to 3rd of March 2019
From Resilience to Well-being – Promoting Health through Psychodrama and Action Methods.
Furthermore, there will be time for working on our own projects and ideas of the FEPTO Research Committee. Bring your interest, visions and ideas for psychodrama research.
Registration: You can register by sending an email to email@example.com
No participation fee is required. Costs for guided tours or participation in an excursion, lunch, dinner etc. are covered by the participants themselves.
Piazza Capitaniato no. 3, Padova
Hotels (recommendation by the LOC:
Hotel alla Fiera: 2 minutes walk from the Department of psychology and 25 minutes walk from the location of the congress (55€ per night, breakfast included).
Hotel Verdi, which is located in the city center (70€ per night, breakfast included).
Hotel Il Fagiano, located in the city center (a little more distant, but really cheap) (55€ per night, breakfast included).
More opportunities on https://www.booking.com
Very good train and bus connections.
Airport of Venezia Marco Polo (1 hour by bus to the city)
Airport of Treviso A. Canova (1 hour by bus to the city)
Airport of Bologna G. Marconi (2 hours by train to the city)
The FEPTO RC meeting in fall 2019 will take place from 10-13 of October in Vienna. Please save the date.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Padova
Chair of FEPTO RC
More > invitation
3. Report for Newsletter, October 2018: Co-operation and networking towards practice orientated research. Research as a core function of FEPTO
The constitution of FEPTO (1996) describes “psychodrama training and research” as the main focus of our organization. In Article 2 it is said that “FEPTO (…) has an educational and scientific aim.” Research competence is essential to support the development of training and practice in psychodrama. Therefore, the constitution states, that “the Federation will work (…) to promote research and quality-evaluations of the method.” This ambitious objective has been the main orientation for the activities in the Research Committee, which has become a functioning network of practitioner research in Europe and Mediterranean countries in the past years.
During the FEPTO AM in Pravetz we have worked in a group of 14 participants on psychodrama research as a core function of FEPTO. The main task was to improve the functioning of research within our network. Different topics were addressed, like how to improve research training in psychodrama (for trainers and trainees), how to integrate research in the psychodrama training curriculum, how to support publishing and presenting psychodrama research in order to enhance the presence of psychodrama research in the scientific community.
The main tasks to improve the functioning of research in FEPTO can be summarized as follows:
- improving the function of the Research Committee
- teaching and learning about of research in the training institutes
- enhancing participation in the scientific community
Although research is seen is very important for the quality and further development of psychodrama, it is not mentioned in the minimal training standards. Therefore, the question how to integrate research in training was discussed in depth. The following training standards were proposed:
- reading and writing academic papers
- basic knowledge in research design/ getting a good research questions
- getting to know basic mixed methods approach/ quantitative and qualitative tools for psychotherapy/ learning processes
- interviews and thematic analyses/ questionnaires for assessing the learning process
- interpreting data/ drawing conclusions
- searching/getting access to research literature
- Ethics in research
Research topics should be included in the curriculum from the very beginning of training, like getting to know tools for collecting and analyzing data. The curriculum should include specific hours for research training as part of minimal training standards.
Participating in research projects should be supported as much as possible
It is still a long way to go from now to a more research active future in psychodrama. However, like any other journey it can be achieved step by step.
4. Recent FEPTO RC meetings
Leipzig, Germany, from the 4th to the 7th of October 2018
Research for a magic profession?
Scientific reasoning in psychodrama training and practice
The goal of this meeting is to support scientific work and research activities in psychodrama on different levels. As a community of learners in research we want to propose a better integration of scientific work and research in our psychodrama training curricula and to support training of trainers in scientific writing and research.
Our meeting was hosted by the Surplus Psychodrama Institute Leipzig (PDI).
Many thanks to our local hosts: Anett Richter-Nowak, Uwe Nowak, Katja Kolmorgen
Download > final report
Isle of Man / United Kingdom, 8th-11th of February 2018
All in the Mind? Global perspectives of understanding, researching and treating mental health
The conference was hosted by the Isle of Man Mental Health Services, the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations (FEPTO) and Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre.
Tallinn / Estonia, 5th – 8th of October 2017
Diversity in Psychodrama Practice – Challenges for Process and Outcome Research
The goal of this meeting was to discuss diversity in psychodrama practice and how we can deal with it in research.
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Skopje / FYROM, 23rd – 26th of February 2017
Research methodology in psychodrama and action methods
It is my great pleasure to inform that between 23rd-26th February 2017 the FEPTO Research Committee held an international meeting at the MIT University in Skopje / Republic of Macedonia. On this occasion we were focused on the topic of Methodology in psychodrama and action methods.
Around 40 psychodrama researchers, university teachers, practitioners and students from 16 different countries attended our February meeting.
I would like to say thank you to all participants who were involved in the preparation and carrying out of this event. Thank you for your engagement in presentations of your research results, projects and ideas. Thanks also for conducting and participating in workshops and the very valuable feedback.
Special thanks should go to our local hosts: Miriana Jovanovska-Stojanovska and Ilija Dojcinovski with the support of the working team: Margarita Nikolovska, Vesna Blazhevska, Biljana Stojanoviic and Ivona Gjorgjieva for their involvement and hospitality. Thanks also to the authorities of MIT University for providing the facilities for this meeting and especially to prof. Miroslav Pendaroski, the Dean of the Psychology Faculty, for attending.
More > Skopje final program
Kraków / Poland, 6th – 9th of October 2016
Creativity in psychodrama and action methods
The most recent activity of our group was the organization of the FEPTO Research Committee meeting entitled “Creativity in Psychodrama and Action Methods Research”. We met as a group of 25 participants from 12 European and Mediterranean countries on 6-9 October 2016 in Kraków – a popular touristic place, the previous capital of Poland. The event took place in the Day Treatment Center Community Psychiatry Unit, Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University. In Kraków we had the chance to experience our creativity in sharing research inspirations and results, discussing and developing research projects.
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Helsinki / Finland, 25th – 28th of February 2016
Research, Theory and Practice in Dialogue
The FEPTO RC Meeting took place on 25-28 February 2016 in Helsinki. We met as a group of 41 participants from 13 countries enjoying the hospitality of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute with the magnificent help of local hosts Mari Rautiainen and Reijo Kauppila.
At the beginning of the meeting we were familiarized by Tiina Viheriälä & Reijo Kauppila with the psychodrama tradition and presence in Finland and Helsinki Deaconess Institute’s fields of action – which was shown by Mari Rautiainen.
An excellent scientific warm up to the meeting was given by Mikael Leiman, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Eastern Finland who presented some results of his theoretical and empiri cal research on the semiotic mediation of mental action and its application to the context of psychotherapeutic interaction. We also had the possibility to see how Professor Leiman used in practice a Dialogical sequence analysis – a microanalytic method of verbal and nonverbal utterances working with patients.
Dr. Kai Alhanen (Helsinki, Finland) gave us a possibility to enhance the understanding of the Moreno’s ideas like encounter, spontaneity, role and sociometry by analyzing his contemporary philosophical con- text, especially the philosophies of Henri Bergson and John Dewey.
An important part of the meeting was the presentation of the results of practice-oriented psychodrama research including those based on Robert Elliott´s HSCED model. The research on process and outcome of long-term PD psychotherapy groups, psychodrama and creative education in prison and the measurement of psychodramatic psychotherapeutic process in the context of inpatient psychotherapy were presented and discussed. EQUALS – a proposal of the computer supported procedure of research on psycho- drama with children and adolescents was also shown and explained.
In addition, several contributions were focusing on training and learning processes in psychodrama, among them the findings and challenges in qualitative analyses of the role development of trainees. At the time of the meeting some participants had a chance to present and discuss their prepared or ongoing psychodrama research projects in the context of andragogy, sociodrama, university education, interdisciplinary research cooperation and psychodrama supervision.
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University of Applied Sciences, Fachhochschule für angewandte Sozialwissenschaften
Würzburg / Germany, 8th -11th of October 2015
In our FEPTO RC Meeting in Würzburg the goal was to focus on research cooperation and networks in Europe. We are still facing a lot of research work and networking ahead of us. We will be going on promoting research as being an integrated part of psychodrama training and practice in our institutes.
We would like to see every training organisation actively participating in research activities and/or cooperating with research institutions. It is our vision that psychodrama is clearly based on research informed training and practice. The presented projects, new research proposals and research capacity building are promising for the future. Let´s keep our momentum to move on.
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Action Methods and Experiential Learning – Practice-Oriented Research in Psychodrama
26th of February – 1st of March 2015, Intituto Universitário (ISPA), Lisbon/Portugal
We could welcome 40 researchers and practitioners from 15 European and Mediterranean countries who were presenting, discussing and developing their research projects and ideas. It is especially noteworthy to mention that more and more young people with research interest are joining our committee.
In our meeting we had the opportunity to present and discuss research projects, to create research ideas and to share research experiences. The contributions were arranged around five major themes
-Research on efficacy and effectiveness in psychodrama
– Research tools, designs and analysis in clinical practice
– Psychodrama with children and adolescents
– Research in psychodrama training
– Building research capacity
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Building Research Capacity in Psychodrama. How to train research? Which methods and tools to use?
16th – 19th of October 2014, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
We could welcome researchers and practitioners from 11 European countries who were presenting, discussing and developing their research projects and ideas. The current topics of our work were:
–Systematic review of psychodrama outcome studies
– Key contemporary research approaches in psychotherapy
– Psychodrama with children and adolescents
– Research in psychodrama training
– Outcome-oriented quality assurance
– Psychodrama Training Programs in Finland, Norway and Estonia
– How to enhance capacity building in psychodrama research?
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Integrating Research in Training – Improving Research Competencies of Trainers in Psychodrama
27th of February to 2nd of March 2014, Semmelweis University of Budapest, Hungary
We could welcome 34 researchers and practitioners from 16 European and Mediterranean countries who were presenting, discussing and developing their research projects and ideas. The current topics of our work are
– Psychodrama effectiveness
– Psychodrama with children and adolescents
– Research in psychodrama training
– Supervision in psychodrama training
– Competencies of psychodrama trainers
– Morenian identity, theory and methodology
– Developing an international online Journal of Psychodrama
Download > Budapest report
Interdisciplinary psychodrama research: Prospects in psychotherapy, social work and education
October 2013: Lucian Blaga University Sibiu / Romania
The FEPTO Research Committee Meeting in Sibiu was part of an International Congress of Psychology on the topic ´Modern research in psychology – trends and prospects´. More than three hundred people participated in this congress. The international network of FEPTO was introduced and an overview of research activities in FEPTO RC was provided. Members of the FEPTO RC were invited to present their research in the plenary and in workshops. Practitioner research in psychodrama, supervision in psychodrama training and results of the Empower – project were presented. In a workshop on psychodrama with children two projects were discussed.
Download > Sibiu RC report
Annual Meeting of FEPTO in Santander/ Spain
In the FEPTO RC Meeting in Santander all interested delegates from different psychodrama training institutions could share their ideas and experiences in research. The chair of the research committee reported about ongoing projects in professional areas like research in training,effectiveness research, children and youth in psychodrama, identity, theory, and methodology of psychodrama. Participants were invited to share their research interest or projects they are involved in.
The chair of RC proposes to have 2 or 3 people in each training institute who act as a coordinator for research or to be at least a contact person for information on research issues. It would be very helpful if these coordinators are also able to participate in the RC meetings.
Download > Santander report
University of Padua / Italy. February 21st-23rd, 2013 Ending Gender Violence – Empirical Research in Psychodrama Group Therapy and Group Processes
The FEPTO Research Committee Meeting in Padua was part of a conference on “Ending gender violence. Empirical research in psychodrama group therapy and group processes“. The conference was held with about 200 participants at the historical venue of the Auditorium “Galileo Galilei“ Palazzo Bo at the University of Padua. The results of the European EMPoWER project were presented and discussed. EMPoWER is a Daphne project which was initiated and developed in the FEPTO RC in Edinburgh 2009. The conference was not only connected with the FEPTO RC Meeting, but also with the meeting of the ´Italian network of empirical research in psychodynamic group therapy´
Download > Padua report
Fernando Pessoa University of Porto/ Portugal
Bridges Between Practice and Research in Psychodrama
The FEPTO Research Committee Meeting in Porto took place right after the 3rd Joint Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) Conference. The idea was to combine these two events to enable psychodrama researchers to take part in both events. This attempt to connect research in psychodrama with research in other fields and modalities in counselling and psychotherapy can be seen as very successful. Psychodrama research like effectiveness studies and training research in psychodrama were presented and discussed in several panels of the SPR Meeting.
After this European SPR conference the FEPTO Research Committee Meeting “Bridges between Practice and Research in Psychodrama” was dedicated to work on ongoing research projects and to propose new projects.
Download > Porto report
Practitioner Research in Psychodrama – Research in Training and Professional Practice
24-26 of February 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria
In this FEPTO RC Meeting Célia Sales (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa) conducted a workshop on ´Individualized patient-progress research´ and how to use it in psychodrama. The FEPTO RC network is seen as good starting point for this approach: “On the one hand, research questions are proposed or filtered by experienced therapists, thus granting its clinical relevance; on the other hand, academia contributions help to approach these questions with the methodological accuracy that is required in the scientific field.”
Download report > Sofia report
Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) Conference in Bern
Research is a Vital Part for the Future of Psychodrama
In the recent years the Research Committee has become a creative place to develop, to support, to share and to present research initiatives in psychodrama. We have to be aware that psychodrama – sociometry, sociodrama, group therapy etc. – is applied in many professional fields. It also offers helpful approaches to deal with development and conflict resolution in and between groups and society as a whole. Although psychodrama can refer to its long tradition and to lots of experiences all over the world, it is obvious that psychodrama needs also research as a point of reference in its practice.
However, there is a need of research in many areas like psychodrama training, counselling and psychotherapy, social work, adult education supervision, organisational counselling and community education.
Download > Bern report
University of Innsbruck/ Austria
International Symposium on Counselling and Psychotherapy
The International Symposium on “Counselling and Psychotherapy – Research in Training and Professional Practice” started with a warm welcome for all participants. 50 participants from 14 different nations from Europe and beyond were present.
In a sociodramtic warmup expectations from different roles (researcher, psychodrama trainer, psychotherapist, trainee, client…) towards research were explored and discussed. This warm up led directly to ongoing or finished projects which were presented in the plenary.
Download > Innsbruck report
Isle of Man
In the warm-up we explored the time line from the very beginning of the Research Committee, in Roriz, Edinburgh, Catania, Boldern and Lisbon. At each phase of the journey the group re-engaged with the purpose, output and the tasks of the small groups. These served to integrate the new-comers to the committee. Continuing the idea of the time line, we went to unspecified times in the future to identify the wishes and aims of the committee and of the members.
Download > Isle of Man report
International Summer School for Psychotherapy and Counselling Research, Lisbon / Portugal
The work in our committee was at a stage where it appeared to be interesting to show the work done so far, to discuss the ongoing projects with others, and to learn about methodologies developed in the psychotherapeutic field. For that purpose we decided to organize a conference.
With the above-mentioned framework in mind we agreed upon co-organizing the International Summer School for Psychotherapy and Counselling Research, in Portugal. This event was organized with the Autónoma University in Lisbon, and with Célia Sales in particular, and Sociedade Portuguesa de Psicodrama.
Both, Conference and intensive training workshops, focused on the theme: Methodological diversity in psychotherapy and counselling research: qualitative-quantitative approaches. Please follow the link below for an overview: http://eventos.ual.pt/index.php/iss2010/2010/schedConf/overview
Download > Lisbon report
Belgrade meeting of the Research Committee
In the FEPTO AM in Belgrade the Research Committee could present all the work developed so far. Each group had 10 minutes to expose their work (which you can find in last newsletter) We hope that with this information exchange more institutes will be connected and motivated to increase the research in their practice.
Jasna Veljkovic presented her research “Psychodrama treatment of psychotics and adolescents-an evaluation study”. Jasna was also asked to submit her research to the “International Summer School for Psychotherapy and Counselling research” to be held in Lisbon-Portugal, 24-26 Sept. 2010.
The work group “European Projects” will submit the “anxiety project” to be discussed. Michael Wieser will submit his metanalyses work. Jutta Fürst and Hannes Krall will submit a research about PD supervision. Daniele Regianini will submit a theoretical research about the concept of inter-subjectivity. All RC members will participate in Chris Evans’ workshop about the CORE application and interpretation.
Download > Belgrade report
Research Committee meeting, Boldern / Switzerland, 26-28 February 2010
The meeting was held in Boldern/Switzerland, 26-28 February, 2010. The place and work orientations were chosen taken into account the Marie Cassel RC Evaluation Form filled after Taormina meeting
1. To go deep in the projects already began
2. To do exchanges of the work already done by the groups
Download > Boldern report
The Catania meeting. Taormina, 16th -18th of October
Catania meeting – Sicily, in the city of Taormina, the 16th -18th of October 2009. We were 25 persons and 11 countries were represented (Austria; Bulgaria; Finland; Italy; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkish; UK).
The main aim of this meeting was to work deeply in our previously organized working groups (Edinburgh, 2009) and, at same time to establish research lines for FEPTO.
We re-organized the working groups according to what we have done and thought during the period in between these two meetings and also according to the new comer’s needs.To read more open the bellow report.
Download > Catania report
Download > Edinburgh report
In 2008 Gabriela Moita (2008-2011) got the chair of the Research Committee. Her contribution was to build a network of research committee members who regularly meet two times a year in order to initiate and discuss research projects.
In this time a first EU funded project (Ines Testoni& Maria Silvia Guglielmin) got started alongside with other projects on supervision in psychodrama, evaluation in psychodrama training etc. The building of this new Research Committee network started in Roriz / Portugal 2008.
Download > Roriz report
4. FEPTO Research Committee: developments and activities
The Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations (FEPTO) was founded in 1996 (FEPTO News Vol. 4.8, 2004, p. 4) after several ISCOPE / ESCOPE meetings (International/ European Study and Co-ordination of Psychodrama Education) took place since 1993. In this new FEPTO network research was one of the tasks which were dealt with in a respective committee.
The first chair of the Research Committee was hold by Jorge Burmeister (1996-1998) whose aims were firstly to find “a consensus about ´basic´ theories and/ or terminology in psychodrama, secondly to define recommendations/ standards for process-oriented research in psychodrama and thirdly to define goals and methods for outcome research in psychodrama – FEPTO News Vol. 1.1, 1997, p. 2. In the first Research Committee meeting in Zurich the participants realized that common ground in psychodrama is difficult to achieve – FEPTO News Vol. 1.1, 1997, p. 2.
Barbara-Rose Legeler and António Roma-Torres (1998-2000) continued as joined chairpersons. Their focus was on sharing and disseminating knowledge about psychodrama research and inspiring members of FEPTO to do research – FEPTO News Vol. 3.1, 2000, p. 2. Marcia Karp (2000-2004) collected and presented reports on research from different countries – FEPTO News Vol. 4.1, 2002, p. 7. Michael Wieser (2004-2008) was continuing to collect information about research projects and literature – FEPTO News Vol. 4.8, 2004, p. 15. An important task was to provide EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy) a documentation of psychodrama research to get recognition – FEPTO News Vol. 5.2, 2005, p. 6.
When Gabriela Moita got the chair of the Research Committee in 2008, she started to improve networking among FEPTO members. She invited people who are interested in psychodrama research to a meeting in Roriz / Portugal (October 2008, see above).