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Burmeister Jörg


Jirge BurmeisterPersonal: Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1956. Son of two journalists active in the resistance. Actual residence in Spain and Switzerland. Remarried, with four children. Languages: German, Spanish, English, Italian.
1978 University examination in Granada/Spain (pruebas de aptitud).
1978 – 85 Study of medicine in Granada, Spain and in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1985 – 93 Postgraduate training in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Switzerland. Training in Psychodrama since 1985. Main trainer, Dr. G. Leutz.. Training and supervisor in behavioural therapy. Training in analytical pair and family therapy including group analysis and hypnotherapy. Training in Jungian analysis.Professional Work (Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)
1998 – 2005 Vice Director of a private Swiss clinic, specialising in psychotherapy (Director: M. Binswanger). Co-Director Institute for Psychotherapy Training Switzerland (CBT, PD)
2005 – Today Co-Director International Training Center Jakob and Zerka Moreno/Granada
2005 – Today Private Consultancy in Switzerland for Psychotherapy, Supervision and Counselling
1991 – Today Director of long term psychodrama and psychodynamic groups in Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Austria, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Germany, Egypt, India, South Africa and Switzerland.Committees and Organizational Work
1994 -1997 President German Psychodrama Association. Founding member FEPTO, Chair Research Committee FEPTO
1997 – 2003 Chairman German Group Psychotherapeutic Association DAGG.
1998 – 2000 Co-chair Psychodrama Section IAGP.
2000 – 2003 Member Board of Directors, IAGP; Co-editor FORUM; Co-chair Education Committee
2003-2006 Treasurer IAGP, 2006-2009 President Elect IAGP, 2009-2012 President IAGP, 2012-2015 Immediate Past President IAGP, 2015- Past president IAGP

Other posts
Lecturer at universities in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, Egypt, India and Austria.
Lecturer for UNICEF on Disaster Management (2001). Member National Disaster Management Committee Switzerland. Capacitator and Trainer for Medicins sans Frontieres.
Founder and Dean of the International Summer Academy in Granada since 1999.
Co-Founder Centro Moreno/Granada since 2005.

More than 15 articles on psychotherapy and psychodrama; latest publications: Co-editor Advanced Theory of Psychodrama, Routledge, 2007 (together with C. Baim and M. Maciel); Co-author of Standard Textbook on Psychodrama (edited by the Spanish psychodrama Association), La Coruña, 2008. Co-author: Sociodrama in a changing World, 2011
I am very much inspired by the model of Jakob L. and Zerka T. Moreno, S.H. Foulkes, CG Jung, P Seligman, D Boadella and many others to integrate the knowledge and the special competencies in group methods and other psychotherapeutic cultures, promoting cross-fertilization and a “therapeutic order for the world” we are living in – which means to take on our responsibility. Although the values inherent to group psychotherapy and group work are challenged in the larger society by global ideologies that erode inter-personal solidarity I strongly believe that it i useful to promote actively our competencies and skills in facilitating social processes in society as well as in groups. Resilience = first resist than insist. I like to contribute to solve wider conflicts, beyond the clinic like it was the original project of psychotherapy at large and of psychodrama in particular.

My main interests are: 1. the different layers of the Co-Unconsciousness and its therapeutic and sociatric implications (e.g. trauma work which includes neurobiology, procedures following evidence in psychotherapeutic research as well as myths, drama, arts, dreams and spiritual aspects of our existence), 2. the multicultural dialogue enhancing peace building, mediation and conflict resolution present in the interpersonal concepts of Moreno, Foulkes and many others.


FEPTO Conference

17th FEPTO Conference:
From External Violence to Internal Shadow: When Psychodrama Helps To
Confront Reality

5th to 7th of May, 2023
Liege, Belgium

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Annual Meeting

29th FEPTO AM:
Spontaneity and Creativity in the Transforming World
30 years of FEPTO and beyond

7th to 11th of May, 2023
Liege, Belgium

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