Unique in Switzerland: training in Humanistic Psychodrama 

Un soutien de santé ©Symposium ODeF 2016. Photo: Enrique Pardo

Supporting your health
©Symposium ODeF 2016.
Photo: Enrique Pardo

Combining inputs from J.L. Moreno and Carl R. Rogers, the Institute aims to train professionals in the specific modalities (instruments, phases, techniques, etc.) of Humanistic Psychodrama.

Professionals will discover how to facilitate a person’s past, present and anticipated future experience and how the enactment allows treatment and the enabling of desired changes by mobilising the body as well as the psyche.

This is achieved by the externalisation in a safe environment of the internal mental process of a person.

Humanistic Psychodrama

“Show me what happened !”

J.L. Moreno, founder of Psychodrama, considered verbal and non-verbal action to be the royal path to the psyche and its activation. In his opinion, words are not enough and, on their own, can be misleading. For this reason, Moreno created a scientific way to explore and put into motion the psyche by using a method of action and interaction: psychotherapy through psychodrama.

In fact, “showing” instead of “talking about” is the main mode of exploration and development for the patient. Combining the Person-centred Approach and the Morenian Psychodrama, the humanistic psychodrama is a method using the enacting, deepening and the (re)activating of the psyche through the internal and external complexity of real, fictional and semi-fictional situations.

Traverser et recouvrer la santé. ©Symposium ODeF 2016. Photo: Enrique Pardo

Get through the problem, recover health
©Symposium ODeF 2016. Photo: Enrique Pardo

The reality of the patient is staged in order to

  • explore, get awarenesses, activate internal change and adjust attitudes and social behaviors, and
  • redevelop spontaneity and creativity, which Moreno considers the two pillars of health.

Psychotherapy by humanistic psychograma group

Since the 1930s, the use of psychodrama was developped in psychotherapy and psychiatry all over the world: in Europe (www.fepto.com), as well as in the USA, South America, Australia and Asia (www.iagp.com).

Use of Psychodrama

The Psychodrama can be applied

  • with adults or children
  • in individual, couple or group consultations
  • in private practice or institutions

in order to

  • diagnose, evaluate a situation in its complexity and elaborate a plan for treatment
  • coach through secure and efficient enactment
  • allow a creative dynamic of profound change
  • facilitate the anchoring in our resources while working on the difficulties
  • achieving relief and “close” the past
  • activate a present focused on the desired future: the improvement of health
Le Psychodrame en groupe: se découvrir avec l'autre. ©Symposium ODeF 2016. Photo: Enrique Pardo

Within a group: discover yourself through the other
©Symposium ODeF 2016. Photo: Enrique

In other words, the humanistic psychodrama allows successful psychotherapeutic treatment, as to the nosography of patients, in different therapeutic environments in an autonomous and economic way.

We have been providing taylor-made training in humanistic psychodrama for groups/teams of professionals, upon request, in Switzerland and in Europe (in more than 20 countries in last 7 years).
The most frequently requested trainings are:

  • The Psychodramatist’s role as Facilitator
    Anchoring the psychodramatist’s four roles in the way of being and the way of coaching/moderating which is the underlying feature of his fundamental role as facilitator
  • Maximizing Role Reversal
    Enabling the protagonist to alternate multiple perspectives in order to allow him to express his interiorized dialogues and resolve any resulting tensions
  • Using Doubles and Meta-roles
    Mastering both techniques in order to facilitate awareness and stepping back through a dual approach: looking inward and watching from the outside

As for Moreno’s method applied to teams we call it: Action Methods.
You can get plenty of information about it on our page: Training in Action Methods 

 The most frequently requested trainings in ActionMethodsare:

  • Applying Action Methods to company settings, organizations and institutions
    Awareness raising about the use of role play according to J.L. Moreno, and about psychodrama, as well as various action techniques facilitating problem resolution, team assessment, project development, procedural set up … in other words,  facilitating constructive change
  • The Facilitator’s role
    Anchoring the psychodramatist’s four roles in the way of being and the way of coaching/moderating which is the underlying feature of his fundamental role as facilitator
  • Moderating Team Building through Action Methods
    Using Action Methods to understand the state of a team, and to promote not only its various dynamics at play but above all its own vitality.
  • The Delayed Dialogue Technique
    Enabling unspoken to come out in a safe and constructive way within a team

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Norbert Apter