Basic Education in Psychodrama

Introduction

The basic education in psychodrama is an education over four semesters part-time and leads to the title psychodrama assistant. Through theoretical studies, practical exercises and the use of own experience, the education provides basic insight into psychodramatic thinking and methodology as well as knowledge of the structure and dynamics of a psychodrama.

A psychodrama assistant should be able to apply the most important basic techniques in psychodrama in connection with group work and group processes, and the candidates should be able to lead a vignette, i.e. a single stage where the basic techniques are used. A certified psychodrama assistant can apply psychodramatic basic techniques but cannot run his or her own psychodrama groups.

Admission requirements:

Admission to the education requires, in principle, education at bachelor’s level. Professional practice combined with other education may, on special conditions, form the basis for admission. Applicants are assessed through an interview and participation in a compulsory pre-course.

Students admitted to the education must document 50 hours of personal experience in psychodrama groups before starting the first year of study.

Students assume responsibility for their own learning process and co-responsibility for the group’s therapeutic learning process.

The educations learning objectives

  • The student will acquire basic knowledge of J.L. Moreno’s life and work.
  • The student will acquire basic knowledge of key concepts in Moreno philosophy and methodology and acquire insight into practical work with psychodrama such as:
    • Individual           
    • Auxiliary ego                            
    • Group member
    • Directing of vignettes under direct guidance
  • The students will be trained in discussing their own development and process in these roles as well as trained for professional reflection.
  • The student will work actively with their own reaction patterns and emotional reactions as part of the development of spontaneity, creativity and empathy.
  • The student will acquire basic knowledge of group processes and throughout the programme practice the skills required to lead a vignette or use basic techniques in working with groups.
  • The student will acquire knowledge of basic ethical guidelines for psychodramatists and be able to reflect on ethical dilemmas in psychodramatic work
  • The student will acquire basic knowledge in adjacent subject areas such as:
    • Psychology
    • Theatre studies and literary topics                        
    • Pedagogy                      
    • Sociometry and social psychology understanding

Every student must have knowledge of the prevailing professional contexts in which he/she wants to use psychodrama. If you work in a psychiatric clinic, for example, you must also be trained in psychiatric pathology, the same applies to teachers, social workers, priests, lawyers, police, economists and so on. Within the framework of psychodrama education, knowledge and techniques in psychodrama are imparted.

Preliminary Dates and Curriculum

The content/themes of the seminars will maby be changed during the course due to the group process.

The Online meetings will mainly consists of Theory.

The seminars will start att 12.00 on Friday and end at 16.00 on Sunday.

The locations and venues for the seminars will be presented later.

Date
Theme/content
Location/Venue
2023  

1.

20 jan – 22 jan

Establishing the group

  • General introduction to Moreno’s philosophy and method
Sweden Karlstad
Date will be decided later Online meeting

2.

10 feb – 12 feb

Warm-up and spontaneity

  • Focus on the warm-up process
  • Theory: Concepts of spontaneity and creativity
  • Techniques: Spontaneity training and warm-up exercises
Norway
Date will be decided later Online meeting

3.

21 apr – 23 apr

The Stage

  • Focus: Staging, the language of psychodrama
  • Theory: Concepts of reality
  • New Techniques: practice the use of the stage, the room
  • Interview
Denmark
Date will be decided later  

4.

27 jun –  2 jul

The concept of role based on the intrapsychic

  • Focus: The role of the protagonist and the role of the leader
  • Theory: Related to role theory
  • Techniques: Role reverse, interview, preparing for the role of the leader. The reality of the protagonist
Norway
 Date will be decided later Online meeting

5.

15 sep – 17 sep

Double and doubling

  • Focus: empathy, the function of the double
  • Theory: Double, doubling, Catharsis
  • New techniques: Training on doubling
    • Rehearse “awareness and doubing”
    • Staging in connection with training and interviewing
    • Role reverse and doubling
    • Vignettes
Norway
Date will be decided later Online meeting

6.

24 nov – 26 nov

Encounter and concept of tele

  • Focus: I-thou relation and the role of the auxilary
  • Theory: Concept of tele
  • New techniques: The social atom
Denmark
 2024  

7.

9 feb – 11 feb

Sociometry

  • Focus: The group
  • Theory: sociometry, grouopdynamics
  • Techniques: Spectrograms. Protagonist choice, vignettes with sharing
Sweden

8.

19 apr – 21 apr

 Theme according to needsDenmark
Date will be decided later Online meeting

9.

3 jul – 7 jul

Mirroring and sharing

  • Focus: The concept of mirroring and importance of closeness/distance factor
  • Theory: mirroring, concept of tele, sharingphase
  • Techniques: Vignettes
Norway
Date will be decided later Online meeting

10.

 

Focus: Preparation for the colloquium

  • Theory: Writing a thesis
  • Rehearsal for the curriculum: Lead warm-up, vignett and sharing
Denmark
 Date will be decided later Online meeting

11.

 

Theme: Psychodrama in practice

  • Theory: Repetition of philosophy and methodology in a whole
  • Supervision on written assignments
Norway
 Date will be decided later Online meeting

12.

 

Theme: Colloquium

  • Sum up
  • The way forward, your position in relation to psychodrama
  • Ending
Sweden

Cost

The cost of the education is 6500€. That includes all seminars both online and IRL. Coffe and snacks are included but no accomodation, travels or dinner. Once you have submitted your final application, we will sign a contract and make a payment plan. It will be possible to split the payments.

Application

Please let us know if you are interested in attending a basic education. Fill out the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible