Author/s:

Wilma Scategni

Title:

Dreams, Myths and Fairy Tales/ Psychodrama online with family, children and adolescence: Experiences and research

Abstract:

The lecture will explore the potential of using psychodrama and expressive therapies in onlinework on the topic of dreams, myths and fairy tales enactment. The focus will be on the theme of “surplus reality” in the on line experiences in groups, sharing on the topic of dreams myths and fairy tales with Jungian, Analytical Psychodrama. The lecture will present how it is possible to explore in different experiential ways – feelings, memories, dreams and reflections with different techniques on the bases of Psychodrama. The online work with psychodrama and mixed expressive therapies offers many new creative resources and possibilities. to explore this new kind of on line reality. New connections can be revealed and the possibility to explore and discover new inner resources for the future, even when this terrible pandemia is over. The sharing and enactment processes can open groups up to many different relationships at different levels and with different languages, becoming a point where the personal and the collective unconscious meet in a dynamic process involving the group itself. The subterranean transpersonal matrix can reflect the present social fragmentation due to social and cultural pressure, but at the same time can point the way towards possible future paths for encounters beyond present fears, difficulties and hopes.

Biography:

Dr Med.Wilma Scategni – psychiatrist (Children and Adults); Founding member of FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations) and Member of the Board (3 years); Editor of FEPTO Newsletter (4 years); Staff Member Granada Academy since 2005; IAGP Individual Member; Docent CIPA –IAAP, Past Docent at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich; Author of many books and articles on the subject Analythical Psychology, Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama published in many different languages (English, German,Italian and Spanish). The most important: Psychodrama: Group Processes and dreams: Archetypal Images of individuation (Routledge 2003) was published in 4 Languages

 

Author/s:

Elisabeth Skjetne

Eva Steinkjer

Title:

The hidden play

Abstract:

What happens when we follow a child’s physical moves and roleplay on the premises of the child itself – without any steering agenda by the grown up? By watching the child, mirroring, commenting and wondering what happens – showing that you take the play seriously, and that the child can rely on you as playmate, and you may be invited into å journey on the inner world of the child. Children that has experienced traumas in one form or other easily think that they are to blame for the mischief and they mayfeel powerless, frustrated and frightened. This misconception seems real for the child, and has to be corrected through a play process that can turn this upside down-conception back on track. The whole play resembles å big role reversal, from å powerless point to an empowered point of view.  In this way of working I follow a traumatised childs play alone, and when the child is ready, gradually bring in other children – and finally ends up with a group of children. This may seem as an exclusive way of working, but it gives the child an inner journey and revitalize the child capacity to socialize and play common games with others.

Biography:

Elisabeth Skjetne is living in Norway. Childrens physioterapist and psychodrama director educated Norwegian Psychodrama Institute. Working with children in kindergardens, schools and homes. Specially interested in working with children with psychological problems and traumatic experiences of different kinds. Mostly working individually and in very small groups. Combining physical play and psychodrama in the work with traumatised children.

Eva Steinkjer, Art teacher and Psychodramatherapist in Norway. She has developed different concepts based on the philosophy, theory and methods in spontaneity and creativity, developed by J.L Moreno. With professional experience from kindergarten, elementary schools and University degree in early childhood education. She works at a private practice as a supervisor for helpers, parents and adults working with children with special needs fex grief after loss of a parent or a sibling after suicide, highly sensitive children and youth struggling to find their pathway to studies or a job.

 

Author/s:

Zafy Melisova

Title:

The application of psychodrama for adolescents with mental disorder and intellectual difficulties: the course of the group dynamic

Abstract:

Moreno has always tried to use the meaning and the world of children’s play, the exploring desire and fantasy, which gives the people the delusion of almighty (Wildlöcher, 1974). This work examines the application of psychodrama for adolescents with mental disorder and intellectual problems in Munich, Germany. The group sessions took place for more than two years and were conducted with eight underage, who visited the same curative day care institution of “Lebenshilfe München” Institution in Unterhaching. The members of the psychodrama group, who were diagnosed with mental and intellectual interference and most of them had trauma experience (aged 10-14), had the opportunity to get acquainted with social issues, to get in touch with their feelings and aggression, as well as to develop bonds; situations in which they experienced difficulties. The group was formed using familiar topics from their all day routine and themes and problems, they trusted the group with. The psychodrama play and the selected roles helped the members, who already had an advanced spontaneity, to engage their emotions. It was very helpful that the members knew each other and had cooperated in the past. This work suggests that the themes of the psychodrama approach to interaction and sympathy between members can become an experience, which can be transferred in everyday life. The members opened up to trust other people and evolved healthy bonds and relationships. Furthermore, the adolescents learn another way of thinking, they examine the life scenarios and through role reversal they increase their empathy. It is approached the course of the group dynamic, which was the basis of the self-role unravel. This work is conducted under the supervision of Panagiota Arvaniti and Nena Vlassa (Athens Psychodrama Institute).

Biography:

Zafy Melisova (*1985) is a special education teacher (Dipl., Pg.C., M.Sc.) and psychodramatist – psychotherapist, who lives in Germany and comes from Greece.  She has many years of experience in the field of mental disorder and intellectual disabilities, not only with children and adolescents, but also with adults. She has organized nine different conferences in cooperation with the National Committee of UNICEF, the Greek Ministry of Education and the University of Patras and she has conducted case studies and researches, which are published in 15 different conferences so far. Psychodrama is one of the most significant intervention tools, which she exercises, and the Psychodrama play fascinates her every time.

 

Author/s:

Enas Jouda

Manal El Herbawe

Title:

Children in Gaza between the covid pandemic and the last War 2021

Abstract:

Children in Palestine are exposed to a tremendous amount of accumulated psychological pressures resulting from various sources such as the Israel occupation, the presence of the covid pandemic since 2020, the recurrent wars on Gaza and recently the last war on Gaza 2021, which made the situation even worse and complicated which need to be psychologically investigated more. Therefore, the need for psychodrama is very important, but in a different way, using the internet application, which gives children the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences, and learning from each other.

The goal of this paper: Eliminate the psychological stress and enhance the children -parents relationship and communication skills.

Activity description: Applying psychodrama workshop with school age children from 8-12 by the zoom application which will include 5 sessions, the duration one hour and it will include 6 children with psychological problems (according to the school counselor observation) and their parents can attend the session.

Expected result: 1. Understand the effectiveness of psychodrama through the internet; 2. Encourage the school counselor to apply psychodrama techniques for the affected children; 3. Understand which appropriate techniques in psychodrama will be effective and others which need to be modified.

Biography:

Enas Jouda: mental health professional working at GCMHP since 2001 and I am psychodramatist trainer and director for adult and children

 

Author/s:

Orban Maria

Title:

Psychodrama with children – a comparison of Aichinger’s and Kende’s approach

Brief abstract:

The similarities and differences between these approaches will be presented, theoretical background and practice, emphasizing details, nuances, attitudes.

Long abstract:

The similarities and differences between these approaches will be presented, theoretical background and practice, emphasizing details, nuances, attitudes. The main characteristics of both approaches will be described (for ex. frame, contract, therapeutic process, role of therapists etc.) also the main therapeutic factors (confirmed by modern approaches and research). Participants will be invited to exchange their experiences, depending on their children psychodrama training.

Biography:

Mária ORBÁN – psychologist, psychotherapist, psychodramatist, trainer in children psychodrama and systemic couple and family psychotherapy, Cluj/Klausenburg, Romania, more than 15 years of professional experience with children and adolescents in individual and group settings, couple and family psychotherapy, from 2016 offers continuing education courses in children psychodrama. Publication: Orbán, M., Román, M., Szőke, E.: Psihodrama with children: the self-healing method for children within a group. Part I and II, in the Romanian Psihodrama Review (Revista Română de Psihodramă), no. 4/2015 and no. 5/2016.

 

Author/s:

Luigi Dotti

Claudia Bonardi

Title:

Play between psychodrama and psychomotricity: groups of children who are victims of assisted violence

Abstract:

This presentation describes the characteristics of the groups of children who have suffered witnessed violence. The method integrates Moreno’s psychodrama and Aucouturier’s psychomotor practice. In working with these children, spontaneous play is intended as therapy, reparation and reassurance. The goals of the job are to make them feel safe and secure.

Keywords: Double; Mirror; Spontaneous play; Sensorimotor play; Symbolic play; Role playing; Deep reassurance.

Biography:

Luigi Dotti: Psychologist and Psychotherapist, psychodrama and playback theatre director .
For 42 years I worked in the National Health Service, conducting psychotherapy and training groups  for adults and children in the fields of  disability, psychiatry and health promotion. I wrote several articles and books on psychodrama, playback theatre and action methods. Since May 2001 I opened TEATRO DI PSICODRAMMA (Psychodrama theatre) of Provaglio d’Iseo (Bs); the theater realizes in particular the free review LE RELAZIONI SULLA SCENA (RELATIONSHIP ON THE SCENE),  public psychodramas.

Claudia Bonardi: Teacher, trainer and psychodramatist, AIPsiM (Italian Association of Morenian Psychodramatists) member. She has a background in Relational Psychomotricity from Aucouturier and Lapierre. Co-founder of the Association of Psychodrama Theater of Provaglio d’Iseo, she carries out training courses with psychodramatic methods for children and adults. She collaborates with Casa Daphne, a shelter house that houses women and children victims of violence where she participates in the management of groups of children victims of violence and assisted violence.

 

Author/s:

Dr. Fabian Blobel

Title:

Working in the sociometric space with adolescents

Abstract:

This lecture offers a psychodramatic and group dynamic approach to the use of “action sociometry” and highlights its importance in the work with groups of adolescents. Sociometry was originally introduced by J. L. Moreno as a group theory of relationships, creating a group tool to measure underlying aspects of the tele. As “action sociometry” it became a widespread tool for group interventions. The peer group is an important acculturation agent. Especially during the phase of adolescence with its bio-psycho- social changes the peer group helps the individual to grow from a family member to an active member of society. In their groups the adolescents have to find and learn competent ways to deal with the different ambivalences between Me and We, In and Out and Power and Sub-ordinance. Sociometry can help to give light and words to the unseen and unspoken aspects of the group. Using a psychodramatic approach to sociometry including the concepts of stage, role, doubling, mirroring and sharing is a powerful way to support personal grow and group processes.

Biography:

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy for children and adolescents in Germany, Psychodramatherapist for children, director and trainer in psychodrama for children and adolescents, supervisor. Director of Training Programs in Orpheus Institute, Bulgaria“Psychodrama with children” and “Psychodrama and action methods with groups of adolescents” Dr. Fabian Blobel is a direct student of Alfons Aichinger and Walter Holl (creators of the Psychodrama method for children), longtime head of the group therapy department for children and adolescents at the mental health service in canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Now working in private praxis in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Author/s:

Brenda Cleary

Title:

Psychodrama in Applied Childhood Bioethics

Abstract:

The legal gold standard for medical decision making in pediatric practice involves determining what is the “best interests” of the child and making decisions accordingly. Emerging paradigms in childhood ethics assert that determining the best interests of the child must involve both eliciting and accounting for the child’s often invisible moral concerns, allowing for exercise of their agency as part of an ongoing informed assent process throughout the clinical setting. While there is growing traction for these imperatives there remains much work to be done to effect clinical operationalisation of this knowledge. Aggressive surgical interventions in childhood patients with non-normative bodies, such as those affected with osteogenesis imperfecta, entail sequelae involving significant functional and quality of life implications across the child’s entire life-span.  As such the ethical dilemmas posed by marginalization of children in the clinical context, specific how children “ought” be included in, and co-create, processes surrounding surgical decisions, accrues additional urgency. This presentation will explore the application of adapted psychodrama techniques at childhood patients’ bedside to both enact, critique, and imagine new possibilities for a truly child-centric assent process. The presentation will demonstrate techniques used within the larger ethnography housing the study as well as emerging applications of psychodrama in childhood narrative ethics both in the clinic and beyond.

Biography:

Brenda Cleary is a community artist and nurse adapting psychodrama for an arts-based inquiry process into the moral experiences of youth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta as part of her training with the VOICE project, Views on Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics, at McGill University. This work is part of a first-of-it’s-kind project to utilize arts to develop new ethical frameworks for working with marginalized children in clinical contexts in partnership with patients, families, healthcare providers and decision makers. As a community arts and health professional prior to becoming a nurse she has worked with numerous groups throughout her career: Indigenous youth, children of migrant farmworkers, high school dropouts, domestic violence shelter residents, day laborers, undocumented students, war widows and children of the Guatemalan Mayan genocide.

 

Author/s:
Kristina Urbanc
Sandra Matijević

Title:
Corrupted City – a story from adolescents’ psychodrama group

Brief abstract:
Goal of the workshop is to present a story from psychodrama session with adolescents. The story named “Corrupted city” presents a milestone for the group dynamic since it was the first time that group has consolidated and cooperated

Long abstract:
Goal of the workshop is to present a story from the 10th psychodrama session (out of 23) with a group of adolescents in the age of 12 ± 14. Group takes place in a Centar for Children, Youth and Families in Velika Gorica, Croatia, from October till May on weekly bases, consisting of 8 adolescents and two co leaders. The name of the story given by the group “Corrupted city” and it presented a milestone for the group dynamic since it was the first time that group has consolidated and cooperated, while on previous sessions there was always an atmosphere of competition and intolerance. Psychodrama with children and youth presents specific method of group story creating, through different phases, encouraging children to reach upon their creativity. The method is based on theoretical foundation of Hanna Kende, focusing on creating a climate of acceptance and tolerance and allowing children to express themselves in a group and to reshape their negative experiences: in this case the experience of corruption and injustice which was so unbearable that group had to find out another planet to live on. Basic idea is to empower children to find their own strategies through healing stories and metaphors, to experiment with them within the group and to perform them in the real world.

Biography:
Prof. dr. sc. Kristina Urbanc, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, social worker, licensed in integrative child psychotherapy, systemic family therapy and supervision. For last ten years in coo- leadership with Sandra Matijević psychodrama groups for adolescents in Centar for Children, Youth and Families in Velika Gorica, Croatia. Areas of research and teaching: social casework, creative methods in social work, new paradigms of helping, supervision, ethics. Author of two books and over 50 papers published in scientific journals.

 

Author/s:

Larisa Mogunova

Title:

“Sociometric Flower”: plot structure for the initial phase of group psychodrama with children and adolescents

Brief abstract:

We will present the universal drama structure that we developed for the initial phase of working with a child psychodramatic group. Directors can fill this structure with different plot scenarios depending on the age of the children and their characteristics.

 

Long abstract:

We will present the universal drama structure that we developed for the initial phase of working with a child psychodrama group. Directors can fill this structure with different plot scenarios depending on the age of the children and their characteristics. This scenario contributes to the formation of a common communicative safe field of group. Our model helps participants to find a place in the group and in the symbolic space of the group, to make their personal contribution to the creation of a «common territory», to present themselves through the roles of equal, significant and unique, to get acquainted with other participants and therapists. Directors take on the special symbolic roles of “place keepers,” serving as organizers and facilitators. This playing reduces the anxiety and stress of children, has warming-up effect, stimulates their creativity. We found that children in this type of drama communicate in a symbolic projective language about their opportunities and resources, problems and therapeutic goals. This structure helps to conduct sociometry and additional diagnostics. At the workshop, we plan to talk about the methodology and play an example of one of the plot options. We invite everyone who is interested in learning new things, likes working with children and playing!

Biography:

Larisa Mogunova is psychologist (graduate degree), certified psychodramatist, trainer of the  Russian Psychodrama Association and Institute of Psychodrama Couching and Role training (Moscow), leader of the community “Psychodrama with children”, a child analytical psychologist, systemic family psychotherapist, dance-movement psychotherapist; work experience since 1998,  conducting psychodrama groups and individual therapy with children since 2002

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