Psychodrama: Advances in Theory and Practice

Psychodrama: Advances in Theory and Practice

Psychodrama: Advances in Theory and Practice

Psychodrama: Advances in Theory and Practice


Psychodrama: Advances in Theory and Practiceprovides a comprehensive overview of developments in the theory and practice of psychodrama, integrating different psychodramatic schools of thought.

Psychodrama is one of the pioneering approaches of psychotherapy and is practised by thousands of practitioners and in most countries of the world. The editors of this volume bring together contributions from Europe, South America, Australia, Israel and the USA to explain and explore recent innovations. They look at how psychodrama has contributed to the development of psychotherapy, introducing concepts that have had a profound influence on other therapies. These include concepts such as role theory, the encounter, the co-unconscious, the social atom, sociometry, action research, group psychotherapy, the cycle of spontaneity and creativity, role play and many related concepts and techniques.

This book will be of great interest to all students, practitioners and trainers in the field of psychodrama. It will also appeal to professionals and students in the related fields of psychotherapy, counselling, psychology and psychiatry.


This has been an exciting and fascinating project to be a part of. Twentyfive authors from twelve countries have contributed their views on theoretical and practical applications of psychodrama that advance the field as a whole. Their ideas expand the range of concepts developed by J. L. and Zerka Moreno and their collaborators and take them in new directions.

Like any of the psychotherapeutic approaches, psychodrama should be informed by strong underlying theory as well as technique, and backed up by research. To this end, the contributions in this book include theory, practice and research about psychodrama’s effectiveness. The contributions provide many insights into the range of applications of this powerful approach to both therapeutic and social intervention.

Taken as a whole, the book offers a contribution to the ever-expanding application of psychodrama in more than a hundred countries (and counting) across the world. Psychodrama is one of the pioneering approaches of psychotherapy. It has contributed to the development of psychotherapy by introducing such concepts and techniques as group psychotherapy, sociometry, role theory, role play, sociodrama, role reversal, the double, action research, dramatic improvisation, perspective-taking, the primacy of interpersonal relationships in therapy, the encounter, co-consciousness and the co-unconscious, the cycle of spontaneity and creativity, and projective methods such as ‘the empty chair’. Many of these concepts and techniques have had a wide influence and have led to the development of new approaches in fields such as psychotherapy, counselling, applied drama, organizational development and community work, to name just a few.

J. L. Moreno had a vision of using psychodrama and sociodrama for the therapy of society, an approach he called ‘sociatry’. Many psychodramatists take inspiration from the opening words of Moreno’s Who Shall Survive?: ‘A truly therapeutic procedure cannot have less an objective than the whole of mankind.’ Moreno’s methods are indeed being used all over the world in the contexts of social intervention, education, community work, conflict resolution, health, management, organizations and politics. In our world of many global changes, threats, conflicts and inequities, there . . .

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