Psychodrama and Systemic Therapy

Psychodrama and Systemic Therapy

Psychodrama and Systemic Therapy

Psychodrama and Systemic Therapy

Synopsis

It is now increasingly recognized that psychodrama provides a valid and useful tool in many different contexts; equally, practitioners in a wide variety of fields are acknowledging the benefits that a systems thinking approach can bring to their work. This book unites the two by describing the author's work over a number of years. Dr. Farmer provides a lucid exposition of his own systemic approach to psychodrama, both theoretically and in practical clinical terms. The final section, which discusses systemic approaches to psychiatric care in general, puts the book in a wider context, and will make it of interest to a wide range of mental health professionals.

Excerpt

W e are very pleased to publish this book, as the way that Dr Farmer looks at the interface of systemic thinking and practice and psychodrama represents, we believe, some original work. It is our hope that both systemic practitioners and drama therapists alike, as well as other mental health professionals, will find the exploration of the relationship between the two perspectives and treatment interventions exciting and stimulating.

The reader will, we hope, appreciate the skills with which Dr Farmer describes his synthesizing of the two approaches and at the same time is able to clarify their distinctiveness.

For many years Dr Farmer has developed the use of a systemic approach to adult mental health problems amongst multidisciplinary staff groups in Guernsey, Channel Islands. During the past few years we have met and worked with Dr Farmer both on the mainland at workshops and conferences that we convened and on Guernsey and Jersey as the interest there in systemic thinking and practice has developed. At the same time, Dr Farmer has gained an international reputation in the field of psychodrama. It is our hope as editors that this book will enthuse practitioners to explore the . . .

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