Introduction to Sociodrama
Whenever an important hidden or overt story belongs to a group, then sociodrama is a resourceful way to make that story visible, to explore it for better understanding and for finding possible options to develop or change the story.
This involves warming up people to unleash their spontaneity, finding the story, finding the relevant actors and warming participants up for those roles, mapping the group’s larger system, getting to action, zooming in and out, trying various perspectives, using specific instruments – role taking, role reversal, the so-called “double” which is role expansion in sociodrama, tagging, soliloquy, mirroring, sculpture, scenes – and then, sharing from role, from self and social learning.
When I started to apply multiple protagonists’ psychodrama and sometimes group psychodrama in my practice of organisational development consultancy, I was fascinated with the results, the energy, the amount of spontaneity released in action. Adding sociodrama in my work meant adding more systemic learning for everybody, expanding perspective, increasing creativity and solution-focus. In the boardrooms, it meant clarifying visions, rehearsing options for strategies, clarifying the company’s or the managerial team’s identity, identifying patterns of behaviour and trying out new behaviour towards important stakeholders, mapping processes in action and identifying the possible problems, then how to prevent or solve them. With teachers, it meant finding new ways to connect with each other, with the children, adding energy and fun to their lessons which became memorable and encouraged children to engage and contribute. With doctors, it meant more interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork around the chronic patient.
Let’s meet for an introduction to sociodrama in a 3-hours workshop to experience this way of group storytelling in action and make the most out of this short encounter!
Please bring a post-it and prepare to contribute!
Irina Stefanescu: Passionate and experienced Learning & Development Partner for organizations and their people. Chemistry graduate (1992), Irina got accredited as trainer (1997), headhunter (1997), coach (2005), psychodramatist (2009) and sociodramatist (2012). Licensed to use LIFO® (1999), Thomas International Management System™ (2000) and Human Synergistics® (2005). Has founded FLUX Training and Consultancy (2004), accompanying people from healthcare, financial services, industry, oil & gas, automotive, IT&C, FMCG, construction, services, education, and management consultancy.
Founder of Sociodrama Centre Romania, Irina collaborates in Geneva with ODeF, contributing to the Swiss certificate course in French of sociodrama and action methods for consultants, coaches, trainers, managers, educators. She volunteers with youth, children, and their educators. Active member of the Romanian professional coaching community since 2008. Living in Bucharest, Romania, Irina is a supportive mother, wife, daughter, and friend, she loves to learn, travel, explore, read, laugh, dance, skate, listen to and play music, enjoying life every day.