Practical Applications for Directing Psychodrama and Sociometry via Zoom Video Conferencing
5:00 – 9:00pm (4hrs)
This large group session can be purchased individually without purchasing a large group ticket. If you purchase a large group ticket, this session is included in that ticket.
More than 60 years ago, Dr. J.L. Moreno explored ‘Treatment at a Distance’, ‘Television Psychodrama’; ‘Therapeutic Motion Pictures’ and ‘Telephone Therapy’. He wrote, “If the technologist can replace the ‘audio telephone” with a ‘video telephone’, the patient and therapist could not only hear but also see each other in action” (J.L. Moreno, 1963). The presenter and a creator of the Tele’Drama method believes that offering psychodrama online is a way of fulfilling one of Moreno’s dreams.
This session will offer both didactic and experiential application of directing psychodrama via Zoom Video Conferencing. Participants will be able to experience online sociometry, warm-ups, action and sharing; the implementation of various psychodrama techniques; and participate in various roles of their choice – protagonist, auxiliary or audience.
The session will demonstrate various encounters in the virtual space. Moreno was often visiting people’s homes, directing psychodrama with the entire family and any visiting friends. The presenter will be leading the group through an imaginative process of perceiving the online meeting as visiting each other’s homes and inviting participants to imagine ‘stepping’ into the screen and ‘entering’ the virtual space.
Moreno believed that psychodrama ‘brings the entire cosmos into play’. This concept applies to the virtual reality of the online sessions, where the participants are physically located thousands of miles apart, but psychologically are together in the same meeting space, immersed simultaneously ‘into (the) play’.
Participants will need to participate from a quiet and safe place with no other people present in their nearby physical space; having sufficient indirect lighting on their faces so they can be seen. All cameras need to be ‘on’ during the entire session, and, if possible, the participant should refrain from going on ‘mute’, for the best experience of spontaneity and creativity.
Daniela Simmons, PhD, TEP, is the creator of the Tele’Drama Method and the founder of the International Tele’Drama Institute and community. She is a Certified Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP), Supervisor in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy through the American Board of Examiners (ABE). Daniela is the President of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP)
Her professional experience, both in Europe and the United States, is in education, research, and consultancy work in the social sciences, applied gerontology, and mental health. Her background includes serving as the leader of several large organizations and founding a professional journal for mental health. She was trained in psychoanalytic modules on group relations at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London. She has been utilizing action methods since 1995 in Europe and since 2005 in the United States. She is the creator of the Tele’Drama method and the International Tele’Drama Institute (ITI), with thousands of trainees from 68+ countries. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org