The Theory and Practice of ‘Internal Psychodrama’ (1 of 2)
9:30 – 12:30pm (3hrs)
(This is session one of two thematically linked sessions facilitated by Zoli Figusch. The second linked session is on the morning of 13th September. A 20% discount applies if both workshops are booked together. You can attend either workshop independently of the other.)
J.L. Moreno defined spontaneity as our ability to find new responses to old situations, or adequate responses to novel situations. He also saw our ability to respond to situations with spontaneity as a measure of good mental health, while the inability to do so, as a sign of anxiety. His words could not be more relevant in the current world pandemic, a novel and unprecedented situation, which is highly anxiety provoking, yet demands of us to remain spontaneous and find adequate responses in continuing to deliver our work as psychotherapists.
These two experiential workshops (this one, and the thematically linked session I will lead on 13th September) emerged from my attempts to respond spontaneously to the challenges of the pandemic in my psychodrama work. My aim is to present, demonstrate and share one-to-one psychodrama techniques, which were initially developed for face-to-face work, but can be readily adapted to working with clients via online video platforms.
The sessions will be experiential, with demonstrations of these techniques, allowing participants to consider how to incorporate them into their own practice. We will also look at a wider theoretical framework for individual psychodrama work, and more specifically the theoretical underpinnings of ‘internal psychodrama’ (the focus of this workshop) and ‘relationship psychotherapy’ (the focus of the workshop on 13th September).
This technique works with internal and symbolic dramatization, with the client visualising and experiencing the action, but without physically executing it. Instead, the dramatic interaction with characters happens internally/mentally. It has been developed and furthered by psychodramatists such as Bustos, Dias, Godoy, and Fonseca.
Zoli Figusch is a psychodrama psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, a member of the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Zoli is a member of the BPA’s Executive Committee and their representative to FEPTO. He is also a member of the North-West Psychodrama Association, and the series editor of the newly re-published series of J.L. Moreno’s books. For his involvement with this work, in 2013 he received the ASGPP’s ’Zerka T. Moreno’ Award. Zoli is the editor of three psychodrama books: ‘Sambadrama – The Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama’; ‘From one-to-one psychodrama to large group socio-psychodrama’; and ‘The J.L. Moreno memorial photo album’. Zoli works as a principal psychotherapist at a specialist psychotherapy service for clients with personality disorders in Maidstone, UK.