The Theory and Practice of ‘Relationship Psychotherapy’ (2 of 2)
(This is session two of two thematically linked sessions facilitated by Zoli Figusch. The first linked session is on the morning of 11th 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 couldn’t 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 11th 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 the workshop on 11th September) and ‘relationship psychotherapy’ (the focus of this workshop).
This is a working modality developed by Jose Fonseca, a technique derived from analytical therapy and psychodrama, and described as a minimalist version of psychodrama. The expression ‘relationship psychotherapy’ emphasises the relational philosophy (Martin Buber) within the therapeutic work, and it deals with the client-therapist relationship (here and now), the client’s external relationships, and the relationships from the client’s internal world (the client’s internal sociometry). Scenes are played out verbally; there is no external dramatic action, no stage or stage markings, and no physical interaction.
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. 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.