Psychodrama

PSYCHODRAMA

AWARENESS GROUPS
ONGOING GROUPS




Psychodrama
Awareness 
Groups

Ongoing 
Groups


                                             PSYCHODRAMA 

Drama TherapyJ.L. Moreno defined psychodrama as the science which explores the protagonist's “truth” by dramatic methods. It “deals with interpersonal relations and private worlds.” By truth, Moreno meant the personal truth of the protagonist, the subject of a psychodrama. Although we all live in the same world, we each experience and interpret it a little differently. Moreno’s “truth” refers to each person’s unique perception of the world, of one’s place in it and one’s relationships with others who co-create this world. For more on Moreno's vision see the ASGPP website.

Henry David Thoreau asked, "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" Psychodrama makes this miracle possible. Through this action method we are able to enter into each others' worlds. In doing so we are changed. Psychodrama is a collaboratively-directed, auxiliary-assisted, action method that heals alienation and estrangement in a climate of mutual acceptance, and moves the group process toward reconciliation and oneness. It calls forth from the relational structures of the participants, and beyond those directly participating, a free disclosure of restless pasts, current confrontations and imagined futures. This process fosters the emergence of a protagonist who is warmed up to self-presentation, enactments and re-enactments that express the protagonist's fantasy and reality. These are concretized in sequences of specific scenes depicting the private and public person and the cosmic worlds from which the scenes are drawn. The scenes are role-played in the here-and-now and are amplified through techniques such as doubling, mirroring and role-reversal. This sharpens perception, allows barriers to fall, alternative choices to emerge, connections to be made between different levels of experience and lets creativity flow. The action is followed by a sharing which helps to integrate and validate the experience, and leads to a greater capacity to risk commitment to a more inclusive sense of community.

Psychodrama

Protagonists are not rejected but are fully accepted where they are, in their present state, as they explore and deal with their personal narratives through group action. Within a safe environment, they have the opportunity to express feelings, develop insights and discover and express their unrealized potential vis-à-vis life’s difficulties and opportunities. Psychodrama permits us to explore our worlds and learn more about ourselves, our significant others and our relationships with them. Its techniques enable us to go back to re-enact past experiences, and examine current relationships and our fantasies of what the future may bring. The improvisations produce spontaneitya readiness to act in new and adequate ways. The director, who helps participants identify important internal processes and produce them in dramatic form, as well as the group members who stand in for absent significant others, work together to facilitate constructive change in individuals and groups by developing new perceptions or re-organizing old patterns. Participants experience a deeper connection with others and appreciation of self as they learn and begin to practice new, more spontaneous and adequate behaviors. 

Although psychodrama is usually considered to be a form of psychotherapy and has been widely applied in the mental health fields, this is only one of its many functions. The method is systematic and can be learned with practice so psychodrama groups are also used for training.
It is also a powerful method for conducting research, engendering spontaneity and creativity, growth and maturation, and it is a playful dramatic art form. 


         PSYCHODRAMA AWARENESS GROUPS         

  ACTION METHODS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH  

A Psychodrama Awareness Group  is for newcomers to psychodrama. It is open to anyone wishing to experience a method for problem-solving, holistic well-being and spiritual growth through action methods. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover new solutions to old problems
  • Discover one’s unfulfilled potential
  • Learn and practice new roles
  • Reduce anger, tension, anxiety
  • Increase creativity and spontaneity
  • Holistic wellness
  • Spiritual growth

Some Types of Issues Addressed:

  • Relationships with self and others
  • Family of origin
  • Dreamwork
  • Assertiveness training
  • Self-esteem and empowerment
  • Recovering from trauma or addictions
  • Connecting to your spirituality

Who will Benefit:

  • All who are curious about psychodrama and who are seeking support and encouragement for personal and spiritual growth.
  • Those seeking training in experiential action methods for their work in ministry, counseling, mental health, healing and healthcare, social work, teaching, corrective and legal professions.

Presented by: Jon P. Kirby MDiv, MA, PhD, CP. PAT. 

Jon Kirby is a psychodramatist, an anthropologist and culture-dramatist who specializes in cross-cultural and interculturality issues, ethnic conflict and diversity issues with groups of culturally mixed couples, religious groups or professional groups and communities. He is a certified practitioner (CP) and applicant for Trainer (PAT) who has worked extensively in cross-cultural training, intercultural competence training and conflict resolution from a cultural pathways perspective.

When: Beginning Nov. 2013. Contact us for details.

Where: “Beacon Reminders Psychodrama Training” University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 940 East Colton Ave. Redlands CA 92374; OR Spirituality and Culture, SVD House 2181 W. 25th St. Los Angeles CA 90018.

Registration: Not required.

Cost: $30 for each three-hour session

Training: Approved CEUs for MFT & LCSW by the Board of Behavioral Sciences–Dr. Donell Miller Provider. Approved hours in Drama Therapy & Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Contacts: 
Dr. Jon P. Kirby (323) 402-0249 or (202) 290-8325. zanyeya@gmail.com
Dr. Donell Miller (909) 798-2765. 4donellmiller@gmail.com

              PSYCHODRAMA ONGOING GROUPS           

  ACTION-METHODS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH  

A Psychodrama Ongoing Group  refers to a series of eight psychodrama sessions open to those wishing to experience a method for problem-solving, holistic well-being and spiritual growth through action methods.

Objectives:

  • Discover new solutions to old problems
  • Discover one’s unfulfilled potential
  • Learn and practice new roles
  • Reduce anger, tension, anxiety
  • Increase creativity and spontaneity
  • Holistic wellness
  • Spiritual growth

Some Types of Issues Addressed:

  • Relationships with self and others
  • Family of origin
  • Dreamwork
  • Assertiveness training
  • Self-esteem and empowerment
  • Recovering from trauma or addictions
  • Connecting to your spirituality

Who will Benefit:

  • Those seeking support and encouragement for personal and spiritual growth.
  • Those seeking training in experiential action methods for their work in ministry, counseling, mental health, healing and healthcare, marriage and family therapy, social work, teaching, corrective and legal professions.

Presented by: Jon P. Kirby MDiv, MA, PhD, CP, PAT. 

Jon Kirby SVD is a Catholic priest, a psychodramatist, an anthropologist and culture-dramatist who specializes in cross-cultural and interculturality issues, ethnic conflict and diversity issues with groups of culturally mixed couples, religious groups or professional groups and communities. He is a certified practitioner (CP) and applicant for Trainer (PAT) who has worked extensively in cross-cultural training, intercultural competence training and conflict resolution from a cultural pathways perspective.

When: Beginning Nov. 2013. Contact us for details.

Where: “Beacon Reminders Psychodrama Training,” University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 940 East Colton Ave. Redlands CA 92374; OR Spirituality and Culture, SVD House 2181 W. 25th St. Los Angeles CA 90018.

Registration: The Psychodrama Group meets for eight consecutive sessions to enable participants to make their journey together. Participants must register and interview for the series. Registering participants now (12 minimum).

Interviews required: Interviews by phone (or Skype) will be arranged.

Cost: $160 for 8 three-hour sessions

Training: Approved CEUs for MFT & LCSW by the Board of Behavioral Sciences–Dr. Donell Miller Provider. Approved hours in Drama Therapy & Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Contacts:
Dr. Jon P. Kirby (323) 402-0249, (202) 290-8325, zanyeya@gmail.com
Dr. Donell Miller (909) 798-2765, email: 4donellmiller@gmail.com

Upcoming Schedule of Events 

Date Time Event
Mon & Fri 6:00pm Psychodrama Awareness Group (Redlands)
Wed & Sat 6:00pm Psychodrama Ongoing Group (Los Angeles)