Directing psychodrama requires considerable training and experience over time to achieve proficiency in the art and the craft of the methodology. At each step in the training process, the student learns usable skills as well as an understanding of the limits of their ability to apply them appropriately. Practice with feedback is an essential element of this training process.
Format: This workshop consists of didactic presentation, experiential activity, and discussion/processing. Depending on the level of experience of participants it may include a range of techniques such as: contracting with group and protagonist, interviewing, moving into action, role reversal, doubling, concretizing metaphor, the mirror technique, role training, use of images and objects, etc. It may also include an exploration of Kellerman’s Four Functions of a Psychodrama Director and provide opportunities for practicing various techniques in small groups and with individual clients.
Participants: This workshop is especially for those interested in learning and/or developing psychodrama directing skills such as educators, counselors, group facilitators, organization and management consultants, trial lawyers, therapists, etc. The more homogeneous the participants, the more specifically focused the workshop. Psychodrama or drama therapy experience is not required, although a workshop can be designed specifically for psychodramatists and/or drama therapists in training.
Outcomes (Note: the prior experience of the participants will determine the specific outcomes for a particular group) – Participants will be able to:
- list and explain Kellermans Four Functions of a Psychodrama Director;
- conduct a warm-up for a psychodrama leading to selection of a protagonist;
- demonstrate psychodramatic techniques such as contracting with group and protagonist, interviewing, moving into action, role reversal, doubling, concretizing metaphor, the mirror technique, role training, use of images and objects, etc.;
- facilitate sharing at the conclusion of a psychodrama session; and/or
- facilitate a psychodrama with an individual.
Logistics: This workshop can be offered as a full-day workshop with 6-7 hours of workshop time book-ended around a lunch break, a two-day workshop with 6-7 hours the first day and 5-6 the second, or a full weekend, including a Friday night introduction. Time is adjustable. Space needs include a room with movable chairs and large enough to accommodate the people involved. Tables off to the side and a blackboard or whiteboard are needed.