Beginning with a discussion of the intrinsic nature of psychodrama and providing the reader with a thorough description of the psychodramatic method, this book navigates the nature, applications, theories, and practices of the techniques originated by J. L. Moreno.
The book covers the work of the psychodrama pioneer in the field of mental health and discourse on his techniques. Methods of handling situations and scenarios that frequently arise in psychodrama sessions are described and amply illustrated with examples from actual psychodramas. The existential philosophy upon which psychodrama is founded, Moreno’s Doctrine of Spontaneity-Creativity, and the theories important to understanding psychodrama are all discussed. The final chapter is devoted to the life and work of J. L. Moreno.
This book will be of great interest to psychodramatists, drama therapists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals who use the psychodramatic method in counseling and training programs.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. What is Psychodrama, Anyway? 2. The Basics of Psychodrama 3. Warming Up 4. Creating the Drama 5. Protagonists Describe Their Dramas 6. Beyond Psychotherapy 7. Psychodrama Theory 8. A Brief History of Psychodrama 9. The Aspirations of Jacob Levy Moreno
John Nolte, PhD, has been a psychodramatic practitioner and trainer for more than 50 years. John has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University and was trained in psychodrama by J.L. Moreno, MD, the originator of psychodrama and other action methods, and his wife, Zerka Moreno. He is certified as a Trainer-Educator-Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is recognized by the psychodrama community as a senior and respected practitioner of the Morenean methods as well as a seasoned trainer.