Category: sociometry and law

Michigan Psychodrama Center to Host Introduction to Psychodrama for Lawyers this Fall

The Michigan Psychodrama Center will be hosting a full-day “psychodrama for lawyers” workshop in Royal Oak on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  This introductory workshop is perfect for lawyers who want to learn how to begin using psychodrama in their law practices. Lawyers will find that this dynamic and informative one-day workshop will help them become better storytellers and well as…

History of Psychodrama and the Law

Psychodrama has been around a very long time.  It was originally devised and developed many decades ago by Jacob Levy Moreno (1889-1997).  Born in Austria, Moreno developed his theories around the turn of the 20th century; which was the same time Freud was “inventing” psychotherapy. However, according to John Nolte, it was Gerry Spence who is largely credited with bringing…

Using Psychodrama and Sociometry in the Courtroom

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Barone’s two-volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers: As it relates to jury trial, the jurors are each going through their own sociometric cycle. Much of this is discussed in detail in Carl Bettinger’s Twelve Heroes, One Voice, which uses the hero’s journey rather than the harmonic- conflictual sociometric cycle as a metaphor. Bettinger explains…

The Segue Between Counseling and Criminal Defense

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.” – Gautama Buddha   Criminal defense lawyers sometimes represent society’s outcasts.  By accusation our clients are said to have broken society’s laws; or in terms of psychodrama,…