Category: Psychodrama

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…

What Part Does God Play in Psychodrama?

This simple question lends itself to a rather more complicated answer, which begins with a bit of history about Jacob L. Moreno, M.D., the founder of Psychodrama.  Both of Moreno’s parents were Sephardi Jews, but by all accounts Moreno was not particularly religious. He was however deeply spiritual. Moreno believed that we are all connected to and with the creator. …

What is Role Reversal?

Zerka Moreno, a co-founder of psychodrama, is famous for, among other things, saying that “role reversal is the sine qua non”, or indispensable factor, of psychodrama. So what is role reversal? As the name implies, role reversal means an exchange of roles, an exchange of positions; conceptually, role reversal means transcendence of self or self-component; in practice, role reversal is…

Building Emotional Intelligence with Psychodrama

Psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy utilize various tools which are unequaled in their ability to teach emotional intelligence (EI) to individuals, groups and organization through the ability to help others “experience” the components of EI in themselves and in others, through the role reversal process. Role reversal exercises can be done in one-on-one settings using an empty chair and/or other…

Psychodrama and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Corby’s work in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has greatly influenced her work as a psychodramatist. Cognitive therapy and psychodrama can be done in the individual session setting or in group therapy. Cognitive therapy is based on the cognitive model, which sets forth that thoughts generate behaviors and physiological responses, and that all are interconnected. Furthermore, the cognitive…