Focus on Psychodrama: The Therapeutic Aspects of Psychodrama

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1992 - Psychology - 192 pages
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This textbook is for all students and practioners of psychodrama and drama, and professionals seeking to extend their knowledge of creative arts therapies. The author provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of psychodrama, presenting a systematic analysis of its essential therapeutic ingredients. He specifies the core issues involved, discussing the interpersonal, the emotional, the imaginary, the behavioural and the cognitive elements.

The book examines the professional roles assumed by psychodramatists and establishes the skills required in each role. Explored is the use of the concept of acting out, both in psychodrama and psychoanalysis, and the author also discusses the problem of resistance, and the importance of the concept and technique of closure in each psychodrama. A processing checklist is added at the end of the book as a systematic aid in evaluating the professional skills of the psychodramatist.

The chapters are both pragmatic and solidly grounded in theory, thereby providing students with an effective, in-depth alternative to the traditional verbal therapies.

 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Introduction
11
Definition
17
Theory
33
The Psychodramatist
45
Charismatic Leadership
58
Therapeutic Aspects
67
Catharsis
76
AsIf
109
Acting Out
122
Magic
130
Resistance
138
Closure
152
Processing
161
Psychodrama Director Processing Checklist
168
References
173

ActionInsight
85
Tele
96

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About the author (1992)

Peter Felix Kellermann is a clinical psychologist who qualified as a practitioner at the Moreno Institute, New York. He teaches psychodrama in Israel and around the world. He is the co-editor of Psychodrama with Trauma Survivors, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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