Psychodrama, Sociometry, & Sociodrama

The Benefits of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Sociodrama

Psychodrama

Developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD., psychodrama allows people to work through their problems and issues in action. By bringing issues into the "here and now," participants not only have a chance to express feelings they've stuffed down, develop insight about themselves, their relationships, and practice new responses to challenging or unsatisfying situations. Psychodrama also helps people access the spontaneity they need to respond to life in creative, more successful, and satisfying ways. 

 

By putting issues and problems into action and providing a space to experience alternative responses, psychodrama can "rewire" the brain. In contrast to "talking about" issues and problems, psychodrama brings them to life. Participants have a chance to explore the stories (the social, familial, and personal rules and beliefs) that keep them from using more effective strategies and experiment with new beliefs and ways of reacting. Participants also develop empathy because they get the chance to reverse roles with others and experience the world through each other's eyes.

 

This video of Zerka Moreno gives a brief example of psychodrama in action.

This video features Jean Campell directing a short psychodrama on Ted Talks.

A transformational and innovative technique | Dr. Magdalene Jeyarathnam TEDxNITTrichy

What is Psychodrama?

Nan Nally-Seif, LCSW, TEP and Jacob Gershoni, LCSW, TEP Psychodrama Training Institute / a division of the Sociometric Institute of NY

The Experience of Psychodrama

Robert Siroka, PhD Sociometric Institute (1975)

Sociometry

Sociometry is a method for studying social relationships within groups (such as family, social, work or school, therapy/personal growth, and community). Sociometric exercises help:

  • Group members become aware of the connections and/or lack of connections between members in a group.
  • Group members explore the choices they make about who to interact with and who to avoid or exclude.
  • Group members become aware of the impact their choices have on each other and on the group as a whole.
  • Reveal the roles various group members yearn for and the roles members get stuck in.  This information helps group members integrate the group isolates and reduce the role demand (and thus the likelihood of burnout) experienced by the over chosen.
  • Repair and restore group members’ social circles so that they can be sources of support, comfort, and connection.

Sociometry

Sociometry is a method for studying social relationships within groups (such as family, social, work or school, therapy/personal growth, and community). Sociometric exercises help:

  • Group members become aware of the connections and/or lack of connections between members in a group.
  • Group members explore the choices they make about who to interact with and who to avoid or exclude.
  • Group members become aware of the impact their choices have on each other and on the group as a whole.
  • Reveal the roles various group members yearn for and the roles members get stuck in.  This information helps group members integrate the group isolates and reduce the role demand (and thus the likelihood of burnout) experienced by the over chosen.
  • Repair and restore group members’ social circles so that they can be sources of support, comfort, and connection.

Sociometry

Sociometry is a method for studying social relationships within groups (such as family, social, work or school, therapy/personal growth, and community). Sociometric exercises help:

  • Group members become aware of the connections and/or lack of connections between members in a group.
  • Group members explore the choices they make about who to interact with and who to avoid or exclude.
  • Group members become aware of the impact their choices have on each other and on the group as a whole.
  • Reveal the roles various group members yearn for and the roles members get stuck in.  This information helps group members integrate the group isolates and reduce the role demand (and thus the likelihood of burnout) experienced by the over chosen.
  • Repair and restore group members’ social circles so that they can be sources of support, comfort, and connection.

Sociodrama

Sociodrama is the technique J.L. Moreno, MD. developed to explore conflicts and issues ingrained in social roles. Whereas psychodrama enables a specific individual to addresses their particular issues or problems, sociodrama addresses the problems and issues of the group. By putting agreed upon social situations into action, group members get a chance to express their thoughts and feelings, gain deeper understanding of their values, and practice new ways of dealing with problems. 

 

 "Any truly therapeutic procedure can have for its object no less than the whole of humankind." J. L. Moreno

Workshops

Regina Sewell offers professional development as well as personal growth workshops.

Unlock the Secret to Your Financial Well-Being.

Co-led with Jen Salimbene

Winter 2021. Date to be announced.
This workshop helps participants explore the cultural, familial, and personal messages that have kept them stuck and create new perspectives on work and money that will help them get out of the money/work trap they've fallen into.

Unwinding Codependency

Co-led with Jen Salimbene

Summer 2021. Date to be announced.
Codependency causes us to lose ourselves. We focus our attention on someone else’s needs and ignore our own. We enable other people to engage in addictive and hurtful behavior.

Unwinding Codependency is designed to help participants and clients explore these patterns in their own lives. This workshop explores codependency in action to help participants identify the underlying experiences and beliefs that drive their behavior and to find new ways to be in relationship with others.

Motivational Interviewing Meets Psychodrama

Co-lead with Jennifer Salimbene LCSW-R, CASAC, TEP

Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Sociometry are great adjuncts to motivational interviewing. They are particularly useful in cutting through rationalization, denial, justification and various other defenses that people use to avoid change. When you do things in action your body takes over and your mind gets out of the way. This workshop will show you how to use psychodrama to engage clients, help them identify and access resources, and work towards sustainable change.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021: ASGPP 2021 Annual Conference: Honoring the Past, Visioning the Future in Newark, New Jersey

Social Atoms: The Key Sustainable Change

Co-lead with Jennifer Salimbene, LCSW-R, CASAC, TEP

In this didactic and experiential workshop, we will demonstrate how to use the social atom to help clients make and sustain positive changes. Exploration of their interpersonal relationships helps clients identify which of their relationships they need to eliminate or shift and which relationships they need to strengthen or develop in order to make/and or maintain positive changes. We will demonstrate how to incorporate this exploration into a psychodrama.

ASGPP 2021 Annual Conference: Honoring the Past, Visioning the Future to be Doubletree by Hilton in Newark, New Jersey Thursday, April 8 – Saturday, April 10, 2021

Using Sociodrama and Motivational Interviewing to Help People Make Healthy Changes

Co-lead with Jennifer Salimbene, LCSW-R, CASAC, TEP

Many people have behaviors that they need to change such as substance or abuse or some other self-destructive and/or self-defeating behavior including eating disorders, cutting/self-harm, aggression, medical non-compliance, anti-social activity, or etc. but struggle to make that change due to either denial or ambivalence. Motivational Interviewing helps people find their internal motivation to make positive changes by helping them resolve the ambivalence and insecurities they feel about changing. This workshop will show participants how to use the change ruler in action to determine where people are at in the change process and demonstrate how to use Sociodrama as a form of motivational interviewing to help their others make healthy changes in their lives.

VII International Sociodrama Conference: Co-creating Social Responsibility, June 16-20, 2021, Peniche, Portugal

Future Workshops Date to be announced:

Through the Looking Glass: Accepting the Body You Have

  • When you look in the mirror, do you focus your attention on the parts of your body that you wish you could change?
  • Are you ashamed of what you look like without the protective layer of clothes?
  • Are you afraid you’d morph into something hideous if you quit your intense diet and workout routines?
  • Would you like to feel better about your body as it is right now?
  • Would you like to be less concerned about how you think others see your body?

Join us as we explore the roots of our perceptions about our bodies and experience what it might feel like to see our bodies differently.

Switching off the Autopilot and Reclaiming the Driver’s Seat: A Workshop on Getting Unstuck

Have you made a resolution to do differently and live differently beginning in the New Year but find that you are stuck in a pattern that is difficult to break? Do you find that circumstances (fear, family, work, lack of vision for yourself…) are holding you back from making positive changes in your life?

If so, this workshop will help you gain:

  • A better understanding of the place/places in your life where you feel stuck
  • Insight into the ways that being stuck serve you
  • Clarity about the habits, beliefs, and external realities that make it difficult for you to change
  • Momentum to move towards getting unstuck