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The mask

From behind the mask of an unknown man,
Comes a child with a smile
And loving, laughing eyes.
Gemini’s hitherto hidden twin
Steps out to greet the world,
Seeking to bridge the gap
With warm words,
Speaking and singing,
Dancing and reaching out,
Taking the mask from the unknown man,
To see and be seen.
Laughing child and unknown man,
Twins now whole.
The mask is gone.
I am the child,
I am the man.

Phil Smalley
1984

Phil Smalley is the moderator for the August Reading Group.  He will lead a discussion on aspects of the self.  His poem (above) is a poetic expression of acknowledging the co-existence of the inner child and the adult self.

The Monthly Lunchtime Reading Groups at PIM
First Friday of the month from 12.45 to 1.45 p.m

This lively group is designed to suit those with an hour to spare at lunchtime. Budding writers, trainees and practitioners are welcome! We will discuss psychodrama works; DVD’s and literature and other related material. A moderator who will send the material, or give it out at the previous meeting for reading or viewing, will lead the discussion.

Dates for 2018: 2 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun, 6 Jul, 3 Aug, 7 Sep, 5 Oct. & 2 November.
Fee: $10.00 for MPS members, $15.00 (non-members) per session includes freshly brewed coffee and selection of teas and goes towards building up the PIM and MPS library.
BYO lunch (Tea and freshly brewed coffee is available).
RSVP to Katrina Gaskin (in August, September) one week in advance: 0455 254 801‬
and to Sue Daniel (October & November): 0417 586 791

Workshops on Psychodrama

(This is an excerpt from the e-newsletter of BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

2 Psychodrama workshops were conducted at BRAC JPGSPH by Sue Daniel, Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner of Psychodrama. Sue is also the Director of Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne.

The workshops titled, “Today’s Leaders: Workshop in Sociometry and Role Training” and “Psychodramatic Action Methods in Public Health: Experiential Workshop in Sociometry and Psychodrama” were respectively held on 22 and 23 April 2018 at BRAC JPGSPH.

The first workshop titled, “Today’s Leaders: Workshop in Sociometry and Role Training” was held on April 22. The participants were young men from local slums, who received experiential training on sociometry. 3 Groups were also formed during the workshop to establish local clubs for performing Psychodrama in their community.

The second workshop on April 23 was titled, “Psychodramatic Action Methods in Public Health: Experiential Workshop in Sociometry and Psychodrama”. It was an internal workshop with participants from BRAC JPGSPH. Participants learned about different methods of psychodrama such as Social and Cultural Atom, Role Chart and Role Reversal, in the workshop.

 

 

Friday Lunchtime Reading Group

Moderator: Sue Daniel

For this next Lunchtime Reading Group on June 1st, I am inviting each person to being a short quotation or paragraph, from a book or an article or magazine that moves you, or that you resonate with, makes sense to you, is enlightening or inspiring and to share this with our group.  Newcomers welcome!

Come and be warmed by our sharing and connection!

The Monthly Lunchtime Reading Group

This lively group held on the first Friday of every month is designed to suit those with an hour to spare at lunchtime. Budding writers, trainees and practitioners are particularly welcome! We discuss psychodrama works; DVD’s and literature and other related material. A moderator will send out the material for reading or viewing early in the week and lead an invigorating discussion. BYO lunch.

Freshly brewed coffee and a selection of fine teas are served.

To book your place, call or text one week in advance: Sue Daniel: 0417 586 791

Theatre of Spontaneity

Sunday 27  May  2018
at 6.00 pm. for 6.30 start – 8.30 finish

Presenter: Sue Daniel

STANDING TALL

We are more acted upon than acting, sometimes squashed, hemmed in or impinged upon without our permission or desire.  We can lose sight of ourselves or who we are.  In this May Theatre of Spontaneity we will explore what it means to stand tall, being in our element, in our own light.
On the last Sunday of every month, the Moreno Psychodrama Society holds the Theatre of Spontaneity (ToS). Each ToS presenter provides a theme and/or will work with material from the group, so just bring yourself to this unique and refreshing event. Jacob Levy Moreno created the first Theatre of Spontaneity (ToS) early in the last century to explore through enactment, connection, moments of interest, social themes and current events occurring in the community and society.
Come along to our Theatre of Spontaneity to explore new roles, share your stories, journeys and experiences.
RSVP by Friday, 25 May 2018 to:
Gavin O’Loughlin 0403 597 685
The Location is 1/10-12 Adolph St. Cremorne, Victoria
At the door: $15.00 MPS members/$20.00 non-members – Light refreshments provided
All welcome! 

Congratulations

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Congratulations from PIM and MPS to:

Cath Russell (Australia) newly accredited and certified Psychodrama-Director and now fully qualified as a Psychodramatist with the Australian and Aotearoa Board of Psychodrama (ABP).

Karyn Down (Australia) and Tanzir Ahmmad Tushar (Bangladesh), on achieving the certification of Psychodrama Assistant-Director.

Adele Baini (Australia) and Mary Goy-Lucas (Australia) on achieving the Psychodrama Auxilary-Ego certification.

Friday 1 December 2017.

The Theatre of Spontaneity

Posted by admin on November 20, 2017
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The Empty Chair: An Opportunity for Creative Expression

 Presenter: Sue Daniel

Sunday 26 November 2017

at 6.00 pm. for 6.30 start – 8.30 finish

Jacob Levy Moreno created the first Theatre of Spontaneity (ToS) early in the last century to explore through enactment, connection, moments of interest, social themes and current events occurring in the Austrian community and society.

At our Theatre of Spontaneity, every ToS presenter will bring forward a theme each month and work with material from the group. All you need to do is bring yourself to this unique and refreshing event.

Come along to our Theatre of Spontaneity to explore new roles, share your stories, journeys and experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Daniel, Psychodramatist (TEP) and Psychotherapist is leading this final ToS for 2017.

 

RSVP by Friday, 24 November 2017 to Gavin O’Loughlin 0403 597 685

The Location is: The Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne,

1/10-12 Adolph St. Cremorne, Victoria

At the door: $15.00 MPS members/$20.00 non-members

Supper provided

All welcome!

Sue Daniel is the moderator for this month’s reading group and will lead the discussion.  Our theme centres around the development of sociometry in 1934 and its expansion into our community, and the use of sociometry in private practice.  This session will be of interest to psychodrama trainees, practitioners and other professional people working in private practice or in one to one counselling. The reference is for this month’s reading group: “The social collective and the social and cultural atom in the age of the social network.”

This article published in the Journal for Psychodrama and Sociometry (German edition, Springer) presents the use of the social collective as applied in a current psychotherapeutic practice. The significance and use of the social collective is one that has relevance in any field and is the cornerstone of the modern phenomenon of digital social networking. Dr. Jacob Levy Moreno was the originator of the concept and his ideas have influenced the development of the modern day social network. The earliest and smallest social atom is the mother and baby. While this social unit is the precursor to all others, new life can emerge wherever mutual positive tele flourishes. As the wave and particle in physics do not exist independently, neither does the twin concept of the social and cultural atom. The use of the latter as an evaluation tool in psychotherapy is powerful and along with the concept of the social collective, can be used to analyse patterns in any group or cultural context.

Friday Lunchtime Reading Group

First Friday of the month from 12.45 to 1.45 p.m

This group is designed to suit those with an hour to spare at lunchtime. Budding writers, trainees and practitioners are welcome! We will discuss psychodrama works; DVD’s and literature and other related material. A moderator who will send the material, or give it out at the previous meeting for reading or viewing, will lead the discussion.

Dates for 2017: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 6 Oct. & 3 November 2017.

Fee: $10.00 for MPS members, $15.00 (non-members) per session includes freshly brewed coffee and selection of teas and goes towards building up the PIM and MPS library.

BYO lunch (Tea and freshly brewed coffee is served).

RSVP to Sue 0417 586 791 for a copy of the full article.

 

An excerpt from “The social collective and the social and cultural atom in the age of the social network” by Sue Daniel

“Since the beginning and proliferation of ‘social networks’ (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, etc.) the speed of communication has increased exponentially. A letter could take weeks or months to get across the sea however when planes took over mail delivery, a few days. Then came the fax machine, but nothing compared with the rise of the Internet. When the social networks were so named and expanded, the rate of knowledge exploded. In a few seconds, the whole modern world could know immediately about an erupting volcano on the other side of the world. People now send text messages to radio stations to tell of an event they just winessed. Trial by social media takes place. Judges write to newspapers explaining why they reached their decision, reacting to criticisms of them as posted on Twitter. This is now the norm. People resign their jobs on the basis of what is written about them on Facebook. Trial by social media! Schools and organizations are evaluated online, as is the individual. But can we say this is progress, can we say that we are developing as a race, or, are we in fact, regressing? The squeaky wheel gets the attention. Negativity is given precedence over the positive. Bernard Salt, talking mainly about Twitter in the Dark Side of Social Media, deplores the social media abuse “that we now seem to accept as the norm for anyone in public life” (Salt 2015, p. 16). Anything can be said and it seems that nothing is private anymore. Are we living in a culture of bullying? Who decides what to say about whom or what? People are fearful of not fitting in, not being part of the group. It is easy to see why this fear exists (FOMO – Fear of missing out). Jacob Levy Moreno put forward the viewpoint that the social network was the kitchen of public opinion (Moreno 1946/1985). Someone in a group might decide something is cool or puts a new slant on something, and suddenly, “it” goes viral, and thousands of people are affected. Anyone can be the star of a group depending on the criteria and a star can have a negative or positive impact.”

Reference: Zeitschrift für Psychodrama und Soziometrie, ISSN 1619-5507 Z Psychodrama Soziom DOI 10.1007/s11620-016-0336-y