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6 October, Friday Lunchtime Reading Group

Posted by admin on September 8, 2017
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Gavin O’Loughlin is the moderator for this month’s reading group and will lead the discussion.  Our theme centres around Chapter 14 – “Psychodrama Production Techniques” in Jonathan Fox’s book, “The Essential Moreno.”  The chapter presents a verbatim of a session by J. L. Moreno using a double and briefly discussing the developmental progression, double, mirror and role reversal.  This session will be of particular interest to psychodrama trainees.

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 Gavin O’Loughlin 0403 597 685 for a copy of the chapter.

Phil Smalley is the moderator for this month’s reading group and will lead the discussion.  Our theme encompasses “The process of change emerging from journeying in Psychodrama”.  As a warm up Phil will read his poem “The Artichoke and the Butterfly”:

The artichoke and the butterfly

I see the artichoke with its bitter outer leaves,

I see the pain I don’t want to see,

I see how I don’t want things to be,

I see the entity that is me.

As I begin to peel back the leaves,

And peer underneath, layer upon layer,

Connections come clear as to why

Each leaf of me is as it is,

Each feeling, each action, each idea.

Pulling them back, I feel the fear,

The light of self-knowledge

Is shining so near.

I want to know why, I want to change,

But I’m afraid that I will find,

Beneath the last leaf,

A vacuum of needy pain inside,

The longing for love I never knew,

All consuming, drawing in my energy.

I’m terrified of finding out

That there can never be

Enough love to fill my need.

 

The Monthly Lunchtime Reading Groups at PIM

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 Daniel: 0417 586 791

BRIEF BOOK REVIEW

Psychodrama, Volume 1, J. L. Moreno, Beacon, NY 1946

“The Spontaneity Theory of Child Development.” Chapter 5.
By Sue Daniel

This chapter on spontaneity principles as they relate to child development is one of the most eloquent pieces of writing on a very profound subject that I have ever read.

Jacob Levy Moreno’s spiritual, philosophical and scientific nature is revealed here. His is a wholistic approach, everything is part of everything. Psychodrama is like this as well, it is a wholistic method and all is grist for the mill.

Central to spontaneity theory as developed by Moreno, is the notion of warm up. When we are about to do anything in life warm up is crucial for success. This applies to going to bed, going to sleep, going to school, going for a job interview, washing the dishes.

In this chapter, co-written by Moreno and his second wife, Florence (nee Bridge) Moreno there is a particular discussion on the warm up of the baby to its coming birth. They particularly talk about the baby’s social atom including doctor, mother, family members and nurses. These people are the baby’s auxiliary egos. They assist him to be in the world. Once we can do things ourselves, we need less auxiliary egos in our life. However, in working with children it is important to think of oneself as an auxiliary ego, an assistant in the young person’s life, someone who can take on relevant roles in order to assist the young person in gaining control over himself and his environment, when necessary.

Working with children is about co-being, co-action, co-creating and co-experiencing. Moreno spoke about the impulse in the baby towards life. “The infant is moving, at birth, into a totally strange set of relationships. He has no model after which he can shape his acts. He is facing, more than at any time during his subsequent life, a novel situation.” P. 50. Since many of the faculties of the baby are still yet undeveloped, s/he needs assistance to live.

According to Moreno, there is no time that the personality is set. This ties in with his ‘Theory of Roles’. P. 184. Over a lifetime we can assume many roles, develop new roles and gain satisfaction in life through our ability to develop and take on new roles, discard old ones, or enact new roles so that old ones diminish. The twin concept of the social and cultural atom also ties in With spontaneity theory and role theory because from the beginning everything we do is in relationship with the world around us. We are never in isolation, always relating to something or someone. As we interact with others, objects and animals in the world around us we develop new roles through these relationships. This never changes. It is always possible to develop new roles and new role relationships.

Whilst we cannot change another human being we can change our roles and then the other cannot stay the same. So the more we can develop a wide role repertoire the more we have the possibility of mastery over ourselves and our environment (please note that this is not having control over ours or about controlling others). By being in mutual positive relationships, we can become who we are through these relationships and experiences.

What does this mean for our work or life living with children? Basically it means children will develop on the basis of the people around them, their ability to take on roles, which will enable growth and development. Children develop in relation to their early caregivers and then their peers and get a sense of themselves through the mirroring they receive from these people. It behoves us all then to be good mirrors for our children. To see themselves as they are (mirror), then to see themselves as others see them (role reversal) P. 51.

The child coming into the world is a genius, psychodrama theory considers this a very important aspect of personality. Beyond libido, beyond animal or neurotic stereotypes, the child has within them an innate ability beyond too, genes, rather spontaneity factor is the soil from which later the spontaneous, creative matrix of personality grows.

When working with children it is essential that we understand the creative genius within them and work with them and their auxiliaries – mothers, fathers, peers, teachers….for the development of roles and role relationships which ensures the greatest opportunity for them to express themselves adequately, in the here and now and in relation to the world around them.

I trust this brief paper on a highly complex topic such as a theory of child development will prompt further discussion and writing in our blog and in any reading and educational groups.

The topic of working adequately with children is imperative, especially in immigration situations children are being held in detention centres for years, and sadly often from babyhood. A theory of spontaneity may well assist us in any work we do or are doing with those with their freedom and liberty at stake. We must work with the auxiliaries in these young people lives and assist them in their development of a wider role repertoire. A tired Mother, a stressed Mother can not be so spontaneous with her young and needs all the support she can get.

Fin.

 

Friday Lunchtime Reading Group

Posted by admin on August 3, 2017
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Hi,
I am writing to say that for this Friday’s Reading Group, I invite each one of you to bring along a favourite paragraph, poem or saying, of either Moreno himself or Zerka’s writing to share and say why you like it or what it means to you.  I imagine the discussion to be very rich.
I am looking forward to moderating this lunchtime meeting and to meeting you, in the encounter sense of the word, “meeting”, at 12.45-1.45pm this coming Friday, 4 August.  Please text me on 0417 586 791 if you are coming. BYO Lunch.  Freshly brewed coffee and tea, hot chocolate and milo provided.
Warmest regards and keep well and snug these wintery days,
Sue

 

The Monthly Lunchtime Reading Groups at PIM

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 Daniel: 0417 586 791

 

Doctrine  of Spontaneity – Creativity

Moderator:  Katrina Gaskin

“The principle which set sociometry in motion is the twin concept of spontaneity and creativity, not as abstractions but as a function in actual human beings and in their relationships.  They are called a twin concept, although radically different because they are found everywhere in the universe strategically linked.”  J.L. Moreno

Reference: Who Shall Survive? Student Edition – Jacob L. Moreno, pp. 19-20

Time: 12.45-1.45 pm

Fee: $10.00 for MPS members, $15.00 (non-members)

 

 

 

The Lunchtime Reading Groups

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 Katrina Gaskin before 5 July 2017: 0455 254 801

Please contact Katrina for copies of reading material :

katrinagaskin@hotmail.com or by mobile: 0455 254 801

 

MY MOB

Presenter: Hans Wilgenburg

We are so busy with dealing with everyday life that we can forget My Mob, My Community, My Culture, that which has brought me thus far and supports me today. On Sunday 25 June let us Recognise, Experience and Celebrate, “My Mob”.

Sunday 25  June  2017 at 6.00 pm. for 6.30 start – 8.30 finish

About the Theatre of Spontaneity:

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. Each ToS presenter will work with material from the group, so just 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.

RSVP by Friday, 23 June 2017 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! 

Moderator: Jaya Narayan

All of us are born with a wise voice that can spontaneously express itself to the world. As an infant, we communicate our needs, likes and dislikes very articulately without the use of words just trusting our inner voice.

As we encounter life growing up, this voices often becomes feeble. We internalise the voice of the significant people in our life telling us what to do or the voice of the culture that dictates the rules of life. Even fears and past failures find a voice in our life.  All these combined become “my” voice with its unique tone, texture, accent and strength.

Amidst so much noise, how do we reclaim “my” inner voice?

I present below a poem on this theme for our next lunchtime reading group

 

The Journey

by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice-

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do-

determined to save

the only life you could save.


Time: 12.45-1.45 pm

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

Fee: $10.00 for MPS members, $15.00 (non-members)

RSVP: Thursday, 1 June 2017

Please contact Sue 0417 586 791

Jaya Narayan is an advanced trainee at the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne. She practices expressive art for self discovery and personal growth in behavioural coaching and group work.

Her Blog : https://potentialunlimitedblog.wordpress.com

Is GRATITUDE just a word?

On Sunday, 28 May from 6.30-8.30 p.m, the Moreno Psychodrama Society hosts the third Theatre of Spontaneity for 2017 at the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne, Lyndon Medina will present a session on: “Is GRATITUDE just a word?”

Gratitude has been linked to happiness, positive mental health, better physical health and improved civic attitudes. But how do we actually put gratitude into practice in our day to day lives. Do you express enough thanks to where it belongs? Does your lack of gratitude cloud over what you have? And, Is there someone from the past you have not expressed enough appreciation to? Come and join me and explore this important value.

Presenter: Lyndon Medina

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. Each ToS presenter will work with material from the group, so just bring yourself to this unique and refreshing event. Come along to our Theatre of Spontaneity to explore new roles, meet new people, share your stories, journeys and experiences. 

RSVP by Friday, 26 May 2017 to Gavin O’Loughlin 0410 536 791

The Location is 1/10-12 Adolph St. Cremorne, Victoria

We gather from 6.00 pm for 6.30 start – 8.30 finish

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

Light refreshments provided

 All welcome!