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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

Books in the Zerka T. Moreno Section:

“Acts of Service: Spontaneity, Commitment, Tradition in the Nonscripted Theatre” by Jonathan Fox.

 

Articles by Trainees, Trainers and Practitioners in the George Cally Section:

110 Hans Wilgenburg Role Reversal with a Flip Chart in India – Major Paper 2015
111 Emily Lumbers Therapeutic Theatre and the Legitimate Theatre – Paper 2015
112 Sue Daniel The Usefulness of Role Reversal in One-To-One Supervision: A Qualitative Research Project Uisng Heursitic Enquiry – Journal article 2015
113 Sue Daniel The Social Atom in the Age of the Social Network – Journal article 2016
114 Masaaki Chikuda The Revelation of Role Reversal – Paper 2016
115 Lyndon Medina Psychodrama and the Impostor Syndrome – Major Paper 2016
116 Magdalene Jeyarathnam Turning Stones to Diamonds – Challenges that Turned to Strengths – Major Paper 2016
117 Yelena Ashlapova Intuitive Artist Yelena Ashlapova 2016
118 Cath Russell It Takes a Village to Build a Flashmob: How I used Scoiometry during a Community Activist Campaign in the Dandenong Ranges 2011-2013. Major Paper 2016
119 Sue Daniel The Treasures of Being in the Moment with Role Theory: A Series of Stories – Journal Article. The original in French was published on the 28th of September 2017 by Institut ODeF: Journal Relation et Action, Genève: https://www.odef.ch/relation-action/la-saveur-particuliere-detre-dans-linstant-avec-la-theorie-des-roles 2017

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