Introduction to Psychodrama
May 20, 2011
John Skandalis, MA, LMHC
In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the action method of therapy called psychodrama and its adjunct science of sociometry.
Psychodrama combines elements of theater and group therapy to help clients tell their stories in action. It engages their creativity to explore new ways of thinking and feeling about their lives. The method works in the here and now and values action over talk, creativity over what is known. Psychodrama places an emphasis on “the group as the client” and uses its resources and shared humanity to create a container that fosters hope, meaning, and belonging.
Sociometry is a way to measure social connectedness in a group and is used to understand group dynamics that create interventions to build a functional therapy group. Participants will be given an overview of its history, theory, method and application in group therapy as well as ways to incorporate psychodrama into work with couples and individuals. There will be demonstrations of the technique and examples of how it can be applied in a variety of settings.
The presenter, John Skandalis, has trained in psychodrama for over seventeen years and is completing his program to become a TEP, (Trainer, Educator and Practitioner) of psychodrama this year. Graduating from LIOS in 1991, he has extensive training in John Mosher’s Healing Circle model which he incorporates into his psychodrama work. John’s private practice is located on Lake Union where he sees individuals and couples, and runs psychodrama groups. In addition he has served on the board of the Seattle Counselor’s Association and teaches psychodrama in classes and workshops for therapists. John brings his passion for sharing this model of therapy with mental health professionals and his belief in the power of ritual to heal individuals and create healthy communities.