Humor in Therapy “practical application of psychodrama”
Saturday 19th of June 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Content and Description
Gandhi said, “If it wasn’t for a sense of humor, I would have taken my life long ago”. To balance trauma, tragedy, fear, anxiety and hopelessness, we need the use of natural humor.
Founded by Jacob Moreno, M.D, psychodrama is a group and individual action method used in psychotherapy, mental health teams and education. It is “a way of practicing living without being punished for making mistakes” (Z .Moreno).
Psychodrama is, “A scientific exploration of truth through dramatic method” (JL Moreno). Action methods involve both verbal and non-verbal behavior of the client with physical, cognitive and emotional expression.
Techniques such as role reversal, doubling, mirroring and use of auxiliary egos enhance and deepen the expression of unconscious thoughts and feelings. When behavior becomes conscious and explicit rather than implicit, the client has more choice over their behavior and their motivation to change.
Stemming from Moreno’s believe “The therapist’s task is to touch the autonomous healing center.”
In this workshop, Marcia will help participants enact and share moments from their personal and professional lives when humor contributes to health.
A practical application of Marcia’s invention, the laughter chair technique, will be demonstrated.
- Practitioner & Trainer of Psychodrama and the direct student for “J.L Moreno”
- Fellow of American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP)
- Lifetime Achievement Awards ASGPP and British Psychodrama Association (BPA); Past Honorary President BPA.
- Member of UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP);
- Honorary and Founding member Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations (FEPTO)
- Distinguished Fellow, Past Board of International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP)
- Co-Editor Handbook of Psychodrama: Psychodrama Since Moreno, and Psychodrama: Inspiration and Technique;
- International Trainer Supervisor & online private practice