This book provides a basic introduction to therapists in practice who wish to enter the world of psychotherapeutic psychodrama. It will be useful to trainees and experienced psychodramatists alike in opening up for critical examination some of the key issues in the theory and practice of this exciting therapy. Don Feasy promotes the idea of psychodrama as an effective, safe and productive therapy which can be used to the advantage of clients both in the public and private sectors of mental health. It is unique as a publication in drawing upon some of the key insights of psychoanalysis and, without being partisan, offers this understanding to the practice of psychodrama in a therapeutic setting. Some of its propositions are challenging and new to the practice of psychodrama but its suggestions are based on years of tried and tested clinical experiemce by the author. The author writes from a background of theatre experience as an actor and director, a trainer of teachers and community workers and over twenty years' experience as a psychotherapist , dramatherapist and psychodramatist.
He trained in Psychodrama with the International Foundation for Human Relations in Miami in its European based training programme. He was for some years a trainer with the British Psychodrama Association.
Historical Overview. Psychodrama in Group Psychotherapy. Learning in the Psychodrama Therapy Group. What can and Cannot be Achieved. A Diagrammatic description of Psychodrama. From Thought and Feeling Into Action. The Art of psychodrama. The Basic Techniques of Direction. The Protagonist. Members working Together. The Unities of Time. Place and Person. The Psychoanalytic presence. Ethical Issues. What Next?