Resources

We have a strong vision and a strong mission and highly qualified trainers, educators and practitioners.

This area is designed to compliment our psychodrama training programs as well as hold articles that are stimulating and challenging.

Dr Phil Carter on psychodrama, in the Arizona desert

Dr Phil Carter extemporising about relationships, vulnerability and psychodrama.

Psychodrama practice group guidelines

The purpose of the peer practice groups is for all members to practice psychodrama directing without supervision (at the time) and to practice reflective writing in close proximity to a session. Over time, we envisage the writing taking on the quality of a professional report on an event in the session.  Sessions include warm-up, enactment and sharing. The aim of the group is to foster peer connections, collaborative learning, and to gain confidence in practicing the psychodrama method.

Leadership

Leadership is variously defined around the world. Here at Psychodrama Asutralia we see it as "based on the development of abilities over a long period of time. It is not based on the acquisition of techniques or skills." The following quote succinctly captures our unique and respectful approach to leadership

Which would you prefer - do nothing or receive electric shocks!

Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind

Vol. 345 no. 6192 pp. 75-77

Authors: Timothy D. Wilson, David A. Reinhard Erin C. Westgate, Daniel T. Gilbert, Nicole Ellerbeck, Cheryl Hahn, Casey L. Brown, Adi Shaked

In 11 studies, the researchers found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.

The concept of the individual warm-up state

Warm-up is a psychodramatic concept proposing that an individual’s total functioning state in the moment is readable in a comprehensive and accurate manner. Reading of a person’s warm-up may allow it to be utilised while working with them in a wide variety of ways. Each person has their own individual warm-up in response to their context, at each moment.

Choice Blindness – Lars Hall and Petter Johansson

The following are the ongoing brilliant work of the Choice Blindness Lab. You can see their early collaboration (2008) at the bottom from a BBC production where they had people change their minds and then deny it and argue for their opposite viewpoint.  Subsequently there are two good papers (2012 & 2013) where they go a bit further and get people to make statements about their morals and political viewpoints and then argue from the opposite perspective and, again, the subjects deny they have changed their minds and around 80% don’t even notice they have.

Experiments in Self-Learning - Sugata Mitra

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. This stuff is just amazing. If you ever wanted to feel hopeful about human nature and our desire to grow beyond what we know then watch this.

Phantoms in the brain: A neuroscience view of social self repair using the psychodramatic method

This rather brilliant article Phantoms in the brain: A neuroscience view of social self repair using the psychodramatic method by my esteemed colleague Dr Phillip D. Carter is well worth a close read. It is one brilliant piece of creative sleuthing and original juxtapositioning where Phil connects up what psychodramatists would term concretisation, a power and potent technique for creating real world representations of inner and past experiences, with some of the profound work that is occurring in areas of neuroscience.

Abstract: Use of mirrors with people with phantom limbs reveals that extraordinary and immediate changes in felt experience can occur when an internal schema in the brain is projected out and then perceived as external. This opens up a fascinating new area of work for group psychotherapy given the discovery of the neurologically embedded social self. Examination of a psychodramatic production of an individual’s internally held social self suggests similar mechanisms are in operation for the updating of the social self schema. It appears that the interpersonal field is a primary factor in the formation of the self and that the corresponding neurobiological structures can be further modified with mirroring of the cognitive, affective and relational aspects of the social self. Understanding these mechanisms will enhance the different techniques of interpersonal mirroring that already occur in most group modalities. Progress will be made as we reflect on the results of putting these new insights and ideas into practice.

A great talk on whether eyewitnesses can create memories?

This talk is a great one about how certainty, when it relates to memories, can be misplaced and can even be very destructive. I guess it is really a great example, though a tragedy for the person involved, of memories being created after the experience. Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser studies how we remember crimes. He describes a deadly shooting and explains how eyewitnesses can create memories that they haven't seen. Why? Because the brain is always trying to fill in the blanks. As he states "The accuracy of our memories is not measured in how vivid they are, nor how certain you are that they are correct."

We are all eyewitnesses at one time or another. Remembering our family discussion from this morning.  Remembering how we went on our last holiday. Remembering how the work performance meeting went. Remembering how the talk by our boss went. The little memories of life. Not as important as the ones described here but just as likely to be off the mark. Especially when you said ...

Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not and other talks

This is a double banger: the first TED talk is a great one about ecologically minded people getting things wrong (and slaughtering 40,000 elephants in the process) and then taking unusual steps to make amends (and transforming some theories about grazing and land care). I have it here because while the talk is wonderfully persuasive and the speaker presents a massive turnaround in their thinking I also notice that the speaker does not reflect to any significant degree on how their certainty that they were right led to many of their subsequent problems. The second part presents some of the work of Robert Burton and his book “On being certain” and a 1hour video from a talk he gave at Google – a rather good one at that and well worth taking the time to enjoy. If that doesn’t give you enough to do then maybe you would like to read his book which can be found here: On Being Certain