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One-to-One Psychodrama Teletherapy: Techniques from Brazilian Psychodrama

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

One-to-One Psychodrama Teletherapy: Techniques from Brazilian Psychodrama




Saturday November 7th, 2020 9:00am – 4:30pm (EST)  |  6 CE Hours for national counselors (NBCC); Pennsylvania counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, & psychologists + 6 training hours for ISEP & ABESPGP

Nov 7th Registration135.00 USD
Nov 7th Student Registration85.00 USD
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This experiential workshop will present and demonstrate one-to-one psychodrama techniques that can be used when working with individuals. It will focus particularly on two approaches developed by Brazilian psychodramatists, but little known outside of Brazil, and their adaptation to the current challenges of working from a distance through a computer screen.

Internal psychodrama’ – This technique works with internal and symbolic dramatization, with the client visualizing and experiencing the action, but without physically executing it. Instead, the dramatic interaction with characters happens internally/mentally. It has been developed and furthered by psychodramatists such as Bustos, Dias, Godoy and Fonseca.

Relationship psychotherapy’ – This is a working modality developed by Jose Fonseca, a technique derived from analytical therapy and psychodrama, and described as a minimalist version of psychodrama. The expression ‘relationship psychotherapy’ emphasizes the relational philosophy (Martin Buber) within the therapeutic work, and it deals with the client-therapist relationship (here and now), the client’s external relationships, and the relationships from the client’s internal world (the client’s internal sociometry). Scenes are played out verbally; there is no external dramatic action, no stage or stage markings, and no physical interaction.

The session will be experiential, with demonstrations of these techniques, allowing participants to consider how to incorporate them into their own practice. We will also look at a wider theoretical framework for individual psychodrama work, and more specifically the theoretical underpinnings of ‘internal psychodrama’ and ‘relationship psychotherapy’.

Learning objectives:

  • Integrate at least one aspect of ‘internal psychodrama’ and ‘relationship psychotherapy’ into my practice
  • Identify one unique theoretical element of ‘internal psychodrama’ and of ‘relationship psychotherapy’
  • Describe one similarity and difference between group psychodrama and individual psychodrama

ZOLI FIGUSCH is a psychodrama psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, a member of the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Zoli is a member of the BPA’s Executive Committee and their representative to FEPTO. He is also a member of the North-West Psychodrama Association, and the series editor of the newly re-published series of J.L. Moreno’s books. For his involvement with this work, in 2013 he received the ASGPP’s  ’Zerka T. Moreno’ Award.  Zoli is the editor of three psychodrama books: ‘Sambadrama – The Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama’; ‘From one-to-one psychodrama to large group socio-psychodrama’; and ‘The J.L. Moreno memorial photo album’. Zoli works as a principal psychotherapist at a specialist psychotherapy service for clients with personality disorders, in Maidstone, UK.


November 7
9:00 am - 4:30 pm