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Description - Focus on Psychodrama by Peter Felix Kellermann

The author provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of psychodrama, presenting a systematic analysis of its essential ingredients. He specifies the core issues involved, discussing the interpersonal, the emotional, the imaginary, the behavioural and the cognitive elements. By proposing more uniform definitions for these central psychodramatic concepts, the author reduces some of the confusion which surrounds the theory of psychodramatic technique. The book examines the professional roles assumed by psychodramatists and establishes the skills required in each role, before going on to discuss the interpersonal relationships which develop between the participants in a psychodrama group, and the therapeutic value of catharsis and emotional abreaction. Also explored is the use of the concept of acting out, both in psychdrama and psychoanalysis, and how the use of action-insight methods can provoke profound learning experiences. The book concludes with discussions of the problem of resistance, and the importance of the concept and technique of closure in each psychodrama. A processing checklist is added at the end of the book as a systematic aid in evaluating the professional skills of the psychodramatist. The chapters are both pragmatic and solidly grounded in theory, thereby providing students with an effective, in-depth alternative to the traditional verbal therapies. The book is intended for students and practitioners of psychodrama, and professionals seeking to extend their knowledge of creative arts therapies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781853021275
ISBN-10: 185302127X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Felix Kellermann

Peter Felix Kellermann is a clinical psychologist who qualified as a practitioner at the Moreno Institute, New York. He teaches psychodrama in Israel and around the world. He is the co-editor of Psychodrama with Trauma Survivors, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.