Authors: Giacomucci, Scott; Ehrhart, Leela
Source: Group, Volume: 45, Issue: 1, Pages: 69-86, 2021
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Abstract: Sociometry and psychodrama have been marginalized in American group therapy practice while remaining popular in international contexts. This article offers an introduction to Moreno's triadic system: sociometry, psychodrama, and group psychotherapy. The warming-up process will be highlighted by depicting two experiential, strength-based group warm-up exercises: the role wheel and the circle of strengths. Considerations for safe and effective experiential trauma therapy will be presented, based on trauma theory and neurobiology research. A strength-based psychodrama is presented, featuring a clinical vignette from a group focused on addiction and trauma. Strength-based psychodrama roles will be highlighted and presented for their utility in inpatient psychodrama work. Relevance for group therapists will be featured, illustrating how psychodrama can uniquely enhance the group therapy practice.