21 JULY, 2022

Course 1 - CANCELLED

A sociodrama model applied in different contexts

Marcia Almeida Batista

PhD in Clinical Psychology, director of the psychological clinic Ana María Poppovic at PUC-SP, professor at the psychology course at the Faculty of Human Sciences and Health at PUC-SP. Psychodramatist and psychotherapist.

Marlene Marra

PhD in Clinical Psychology and Culture, full collaborating researcher at the University of Brasilia-Brazil. Psychodramatist and sociodramatist, Couple and family therapis

A workshop that brings the most diverse possibilities of interventions to different populations.To present the most different possibilities of a Brazilian sociodramatic practice in different contexts and populations; to generate interest in knowing, applying and evaluating sociodramatic proposals necessary for the collective advancement of communities. To offer new and innovative resources that ensure participants personal development and better performance in order to promote changes and transformations on their community. Organize an intervention in the municipality where the Congress will take place, working from participants needs.

Program: Philosophy and political action of sociodrama; sociodrama as a method and instrument of intervention and research; The therapeutic action of sociodrama; sociodrama and its contexts; Levels of dramatization- Alicia Romaña; Resources, techniques, dramatic games in the application of sociodrama; experience of sociodrama and its affective and methodological processing, experience in community.

Course 2

Changing Our Minds: Workshop in Relational Theory and Technique

Richard Billow

Clinical Professor. Former Director of Group Program, Adelphi University (NY); author of Richard M. Billow’s Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis and Group Process: Changing Our Minds (T. Slonim, Ed.) (Routledge, 2021).

"Relational" includes the emotional relationships people have with their individual and collective ideas, and the behaviors—both by the therapist and other group members--attached to these ideas. Workshop introduces and interfaces the group with ideas developed in Richard M. Billow’s Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis and Group Process: Changing Our Minds (T. Slonim, Ed.) (Routledge, 2021). We focus on the “3 R’s,” (resistance, rebellion, and refusal), modes of therapeutic intervention (diplomacy, integrity, sincerity, authenticity), “nuclear ideas,” “It’s all about me” (the therapist’s use of self), bonding, deconstruction, and construction, subjectivity, intersubjectivity and the other Other.

Course 3

A model for role development: From childhood to adulthood- Experiencing development through play

Fabian Blobel

Dr. med., psychiatrist and psychotherapist for children and adolescents, psychodrama therapist for children, international trainer and supervisior for psychodrama with children, adolescents and their parents.

The transition from childhood to become an active member of society is a long process with important neurological, psychological and social changes.

From birth, the child throught doubbling, mirroring and sharing devolops its psychosomatic roles. Through symbol play the psychodramatic roles are developed. In adolescents due to the cognitive, somatic and the social developement the sociodramatic roles become more and more complex.

Following the model of role development by Schacht, in this workshop we will experience playfully the different stages of empathy and role development.

Course 4

Learning From Group Relations Conferences About Groups and Society

Leslie Brissett

Group Relations Programme Director at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He is Company Secretary and Principal Consultant/Researcher. He leads the Dynamics at Board Level programme and consults to organisations and leaders in Europe, USA and Asia. He has written and lectured extensively on groups and group relations. He lives between London, UK and Arkansas, USA

Barbara Lagler Özdemir

CEO of oezpa SWISS GmbH, Lucerne/ Switzerland and Managing Director of oezpa GmbH-Academy & Consulting. She is Senior Lecturer Fresenius University of Applied Sciences and Senior Coach DBVC Germany and IOBC. ICF member. Member BSO. Barbara Lagler Özdemir was a staff member of oezpa orgLabs and other international group relations conferences in China, Lithuania, India, England, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

The Tavistock Instiutet of Human Relations developed the first group relations conference in 1957. The conferences are real-time, living-laboratories to study how humans lead and follow in organisations and how this applies to our broader society. How we take up roles in systems, and what forces drive our behaviour can emerge in strking ways. Spaces to reflect on behaviour equip participants to be more aware of themselves and have more choices about the roles they take up in work and life.This one day taster session will allow up to 30 participants to have a learning experience of the methodology.

Course 5

Dreams and Active Imagination in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, A Model for the Future

Maurizio Gasseau

Professor of Dynamic Psychology, jungian analyst, certified psychotherapist and psychodramatist. Founder of Mediterranean Association of Psychodrama, co-chair of FEPTO Task Force for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation. Co-founder of Jungian Psychodrama theory. Author of more than ninety publications, he received the FEPTO Excellence Award 2017.

Dreams convey the transformative wisdom of the unconscious, allowing emotionally charged material to become easly accessibile to the consciousness, activating intrapsychic and intersubjective change. The conductor will give a short theoretical introduction about the model of use of dreams in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Social Dreaming Matrix and the applicative fields of dream work. The conductor will present warm up through active imagination, will demonstrate the dream incubation and how to play symbolic dreams, visions and nightmare, social and recurring dreams. The course teach how exploring the deep meaning of dream image and what the different characters who inhabit them propose to consciousness.

Course 6

The Body of the Therapist

Tim Jones

Specialized over the last 35 years in intercultural research and performance, with particular interest in voice and sound. Public workshop programme The Nature of Sound; Amerta Movement Practitioner since 1989; studied South Indian Carnatic music with Sivasankara Panikkar 1984 – 2007. Staff member Group Relations Conference ‘Energy, Creative Collaboration and Wellbeing’ for Il Nodo Group; qualified Craniosacral practitioner. He is a student of the Ridhwan School.

Michael Dick

Movement practice in continuous studies with the late Suprapto Suryodarmo for more then 35 years; Amerta Movement Practitioner and appointed pribadi art teacher in BeWegen. Professional life of an actor, director and performance artist and lecturer of elementary teaching and practice for performing arts. Practitioner and guide for Sumarah-Meditation, Shiatsu practitioner and longterm student of the Ridhwan School and its Diamond Approach.

Alessio Bianconi

Clinical Psychologist, specialized in Psychotherapy with a psychoanalytic address. I have worked for years in institutions with cancer patients and with patients with severe mental disorders. I work privately as a psychotherapist in Termoli and at the CSPP (Director Dr. Domenico Agresta, Pescara). Certified HOST of the Social Dreaming Matrix, member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP) and of the Italian Society of Psychosomatic Medicine (SIMP).

Giuseppina Marolla

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist; Member of CSPP and IAGP Member. Since 2016 I work privately as a psychotherapist and since 2022 as a psychologist and psychotherapist at the Child Neuropsychiatry Department of the ASL of Pescara. Certified HOST of the Social Dreaming Matrix.

"The Body of the Therapist" is an educational approach in the mode and attitude of "open dialogue". This developed into what was called SONGWORLDS. Open dialogue in our work now means, to open a space in which every voice potentially can and hopefully will be heard. Those voices include facilitators and participants as well as, in our view of ecological embeddedness, place, time and environment. Those are the other effective powers (actants) and integral structural elements within our work sharing in this open dialogue. A familiar approach that includes psychodynamics, personal and cultural history and group processes.

Course 7

The Bound Sound: Expressions of Tension and Resolution Through Music and Emotion

Adam Petty

Licensed Professional Counselor based in Tempe Arizona who counsels for trauma, dissociative issues, neurodivergence, and creativity expansion. He is in private practice and has been trained in EMDR, Experiential Therapy, Psychodrama, DBT, TRE and other experiential and somatic techniques. Adam founded the therapeutic process Emotive Repatterning. This process can modernize and measure creative treatment protocols involving sound, music, art, narrative and drama. With Emotive Repatterning serving as a structure for other standard treatments including EMDR, IFS, and Experiential Therapy, he has found unique and profound changes available for those with dissociative, and traumatic backgrounds, and is inspired to do more research to bring this process to a wider audience. Ultimately, the experiences he facilitates are bringing growth, wellness and prosperity to many that have felt underserved in other therapeutic environments.

Flavia Massimo

Contemporary cellist, sound designer and event curator, both trained in classical and electronic music. She has researched and developed a highly personal sound augmenting the cello with extended techniques and live electronics. She composes soundtracks for exhibitions, audio-guides, dance and theatre performances and creates interactive art installations. Her intense schedule of live performances, brings her to work with several well renown artists of classical, pop and contemporary music in Italy and abroad.She conducts the workshop”Artigianato elettronico del suono", a theoretical and practical laboratory, guiding the audience in the creation of a personal sound through sound-walks, acoustic exercises, digital manipulation and processing of music and ambient samples. She works, as sound designer, with the “ CRM”, music research center in Rome.

Domenico Agresta

Formerly Trustee of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation, now a member of Social Dreaming International Network. He works with SD studying Rites of Passage, Religious Rites and cultural contexts. He is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, group-analyst and psycho-oncologist. He is the President of the Centre for the Study of Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine (CSPP) and studies the correlation between mind and body, links to anthropology and group processes using dreams icons. Academic Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA); Chair of Family Therapy Section and Chair of Webinars Committee in IAGP (The International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes). He teaches at University and at Schools of Psychotherapy. GASI full member. He lives and work in Pescara (Italy)

"Method:This is a workshop in experientially relating emotional tension to musical or sound based tension in the body. We will witness how it can be used in individual, small, and medium sized group encounters. The introduction is a demonstration of the “known” musical language of a group and how to bring that to the surface in impactful ways. The following exercises lead the participants through witnessing the tension built in sounds and vibration, bringing sound into an encounter, exploring it’s use in a group, and then experiencing specific facilitation in the use of sound therapeutically.

Time: 6 hours. Exercises between 15 and 45 minutes each (variable to allotted time)


  • Demonstrate mind-body / psychosomatic tension and resolution and its clinical uses.
  • Develop a sense of “being heard” in the client, the observer, the clinician, and the group leader roles.
  • Illustrate the uses of sound as an analytic and sociometric tool.
  • Foster a sense of group cohesion without the use of words or verbal instructions.
  • Produce internal insight into the sounds and messages we may be hearing from our historical experiences.
  • Illustrate how an intentional sound environment can foster more productive therapeutic interactions.

Course 8

"Hall of Mirrors" Revisited: Psychotherapeutic Playback Theatre as Group analytic Drama Therapy

Ronen Kowalsky

Supervising clinical psychologist. A member of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis. Founder and Head of the Israeli Institute of Psychotherapeutic Playback Theater. Supervisor & Lecturer at Winnicott Center, Magid Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and The Academic College of Society and Art. Acted, wrote and directed in various theaters. Established ""The Left Bank Theater Group"", Tel - Aviv and ""Third Generation"" German-Israeli theater project. Won the European ARENA prize fot young theater directors.

Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre in which members of the audience tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on stage (Fox, 1986). Playback Theater is also adapted for use in therapeutic as a form of group drama therapy (e.g. Salas, 2008). The present workshop will demonstrate a unifying theory and practice of Psychotherapeutic Playback Theater (Kowalsky, Raz & Keisari, 2022) initiated from a group analytic point of view.

During sessions of psychotherapeutic playback theater group members switch between ""playing the other"", observing the situation from his/her perspective, and ""allowing the other to play me"", looking at multiple self states using the perspective of the other. A language of theatrical images is being created through this process. The theatrical enactment will be examined as a creative working through the dynamic matrix using mirroring, resonance, exchange and condenser phenomena (Foulkes & Anthony, 1965). The participants will experience Psychotherapeutic Playback Theatre session, which will be analyzed in group analytic concepts. Previous experience in theater is not required.