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The Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama

Edited by Zoltan Figusch; Translated by Zoltan Figusch
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
There are more active practitioners and teachers of psychodrama in Brazil than anywhere else in the world, with their own strong sense of community, history and tradition. In selecting and translating their 'best work' (Adam Blatner), Zoltan Figusch offers international readers an extensive overview of the work being done using this psychotherapeutic method, which enables participants to examine relationships, emotions, fears and conflicts through spontaneous role-play and improvisations with other 'actors' and with the practitioner. Divided into the three parts, the book sets the context for Brazilian psychodrama, explores the creative and innovative work that is being done, and presents observations and examples of the full range of psychodramatic techniques and practical applications.It covers the range of exciting and pioneering work being carried out in Brazil, and will serve as a building block for the exchange and communication of psychodramatic ideas and techniques cross-culturally. The first comprehensive volume of its kind on this subject, Sambadrama will be an invaluable resource and of immense interest for psychodrama practitioners around the world, as well as anyone with an interest in psychotherapy, psychology and sociology.
'This book is a challenging, interesting, and stimulating read which shows how and what has been developed in the arena of Brazilian Psychodrama.'- British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama'Psychodrama is widely used in Brazil, where there are more practitioners and training schools than in any other country. This fascinating book presents an edited collection of papers drawn from the wealth of published and unpublished Brazilian psychodrama literature. This fascinating and important book will appeal predominantly to psychodrama practitioners. However, other psychotherapists or mental health workers may find some gems within the text that will enhance their practice.' - Mental Health Today'This book is a challenging, interesting, and stimulating read which shows how and what has been developed in the arena of Brazilian Psychodrama.'- British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama
Zoltan Figusch is a clinical and educational psychologist; BPA and UKCP registered psychodrama practitioner and associate member of the Sao Paulo Psychodrama Society. He trained at the Northern School of Psychodrama (UK), after which he lived and worked for two years in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At present, Zoltan is working as a psychodrama psychotherapist in Manchester, UK. He has also translated several other books on psychotherapy.
Acknowledgements. Foreword Adam Blatner. Foreword Jose Fonesca. Introduction. PART 1. The history and identity of Brazilian Psychodrama. 1. The arrival of psychodrama to Brazil: It's early development in the sixties. Ronaldo Pamplona Da Costa. 2. The development of the psychodrama theory in Brazil. Sergio Perazzo. 3. The roles of the colonized and the colonizer: In search of the identity of Brazilian psychodrama. Jose Fonesca. 4. The role of the colonizer and the colonized: In search of the identity of Brazilian psychodrama. Geraldo Massaro. PART 2. Theoretical innovations in Brazilian Psychodrama. 5. The `nucleus and I' theory of Jaime Rojas-Bermudez. Zoltan Figusch. 6. The clusters theory. Dalmiro Bustos. 7. Digression around certain aspects of the role theory. Sergio Perazzo. 8. The protagonist and the protagonic theme. Luis Falivene Alves. 9. The theatre of spontaneity and psychodrama psychotherapy. Moyses Aguiar. PART 3. Innovative techniques in Brazilian psychodrama. 10. The psychogram: The use of drawings in psychodrama psychotherapy. Luis de Moraes Altenfelder Silva. 11. Genodrama: Psychodramatic work with genograms in couple therapy. Maria Amalia Faller Vitale. 12. Dramatic multiplication. Pedro Mascarenhas. 13. I hate you Please don't leave me!: The borderline client and psychodrama. Rosa Cukier and Sonja Marmelsztejn. 14. Sociometry: A new way to calculate the indexes of the perceptive test. Anotonio Ferrara. 15. Video-psychodrama and tele-psychodrama: The research of a Morenian dream. Ronaldo Pamplone da Costa. Appendix. Directory of psychodrama organisations affiliated to the Brazlilian Psychodrama Federation (FEBRAP). References. Index.
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