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The purpose of this site is to improve the effectiveness of the group-cognitive therapy model for the training of group and individual therapists.

Psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual within a group setting. Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on the cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. Additionally, psychodrama clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well being, enhances learning, and develops new skills in addressing dysfunctional schemas/core beliefs.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion), and how we act (behaviour) all interact together. Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behaviour. Therefore negative thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems.

The group cognitive-behavior therapy model integrates many CBT techniques into psychodrama. Common to both is the emphasis on the “discovery” process through the use of Socratic questioning, the emphasis on the “here and now,” role playing, and experimenting with new ways of thinking and behaving.

A clear advantage of bringing in CBT techniques into psychodrama is the combination will facilitate the development of a new perspective which facilitates psychodrama as primarily psychotherapy and not merely reenactments of troublesome episodes. Thus, psychodrama may be reconstrued as a form of collaborative psychotherapy in which the role of the director is to engage group members in a collaborative effort to make the therapeutic experience a meaningful, forward-looking, problem-solving process for all group members, and not just for the protagonist.

Recharacterizing psychodrama as a collaborative effort, replacing the long-standing term director with collaborative therapist, and adapting or incorporating various problem-solving CBT techniques renews the image of psychodrama as a vital and a dynamic psychotherapy tool.

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Last Edited:16 April 2007




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