Psychology 413-513  Psychodrama I Group Interventions

Fall - 2007

Course Description and Objectives:

The purpose; (a) to introduce the theory and practice of psychodrama as a therapeutic modality utilizing the triadic cognitive model; (b) be familiar with the basic techniques of sociometry and psychodrama; (c) to identify five structural constructs, and three procedural components of the psychodramatic process; (d) be conversant with the five basic operational techniques of the psychodramatic process; and (e) familiarize self with cognitive behavioral skills to understand the cognitive triad by observing mood, behavior, and thought processes utilizing "Thought Records".  You will be familiarized with tests measuring various aspects of inter & intra personal relationships. The data will become part of your class file to be used for both instructional and research purposes. The long-range purpose is to improve the effectiveness of the group-cognitive therapy model for the training of group and individual therapists.   


Group-Cognitive Psychotherapy - Psychodrama utilizes the action techniques of role playing, role reversal, doubling, mirroring, future projection, soliloquy, interview in role reversal, and introduction to the social atom concept both as action techniques and research instruments. 

This course will be videotaped. If one does not want to be videotaped let the director know prior to the start of each session. Video tapes are used for edcuational purposes to enhance students' knowledge base of the psychodramatic and cognitive behavioral techniques utilized to reduce conflicting situations. Videotapes of any session are only to be viewed by group members. There are no exceptions.

Instructor: Thomas Treadwell, Ed.D., TEP

Department of Psychology
Office: Peoples - Rm 33
Phone: 436-2723
   
E-mail: ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu

Cognitive GroupPsychotherapy Psychodrama Website


Textbooks:

Karp, Marcia, Holmes, Paul & Bradshaw-Tauvon, Kate, (Eds.). (1998). Handbook of Psychodrama. London: Routledge Publishing Co.

Beck, J. S. (1995) Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond. New York: Guilford Publishing Co.

Kellerman, P. (1992).Focus on Psychodrama: The Therapeutic Aspects of Psychodrama. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Treadwell, T., Kumar, V.K & Wright, J. (2004). Enriching Psychodrama via the Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, & Sociometry, 55 (2-3).

Barbour, A. (1995). A reexamination of the Tele effect. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 47 (3), 114-125, Required article on Tele and Transference.


Course Outline:

Lecture, discussion and experiential approaches will be used to introduce and explain the following theoretical and applied principles.

    A.  Assessment Instruments: [administered pre-post and during the 15 weeks]

Group Cohesion Scale
Beck Depression Inventory II
Beck Hopelessness Scale
Beck Anxiety Scale
Personal Belief Questionnaire (PBQ)

Social Networks Inventory
Thought Records
Spontaneity Scale
Intimacy Attitude Scale
Young's Schema Questionnaire

  B.  Psychodramatic and Cognitive Behavioral Group Model

Cognitive Triad

Psychodramatic Triad

Behaviors

Warm-up

Thoughts

Action

Moods  

Closure/sharing

 

Action Modalities

Psychodramatic Techniques

Psychodrama

Role-playing

Empty Chair

Axio-drama

Role-reversal

Mirror Techniques

Auto-drama

Interview in role-reversal

Doubling

Action sociograms

Soliloquy

Concretizing & maximizing

Sociodrama

Aside

Future  projection

       

Evaluation: Graduate students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

§  1. Project -- A behavior you would like to experiment with and modify.  Due 2nd session.

§   2. Group Experience: [For graduate students] (100pts).

§         3. Weekly Journal: Due end of each month (50pts)

(a). Keep weekly journal of group experiences. Write a cumulative analysis of your reactions to various psychodramas and psychodramatic and sociometric techniques. Journals take time, thus, the organization of your journal entries become very important. Type written and in essay format.

§         4. Thought Records: Are due weekly. They are placed in your file and necessary for your self-report evaluation. (50pts)

§        5. Final Evaluation: Self report assignment utilizing cognitive and psychodramatic theory and techniques. Details to be discussed.  Due Date December 12th. (100pts)

§         6. Participation in group-sessions is required for "all" group sessions and considered 10% toward final grade.  

§         7. Attendance, deduct 7 points for each group session missed. 


 Evaluation: Undergraduates will be evaluated on the following criteria: [For Undergraduate Students]

§        1. Project -- A behavior you would like to experiment with and modify. Due 2nd session.

§         2. Collaborative Group Project: Due December 5th

a. There are numerous warm-up techniques developed to move a ‘group into action’ that is, creating a safe environment to address, for example, fears associated with negative thinking. Your focus is to utilize a ‘warm up technique’ from the text and apply the technique to the group. (You are free to create your own or modify an existing technique). From this experience develop a reaction paper addressing the pros and cons of the technique and what could have been done differently.

b. The collaborative group will design a power point slide presentation of the entire group. There will be digital pictures taken of all group members and emailed to each of you. Your collaborative group is to organize the pictures that will tell a story about the entire group.
Much of this will be hypothetical, that is, your hunch(s) are based on suspected or hypothesized schemas and core beliefs of group members. Identify various psychodramatic techniques you would use in moving individual group members into action.Suggest a plan for intervention and your methods of measuring outcome! (100pts).

§         3. Weeky Journal: Due - end of each month (50pts)

(a). Keep weekly journal of group experiences. Write a cumulative analysis of your reactions to various psychodramas and psychodramatic and sociometric techniques. Journals take time, thus, the organization of your journal entries become very important. Type written and in essay format.

§         4. Thought Records: Are due weekly. They are placed in your file and necessary for your self-report evaluation. (50pts)

§         5. Final Evaluation: Self report assignment utilizing cognitive and psychodramatic theory and techniques. Details to be discussed. Due Date Dec 12. (100pts)

§         6. Participation in group-sessions is required for "all" group sessions and considered 10% toward final grade.  

§         7. Attendance, deduct 7 points for each group session missed. 


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Enhancing Group-Cognitive Psychodrama

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Video Consent Form

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