In what some might call synchronicity I came across Mesmer’s (W) animal magnetism in two separate contexts today.
Firstly, in “Transference, Countertransference And Tele: Their Relation To Group Research And Group Psychotherapy [Word Doc] in Psychodrama Vol II by J.L. Moreno and then again in:
A podcasted radio program from WNYC on the Placebo effect.
Both these sources tie in with much of what I am writing about in this blog on the science of relationships, and specifically a current project on “parallel process” in supervision. It got me interested again in what Moreno calls tele. It is a word that will be with me, like it or not while I am involved with psychodrama (like the word psychodrama itself). I don’t like the word “tele” much, it seems to confuse everyone including me. The aim of this post(s) is to investigate tele, especially in relationship to, as in the title of Moreno’s lecture, to group research and group psychotherapy. I thought I’d make a summary of Moreno’s 1957 lecture chapter, and make responses.
Note: I continue to edit these posts, they are a work in progress for now, not really be good blogging practice. If anyone comments or there are track backs, I will not change what I wrote so conversations make sense.
I’ll start with quoting the Intro in full, make some comments and do more posts later, a series: Transference and Tele (tag).
Continue reading “Transference and Tele: Intro”
I have just listened to a spectacular podcast. From 2006 – I missed it till I changed my system of managing podcasts – giving in to the iTunes default way.
Kevin Kelly – The Next 100 Years of Science: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method.
Download: iTunes — Direct download
The textual summary is here:
I continue to discuss the podcast and relate themes to my own writing.
Continue reading “On the evolution of science.”
Here is a statement from the ASGPP, collecting these to help with the wording of a brochure I am writing for Supervision Training. The training will use Psychodrama as a training method.
Conceived and developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD, psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual (psychodrama) or a group (sociodrama). Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well being, enhances learning and develops new skills.
Edited by Phil Jones, Ditty Dokter
Series: Supervision in the Arts Therapies
About the Book
Supervision of Dramatherapy offers a thorough overview of Dramatherapy supervision and the issues that can arise during the supervisory task.
Phil Jones and Ditty Dokter bring together experts from the field to examine supervision in a range of contexts with different client groups, including dramatherapy with children, forensic work, and intercultural practice. Each chapter features:
* theoretical grounding
* the importance of action methods
* position in the professional lifecycle
* application in relation to setting and client groups.
Using illustrative examples, Supervision of Dramatherapy provides practical guidance and theoretical grounding, appealing to supervisors and supervisees alike, as well as psychotherapists interested in the use of dramatic methods in the supervisory setting.
* List Price: $35.95
* Web Price: $32.36 (You save $3.59)
* ISBN: 978-0-415-44703-4
* Published by: Routledge
* Publication Date: 11/11/2008
* Pages: 240
* Binding(s): Hardback | Paperback
While tidying up my cupboards I found a sheet of info from my Social Work training in the early 80s. I have OCRed it and it appears below. It is one of the best things I got from the Social Work training. SYSTEMS.
Systems Approach to Social Networks
The conceptualisation of the human body into systems e.g. digestive systems circulatory system, autonomic nervous system assists in the treatment of individual people. Social work is developing system concepts which can assist in the treatment of social problems.
The system concept used in the management of cases includes the following four systems:
CHANGE AGENT SYSTEM.
The initiators of planned change. Usually .kis unit, but at times other agencies – e.g. Child and Family Guidance Centre.
THE CLIENT SYSTEM,
The individual, family or group-that is the expected
beneficiary of the change.
The various people that effect the change – this
can of course include the client or the chance agent but also any other avalilable.resources.
The people or groups that need to be changed in order to achieve the goals.
It is important to note.that in one “case” there may be a variety of goals and that for EACH goal there will be a different content in each system.
A patient may wish to improve her relationship with her
husband – (goal 1). She may wish to have her children back
from a foster placement (goal 2). Each of these goals may
have quite different TARGET, ACTION, CLIENT systems.
Note: that each goal is contracted with the client and social worker
and must be acceptable to both
Social Work Practice
Model & Method
Pincus & Minahan., Peacock Pub. 1975.
Continue reading “Systems Approach to Social Networks”
Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier
by Etienne C. Wenger and William M. Snyder
Note: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – That link does not work but I just downloaded this: http://www.stevens.edu/cce/NEW/PDFs/commprac.pdf
A new organizational form is emerging in companies that run on knowledge: the community of practice. And for this expanding universe of companies, communities of practice promise to radically galvanize knowledge sharing, learning, and change.
A community of practice is a group of people informally bound together by shared expertise and passion for a joint enterprise. People in companies form them for a variety of reasons — to maintain connections with peers when the company reorganizes; to respond to external changes such as the rise of e-commerce; or to meet new challenges when the company changes strategy.
Regardless of the circumstances that give rise to communities of practice, their members inevitably share knowledge in free-flowing, creative ways that foster new approaches to problems. Over the past five years, the authors have seen communities of practice improve performance at companies as diverse as an international bank, a major car manufacturer, and a U.S. government agency. Communities of practice can drive strategy, generate new lines of business, solve problems, promote the spread of best practices, develop people’s skills, and help companies recruit and retain talent.
The paradox of such communities is that although they are self-organizing and thus resistant to supervision …”
Online Psychotherapy with Walter Logeman
This will soon not be here but have a new URL
Much later: Friday, 15 January, 2010
Of course it is here, and this will remain the main page: http://www.psybernet.co.nz
I must have thought I’d get that URL, but then couldn’t! Looks like no-one is really using it. I’d still like it!
Though my Walter Logeman site is useful too.