IAGP status

Adam Blatner adam at blatner.com
Sun Jun 5 20:13:13 PDT 2016

Dear All, this is a few years old and what now is the status of the IAGP for organized psychodrama?

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Cc: Heloisa Fleury ; Manuela Maciel ; Gasseau,Maurizio ; yaacov naor 
Subject: Re: [IAGP:PSYCHODRAMA] Re: Committee Report
Dear all,

thank you for the active dialogue within three lists! I like to share 
with you some of my thoughts and reflections on the report of the 
working international committee of the PD section of IAGP. I am doing 
this not only as the president of IAGP but also as a former 
co-coordinator of the section (1998-2000) and after having had an 
extensive exchange with members of this group.

The report of the working international committee addresses not only the 
question of developping PD and the section of PD on an international 
level - which was actually the mandate given in Porto - but also 
clearly the question whether to stay or leave IAGP. This latter question 
provokes a lot of emotions because it means to address the possibility 
of a split of our community. The report is not recommanding it - but it 
is considering it seriously and it is not excluding it neither for the 

JL Moreno founded IAGP after more than 20 years of hardest work, 
financial investments and severe attacks from all sides. He was 
supported during this endeavour after all by his wife and co-creator, 
Zerka but also by SH Foulkes, J Bierer and many others. Of course he had 
to question himself if this was the only possible way - but it was after 
all his preference and in the end even "the achievement which coronates 
his life time work". IAGP is an organization which deals with 
multicultural and multimethodological differences - this is sometimes 
extremely difficult. But it is also a developping organization - and not 
a "conserve" - which has achieved a lot of structural and contential 
benefits for its members in the last years.

When the sections were founded the intention was to shorten the distance 
to the membership. All the goals the report define as "advantages" of an 
independent PD organization can be realized in the framework of the IAGP 
already. This kind of autonomy is already there. But you have to make 
use of it: a discussion list is very silent if the moderators aren't 
active as a model themselves, a section working committee - which was 
created in Rome - will not produce nothing if it does not have an agenda 
etc. - an aspect which does not depend on IAGP but on the persons 
involved in it. The program of International congresses is not a product 
of the executive of IAGP but of huge scientific committees where 
psychodramatists are very present. Nevertheless and to my regret these 
aspects are portrayed in a way in this report which is at least 
misleading. This is what I want to correct: IAGP as an organization is 
actually different!

Finally there is a survey which I don't see as precise and 
differenciated as it should be in order to "cover all aspects of the 
future development of the PD section" which is its intention. Still I 
have trust that the group will evaluate the responses in a sensitive way.

In the end I want to support very much the positive aspect of this 
report which is the development of the PD section and its role for the 
international PD community. I like to say that there is a fantasma of a 
split but that the very good intentions of the work of this group are 
different: inside of this group nobody wants a split and nobody wants to 
leave IAGP.

So I like to invite everybody to come closer, cooperate and - quoting 
Zerka and the title of her memories - re-dream IAGP again together!



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