Other Applications Sociatry?

Adam Blatner adam at blatner.com
Tue Jul 4 00:23:15 UTC 2017


On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:22 PM, Adam Blatner <adam at blatner.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 3:37 PM, <edwschreiber at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> Hi Cynthia,
>> How good to hear from you - thank you for your words here.
>> Well for me Sociatry remains the key-focus of my research and practice.
>> For sure it's an evolving study and gift.
>> It's not on the front burner of our larger work.  At least here
>> in the US.  In Brazil in August the International Sociodrama Conference
>> will have
>> front and center the work of Sociatry.
>> I agree:  It would be amazing (but surprising) if the ASGPP Conference
>> placed
>> Sociatry front and center, but I am not holding my breath.  I've heard
>> folks say things like:
>> "There is no such thing or I would have already known about it."  "Oh,
>> that's simply sociodrama or psychodrama
>> from the 60's".  Or, "That sociometry make political."  Or, "You're just
>> making this up."
>> In fact Sociatry is a whole chapter in Zerka's Memoirs "To Dream Again"
>> and is it's own unique application
>> of the philosophy, theory, application and it embraces the entire
>> method.  Zerka has described Sociatry as the planting
>> of seeds (she use to say like Johnny Appleseed) in small groups, and thus
>> in the body of society.
>> Sociatry is designed to both address and to awaken the autonomous healing
>> center within a group, and within the individual.  It is
>> designed to show the underlying structure of society, and it is designed
>> to show the organic unity of humankind.
>> This is quite a significant idea JLM and ZTM had about society and
>> healing society. After using the instrument of Sociatry for more then 100
>> times now, it works.
>> What I most like about how it works is that it does not add to the ideas
>> or work of JLM - it captures it in its essence.  No angels for spirals,
>> just he bare Zen of it all.
>> I see now better path forward.   Best,   Ed
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Cynthia Gayle via Members <members at asgpplistserv.org>
>> To: members <members at asgpplistserv.org>
>> Sent: Thu, Jun 29, 2017 12:23 pm
>> Subject: Other Applications Sociatry?
>> In discussion of other applications, I am very interested in hearing
>> current applications of sociatry as regard the current socio-political
>> situations here and around the world.
>> I know years ago many teams of psychodramatists in South America were
>> facilitating sociodramas in the streets on these issues. Is that still
>> going on? Could I read about that on another list serv or organization
>> I not aware of?
>> Know was discussion here re: conference in Texas, and am happy to see
>> next conference theme "Actions Methods to Join All Humanity", and call
>> for workshops on issues of diversity and privilege. I wish would be
>> entire conference on sociatry. (Seems next conference could be, imagine
>> depends on proposals submitted).
>> Are you dealing with the social/political issues coming up with clients
>> (I am)?
>> Where do you see a need, and has who has ventured that way, in applying
>> methods outside therapy office to what going on?
>> How do we facilitate when we are also distraught, in grief, if target of
>> hatred traumatized by, numb from overwhelm, and maybe still in fog of
>> shock and denial that white supremacists achieved a political coup
>> (research Sailer Strategy; and is it "Aristo-tele", power behind throne).
>> I get consumed with tasks of daily living, with making a living, and
>> finding enough time to take skills in this direction, so cannot say I
>> have yet (outside private practice with clients processing their tears
>> and fears), although my act hunger is strong.
>> I would love to hear what people are doing and/or thinking about in
>> applications of skills in sociatry, and as social action.
>> And if discussion not appropriate or of interest on this list serv, are
>> there enough others interested for side channel list to dive into these
>> ideas more fully?
>> Thank you,
>> Cynthia Gayle
>> Seattle
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