Other Applications Sociatry?

Adam Blatner adam at blatner.com
Tue Jul 4 00:32:00 UTC 2017

​sorry for false starts no message, I am still a bit clumsy

Thank you for reinforcing my impressions, Ed. I would suggest that sociatry
change its name because the suffix -iatry partakes of the medical
model---iatros in Greek---which is misleading today---as trends in medicine
are different from 80 years ago.
    But it fits with Moreno's goal that enhanced consciousness might help
us survive.
Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed also sought a more general goal
through something akin to sociodrama---not the same, but related.
    I  read your point as optimistic---there are methods for raising
consciousness and righting social injustices.
     Yours, Adam

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:23 PM, Adam Blatner <adam at blatner.com> wrote:

> 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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