Other Applications Sociatry?

Peter Howie peter at moreno.com.au
Tue Jul 4 09:13:59 UTC 2017

You’ve likely seen this article, which is certainly a draft of where JL was up to when coining his new terms.

Cheers for now all you cogitating folks,


Peter Howie
B.Sc, M.Ed, T.E.P, PhD Candidate
School of Education and Professional Studies
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> On 4 Jul 2017, at 12:33 pm, <edwschreiber at earthlink.net> <edwschreiber at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi Adam,
> Thank you for your thoughts!
> In terms of names:  Sociatry is JL's name, and I adhere to that.
> It is an effort to bring his writings on society and healing to the foreground. 
> And yes it is about awakening-raising consciousness. in fact it addresses this intelligence within us, within a group,
> autonomous yet intimate.
> Ed
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Adam Blatner via Members 
> Sent: Jul 3, 2017 8:32 PM 
> To: Edward Schreiber 
> Cc: Grouptalk , asgpp listserve 
> Subject: Re: Other Applications Sociatry? 
> ​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 <mailto:adam at blatner.com>> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:22 PM, Adam Blatner <adam at blatner.com <mailto:adam at blatner.com>> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 3:37 PM, <edwschreiber at earthlink.net <mailto: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 <mailto:members at asgpplistserv.org>>
> To: members <members at asgpplistserv.org <mailto: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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