those who use psychodramatic methods and include non-psychiatric contexts

thana ag anathga at
Thu Apr 5 11:48:36 PDT 2018

Dear Adam,
I have a problem with the “ sick role” vs non- sick role. We are all broken to some degree, and our brokenness is challenged at many junctures of our life
A helping, guiding hand  can make these moments - an opportunity for growth .
Most clients  I see  - want growth ,delivery from limitations, all  are highly functioning individuals.
Would I say then that I apply PD method
In non psychiatric situations?

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On Apr 2, 2018, at 10:20 PM, Adam Blatner <adam at<mailto:adam at>> wrote:

I have grown increasingly aware of the number of psychodramatists who work in more than with those in the "sick role" (i.e., as patients, or with people with "psychiatric diseases") context. I’m looking for people who use psychodrama in helping people NOT in the sick role! Would they please write up and send me some of their experiences? Or send me their names and I’ll communicate with them directly.

For example, working with people in transition. Perhaps, and they’ll use resources available to them ---- such as refugees. That is to say, many people in both psychodrama and drama therapy address both sick-role and non-sick-role people. That is to say, drama therapists (and psychodramatists)  work with people both in and beyond the patient role. Drama therapy for these people—and psychodrama---isn't really "therapy" so much as "liberation," or some other better word.

This dual role, therapy and non-therapeutic “helping,” is in many contexts a critical difference. It points out that the methods that I call “enhanced simulations” work for non-“sick” adults! It also implies that the two field are not strictly “therapeutic,” but also to contexts quite beyond any medical applications. Warmly, Adam Blatner.
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