My first introduction to group therapy came when I heard a programme on BBC radio many years ago. It was a barely edited tape of a session of psychodrama held in a prison. The two therapists were young women, the rest of the group all male prisoners, and topics explored included extreme violence – and yet there was a feeling of deep trust and safety as the men ” acted” out their unfinished business, wept, shouted, discovered.
The power of the process and the sense of healing were palpable. Needless to say, I was utterly fascinated by the programme, but I never did manage to find either a course on Psychodrama here in Ireland, nor even one of Moreno’s books in print.
It is good news, then, that a Diploma in Psychodrama is at last to be available in Ireland at Newtown House, Doneraile, Co. Cork. Under the aegis of Catherine Murray and Jinnie Jefferies, this course will be starting in January 1993 and will certainly be a major addition to the field of psychotherapy in Ireland.
Information is available from Catherine Murray at the above address, or phone (022)24117