This Sociodrama Handbook is an introduction for all those who want to understand and use Group Dynamics in their work. Suitable for every age and ability and ideal for all those who engage in group activities. The handbook includes details of all aspects of group dynamics, covering the main ten areas. It also has a section in how to run groups successfully and resolve problems. Included are a range of practical workshops with step by step instructions on how to run them. Sociodrama is a dramatic play in which several individuals act out assigned roles for the purpose of studying and remedying problems in groups or collective relationships. In practice a group of people come together and through consensus decide to explore a particular problem, issue or view. The basic premise of the exercise is that participants can rehearse their attitude and behaviour, sometimes through taking opposing positions to help them understand the implications of their views, values and actions. The most positive aspect is that it allows participants to become more aware of other people’s positions, with space to explore individual differences and how problems that might arise can be resolved to mutual benefit. In some cases entrenched differences cannot be resolved but the increased awareness of participants allows more reflection and the process to continue. That Sociodrama can be used with people of all ages, cultural differences and backgrounds is an effective tool for everyone. That each group determines their own goals, sets their own agenda, structures their own development, creates a dynamic spontaneous method of working, benefits all those involved.
This book isn’t definitive in any way, as the subject is vast and new perspectives develop regularly. The content will be most helpful, if followed as a guide line for Sociodrama practice and facilitators are flexible, using their own experience to complement their work. It includes ten working models, Role Play, Leadership, Manipulation, Norms, Problem Solving, Alienation, Isolation, Communication, Decision Making and Democracy which can be delivered in any order, according to the needs of the group. Each model stands alone and had been designed to give an insight into a particular aspect of group dynamics. The models have been applied many times and are workable with any type of group that can follow basic instructions. Facilitators and participants will bring their own perceptions of group dynamics to the workshops and interpretation will be varied and stimulating.