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The "Bridging Psychodrama and Adult Education" Grundtvig seminar (16 - 20 June 2010, Cracow, Poland) was a great success.
The seminar gathered around 40 adult educators and psychodrama experts from 12 European countries (Poland, Cyprus, Romania, Portugal, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Turkey, Estonia, Sweden and Lithuania).

The most important objectives of "Bridging Psychodrama and Adult Education" seminar were:

- To organize international forum for the exchange of experiences and observations based on workshops run in four different countries with the involvement of both psychodrama and AE experts.
- To discuss possibilities of further work in this field
- Presentation of the project publications (film and handbook) and panel discussions on specific aspects of the methodology developed, its applications in the workshops and potential for further development.
- Insight into workshops program implemented in Poland, Romania, Cyprus and Portugal - presentation of best practices from workshops.
The seminar participants through active participation in sessions conducted by experts from four countries could compare the most interesting psychodrama, sociodrama and drama therapy techniques.

1st Day, 16 June, Wednesday

I. Welcome and introduction to the project
- presentation by Teatr Grodzki - Project Coordinator Maria Schejbal (Teatr Grodzki)

Maria Schejbal - head of Cultural and Educational Projects Department at Grodzki Theatre Association. Graduate from Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Drama and Theatre Department). Instructor of training programs for adult educators, therapists and volunteers (10 years experience). Workshop leader in theatre education (14 years experience - working with young drug addicts and youth at risk). Artistic and managerial internships in USA, Serbia, Thailand. Scholarship holder from Polish Ministry of Culture. Author of 6 publications for teachers and educators. Psychodrama Assistant. Member of ASHOKA Innovators for the Public.

II. "Lifelong Learning Program - Grundtvig" - presentation by Ms Annalisa Colosimo - representative of EACEA, Brussels EACEA, Brussels, Belgium

Annalisa Colosimo - project Manager for the Grundtvig Programme in the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Ms Colosimo holds a master degree in European Affairs. She has been working for the European Commission since 1996. She worked as policy officer for the Directorate General for Environment and for the Directorate General for Research. In 2006 Ms Colosimo joined EACEA where she worked for the first two years for the Youth Program as Program Manager.
III. Launch of the handbook for educators - entitled "The Search for Creativity" and documentary film for educators - entitled " Psychodrama on the Educational Stage".
IV. The panel discussion about "Synergies between psychodrama, sociodrama, drama therapy and Adult Education" with participation of experts and practitioners from all partner countries was conducted by Jacek Bielas (EST).
Jacek Bielas - psychologist, has taught psychology as part of undergraduate courses at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow and has a record of research and publications in the field of philosophy, psychology and education. He is also an experienced trainer of social competences and communication skills and a coach in personal and communication skills in companies.

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Second Day, 17 June, Thursday

I. Romania
Insight into workshop program implemented in Romania - presentation of best practices, experiencing psychodrama phenomenon, open discussion.


Horatiu Albini - Senior psychiatrist at the Clinic Hospital of Emergency "Octavian Fodor", chief of the Psychiatry II section, Cluj-Napoca; senior consultant psychiatrist for medical-forensic expertises; psychotherapist, psychodrama trainer and supervisor. President of "J.L. Moreno" Psychodrama Society (Romania) since 1999, FEPTO co-president, former member of the PIfE Council, IAGP member. Active in the international psychodrama community.

Eva Varro - Coordinator of the Romanian POTENS team. Psychodrama therapist in private practice, psychodrama trainer and supervisor of SPJLM and Psychodrama Institut fur Europa, director of Professional Committee of SPJLM. Working as supervisor in several NGO's on social field. Lecturer of Sapientia University Cluj, Miercurea Ciuc; associate lecturer Babea-Bolyai University Cluj. Former coordinator of Country Psychopedagogical Centre Harghita Country(11 years).

Technique - ROLES
Exploring interactions between different roles: Adult Educator, Adult Student, Vulnerable Adult Student, using sculpture, role playing and role reversal techniques. Preparing scenes involving various roles.
Closing with sharing, role feedback and processing (what has been done, how and why?).

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Insight into workshop program implemented in Cyprus - presentation of best practices, experiencing drama therapy phenomenon, open discussion


Roulla Demetriou - Dramatherapist and clinical supervisor. She trained at Sesame, Central School of Speech & drama, England. For the last 10 years she has been living and working in Cyprus, pioneering drama therapy both in the Mental Health Services and in the private sector, working with a wide range of client populations. She is a founder member of Panopeia - a group of creative arts therapists working to promote the use of the arts in therapy.

Klitos Symeonides (CAEA) - Professional adult educator and Youth leader with studies in USA, United Kingdom and other countries. He has developed training modules for adult educators and produced articles and contribution to international publications. He is a trainer of trainers. He is seminar manager at many European seminars in the education of older adults, in special education, in intercultural learning, in learning difficulties.

Using Joseph Campbell's idea of the Hero's Journey as the central metaphor of the workshop - traveling through its three main sections: Departure, Initiation, Return. Exploring specific tasks, obstacles and rewards characteristic for each stage.
Closing: de-role and return to the everyday space, questions and discussion.

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3rd Day, 18 June, Friday

Insight into workshop program implemented in Portugal - presentation of best practices, experiencing psychodrama/sociodrama phenomenon, open discussion


Jose Luis Mesquita - Clinical Psychologist, Psychodramatist, Sociodramatist. Lecturer, Institute of Social Service of Porto. Trainer of the Portuguese Society for Psychodrama and of the Association for Family Planning. Member of Research Committee of the Federation of Psychodrama Training Organizations.

Ana Leal (SPI) - Training and Innovation consultant at SPI with large experience in development of training projects including need analysis, planning, coordination, management and evaluation of training courses for young job-seekers, employed adults and unemployed women. Certified trainer by the Portuguese Institute for Employment and Vocation Training. Certified trainer on Equality of Chances.

Technique - MASKS
Making own mask and exploring its meaning. Becoming an artist - using a large selection of art materials. Searching for visual expression and playing with mask on. Closing: use of the statue technique, time for sharing thoughts, explanations and answering questions.

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Insight into workshop program implemented in Poland - presentation of best practices, experiencing psychodrama phenomenon, open discussion


Anna Bielańska (PIP) - Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, working at the Daily Psychiatric Ward (University Hospital, Kraków). She has been involved in running therapeutic theatre activities with her patients for many years and is the author of a book on combining psychotherapy with psychodrama and theatrical techniques - "Theatre which cures". As a certified psychodramatist from Psychodrama Institute for Europe, she runs training sessions in Moreno psychodrama method. She is co-founder and president of the Polish Psychodrama Institute (PIP), established in 1999. Member of the board of an European umbrella organization Psychodrama Institut fur Europa e.v, Berlin. She is also president of Association for Development of Community Psychiatry and Care, Poland.

Igor Hanuszkiewicz (PIP) - Psychologist, psychotherapist. Since 2000 he Has worked therapeutically with the use of psychodrama methods. His professional experience includes working with people suffering from mental illness. He works in an integrated system of psychiatry and rehabilitation for people after psychiatric crises. In addiction to his psychotherapeutic work, he is involved in the research and teaching students of medicine, psychology and workers from the social welfare centers.

Technique - TOWER OF BABEL
Reflecting on ethnic diversity of the workshop team using a group game technique. Role playing, improvisation and common effort to invent a story focused on intercultural exchange. Closing: final discussion and analyzing roles played by each participant

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4th Day, 19 June, Saturday
Summing up session with the exchange of best practices and open discussion including presentations by seminar participants
Evaluation and certification -closing ceremony

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The seminar was a great success, it was a very good and fruitful time both for the participants and for trainers.

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