Humanistic Psychodrama in India
In the heart of Delhi and amidst the vibrant academic atmosphere of Christ University in Bangalore, an extraordinary event unfolded that drew together aspiring psychologists, therapists, and students eager to delve into the world of humanistic psychodrama. At the helm of this transformative experience was none other than the internationally acclaimed psychologist and pioneer of humanistic psychodrama, Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Gessmann. This eminent German psychologist, with a distinguished career spanning decades, has made his mark as a leading psychotherapist, researcher, and author. His recent foray into the Indian subcontinent has brought new perspectives and insights to the field of psychology.
Humanistic Psychodrama Takes Root in India
The Humanistic Psychodrama Workshop at Christ University in Delhi and Bangalore marked a significant milestone in the journey of psychology education in India. Students and professionals alike had the opportunity to learn from a true luminary in the field. Prof. Gessmann’s teachings emphasize the importance of the human experience, self-expression, and the power of group dynamics in therapeutic settings.
The workshops were an immersive experience, combining theory with practical exercises to create a holistic learning environment. Participants were encouraged to explore their own emotions and experiences through psychodramatic techniques, fostering a deeper understanding of themselves and their future clients.
The ICCPP: Spreading Clinical Psychology Globally
Prof. Gessmann’s influence extends far beyond his teachings. He is the Director of the International Center of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (ICCPP), a global organization that operates in over 30 countries and involves more than 200 specialists. The ICCPP works tirelessly to develop psychotherapeutic services on a global scale, bridging gaps in mental healthcare.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Gessmann’s Humanistic Psychodrama Workshops at Christ University in Delhi and Bangalore represent a significant step forward in the journey of psychology education in India. His profound knowledge and expertise, combined with the enthusiasm of participants like Vishal Lohchab, promise to leave an enduring legacy in the field of psychology, enriching the lives of countless individuals and shaping the future of therapy and mental healthcare in India and beyond. Prof. Gessmann’s unwavering commitment to the human experience and his global impact make him an exemplary figure in the world of psychology.
Humanistic Psychodrama is a therapeutic approach that combines elements of humanistic psychology and psychodrama methods to promote personal growth, self-expression, and self-awareness within a group context. It is designed to help individuals explore and understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a supportive and interactive environment.
Here’s how Humanistic Psychodrama works
- Group Setting: Humanistic Psychodrama typically takes place within a group setting, led by a trained therapist. The group provides a safe and supportive environment for participants to interact and engage in therapeutic activities.
- Role Play: Central to psychodrama is the use of role play. Participants are encouraged to take on different roles, including their own, as well as roles representing other people, situations, or even abstract concepts. Role play allows individuals to explore and express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences from various perspectives.
- Exploration of Personal Issues: Participants are invited to bring their personal issues, concerns, or life experiences into the group. Through role play and interaction with other group members, they can explore and process these issues in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.
- Self-Expression: Humanistic Psychodrama provides a platform for individuals to express themselves freely. This can involve verbal communication, body language, and even non-verbal expressions like art, movement, or music.
- Reflection and Insight: Throughout the process, participants have opportunities to reflect on their experiences and gain insight into their own behaviors, feelings, and thought patterns. This self-awareness is a crucial aspect of personal growth and healing.
- Empathy and Connection: Group members often take on roles representing other individuals or elements in the participants’ lives. This can lead to increased empathy and a deeper understanding of one’s own relationships and dynamics.
- Supportive Feedback: The therapist and other group members provide feedback and validation to help individuals process their experiences. This feedback is given in a constructive and supportive manner.
- Integration: Humanistic Psychodrama aims to help participants integrate their insights and experiences into their daily lives. The goal is not only self-awareness but also personal growth and positive change.
- Variations and Adaptations: Humanistic Psychodrama can be adapted to various therapeutic settings and populations. It has been used in individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, addiction treatment, and more.
Overall, Humanistic Psychodrama is a dynamic and experiential approach to therapy that encourages individuals to explore their inner reactions, feelings, sensations, interact with others in meaningful ways, and develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. It promotes personal growth, self-acceptance, and improved emotional well-being.
Fiza Khan, MS Clinical Psychology
(Christ University, Delhi NCR)
I recently had the privilege of attending an intensive experiential course on humanistic psychodrama taught by the founder himself, Professor Dr. Hans-Werner Gessmann.
Humanistic psychodrama is an extremely interesting form of group psychotherapy that combines principles of Jacob Moreno’s classical psychodrama and the humanistic approach. The goal of self-realization of the individual – the protagonist – is pursued together in the group and with the help of the group. Thank you, Professor Gessmann, for sharing your years of knowledge and insights with us!
Sunidhi Nagpal, Bsc. Psychology
(Christ University, Delhi NCR)
I am pleased to announce that I recently attended a week-long workshop on humanistic psychodrama by the founder himself, Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Gessmann, took part.
This was an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts in the field and gain valuable insight and knowledge about this powerful therapeutic approach.
During the workshop we explored the history and theory of psychodrama as well as its techniques and applications. We also had the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises that helped us develop our own understanding and skills in psychodrama.
I am affiliated with Christ University, Delhi NCR, the International Center for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Gessmann grateful for this opportunity. I learned so much in this workshop and look forward to applying what I learned in my own work.
Shruti Choubey, MS Clinical Psychology
(Christ University, Delhi NCR)
As Benjamin Franklin rightly said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” There is so much more to it than just the techniques and skills you learn when you actually being part of the learning process by experiencing everything yourself when you decide to be the client and discuss your own feelings and then you actually see the effectiveness of the techniques. In addition, it is much better if you are personally looked after by the pioneer. Learn humanistic psychodrama from none other than Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Gessmann, who has over 50 years of psychotherapy experience.
This was by far one of the most rewarding certifications I have ever had!
I am pleased to announce that I have received a new certification: Humanistic Psychodrama from the International Center for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Germany.
Many thanks to the Department of Psychology, Christ University, Delhi NCR for providing us with the opportunity to train under renowned international mental health professionals.
Harshini Varadarajan, BA Psychology
(Christ University, Delhi NCR)
I am pleased to inform you that I have recently completed a 5-day certificate course on Humanistic Psychodrama organized by the Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Christ University, Delhi NCR Campus in collaboration with the International Center for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (ICCPP), Germany. The course was moderated by Dr. Hans Werner Gessmann, the founder of humanistic psychodrama.
Humanistic psychodrama is a powerful therapy method that uses theater, role-playing, and other techniques to help people explore their inner worlds and develop their full potential. I found the course incredibly informative and helpful and am grateful for the opportunity to learn from such an experienced and knowledgeable presenter.
During the course I learned about the history and theory of humanistic psychodrama as well as its many practical applications. I also had the opportunity to participate in a series of psychodrama exercises, which allowed me to experience first-hand the power of this approach. If you are interested in learning more about humanistic psychodrama, I recommend you take a look at the International Center for Clinical Psychology and the Psychotherapy website. They offer a variety of courses and workshops on this topic. Many thanks again to Dr. Gessmann and the Department of Psychology for organizing such a wonderful course. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from such knowledgeable and experienced professionals.
Ruthu Ravi, Msc. Psychology
(Christ University Central Campus, Bangalore)
A break from the monotonous lessons always helped me discover a new aspect of myself!
I took part in a workshop on humanistic psychodrama by Hans Werner Gessmann at Christ University in Bangalore. What a healing experience it was! Social Atoms helped me discover my inner circle and the meaning they have in my life! Psychodrama made me emotional! By always sitting back in class and learning to understand staff and support them in their training and development, I never realized that I was neglecting my own feelings. This helped me self-reflect and reminded me why I chose psychology as my major! I felt overwhelmed when I met my past self and was proud of how old Ruthu has molded into who she is today! Thank you very much, Prof. Dr. Gessmann, for this wonderful experience!