Sociodrama is....

“…the group approach … of analysing and treating social problems ”

Moreno J (1977), Psychodrama, Vol I, Fourth Edition, Beacon House Inc, Beacon N.Y.

“… an experiential group-as-a-whole procedure for social exploration and inter-group conflict transformation”  

Kellerman P (1998), “Sociodrama”, Group Analysis, Sage Publications, London, Vol 31 (2) pp 179-195.


“… a group method of education. It gives us the opportunity to use our imagination to practise living in the sociodrama group without being punished for making mistakes as we might be if we did the same thing in everyday situations. The sociodramatic method provides a training group for collective action and education.”

Sprague K (1998), “Permission to interact, a who, why and how of sociodrama” in Karp, Holmes & Bradshaw-Tauvon, eds, The Handbook of Psychodrama, Routledge, London.


“… a social learning activity based in a group setting. … A sociodrama has three primary aims:

• an improved understanding of a social situation

• an increase in participants’ knowledge about their own and other people’s roles in relation to that situation

• an emotional release or catharsis as people express their feelings about the subject”

Wiener R (1997), Creative Training: Sociodrama and Team Building. Bristol, PA: Jessica Kingsley.


“… a learning method that creates deep understanding of the social systems that shape us individually and collectively. Through sociodrama we can experience and come to understand the nature of our social systems and their influence upon our personal and group roles and relationships. With this understanding we can better address some of the collective issues that face us.”

Rollo Browne (2005): Towards a framework for sociodrama.

“Sociodrama stands for the work with “natural” groups in crisis (families, job teams, institutional boards), whereas axiodrama labels interventions designed for the community as a whole”

Aguiar M (2001), “Sociodrama in Brazil”, British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama, Sociodrama and Action Methods edition, Vol 16 No 1

“Sociodramatic workers have the task to organise preventive, didactic and reconstruction meetings in the community in which they live and work; to organise, upon call, such meetings in problem areas everywhere; to enter communities confronted with emergent or chronic social issues, to enter mass meetings of strikes, race riots, rallies of political parties, and so forth, and try to handle and clarify the situation on the spot.”

Moreno J (1953/93), Who Shall Survive? Foundations of Sociometry, Group Psychotherapy and Sociodrama, Student Edition, American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, McLean VA.

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