Indexed on: 01 Mar '03Published on: 01 Mar '03Published in: Zeitschrift für Psychodrama und Soziometrie
The paper is a result of the authors’ two years of experience in psychodrama work with adolescents without parental care organized by the nongovernmental organization for psychosocial support Encounter. This paper tends to describe challenges in the use of psychodrama in an institution for the accommodation of children and adolescents without parental care. The authors present necessary modifications of psychodrama techniques, utilization of music as a healing tool and children’s benefits from the psychodramatic method.The members of the psychodrama group usually originate from extremely dysfunctional families and have suffered different traumas. Most of them were victims of abuse and/or neglect and consequently developed various psychosocial difficulties. Poor living conditions in the home and the difficult social context in Serbia characterized the time of this work (1999–2001). The role of the therapists was challenged not only due to specific attributes of this group of clients but due to the obsolete way of accommodation and obstacles caused by political, social and economical crisis.