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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.35 No.1 March 2011. -

Modern history of short-term group psychotherapy dates back to the late 1950-ies. From then to present day, this

psychotherapeutic method has been used in various forms, from dynamic-oriented to cognitive behavioural psychotherapies.

Although it has always been considered rather controversial, due its cost-effectiveness, it has been capturing more

and more popularity. This paper presents the specificities of first session short-term psychotherapy psychodrama group

through session work with two examined groups: a group of 20 adult women who suffer from mild or moderate forms of

unipolar depression and a group of 20 students of the School of Medicine in Zagreb without any psychiatric symptomatology.

The results indicate the high importance of having structure in first psychodrama session, of relating it with the

previously thoroughly conducted, initial, clinical, interviews, and of the clarity and focus in terms of determining the

goals of therapy, especially in a clinical context. This study also confirmed assumptions regarding the need for different

approaches of warming-up in psychodrama, both in the clinical and in non-clinical samples. A psychodrama psychotherapist

should have good time managing skills and capability to convert the time available into an opportunity for directly

boosting the group energy and work on therapeutic alliance.

first session; short-term psychotherapy psychodrama group



Author: Aleksandra Mindoljević Drakulić -

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