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The International Sociometry Training Network founded in 2005 by Ann E. Hale  directs people to publications, research, training activities and resources related to the field of interpersonal relations.  The field of sociometry began with J. L. Moreno, MD, in 1914 as a result of helping resolve medical and emotional crises resettling refugees in Austria who fled war torn northern Italy. The next seventy years of his life were devoted to establishing the field of sociometry within social psychology and psychiatry.

Moreno believed that freedom in its broadest sense is possible if people have the information and skills they need to negotiate their way in the world. In his remarkable text Who Shall Survive? Foundations of Sociometry, Group Psychotherapy and Sociodrama (1934,1953,1978) Moreno referred to techniques of freedom with specific focus on resolving issues anchored in our interpersonal and intergroup choice-making. This book is available free online through ASGPP.org. Click on "Library".

  • Sociometry is a study of both the quantitative and qualitative interpersonal relations, focused on the number of relationships and the nature of those relationships.  We explore the choice-making activity of groups of all kinds, examining choices people make for other persons with whom to interact, share time and space, energy and states of consciousness. Sociometry is both a left brained activity and a right-brained activity, with pen and paper, electronic and action components.
  • Sociometrists assist groups in becoming aware of the impact their choices have on one another as well as other groups. They assist in the sharpening of interpersonal perception, in learning to recognize and intervene in patterns which contribute to: group dynamics, role accessibility, act hunger, isolation, burnout, change, impasse and disentegration We explore those patterns we establish to promote well being across the life span.
  • Sociometrists work with groups to identify strengths and resources, to examine and broaden the role repertoire, to develop styles for managing conflict with skill and compassion, and to promote ways to be actively attuned to one another on the deepest level of which we are capable.  This includes attention to emotional states, personal history, implicit and explicit memory, right brain to right brain patterns of relating. The practice of sociometry embraces a wide array of belief systems and cultural influences.
  • Sociometrists seek ways to enliven interactive processes which make more accessible the spontaneity state, addressing norms and structures which inhibit and distance people from one another. A high value is placed on integration, coherence, empathic processes, authenticity and creative solving of shared concerns.
  • Sociometrists are currently examining ways to bring the theory and practice of interpersonal neurobiology to the understanding we have of  ways we are neuronally wired to be empathic,  form attachments, to heal ourselves, our groups and our communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Sociometrist and Executive Coach Diana Jones' Podcasts on leadership
Diana Jones' website offers three podcasts of interest to those in organizations: (1) Executive presence - Working with Emotions in Organizations; (2) Leading in Tough Situations; and (3) Navigating Emotions at Work. Her website is www.diana-jones.com.
Diana is from Wellington, New Zealand and is certified as a sociometrist by the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA). She has been a member of the Executive Board of AANZPA for a number of years.

The website also offers an impressive list of articles written from the perspective of successful interventions based on improving peer relationships rather than top down or bottom up connections at work. Of specific interest to sociometrists is a paper written in 2006 comparing  sociometry and social network analysis. To go directly here is the link:

AANZPA certifies Simon Gurnsey as Sociometrist Jan 24, 2015
The Board of Examiners of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association awarded the Sociometrist certificate to Simon Gurnsey  on Saturday, January 24, 2015 during their annual meeting.  Over 150 members were on hand to celebrate this achievement. Joining in celebration were his parents and the other trainers holding sociometrist certificates:  Diana Jones, Helen Phalen, Margie Abbott. (Michael Breem was not present.)   Donna Little (Toronto) and Ann E. Hale (Virginia) were also on hand at the Christchurch meeting to congratulate Simon.

Simon's thesis is available online to view through the AANZPA website:  Seizing the Moment: the Application of  Sociometry in the Not for Profit Sector.

Guided by spirit: an experience of psychodrama directing, April 5-8, 2015

Prior to the ASGPP* annual meeting held this year in Phiiadelphia, PA, (April 9-12, 2015) , psychodrama trainers Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP and Donna Little, MSW, TEP will offer a three day intensive training at Temenos Retreat Center, outside of West Chester, PA,   (Persons  arrive on Sunday April 5  (Easter) to settle in, prior to the workshop's start at 10am on Monday, April 6. The workshop ends Wednesday, April 8 at 4pm.  THIS WORKSHOP IS CONFIRMED TO TAKE PLACE…BOOK NOW TO RESERVE SPACE.

Description:  Psychodramatic experiences call forth potent elements related to the spontaneity state and the process of creation. A group and its leaders often join together to support a weaving of reality, expressed and unexpressed hope, support from wisdom figures, messages from the universe and the richness of spiritual practices. This workshop provides for a dialogue between these elements and ways our skill building can expand to include the extraordinary guidance that is available to us. Skeptics are welcome. Those in training will have opportunities to practice the various roles with supervision.  26 HOURS TRAINING  may be directed toward certification in psychodrama.

*American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama:  www.asgpp.org



Books published about J. L. Moreno in 2014
John Nolte, The Philosophy, Theory and Methods of J.L. Moreno: The Man Who Tried to Be God  (2014) New York, London, Routledge.  Available in ebook formats as well as hard cover.  Note:  Chapter 8: "Sociometry, a New Model for Social Science" pages 129-154; and, Chapter 9: "Sociometric Theory" pages 155-178.

Jonthan D. Moreno. Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture and the Social Network.  (2014) New York, Bellevue Literary Press.  Available in soft cover and ebook formats.

Both of these books are well written, are engaging, and offer both historical perspectives and provide linkages to other major and minor contributors to the research and culture of the times.

The Sociometric Cycle
The sociometric cycle is a model which may be used by a group or the group's leaders to track the position the various members of a group are holding in a given moment in relation to a task or an event. This position is one held individually and also impacts the group members. The model was developed in 1986 by Ann E. Hale. It was developed within the context of John Mosher's The Healing Circle: Myths, Ritual and Therapy (1985).  In the 28 years of its existence practitioners of psychodrama and sociometry have developed the model and created many useful and exciting ways to use it in action,  for journaling, for processing, etc.  

The Sociometric cycle is described in Ann Hale's most recent book Three Cyclical Models which Enhance Consciousness of Interpersonal Connection (2012).


October 1-4, 2015 Sociometry and Healing with Ann Hale and Donna Little
Healing takes place when we are able to locate within our self the authentic voice and receive support from others to be receptive and direct in our actions and messages. This workshop explores with each person their challenges and hopes for the future.  The learning gained from our intersecting personal stories builds a bridge of connection which can sustain us, both linking us and assisting us with the differentiation we need to launch ourselves anew.
Participants will be engaged in action sequences, dramas, short sociometric exercises, and play. The retreat center offers delicious meals, hiking trails, as well as privacy and comfortable surroundings.  Participants receive 36 training hours which may be applied toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama,  Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. 


Year-long course in Applied Sociometry with Ann Hale and Cathy Nugent
This course will be led by Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP who studied and worked with Moreno during the last four years of his life. She edited, with Moreno,  the student's edition of Who Shall Survive and is author of three books which extend sociometric methods to include related fields. Ann will be assisted by Catherine D. Nugent, L. C. P. C.,  TEP, a highly revered clinician/psychodrama trainer who has been working in the field for over thirty years. Cathy will be joining the group for November, March and the following June/July, 2015.  In August 18-23, Linnea Carlson-Sabelli, Ph.D., TEP will assist the training process.  The participants in the course meet four times a year and stay together at a retreat center. THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY ENROLLED. Check in with Ann Hale if you are interested in a course next year.  Participants will be receiving a minimum of 160 hours training credit which may be directed toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, Washington, D.C
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National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation to meet in DC in Oct. 2014

The 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is set for October 17-19 in the Washington, DC area. To learn more contact national office www.ncdd.org.

Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry

The article Survey of Act Hunger and Role Accessibility in Training Groups by Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP will appear in Vol. 60, No. 1, pages 35 - 52 in late April, 2014. In this article Ann introduces formally an experimental form of sociometric investigation into roles of high value in groups: the Role Accessibility Perception Survey.  Rather than ask  "whom do you choose, not choose, or choose to remain neutral toward on this criterion?" the survey asks group members to reflect and report: (1) Who in the group is likely to be more highly chosen for this role than I am?; (2) Who is likely to chosen about the same as I will be?; and (3) Who in the group is likely to be chosen less often than I will be on this criterion?  The group engages in pair exchanges sharing their data. This is followed by investigating the presence of sub-groups. Ways a group can organize itself to foster wider access to roles is discussed. Also ways to offer role relief for those who want to be chosen less often for a role is a benefit of the survey's discussion. Ann offers a case example in the article.

Nicholas Christakis, MD speaks on TedTalks about social networks

In 2010 Nicholas Christakis gave this talk on social networks. The last sentence? "I think the world needs more connections."  Relates his research to phenomena such as obesity, crime, widowhood, economic factors, etc.

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