I’ve been running Role Training groups for over 10 years.
Role Training evolved from the theories of Jacob Moreno, psychiatrist, educator and contemporary of Freud in 1920s Vienna. Role Training is a dynamic, interactive method that uses group enactments to assist you to develop new roles.
Role Training is not to be confused with training for a job role or an acting role. In the Role Training world, a role is how we think, feel and act in a specific situation and towards a certain person or thing.
We all have a range of roles that we use, many of which we are unaware of and learned when we were quite young. Sometimes they serve us well and sometimes, they don’t! Role Training assists you to grow and develop new roles that serve you better in any given situation.
In the past, group members have used Role Training to:
- Work out what prevents them from asserting themselves in particular situations, and experiment with what role might help them express their needs
- Work out why they are at loggerheads with someone, and experiment with what roles might be more helpful
- Experiment with what they have learned with their counsellor or psychotherapist by applying it in a group context
- Upgrade a mode of behaviour that prevents them from easily connecting with others
- Experiment with ways to work with the inner self-critic
- Allow the mind and nervous system an opportunity to have a positive, or even fun, experience in a group setting
- Work out their next step.
Previously, group work has helped members to take the next step in:
- Having courageous conversations with staff or friends
- Revising intimate relationships
- Seeking healthy friendships
- New life visions.