Genuine Encounters



Welcome to meet the training organisation, Genuine Encounters Centre for Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (GECP) founded by Kate Bradshaw Tauvon, Lars Tauvon and Sonja Göransson Nyström in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2015, primarily to host the Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Psychodrama, in South Africa. 
GECP is an Affiliate Member of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP) and a Member of IAGP's Consultative Assembly of Organisational Affiliates (CAOA)

What is psychodrama

Jacob Levy Moreno, the founder of psychodrama (1889-1974) formulated issues concerning theories and practices aimed at the prevention and mitigation of direct and structural violence already in 1934, in his famous book, Who Shall Survive?  Born in Romania, he was an Austrian-American psychiatrist, psychosociologist and educator, who conceptualized an interpersonal psychological theory and the concept of the “Genuine Encounter” which was in fact the theoretical basis for group therapy.

The Genuine Encounter is a meeting between two individuals in a spontaneous moment, where creativity can lead to new choices, and a freedom to act. Spontaneity means relying on one's implicit knowledge (unconscious), freeing oneself from anxiety. Creativity is the basis for all progress in human history and necessary for change.

Psychodrama has been defined as a deep action method dealing with interpersonal relations and private ideologies, and sociodrama as a deep action method dealing with intergroup relations and collective ideologies. JL Moreno Psychodrama Vol. 1 (p352).

Zerka T. Moreno, JL’s partner and muse, in a personal communication defined it as a way of practising living without being punished for making mistakes.

GECP provides a Post-Graduate Diploma in Classical Psychodrama leading to the titles of Psychodrama Director, Psychodrama Psychotherapist, and Psychodramatist.