messages from worldwide psychodramatists


Heloisa J. Fleury


Dear Psychodramatists:

As the President of FEBRAP; Brazilian Federation of Psychodrama, 1999-2000
administration, I am very involved with the future of Psychodrama,
especially with its theoretical and practical development, as well as with
the national and international recognition of Brazilian Psychodrama. I work
as a clinical psychologist in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My training in psychodrama
was done at Instituto Sedes Sapientiae, where at the moment I teach the
theoretical basis for Psychodrama. In 1980, I participated in a 10-day
workshop at Moreno Institute, in Beacon, USA, at which time I met Zerka
Moreno. In 1986, I lived for a few months in Boston and had contact with
psychodramatists and group psychotherapists from that area.

Created in 1976, FEBRAP, is an entity that assembles 39 institutions and
its main objective is the promotion of Psychodrama and its teaching, in
addition to the establishment of an exchange with the national and
international scientific community. Most of the Brazilian psychodramatists
is associated to our federated institutions.

The Board of Directors of FEBRAP has a program aimed for psychodramatists
to work closer to the Brazilian society that presently is having a period
of great difficulty with increase in social tension. We view Psychodrama as
the "treatment-of-choice" for preventive work with groups and as a tool for
social development. FEBRAP has been attempting to receive governmental and
private incentives in order to promote the work of our psychodramatists
among the needy communities, in a joint effort for their social development.

We have also been dedicated to introducing our authors to the national and
international scientific community. We have over 100 books written by
Brazilian psychodramatists listed in our Website <>.

This large scientific production is a sign of the rich developments in both
theory and practice in Brazil. We also have professionals dedicated to
therapeutic, educational, corporate and institutional Psychodrama.

Taking the IAGP purposes into consideration, we are organizing the I
Brazilian Meeting of Group Psychotherapies in conjunction with Group
Analysis, to take place in September, 1999. This is a pioneer initiative in
Brazil to bring together professionals from different approaches working
with groups. Our expectation is that we will be enriched by these exchanges
of experience.

In spite of the economic difficulties in Brazil, we are hopeful to have a
large participation of Brazilians at the IAGP Congress in Jerusalem. We
believe that a large number of Iberian Americans will make the translation
into Spanish feasible, and that this will facilitate the active
participation and interaction between all professionals.

The Brazilian Psychodrama is committed to fulfilling its role in the
development of the Brazilian society and in the scientific discussions
dedicated to deepening the psychodrama theory and practice.

Many warm greetings

Heloisa J. Fleury