What is “The Sociometric Cycle?”
As human beings we were designed for connection with others. Sociometry is the quantitative study and measurement of connections and/or relationships with others, and in particular, connections within a group of people. As such, sociometry is a powerful tool for understanding group processes and the self in relation to groups. The sociometric cycle is a tool that can be used to gain tremendous insight into group (interpersonal) as well as intrapersonal (self) processes. The cycle is also used to explore how individual and group relationships and connections relate to the four seasons. The cycle also explores how, like the seasons, these relationships and connections change over time.
The Sociometric Cycle was developed by sociometrist Ann E. Hale as a means by which to measure these interpersonal and intrapersonal choices, and one’s relation to important tasks and events in one’s life. At the time of its development, Hale had been intrigued by the work of John Mosher’s Healing Circle, based on the medicine wheels used by Native Americans which contain four quadrants representing the four sacred directions of life. Consequently, the sociometric cycle/healing circle are intimate in their connection with ancient wisdom and nature. The sociometric cycle is a unique and powerful model used to concretize, illustrate and guide us to impact positively and mindfully how we move through the various phases, roles and relationships in our lives.
What will I learn if I attend?
You will learn how to apply the sociometric cycle to your own life, including how to identify and change various sociometric connections. In other words, you will become mindful of how you connect to others within groups, and whether you take care of yourself when faced with group and task demands in your environment. You will also learn how to more broadly identify and understand the interrelatedness of individuals within groups.
Sociometry is also used to understand individual processes and life stages. Therefore, these four weekends will teach you healthy ways to identify and address obstacles in order to remain in balance and move through important transitions in life while attending to self-care and authenticity. Each weekend will correspond to a season of the year, which in turns reflects a similar seasonal/emotional process that naturally takes place within. Thus, you will be able to explore how these life-cycles apply in your own life, as you are yourself experiencing transitions and the seasons.
These weekend workshops offer the opportunity to participate in psychodramatic scenes working with our stories using the cycles of healing in our own lives, and as well, to direct, double, and play auxiliary roles for others. The process of psychodrama will be taught as well to attendees of the workshop.
Who should attend?
Anyone who belongs to any group. If you are a therapist, the sociometric cycle will help you understand yourself better, your clients and the dynamics of the groups you lead. This series is ideal for mental health and substance abuse professionals and others in the health care field. People who are interested in mind-body therapies and alternative medicine will find this model illuminating for themselves and their practice.
Lawyers will be fascinated to learn how to apply the sociometric cycle to what happens in the courtroom. This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in better understanding the group process. In his work describing how to guide jurors to courageous verdicts entitled Twelve Heros: One Voice author Carl Bettinger took the sociometric “map” and applied it not only to the juror’s individual experiences, but also to a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit. The sociometric cycles apply also to a criminal trial.
Business leaders will learn how to apply the sociometric cycle to the teams they lead. Also, how the cycle applies to various stages of business growth. The excellent book Blue Ocean Strategy is essentially a study of how the four sociometric cycles apply to the business cycle.
As an individual you will also learn how to improve the process of self-growth and healthy change through transitions. The Sociometric Cycle can help anyone understand the demands occurring personally and externally in a family system, whether a current family structure or the demands of personally relevant dynamics inherent in one’s family of origin. The cycle offers an effective model to learn and address the forces that have shaped relational patterns, including those that have given resiliency and those that need to be addressed and modified
Lead Trainer: Elizabeth Corby, Ph.D., P.A.T. is a clinical psychologist in practice for 29 years who is certified as a psychodramatist through the American Board of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is the founder of the Michigan Psychodrama Center.
Assistant Trainer: Patrick T. Barone, JD, is an attorney and a 2017 candidate for certification in psychodrama through the American Board of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is the co-founder of the Michigan Psychodrama Center.
Dates & Times
November 4-6, 2016
January 13-15, 2017
March 3-5, 2017
May 19-21, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
* Saturday Lunch Included
68 hours of training are available towards certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.
NOTE: You MUST attend all four weekends! - No Psychodrama Experience Necessary!