Executive Education – Psychodrama
Vedadrama Executive Education is systemic and scenic based on the Humanistic Psychodrama for executives and counselors. Vedadrama started back in 2012, supported by the German MIEÜ and from 2019 onwards from PIB, which was founded in 1973 as a Psychotherapeutic Institute Bergerhausen by Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Gessmann. For decades PIB has co-developed and shaped humanistic psychodrama and systemic therapy in Germany, Russia and now in India. Since 2018 Prof. Dr. Jochen Becker-Ebel (MediAcion) continued the program now as Executive Education in Germany, Russia and Asia.
The Vedadrama Executive Education annual course includes four extended weekends. It is aimed at medical/psychological psychotherapists as well as executives, human resources managers, management consultants and high-profile counselors and managers in social work.
Vedadrama Executive Education has been proven to promote creativity and social skills and empathy. This is how Vedadrama Executive Education consolidates and extends its own leadership and counselors role. The Vedadrama Education Group becomes a learning field of personal experience and professional reflection of one’s own experience of and in groups both at the participant level and in leadership.
Optional advanced education can be acquired in three additional annual modules. In the three possible years of development, basic, educational, philosophy and ethics as well as the reflection on application practice are added to the basic educational offer (4 x 4 days).
In the second year, counselors/executives complete the PIB Executive Education as an Executive Education Practitioner. Or, after another year and the internationally recognized exam, counselors/executives choose to graduate as Executive Education Director.
Vedadrama is an Indian way of Psychodrama and Sociometry. Psychodrama, formed in the 1920s by J. L. Moreno in Vienna and New York enriches creativity and spontaneity. In life-coaching, team building and leadership skills inherited hidden resources will be strengthened by enacting surplus reality solutions. Vedadrama explores the interaction of Indian tradition (like Vedas) and psychodramatic values. The trainers of Vedadrama Pvt. Ltd. are imparting their knowledge, attitude and skills through in-house workshops in the cooperate sector as well.
Indians like to play and psychodrama is on “playing” one´s own life drama on a therapeutical stage. Bollywood isn´t the only place where Indians celebrate music, dance and drama. This inherited attitude reaches out even to the smallest South-Indian villages outside the temple town Tiruvannamalai, where Prof Dr. Jochen Becker-Ebel lived for six years. He knew: Psychodrama would just be the fitting system to such villagers. Due to his sound knowledge of Indian and its spirituality and his cooperation with leading Indian psychodramatists like Dr. T. T. Srinath, Mr. Becker-Ebel established an inculturated way of psychodrama teaching and performing called: Vedadrama.
The late Leif Dag Blomkvist, Founder of the Swedish Psychodrama Institute tried to do this in similar ways at Mumbai and New Delhi since 1996 together with the Indo-German Psychologist and Psychodrama Teacher Savita Dhawan. But only in the last three years Indians and Western Psychodrama Directors established succeeded to establish full-fledged training programs.
J. Becker-Ebel believes that Psychodrama can enrich India and Indian psychodrama can enrich the West as well. He is leading five groups of 12 to 18 psychodrama – students at Bangalore, Coimbatore and Delhi. He and his co-trainers / directors like Klaus Ernst Harter, Savita Dhawan, Dr. Falko von Ameln conduct workshops, which are along with the basic requirements of FEPTO standards (European Federation of Psychodrama Instituts).
Vedadrama Pvt. Limited is an Indian Company since 2016 and an ISO 2001 certified since 2017. Vedadrama India is a member of IAGP (International Association of groupsychotherapy and groupsdynamics). It has become a member of ISPS in 2018 and Dr. Becker-Ebel is member of IAC, ASGPP, DFP and IAGP
What is the special thing about “Vedadrama”?
Magic Tree work: An Indian way of the known psychodramatic Magic Shop work. There are a lot of wish-fulfilling trees all around the countryside in India, called Kalpavriksha. The ideas derive from the well known Samudra manthan story (Churning of the Ocean of Milk), which is part of the Indian general knowledge like our Bible or the fairy tales of Brothern Grimm. And it is in daily use of millions of believers.
Integration of Spirituality and Gods: Not only in Biblio-Drama and in the direct following of Moreno’s example the protagonist can choose to be God or add the needed God(s) in his play as role supports, antagonists (or even: syntagonist, as Zerka Moreno express the term). To play to be “God” Moreno seems to have liked from young. And it will become a much more accepted and easy to include part of future psychodrama as well, as most Indians like to play to “be God”. It is quite common in festivals like Holi, which now is known in the West as well. Moreover, the rich tradition of colorful stories from the Mahabharata and the Vedas will add to the possibilities of psychodrama in India and in the world.
Integration of Indian concepts. The Indian concept of Maya expresses clearly, why the change of attitude within a being can transform the outer world as well, as only one´s own perception is needed to be changed as to change the whole. And: J. L. Morenos idea of tele is understood in a split second –as Indians feel more interconnected to each other due to their spiritual background and believe in the interconnectedness of soul(s). The concept of Maya might be strongly related to Morenos way of working with the protagonist as an individual and help him to overcome the projections on others as to improve relationships – even without the person/partner present.
Finally, Vedadrama will be spiritual. The same as Moreno (Jewish spirituality and maybe more) and the concept of tele (which is more than just empathy, but even get some feel for one another, as we belong to the One) and the final goal of mankind (society; Sanathana Dharma).
All seminars are certified with the internationally renounced Moreno Institut gGmbH, Edenkoben Überlingen, Germany and conducted by certified psychodrama trainers (see: Team).
Please note: Vedadrama is a registered trademark, not for excluding anybody, but for finding out together, how it will work and sharing this on a professional level steadily improving.