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Moreno Understanding People: personal and professional development courses, leadership and advanced therapy training programs.

Most of us work with people in one capacity or another. Unfortunately for many of us, it is a struggle. People, along with their often unpredictable behaviour, whether as co-workers, clients, family members, and friends, supply us with many challenges and opportunities.  But to meet these challenges and capitalise on the opportunities, having an open but thorough understanding of people, is essential. Easily said, harder to do.

Moreno has been offering a range of programs focused on a person's capacity to better understand people, including and most importantly themselves, and to work with them in a variety of creative and practical ways.

Understanding People is key whether you are leading people, directing people, collaborating with people, motivating people, co-ordinating people, or working with people towards a therapeutic end. Training with Moreno is focused on acquiring the skills necessary to understand people, in all their uniqueness.

The poem followiong is designed to give an artistic word picture of how come psychodrama is so useful: because we are never really alone when we bring our memories and feelings with us.

Psychodrama Session

He rushes in, late again, eyes red-rimmed,
sits before me. I wait for him to speak.
We are alone. As my client talks,
the room grows dense with his past.

Grandmother enters, her hands snowing
flour and cinnamon, then grandfather smoking
a cigar, snapping his gold watch open and closed,
worrying its gold chain.

My office swells as it gets more crowded.

His mother joins us frowning, holding a crying baby
in pink: knitted sweater, hat, booties. When I
speak, his mother glances behind her at father.
Father’s eyebrows shout disapproval.

More crowded, more crowded.

His wives come in next: first wife in a blue silk suit,
demure except for the glances toward his father,
telling all of us my client was right.
Wife two weeps, leaves a trail of tissues,

stamps her foot, cries no one loves her.
His girlfriend blocks the doorway, arms crossed
below cleavage he paid for.

His children swagger in last—twin sons—
heads shaved, hands in pockets of loose jeans,
biceps’ tattoos matching.

My client says what he has never been able to say.
One by one, he walks each to the door.

Joan Mazza, an award-winning poet and writer, has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, certified sex therapist, and writing coach.