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The International Sociometry Training Network founded in 2005 by Ann E. Hale  directs people to publications, research, training activities and resources related to the field of interpersonal relations.  The field of sociometry began with J. L. Moreno, MD, in 1914 as a result of helping resolve medical and emotional crises resettling refugees in Austria who fled war torn northern Italy. The next seventy years of his life were devoted to establishing the field of sociometry within social psychology and psychiatry.

Moreno believed that freedom in its broadest sense is possible if people have the information and skills they need to negotiate their way in the world. In his remarkable text Who Shall Survive? Foundations of Sociometry, Group Psychotherapy and Sociodrama (1934,1953,1978) Moreno referred to techniques of freedom with specific focus on resolving issues anchored in our interpersonal and intergroup choice-making. This book is available free online through ASGPP.org. Click on "Library".

  • Sociometry is a study of both the quantitative and qualitative interpersonal relations, focused on the number of relationships and the nature of those relationships.  We explore the choice-making activity of groups of all kinds, examining choices people make for other persons with whom to interact, share time and space, energy and states of consciousness. Sociometry is both a left brained activity and a right-brained activity, with pen and paper, electronic and action components.
  • Sociometrists assist groups in becoming aware of the impact their choices have on one another as well as other groups. They assist in the sharpening of interpersonal perception, in learning to recognize and intervene in patterns which contribute to: group dynamics, role accessibility, act hunger, isolation, burnout, change, impasse and disintegration. We explore those patterns in order  to promote well being across the life span.
  • Sociometrists work with groups to identify strengths and resources, to examine and broaden the role repertoire, to develop styles for managing conflict with skill and compassion, and to promote ways to be actively attuned to one another on the deepest level of which we are capable.  This includes attention to emotional states, personal history, implicit and explicit memory, right brain to right brain patterns of relating. The practice of sociometry embraces a wide array of belief systems and cultural influences.
  • Sociometrists seek ways to enliven interactive processes which make more accessible the spontaneity state, addressing norms and structures which inhibit and distance people from one another. A high value is placed on integration, coherence, empathic processes, authenticity and creative solving of shared concerns.
  • Sociometrists are currently examining ways to bring the theory and practice of interpersonal neurobiology to the understanding we have of  ways we are neuronally wired to be empathic,  form attachments, to heal ourselves, our groups and our communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Sociometry texts by Ann Hale available in reprint
Conducting Clinical Sociometric Explorations: a Manual for Psychodramatists and Sociometrists (1985, workbook edition) is available in reprint, spiral bound. Cost: $45.00, plus $6.65 postage n US.

Sociometric Processing of Action Events by Ann Hale and Donna Little (2002) is available in reprint form, spiral bound. Cost: $20, plus $6.65 postage in US.

Three Cycical Models which enhance Consciousness of Interpersonal Connection (2013) is available in spiral bound edition for $22., plus $6.65 postage. The electronic edition in PDF is availabl in a CD for $12.
To order call Ann Hale at 540-400-8182 or mail your check to her at 353 Highland Ave, No. 2, Roanoke, VA 24016.

Sociometrist and Executive Coach Diana Jones' Podcasts on leadership
Diana Jones' website offers three podcasts of interest to those in organizations: (1) Executive presence - Working with Emotions in Organizations; (2) Leading in Tough Situations; and (3) Navigating Emotions at Work. Her website is www.diana-jones.com.
Diana is from Wellington, New Zealand and is certified as a sociometrist by the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA). She has been a member of the Executive Board of AANZPA for a number of years.

The website also offers an impressive list of articles written from the perspective of successful interventions based on improving peer relationships rather than top down or bottom up connections at work. Of specific interest to sociometrists is a paper written in 2006 comparing  sociometry and social network analysis. To go directly here is the link:

AANZPA certifies Simon Gurnsey as Sociometrist Jan 24, 2015
The Board of Examiners of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association awarded the Sociometrist certificate to Simon Gurnsey  on Saturday, January 24, 2015 during their annual meeting.  Over 150 members were on hand to celebrate this achievement. Joining in celebration were his parents and the other trainers holding sociometrist certificates:  Diana Jones, Helen Phalen, Margie Abbott. (Michael Breem was not present.)   Donna Little (Toronto) and Ann E. Hale (Virginia) were also on hand at the Christchurch meeting to congratulate Simon.

Simon's thesis is available online to view through the AANZPA website:  Seizing the Moment: the Application of  Sociometry in the Not for Profit Sector.

Books published about J. L. Moreno in 2014
John Nolte, The Philosophy, Theory and Methods of J.L. Moreno: The Man Who Tried to Be God  (2014) New York, London, Routledge.  Available in ebook formats as well as hard cover.  Note:  Chapter 8: "Sociometry, a New Model for Social Science" pages 129-154; and, Chapter 9: "Sociometric Theory" pages 155-178.

Jonthan D. Moreno. Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture and the Social Network.  (2014) New York, Bellevue Literary Press.  Available in soft cover and ebook formats.

Both of these books are well written, are engaging, and offer both historical perspectives and provide linkages to other major and minor contributors to the research and culture of the times.

The Sociometric Cycle
The sociometric cycle is a model which may be used by a group or the group's leaders to track the position the various members of a group are holding in a given moment in relation to a task or an event. This position is one held individually and also impacts the group members. The model was developed in 1986 by Ann E. Hale. It was developed within the context of John Mosher's The Healing Circle: Myths, Ritual and Therapy (1985).  In the 28 years of its existence practitioners of psychodrama and sociometry have developed the model and created many useful and exciting ways to use it in action,  for journaling, for processing, etc.  

The Sociometric cycle is described in Ann Hale's most recent book Three Cyclical Models which Enhance Consciousness of Interpersonal Connection (2012).


Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry

The article Survey of Act Hunger and Role Accessibility in Training Groups by Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP  appeared in Vol. 60, No. 1, pages 35 - 52 (April, 2014). In this article Ann introduces formally an experimental form of sociometric investigation into roles of high value in groups: the Role Accessibility Perception Survey.  Rather than ask  "whom do you choose, not choose, or choose to remain neutral toward on this criterion?" the survey asks group members to reflect and report: (1) Who in the group is likely to be more highly chosen for this role than I am?; (2) Who is likely to chosen about the same as I will be?; and (3) Who in the group is likely to be chosen less often than I will be on this criterion?  The group engages in pair exchanges sharing their data. This is followed by investigating the presence of sub-groups. Ways a group can organize itself to foster wider access to roles is discussed. Also ways to offer role relief for those who want to be chosen less often for a role is a benefit of the survey's discussion. Ann offers a case example in the article.

Nicholas Christakis, MD speaks on TedTalks about social networks

In 2010 Nicholas Christakis gave this talk on social networks. The last sentence? "I think the world needs more connections."  Relates his research to phenomena such as obesity, crime, widowhood, economic factors, etc.

Harvard Business Review features sociometric data collection device

The April, 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review has an article by Alex "Sandy" Pentland "Spotlight on Building Great Teams". Featured is a device worn in meetings which tracks communications, not the specific words spoken, but the direction of a person's focus during meetings, compiling "sociometric" data.


Also, check out the following recorded interview: http://www.wnyc.org/story/social-physics-how-good-ideas-spread/

Three Cyclical Models by Ann E. Hale available now
Ann Hale's new monograph, Three Cyclical Models which Enhance Consciousness of Interpersonal Connection is now available for sale.  The monograph (57 pages) includes the origins, design, and ways each cycle may be used in action. The three cycles are: The sociometric cycle, the harmonic-conflictual cycle and the interpersonal neurobiology cycle. The Appendices include signage for use in action explorations of each cycle; a section on the three cycles and Moreno's Canon of Creativity; a section on the holographic nature of the cycles, and an update on consciousness related to research on the brain.


New Book: Beyond inclusion, beyond empowerment by Leticia Nieto, et.al
Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment by Leticia Nieto with Margeret F. Boyer, Liz Goodwin, Garth R. Johnson and Laurel Collier Smith  was published by Cuetzpalin Publishing in 2010. It is available by writing to DeColores Bookstore, 507 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98501 or calling (350) 357-9400  decoloresbooks@hotmail.com
"Beyond inclusion, beyond empowerment examines  our individual selves as we navigate the structures of oppression; in another sense, it examines the broader dimensions of oppression and its pervasive hold on us in society."


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