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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 disentegration We explore those patterns we establish 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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Year-long course in Applied Sociometry with Ann Hale and Cathy Nugent
Sociometry
This course will be led by Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP who studied and worked with Moreno during the last four years of his life. She edited, with Moreno,  the student's edition of Who Shall Survive and is author of three books which extend sociometric methods to include related fields. Ann will be assisted by Catherine D. Nugent, L. C. P. C.,  TEP, a highly revered clinician/psychodrama trainer who has been working in the field for over thirty years. The participants in the course meet four times a year and stay together at a retreat center. Participants receive a minimum of 160 hours training credit which may be directed toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, Washington, D.C
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Ann Hale to be plenary speaker for the 2015 AANZPA conference

The executive of the Australian and Aoeteroa New Zealand Psychodrama Association have invited Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP to be a plenary speaker for the annual meeting, convening in Christchurch, NZ, January 20-27, 2015. The conference theme being considered is "Moreno, a man of his times. A man of our times?" Contact AANZPA.org for details.



National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation to meet in DC in Oct. 2014

The 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is set for October 17-19 in the Washington, DC area. To learn more contact national office www.ncdd.org.



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 will appear in Vol. 60, No. 1, pages 35 - 52 in late 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.
http://www.ted.com/talks/nicholas_christakis_the_hidden_influence_of_social_networks.html


The Heart of Moreno's Legacy: A Year-long Course in Applied Sociometry
Sociometry

This course will be led by Ann E. Hale, M.A., TEP who studied and worked with Moreno during the last four years of his life. She edited, with Moreno,  the student's edition of Who Shall Survive and is author of three books which extend sociometric methods to include related fields. Ann will be assisted by Catherine D. Nugent, L. C. P. C.,  TEP, a highly revered clinician/psychodrama trainer who has been working in the field for over thirty years. The participants in the course meet four times a year and stay together at a retreat center. Participants receive a minimum of 160 hours training credit which may be directed toward certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, Washington, D.C
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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.

FOR ARTICLE REPRINTS CALL 800-988-0886 OR 617-783-7500, OR VISIT HBR.ORG

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
Sociometry
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.


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New Book: Beyond inclusion, beyond empowerment by Leticia Nieto, et.al
Sociometry
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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Sociometry Texts available
Sociometry
Conducting Clinical Sociometric Rxplorations (1985) by Ann E. Hale, MA., TEP

Sociometric Processing of Action Eventa
, 2.ed (2004) by Ann E. Hale and Donna Little

Three Cyclical Models which enhance consciousness in interpersonal connection (2012) by Ann E. Hale

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