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The Link between Creativity and Work with Diverse Groups: A Psychodramatic Perspective
Jacob Gershoni and Louise Lipman
The need for multi-cultural awareness becomes more pronounced as individual mobility grows, foreign travel increases, economies become more global, day-to-day information flow widens, and migration patterns include greater ethnic diversity (Sowell 1996, McGoldrick, Pearce & Giordano, 1996). If literature for mental health professionals on this subject is a relatively recent phenomenon spanning just the last several decades, the creator of Action Methods (Sociometry, Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy) focused on “others”—foreigners, disenfranchised and oppressed groups—already during the first decades of the twentieth century (Blatner 1996, Blatner 2000, Marineau 1989). When he was a medical student in Vienna, J. L. Moreno, along with a group of friends, opened a house for homeless people and refugees from other countries. Viewing the mission of sociometry as ambitious and far reaching as possible, he wrote: “A truly therapeutic procedure cannot have less an objective than the whole of mankind” (Moreno, 1953 p.1).