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Book Review- Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods
The third and expanded edition of "Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods" is a very useful book for those who wish to use psychodrama both as a therapy and educational tool since it describes many techniques of eliciting participation of clients in drama and role play by 'acting-in' rather than being 'acted-out' for behavioral change.

The book illustrates with examples and cases how psychodrama can be used as a powerful tool of group psychotherapy and teaching some of issues or concepts of social sciences. 

Authored by a practitioner Adam Blatner, the book presents some effective training techniques to complement other conventional approaches of psycho-therapy, in individual or group situations. Besides using the techniques for behavior and attitudinal changes, the techniques described in book can also be used in educational or community settings and other social contexts for sensitization.

The book blends both theory and practice well as well as has included the recent developments in psychodrama theory and can work as a basic book for anyone who wishes to tryout some of the techniques. The book spread into 206 pages clarifies various new psychodramatic processes with additional examples and references.

The book published by Springer Publishing Company, is partly a doing-book since it takes through the elements of psychodrama step-wise. The book has 11 chapters that deal with basic elements of psycho-drama, warming up, acting, integrating, and training aspects of the technique. Another good aspect of the book is that the historical development of the psycho-drama has been given in the end. The book thus balances both practical and scholarly aspects of the technique.

The book rightfully, combines the principles and pitfalls of some techniques like role reversal, doubling and surplus reality making the book valuable to psychotherapists, classroom instructors and educators new to the psychodramatic method. The applications of psycho-drama in counseling, health professions, education, creative dramatics, community work, industry and religion have been discussed. The book is useful psychologists, therapists, counselors, teachers, clinicians and educators alike.

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