Deputy Treasurer of the Board

Manfred Jannicke

Psychodrama leader, trainer, supervisor, professionally trained as social worker and nurse in Germany

Berlin (Germany)

John Donne, 1572-1631:
„No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
 if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, …;
 any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind,
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.“

Grown up in the years of the cold war on the island of Westberlin, I will be deeply touched in the heart for the rest of my life about the encounters between different worlds, which are made possible by PAfE. Being elected to the Board, I feel not only honoured, but mandated to keep the 30 year old founding vision alive today („to take psychodrama to Eastern Europe“). Admittedly, this means for me turning our line of thinking around and asking more than ever what the West can learn from the East. At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, it seems to me, that the very way of life that opened the iron curtain and brought greater freedoms and prosperity to many people in Eastern Europe, turns out to be a risk for the wholeness of mankind on our planet. And it never stops to create digs between people – the more unregulated it was introduced, the faster and stronger – with the result of rising rates of mental illnesses, worldwide and to an open end. For me, Psychodrama as a non-individualistic, solidarity-strengthening and encounter-enabling method is our gracious gift, that we can bring to mankind, as J.L. Moreno told us to.

My psychodrama topics are – besides the training and supervision of candidates:

  • transgenerational transmission of (partly, not only) traumatic life experiences,
  • the psychodramatical term „Surplus“ and the Me/You/Us- observance,
  • working with inner children,
  • diversity with all the gain and difficulties it brings (political, ethnical, sexual/gender, religious, …),
  • magical encounters and storytelling,
  • conflict-solving,
  • strategy-building,
  • organisational development, and some more.

I live in the quiet countryside nearby Berlin, working as a CEO of a diaconal organisation supporting children, adolescents and their families in all kinds of life difficulties, plus as supervisor in various fields of non- and for-profit organisations. Being highly specialised in educational and health facilities, I am happy to broaden and to enrich my life and my work experience through Psychodrama in many ways – as well as to share all this.