FAMILY SCULPTURE

PURPOSE:

Increase awareness of feelings from growing up in a dysfunctional family. Viewing family dynamics. A form of psychodrama.

LEADER:

Ask for a volunteer from the audience that has grown up in a home with an alcoholic parent. The leader will lovingly help the volunteer through the process. The volunteer is asked to describe his family members.

ASSIGNMENT OF SCRIPTS:

1. POWER POSITION

He will select someone to play the role of his alcoholic parent. If this person was in a position of power they will be asked to stand on a chair. Others will be selected to play the roles of the other parent and each of the children and other significant members of the family such as grandparents & aunt etc. Someone will also be selected to play the volunteers role too. Each will be placed sitting on the floor, sitting on a chair, standing, or standing on a chair depending on the "power" they exerted in the family system.

2. EMOTIONAL CLOSENESS

Each will be placed a specific distance from one another and in the position and direction that they would face to represent the emotional closeness and direction of focus.

3. VERBAL MESSAGE

Each member will be given a line or sentence to learn and say that represents what the person remembers from the past. The line can be directed at different family members but especially include what he heard at this stage of his life. Several lines may be given that are directed at different members of the family. These should be expressed with "feeling".

4. ACTION

Actions may be assigned too, such as stamping of the feet, pointing fingers, running around, crying etc.

FAMILY DRAMA IN ACTION:

After each person understands their roles and lines then when given a signal they all start their actions and say their lines with feeling all at the same time while the volunteer watches and listens. They may be asked if this was what it was like. The leader will stand next to him supporting him during this very emotional time. The action can last for several minutes then called to a stop. This is very serious and there should not be any laughing or joking going on during this time, otherwise the power is lost.

REVIEW OF FEELINGS:

The observer will be asked to describe their feelings from watching their family in action. The ones playing the various family members will be asked for their feelings related to their playing the different roles. The audience may be asked to also share their feelings while watching the family sculpture.

DEBRIEFING:

All the participants will hold hands in a circle and state the name of the person whose role they played and then state "I am not your mother - I am ________ " and give their own name until all have debriefed.