The Sociometric Institute - was founded by Dr. Bob Siroka, in 1968, which soon after became a major center for psychotherapy and training with a keen emphasis on the interconnectedness of psychodrama, sociometry and group therapy. The Institute has been at its present location since 1991. In addition to providing a professional and accessible practice venue for therapists and related practitioners representing a wide range of therapeutic orientations, disciplines, and practice sepcialties, the institute also offers professional trainings, workshops, materials, events and media services for clinicians.
DR. BOB SIROKA Exec Director/Founder of The Sociometric Institute
Fascinated by the healing powers of both psychodrama and sociometry, Dr. Bob Siroka founded the original The Institute in 1968, which soon after became a major center for therapy and training. In addition to over 50 years of counseling and psychotherapy experience, Dr. Siroka is a founding member of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, has lectured in Psychology at The Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School, was a recipient of the J.L. Moreno Lifetime Achievement award, has taught Psychodrama and Action Methods at NYU, SUNY (Stony Brook) and Rutgers University, and has presented many workshops national and internationally. Other than that, Bob is just a regular musician.
JACQUELINE DUBBS SIROKA, ACSW, TEP, BCD
JACQUIE is the Director of Clinical Services at The Sociometric Institute and Co-Creator of Integral Therapy. She is a 2013 Graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, in Washington D.C., a 2-year curriculum including studies and training in insight, mindfulness, meditation and compassion practices. She was formerly on the faculty at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and SUNY at Stony Brook School of Social Welfare, and was the Director of Psychodrama Services at Fair Oaks Hospital in NJ. In addition Jacquie was a supervisor at the Psychodrama Department at ST. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with additional training in Group Psychotherapy. She is a Certified Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and was the recipient of the J.L. Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
NAN NALLY-SEIF LCSW, DCSW, TEP
Nan has been a licensed clinical social worker in private practice working with a variety of clients including adults, children, families, couples and groups for more than 30 years. She has an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work where she was a National Institute of Mental Health fellow and completed post-masters training in expressive therapies. Nan was a coordinator of mental health/addiction services in a Wall Street area agency, she coordinated the family program at St. Luke-Roosevelt’s Smithers Alcohol Rehab unit, is the founder/director of the Irish/Irish-American Counseling service and was Chairperson of the American Board of Examiners of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy and co-director of the Psychodrama Training Institute. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and currently, runs several personal growth, supervision, and training groups. Additionally, Nan is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and has been a field work instructor for Master level students from Columbia, Adelphi, Hunter College, and New York University.
WHAT IS SOCIOMETRY?
Sociometry is defined as a quantitative method for measuring social relationships. The Latin breakdown of the word offers socius, which means companion and metrum meaning measure. Sociometry was developed by Austrian psychiatrist, Jacob Levy Moreno, (1889-1974). Moreno, who also invented psychodrama, was the foremost pioneer of group psychotherapy and one of leading social scientists of his time, defined sociometry as the "science of group organization." Moreno believed that the human experience is comprised of both individual and interpersonal components, and spent years studying the relationship between social structures and individual psychological well-being. His sociometric concepts were used by the U.S. Navy to help improve morale in the ranks, they were used in the training process and during officer selection. In addition, sociometry provides the basic building blocks of the social network theory which focuses on the interactions within a social structure. Sociometry also forms the basis for Facebook, the social network service, which is based on the interactions of its participants.
Psychodrama is an action-oriented therapeutic modality invented by Austrian psychiatrist, Jacob Levy Moreno, (1889-1974) in the early1920’s. As a modality, psychodrama is a therapy that through various action methods, allows an individual to enact a conflict, crisis or a troubling situation in the present moment, while leaving time and space for the rest of the group to interact and connect with the individual as well as each other. Psychodramatic methods and techniques can potentially facilitate a deeper understanding of the self, the expression of unspoken thoughts and feelings, as well as opportunities to achieve catharsis (emotional relief) develop new skills, and explore new ways for being and behaving.
OFFICE RENTAL INFORMATION
The Sociometric Institute offers office space at affordable rates for fulltime, parttime, and hourly rentals. *Rooms are available for individual, couples and groups*