ISA – International Spring Academy

Psychodramatic studies on group work and social interaction

ISA 2022 in Novigrad, Croatia

02.06. – 05.06.2022.

The International Spring Academy (ISA) focuses on sociodrama and resource-based psychodrama in different fields of practice. Socio- and psychodramatic learning aims for a better understanding and development of individuals and their social interactions in groups, organisations and society. It can be therefore applied in education, adult training, social work, coaching and supervision, individual counselling and psychotherapy.

While psychodrama is primarily centred around the individual as a protagonist in his/her psycho-social world, sociodrama is a group centred approach dealing with inter-group relations, which are shaped by complex historical, cultural, socio-political and transgenerational aspects. It puts an eye on collective factors and provides techniques to work successfully even in large groups.

History and purpose

During the annual meeting of the European Federation of Psychodrama Training Organisations in 2009, representatives discussed the possibility of building a network among universities and private training institutes. One outcome of that discussion was the International Spring Academy (ISA). University lecturers, trainers and trainees of psychodrama and students in related subjects like education, sociology and psychology are invited to learn about themselves and their socio-cultural contexts by applying experiential methods and interventions.

Experienced psychodrama trainers conduct and supervise the work, which is done in a large group and in small groups.

A general topic for individual and group learning proposed for each meeting allows the individual and the small group to set specific focus to learn. Learning is thereby seen as an interconnected process which involves different levels of socio-political background, experiences in groups and organizations, and personal experiences which shape self-understanding and our biographies.

Above all, transcultural encounters and their development during the meeting will be a guiding principle. The 11th International Spring Academy is organized by the representatives of the participating institutes and universities.


10-20 students of each university and institute are invited to participate. They get tasks according to their training level.


Psychodrama, Sociometry and Sociodrama


Jutta Fürst (Austria), Hannes Krall (Austria), Vladimir Milosevic (Serbia), Vedran Korusic (Croatia).


Novigrad (Istria) is a place that can enchant all your senses. This charming coastal town magnetically draws you to explore it. Once a peaceful fishing town, over the years has become an irresistible touristic destination with a preserved tradition. Although being so popular among tourists from all around the world, Novigrad has kept its intimate charm of a typical quite Mediterranean town. Favourable climate, superb food, wine and olive oil await you throughout the year, while welcoming hosts do their best to ensure you enjoy your stay. Novigrad is known for the most spectacular and romantic sunsets, each evening offering a different palette of colours and evoking an array of feelings. Besides enjoying on the beach, an inspiring walk, recreational cycling or running are great ways to relax and recharge your batteries, but also to see Novigrad from a different angle.


Thursday 02.06.2022.

16:00 Registration

17:00 Warm up (Large group)

Friday 03.06.2022.

09:00 Workshops (Small group)

19:00 Reflection  (Large Group)

Saturday 04.06.2022.

09:00 Workshops (Small group)

19:00 Reflection (Large Group)

Sunday 05.06.2022.

09:00 Large group

12:00 Closure (Large Group)

Participating Universities and Training Institutions


Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck – University of Innsbruck

Institute for Psychosocial Intervention and communication research

Contact person: Dr. Jutta Fürst

Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt – University of Klagenfurt

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft und Bildungsforschung

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Johannes Krall


Center for psychodrama

Contact person: Vedran Korusic