Hans-Werner Gessmann

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Hans-Werner Gessmann
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Hans-Werner Gessmann
Born (1950-03-24) March 24, 1950 (age 68)
OccupationPsychologist, founder of humanistic psychodrama and university teacher
Medical career
InstitutionsMoscow State Psychological Pedagogical University (MGPPU)

Hans-Werner Gessmann (born 24 March 1950 in Duisburg) is a German psychologist, founder of humanistic psychodrama and university teacher in Russia.


Gessmann received a doctorate in 1976 by his work about causation factors of Dyslexia. He is the founder of humanistic psychodrama[1][2] and adopted in the same year [3] for the first time psychodrama with hypnosis in the context of sexual dysfunctions. He also established humanistic psychodrama in the field of child psychotherapy. In the early 80s he began making film-documentations about complete group-psychotherapy-sessions in European countries.[4] He is the publisher of book series and the International Journal of Humanistic Psychodrama.[5][6] Gessmann is one of the few empirical researchers in the field of psychodrama[7] and has published over 160 articles on psychological topics.[8][9] Standards continued his research on the method of doubling from 1996.[10] He is the only author in the German-speaking area, who handled this issue fundamentally and scientifically, including translations of the complete source texts from English.[11]

In 1973 he founded the Psychotherapeutic Institute Bergerhausen (PIB) [de] in Duisburg and in 1977 nearby Kerpen, Germany[12] a European training center now for more than 1500 psychotherapists.

Gessmann developed and has taught humanistic psychodrama since 1979 as a new form of psychodrama. It became an integral part of humanistic psychology.[13] Gessmann moved the collective action and nature of the people at the center of the therapeutic ethic.[14] Faith, love, hope, and the idea of a human community are essential to meaningful humanistic psychodrama.[15] Intuitive look for detecting the wholeness of a thing, the dialectical conception of polarities, the renunciation of absolute authority, take decisive influence on the image of man and his life.[clarification needed] The goals and methods of classical psychodrama were necessarily re-evaluated and described.[citation needed] This led to a fundamental change in international psychodrama practice.[citation needed] Gessmann is a member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama as well as the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama since 1977.

Gessmann teaches clinical psychology in the faculty of social psychology of the governmental State University Kostroma [ru] Kostroma (KSU) since 2007 and is a professor of general and developmental psychology in the governmental Academy of Social Administration Moscow (ASOU).

In April 2011 it was announced he would be the director of the International Centre for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy [ru] (ICCPP) at the governmental University Kostroma with a focus on psychotherapy training and research, particularly humanistic psychodrama and systemic family therapy.

Since February 2012, he has been a professor of systemic family therapy and humanistic psychodrama at the Moscow State Pedagogical Psychological University (MGPPU) [ru]. With the beginning of 2013 Gessmann is a visiting professor at the State University Smolensk. Here he teaches Humanistic Psychodrama. In the same year Gessmann receives a call to the Chair for Humanistic Psychodrama at the Southeast University in Nanjing province Jiansu, one of the oldest universities in China. He is one of the 30 most influential psychologists working today.[16] In September 2017, Hans-Werner Gessmann introduced group psychotherapy in Azerbaijan for the first time. 141 psychotherapists from the country took part in the event in Baku.


  • 2010 - Award for international communication between Russia and Germany
  • 2010 - State University Kostroma: honorary professor of the Faculty of Social Psychology
  • 2011 - State University Kostroma: honorary professor of the University
  • 2014 - State Psychological Paedagogic University Moscow: honorary professor of the University
  • 2014 - International Institute of Informazation and Public Administration Named in the Honor of P.A. Stolypin: honorary professor of the institute


  • Übungslehrbuch zum psychologischen Test für das Studium der Medizin, Zahnmedizin und Tiermedizin. Ü-PTM 14. Jungjohann Verlag, Neckarsulm 1981.
  • Components for group psychotherapy. (Ed.). Jungjohann Verlag, Neckarsulm, Band 1 1984, Band 2 1987; Band 3 1990.
  • Trainingtest for medical program of study 95/96 im Originalformat. 3. Testrevision, Jungjohann Verlagsgesellschaft, Neckarsulm/Stuttgart 1995
  • The Humanistic Psychodrama. In: International Journal of Humanistic Psychodrama. June 1995, 1. Jahrgang, PIB Publisher, Duisburg, Germany.
  • Humanistic Psychodrama. Vol 4. (Ed.). Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 1996.
  • Textbook of Systemic Therapy. (Russische Bearbeitung: Elena Oladova). PIB Publisher, Duisburg, Germany, 2011.
  • Forms of psychotherapy - introductions. (Russische Bearbeitung: Elena Oladova). PIB Publisher, Duisburg, Germany, 2011.
  • Empirischer Beitrag zur Prüfung der Wirksamkeit psychodramatischer Gruppenpsychotherapie bei NeurosepatientInnen (ICD-10: F3, F4) The effects of psychodramatic group psychotherapy with neurosis patients — an empirical contribution (ICD-10: F3, F4) Springer Verlag: Zeitschrift für Psychodrama und Soziometrie Volume 10, Supplement 1, 69-87, DOI: 10.1007/s11620-011-0128-3
  • Субъективные теории болезни / пер. на рус. яз. Е. А. Шеронов. – Кострома 2014: КГУ им. Н. А. Некрасова. ISBN 978-5-7591-1429-1

Film productions[edit]

  • "Want to be healthy?" - an introduction to the bibliodrama", Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 1994
  • Gessmann/Hossbach: Peter Härtling - Mourning and consolation. Development of a literary text using scenic methods from the Humanistic Psychodrama, Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2006
  • Gessmann/Opdensteinen: Rainer Maria Rilke - Der Panther. Theaterprojekt der Kölner Nordpark Förderschule Lernen mit Methoden des Humanistischen Psychodramas, Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2008
  • Methods of humanistic psychodrama (digitized revision of 1989) - selected methods of the humanistic psychodrama: First Scene interview, double, auxiliary ego, role reversal, social atom, impromptu scenes creative warming-up. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2008
  • "There was no champagne anymore" (revised edition digitized recording of a documentary from 1989 on the treatment of a labor disruption by means of Humanistic Psychodrama). Verlag des PIB, 2008
  • Gessmann/Romeik: Psalm 23 - He is my shepherd. Humanistic Psychodrama with biblical text. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg, 2009
  • «Шампанское закончилось» Использование игры протагонистов гуманистической психодрамы в работе с нарушениями отношенийб. Издательство ПИБ, Дуисбург 2009
  • Gessmann/Passmann: Der Querk im Lummerland. Humanistic Psychodrama with preschool children. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2009
  • Gessmann/Vieten: Humanistic Psychodrama with the elderly and old people. Marienkloster 2009. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2009
  • Kindheit und Jugend in der NS-Zeit – Dokumentation einer Zeitzeugenbefragung am Städtischen Gymnasium Straelen. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2010
  • „Today, I cook, tomorrow I brew …“ - A "touching" story. Protagonist-centered humanistic psychological drama about a dream. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2011
  • Methods of systemic therapy 1: Der Einsatz des Familienbrettes in verschiedenen systemtherapeutischen Schulen. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2011
  • Children psychodrama therapy. Documentation about the beginning of therapy. Verlag des PIB, Duisburg 2011


  1. ^ Saaman, Wolfgang (1989), "Auf dem Weg zur Organisation von Morgen", Poeschel Verlag, 15, p. 221.
  2. ^ Bottenberg, E.H.; Daßler, H. (1997), "Wege in die Psychologie des Gefühls", Roderer Verlag Regensburg, p. 164.
  3. ^ Gessmann, Hans-Werner (1984), "Bausteine zur Gruppenpsychotherapie, Band 1", Jungjohann Verlag Neckarsulm, pp. 252–4.
  4. ^ Buer, Ferdinand (1992), "Jahrbuch für Psychodrama, psychosoziale Praxis & Gesellschaftspolitik", Opladen, pp. 252–4.
  5. ^ Benesch, Hellmuth (1995), Enzyklopädisches Wörterbuch Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Beltz: Psychologische Verlags Union, p. 303.
  6. ^ Grubitzsch, Siegfried; Weber, Klaus, eds. (1998), "Psychologische Grundbegriffe Ein Handbuch", Rowohlts Enzyklopädie Rororo, pp. 451–2.
  7. ^ Fürst, Jutta; Ottomeyer, Klaus; Pruckner, Hildegard, eds. (2004), Psychodrama-Therapie - Ein Handbuch, Facultas Wien, p. 441.
  8. ^ "Literature by H-W. Gessmann".
  9. ^ "Educational films by H-W. Gessmann".
  10. ^ Empirische Untersuchung der therapeutischen Wirksamkeit der Doppelmethode im Humanistischen Psychodrama. In: Humanistisches Psychodrama Band 4, (Hrsg.), Publisher of the Psychotherapeutic Institute Bergerhausen, Duisburg, 1996
  11. ^ Humanistisches Psychodrama Band 4, (Hrsg.), Verlag des PIB, Duisburg, 1996
  12. ^ Meynen, Henriette (1980), "Wasserburgen, Schlösser und Landsitze im Erftkreis", Rheinland Verlag Köln, p. 96.
  13. ^ Färber, Markus (2013;2), Einleitung in die Humanistische Psychologie und Humanistisches Psychodrama. In: Humanistisches Psychodama Band 4, Verlag des PIB Duisburg, pp. 13–19. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  14. ^ Gessmann, Hans-Werner (2013;2), Humanistische Psychologie und Humanistisches Psychodrama. In: Humanistisches Psychodama Band 4, Verlag des PIB Duisburg, pp. 27–84. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  15. ^ Gessmann, Hans-Werner (2007 No. 1, Vol. 1), Humanistic Psychodrama. In: International Journal of Humanistic Psychodrama, Verlag des PIB Duisburg, p. 8. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  16. ^ Rob. "30 Most Influential Psychologists Working Today". bestmastersinpsychology.com.[unreliable source?]

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