Workshop: RESTORING THE BONDS WITH OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH DRAMA THERAPY & CREATIVE RITUAL

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Workshop: RESTORING THE BONDS WITH OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH DRAMA THERAPY & CREATIVE RITUAL

Time: August 2, 2012 to August 5, 2012
Location: Foundation of the Sacred Stream
Street: 2149 Byron Street
City/Town: Berkeley, CA
Website or Map: http://www.livingartscenter.o…
Phone: (510) 595-5500, Ext. 11
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Armand Volkas, MFT, MA, RDT/BCT Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT
Latest Activity: Jul 5, 2012

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Event Description

Engraved within the soul of every person are links to those who have come before us. Our ancestors are the source of our collective narratives, visions and fears. They may also hold the key to understanding our personal struggles.

For some people, dealing with their ancestry involves confronting war trauma, alcoholism, madness or violence; for others it is about coming to terms with the choices their predecessors made. While we may find that some bonds with our past need repair, others may need to be released. Yet, this journey may also uncover powerful insights and wisdom to ground us in our ancestral roots and inspire us to move forward.

Join us in this insightful exploration! Using story-theatre techniques, text, movement, Playback Theatre, dramatic resonances, sociodrama, and integrating the archetypal images that emerge from our process, we will build towards the creation and performance of a personal and collective ritual.

This intensive workshop will help participants explore their ancestry, place it in a cultural context, redefine its bonds and become a possible source of inspiration for how to live their lives.

This four-day workshop/training is for drama and creative arts therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, life coaches, human service professionals, educators, community leaders, spiritual guidance counselors, group facilitators, actors, theatre workers, teachers, or anyone interested in exploring their ancestral legacies.


Susana Pendzik, Ph.D., RDT, is a senior drama therapist and supervisor, honorary member of the Swiss Dramatherapy Association. She is a poet, a theatre director, and a dedicated researcher of creative ritual, cultural identity, and shamanism for over 25 years. She is the author of many articles on drama therapy.

Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, MFT, RDT/BCT is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Oakland, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Association for Drama Therapy. In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University.
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The International Institute of Applied and Therapeutic Theatre is a collaborative project developed by psychotherapists and drama therapists Armand Volkas and Susana Pendzik, with the aim of promoting the exchange of ideas, traditions, and methods, related to the application of theatre in the social domain.

Healing the Wounds of History is a process in which psychotherapy, drama and expressive arts therapy techniques are used to work with a group of participants who share a common legacy of historical trauma. The process was developed by Armand Volkas, the son of Auschwitz survivors and resistance fighters from World War II.

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$700 - Limited discount scholarships available
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CEUs for MFTs and LCSWs available for additional fee of $25


For Information and Registration contact:
Armand Volkas at (510) 595-5500, Ext. 11
info@livingartscenter.org

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