Healing the Wounds of History

Intercultural conflict transformation and peacebuilding through drama and the expressive arts

Our Process


logo-transperent-back-groundHealing the Wounds of History is a process in which experiential techniques are used to work with a group of participants who share a common legacy of historical trauma.


Developed by psychotherapist, drama therapist and theatre director Armand Volkas, the process is based on the premise that there can be no political solutions to intercultural conflict until we understand and take into consideration the needs, emotions and unconscious drives of the human being.


Armand Volkas 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. Drama Therapy uses acting improvisation and Psychodrama as therapeutic tools.

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Our Mission

Under the umbrella of the 501(c)3 not-for-profit Center for the Living Arts, Healing the Wounds of History develops and implements innovative approaches to transforming and healing historical trauma in the individual, family and the collective through the use of drama and the expressive arts.

“We are healing the wounds of history through transformative theatre.”

Healing the Wounds of History
in Lebanon 2012


Healing the Wounds of History, facilitated by founder Armand Volkas, provided intensive training  in peacebuilding through the arts for psychotherapists, social workers and teachers in the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War.



How does it help?

Healing the Wounds of History helps participants work through the burden of shared historical legacies by transforming their pain into constructive action. 


Drama eases pain of Arab-Jewish conflict
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Armand Volkas’s work has received international recognition for bringing groups in conflict together as well as cultures who carry collective trauma:

*Descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich

*Palestinians and Israelis

*Japanese and Chinese on the legacy of The Nanjing Massacre and WWII

*Koreans on the legacy of comfort women

*Tamil and Singhalese in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan Civil War

*Armenians and Turks

*Turks and Kurds

*African-Americans and European-Americans on the legacy of Slavery

*Muslim Palestinians and Lebanese Christians and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War

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