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Intermediate Healing Historical Trauma through Drama Therapy 15-Week Training

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Healing the Wounds of History Institute & Living Arts Counseling Center present

Healing the Wounds of History

– Intermediate Level –

Healing Generational Trauma, Conflict Transformation & Peace Building through Drama Therapy

A 15-Week Experiential Online Training

Previous Healing the Wounds of History Training with Armand Volkas
**Interview Required**

For Psychotherapists, Drama and Expressive Arts Therapists, Social Workers, Interns, Trainees, Coaches, Peacebuilders, Social Entrepreneurs, and Activists

15 Tuesdays on Zoom
with Additional Learning Resources

Facilitated by

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

Nermin Soyalp, PhD

Starting on February 9th, 2021


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Date & Time

Tuesdays, 1:00pm to 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)
(From February 9 to May 18, 2021)

Meetings on ZOOM


Overview of training

Phase I – Continue training in Healing the Wounds of History, Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, and Playback Theatre

Phase II – Develop a proposal for HWH Encounter and Autobiographical Theatre Performance on historical trauma

Phase III – Produce workshops with supervision


Additional Learning Resources

Relevant reading and video materials will be shared with the training participants in an online environment


45 Hour Training


Payment Plans and Limited “Discount” Scholarships Available.


What is Healing the Wounds of History?

Healing the Wounds of History is a therapeutic and creative process in which experiential techniques are used to work with people who share a common legacy of generational, historical and/or collective trauma.

This 15-week training will deepen your skills in peacebuilding and conflict transformation approaches to healing generational, historical and ancestral trauma through drama therapy. The course will involve experiential learning and techniques culled from drama therapy, psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, expressive arts therapy, autobiographical therapeutic performance and Transactional Analysis. The experiential portion of the training will focus on the application of Healing the Wounds of History as a tool in working with individuals, groups and transforming societies. The didactic portion of the training will offer readings and a theoretical basis and rationale for the use of Healing the Wounds of History approaches in working through personal and collective trauma in multiple cultural and clinical contexts.

In light of the current social justice challenges and a cultural paradigm shift towards racial and social equality, this workshop humbly hopes to contribute innovative tools in healing historical traumas at the personal and collective levels. 

The Healing the Wounds of History Process:

Uncovering the Narrative

Healing generational, historical and ancestral trauma involves an uncovering of the dysfunctional narrative or “life script” that you carry beyond your conscious awareness as a member of the collective. Hurtful spoken and unspoken messages about life, love and your self-worth, handed down from your culture or ancestors, can impact your feeling of well-being, self-esteem and your very identity.

Personal Traumas

Mixed in with the collective experience are our personal traumas, inherited from ancestors or their perpetrators, which can seem to confirm dysfunctional beliefs about ourselves. In our work together, we will learn how personal and collective traumas can arise from deep ancestral explorations. We will then apply experiential methods to address them.

Healing Through Action

Action methods taught will include psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, drama therapy, autobiographical therapeutic performance and expressive arts therapy. Personal and professional growth will be built into the training through self-exploration in a safe and contained environment. Positive messages inherited from ancestors that can guide the participant in their lives today will also be celebrated.

This training can apply to requirement for The North American Association for Drama Therapy Alternate Training Program and The Healing the Wounds of History Certificate Program

Facilitated by

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT, (MFT #28789)

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT is a psychotherapist, drama therapist, theatre director and professor. Armand has received international recognition for his Healing the Wounds of History approach to bringing groups in conflict together. He has facilitated groups in multiple countries including, descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese and Chinese, Tamil and Singhalese, Japanese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War.

Armand is Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, now in its 30th year. He is Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville and Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and has been Adjunct Professor at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.

Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation, intercultural communication and peacebuilding.

Nermin Soyalp, PhD

Nermin Soyalp, PhD, has been a collaborator with Armand Volkas in the HWH approach since 2012 where they together organized HWH workshops with Germans and Jews, Turks, Kurds and Armenians. She is a skilled trainer and a facilitator. She has been facilitating peace building workshops in the Bay Area and in Turkey since 2012 and has designed and conducted trainings on conflict transformation, and experiential training in both for profit and non-profit organizations as a senior organizational development consultant/professional since 2008.

Nermin grew up in Ankara, Turkey. After graduating from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) in Statistics, she moved to California, and received her MA in Organizational Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, specializing in social systems and network analysis. Currently, in addition to working as an Organizational Consultant in Oakland, CA, Nermin is a Healing the Wounds of History facilitator and co-director and recently completed her PhD at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her thesis is about historical traumas and healing between Armenian, Kurdish, and Turkish people.



For more Information and Registration


Nermin Soyalp
(510) 541-3211

Armand Volkas
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11

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February 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Nermin Soyalp
(510) 541-3211