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Healing the Wounds of Patriarchy: A Drama Therapy Workshop for Men
January 30 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm$175
Date, Time, & Place
Saturday, January 30, 2021
9:30 am – 5 pm PST (with ample breaks)
Group will be taught live online via Zoom Link sent with registration
$175 to $125
Patriarchy is a social system based on male dominance. It is a hierarchy that elevates some men over other men, and all men over women. These traumas not only shape our ways of being in the world, but perpetuate themselves across generations, and disconnect us from our full humanity. In this workshop, we will use embodied action methods including drama therapy, psychodrama and theatre improvisation to heal the personal and collective traumas engendered by patriarchy.
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.
Open to male-identified participants.
No previous drama or theatre experience required.
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.
Melvin Escobar, LCSW, RYT is a psychotherapist and a teacher of Buddhism and Yoga. For more than 25 years he has devoted himself to serving marginalized communities drawing on his own life experiences as a queer cisgender man of color from a working-class background. Melvin incorporates drama therapy into his practice to help empower people to claim agency over their own stories, find their voice and befriend their bodies in order to achieve genuine healing. He continues daily to learn the revolutionary potential of body-centered practices for personal and social transformation, and is driven by the desire to make wisdom teachings accessible in culturally relevant ways.