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Whose Story Are You Carrying?: Training in Healing Generational Trauma and Conflict Transformation through Drama Therapy

March 29, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Eleven Tuesdays + *One-Day Saturday Intensive

Whose Story are you Carrying?

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.


© Jenny Badger Sultan

Training in Healing Generational Trauma and Conflict Transformation through Drama Therapy

For Psychotherapists, Social Workers,
Interns, Trainees, Coaches, Peacebuilders,
Social Entrepreneurs and Activists

Eleven Tuesdays + *One-Day Saturday Intensive

From March 29, 2016 to June 7, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm

*(One-Day Workshop Collaborating as a Team in a Conflict Transformation Process with Turks & Kurds, Palestinians & Israelis, Germans & Jews or Turks & Armenians Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm)

Core Program: Tuesdays, 4pm to 7pm: interactive, experiential learning and discussion

More information are below about weekly and Saturday course content

Facilitated by
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Nermin Soyalp, Ph.D. Candidate

11 Session Training plus One-Day Workshop Fee: $845

(Payable in Full or Monthly)

CEUs available for MFTs and LCSWs for an additional fee



The Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street
Emeryville, CA

Course details are below
For more Information and Registration Contact Armand Volkas

(510) 595-5500, Ext 11



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 28th 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 Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, 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, MA, PhD Candidate, 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 and one of the co-creators of the Healing the Wounds of History certificate program. 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 participant-centered experiential training in both for profit and non-profit organizations as a senior HR 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 running her consulting practice in Oakland, CA, Nermin is Administrative Director of the Healing the Wounds of History Institute and working on her PhD dissertation at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her thesis is about historical traumas and healing between Armenian, Kurdish, and Turkish ethnicities.

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.


Armand Volkas conducting conflict transformation workshop with Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo in September 2015

Healing the Wounds of History Training 
This 39-hour course will introduce 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.

Topics will include: 

  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural conflict transformation
  • Commemoration
  • Cultural identity and self-esteem
  • Peacebuilding
  • Collective grief and mourning
  • Collective trauma
  • Ancestral trauma
  • Historical trauma
  • Generational trauma
  • Dueling narratives
  • The art of apology
  • Uncovering dysfunctional cultural life scripts
  • Exploring and owning the potential perpetrator in all of us

The Healing the Wounds of History training will culminate with participants assisting in a one-day intensive workshop on Saturday, June 4, 2016 with two groups who share a legacy of generational and historical trauma, where the tools they have learned will be applied and integrated. Possible groups we will work with are Turks and Kurds, Palestinians and Israelis, Germans and Jews or Turks and Armenians.

More Information about 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.

Course Scheduling

We will dedicate the first 15 to 30 minutes of each session to reviewing relevant readings using experiential methods as well as discussion to explore collective, ancestral and generational trauma.  Using experiential tools and discussion we will explore collective and ancestral trauma as it is presented in the relevant literature. Then we will shift gears to explore the application of the Healing the Wounds of History approach to our work with clients.

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

For Information and registration contact Armand Volkas

(510) 595-5500, Ext 11






March 29, 2016
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Armand Volkas


Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th St.
Emeryville, United States
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(510) 595-5500, Ext 11