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Unearthing and Transforming Generational Trauma through Drama Therapy

June 3, 2017 - June 4, 2017

The Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society

Unearthing and Transforming Generational Trauma through Drama Therapy

A Two Day Workshop
at the 24th NCGPS Biennial Training Institute

June 3-4, 2017
Oakland, CA

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Facilitated by

Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, MFT, RDT/BCT
Clinical Director, Living Arts Counseling Center
Director, Healing the Wounds of History
Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies

Workshop Description
Healing the Wounds of History is a therapeutic process in which experiential techniques facilitate uncovering and transformation of generational and historical trauma. Participants learn methods for containment, exploration, and resolution, from the individual to the collective level, using drama therapy, psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre and Transactional Analysis. Shy clinicians welcome!

24th Biennial Training Institute

June 3-4, 2017
Pre-Institute Evening Program, June 2

The NCGPS Institute offers a unique opportunity for both learning and connections. Our Institute is designed for group therapists at all levels and allows participants to select one of 12 groups—all led by Master group therapists. Participants will engage deeply in group process as members and also examine the dynamics from a theoretical perspective. In addition to experienced group therapists, we welcome students, interns, and new professionals to learn about the value of group therapy as an addition to their current practice.

The groups are geared to various levels of expertise with the intention of bringing the participants to the next level–whether they already have a high level of expertise or are just beginning as group therapists. A special emphasis this year will be topics vital to the societal health of our nation such as socioeconomic, gender, culture, race, and lifestyle differences.


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Choose from 12 Institute Groups:

Pyschodynamic Process Groups
• Beginning
• Intermediate
• Advanced

Special Interest Groups
• How to Bridge Differences
• Whose Lives Matter?
• Healing the Wounds of History
• Psychodramatic Family Therapy
• Gestalt Group Therapy
• Women’s Group
• Individual and Group Combined
• Redecision Therapy
• Men’s Struggle with Intimacy

You can view videos of the presenters discussing their institute Groups on our Facebook page.
Friday evening, June 2 we will screen Karina Epperlein’s Finding the Gold Within, about what it means to be young, black, and male, and to dare to step out of invisibility (GoldTheFilm.com). Film maker will be present. There will be opportunity for early check in for those who have registered. Registrants can enjoy a meal that evening for an extra charge.

Registration fees include 3 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch) and 4 coffee breaks.


By April 30
After April 30
NCGPS Members
Students/Trainees Regular
Students/Trainees Members
Agencies with 4 or more registering together receive member rate.

Click HERE to view the Institute descriptions prior to registration.

You may register by clicking HERE.

To apply for a scholarship or request assistance paying for student membership, contact Laine Demetria, lainedemetria@gmail.com.

Note: NCGPS has no affiliation or direct involvement with the Executive Inn and Suites site.

For additional information, contact Institute co-directors,
Vivian Nelson and Bill Roller, vivbill@aol.com, 510-525-9215.

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June 3, 2017
June 4, 2017
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