From the Collective to the Individual: Action Methods with Trauma — A Three-Day Intensive

 From the Collective to the Individual


Action Methods with Trauma

A Three-Day Training and Personal Growth Intensive

A Collaboration with

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT and Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP

The Workshop Description

This training workshop is a unique opportunity to work with two international experts on trauma, each bringing their own action methods for containment, exploration and resolution of trauma, from the collective to the individual level.  Armand Volkas brings his international experience and innovative Healing the Wounds of History approach to working with intercultural conflict transformation, collective trauma and peacebuilding, Kate Hudgins brings a solid clinical underpinning to all work with trauma using her system of the Therapeutic Spiral Model.  Together, they will help participants explore the impact of trans-generational trauma on their identities as humans living in a world influenced by culture, language, gender, and unconscious collective messages that affect them in their work and daily lives. 

This training is for therapists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, educators and social activists and will give participants immediate hands-on tools to use in their lives and practices.  Action methods used will include psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, drama therapy and expressive arts therapy. Personal and professional growth is built into the workshop through self-exploration in a safe and contained environment.

Objectives for this workshop include:

  • Identifying one’s own unconscious stories carried from trans-generational trauma
  • Learning action methods to safely explore these patterns through Playback Theatre, sociodrama, drama therapy and individual psychodrama
  • Personal growth through anchoring into positive ancestral roots that can guide the practitioner today.

Join us for an exciting opportunity to both learn and grow with people in a like-minded community!

Workshop Details:

October 10, 11, 12, 2014

The Living Arts Counseling Center

1265 65th Street

Emeryville, California

Friday-Sunday 10AM-5PM

Cost: $595

(Early bird registration: $550 by August 1st.)

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This course can count toward the personal growth requirement in the TSI International Program in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model and national certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. CEUs are also provided for Marriage, Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Registered Drama Therapists.  

You can also receive a 10% discount if you participate in the level 1 TSM Course Containment: the Key to Safety with Action Methods held in Marin County with Kate and Sylvia Israel, LMFT, TEP on September 26-28th.

For more information and registration please contact:

Armand Volkas at (510) 505-5500, Ext 11


Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP is an American Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner with a Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology.  She is the developer of the Therapeutic Spiral Model to treat trauma safely with clinically modified psychodrama that draws on the latest research in neurobiology and attachment theory.  She has published 4 books and 28 peer reviewed articles and is an internationally known expert on PTSD having worked in over 25 countries in the past 20 years.  

She is the recipient of the Innovators Award (2001) and the Scholar’s Award (2009) from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.  She is a well known international presenter and currently runs training groups in Asia, Europe and the East and West Coasts of America to train people in the TSI International Certification Program in Trauma.

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 25th 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.

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