Healing the Wounds of History Training Content

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.


Transforming Individual Traumas

Mixed in with the collective experience are our personal traumas, which can seem to confirm dysfunctional beliefs about ourselves inherited from ancestors or their perpetrators. In our work together, personal and collective traumas rise up from our deep explorations and ancestral investigations. We then apply the tools of drama therapy, psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, expressive arts therapy, autobiographical therapeutic performance and Transactional Analysis to address them.

Healing the Wounds of History Training & Personal Growth

The experiential portion of the 36-hour training (4pm to 7pm) will focus on personal healing and the application of Healing the Wounds of History as a tool in working with individuals, groups and in service of transforming societies. We will also explore the theoretical basis and rationale for the use of the Healing the Wounds of History approach to work through personal and collective trauma in multiple cultural contexts.

Topics will include: 

  • Intercultural communication
  • intercultural conflict transformation
  • cultural identity and self-esteem
  • remembrance
  • peacebuilding
  • collective grief and mourning
  • collective trauma
  • ancestral trauma
  • historical trauma
  • generational trauma
  • dueling cultural and national narratives
  • the art of personal and collective apology
  • dysfunctional personal and cultural life scripts
  • exploring and owning the potential perpetrator in all of us

The Healing the Wounds of History training will culminate in a one-day workshop on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Participants will select the theme for the day-long workshop by choosing one of the two options listed below:

(1) We invite one or two groups where participants share a legacy of historical trauma (e.g Iranians on the legacy of the revolution and cultural identity in the American context or Turks and Armenians in the legacy of the Armenian Genocide).

You will have the opportunity to assist and integrate how the tools you have learned during weekly sessions are applied in a ‘real life’ group setting.

(2) We continue as a core group for deepening our personal work.

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 self-esteem and your very identity.

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 ancestral roots that can guide the participants in their lives today will be celebrated.

This training partially fulfills the Principles of Drama Therapy requirement for The North American Association for Drama Therapy Alternate Training Program and The Healing the Wounds of History Certificate Program

Course Scheduling

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

One-Day Workshop Theme to be decided with the group. Options see above.


For Information, Interview and Registration Contact Armand Volkas

(510) 595-5500, Ext 11


Event Details

Spring 2016 Training on Healing the Wounds of History