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Healing Historical Trauma through Drama Therapy: A 14-Week Training Live Online

Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute and 
Healing the Wounds of History presents

Healing Historical Trauma
through Drama Therapy

Generational Trauma, Conflict Transformation & Peace Building

A 14-Week Live Online Experiential Training – Live Online

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

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

14 Weeks + One-Day Intensive + Online Learning Environment
Mondays, 9:00am to 12:00pm PST
September 13 – December 13, 2021 
One-Day Intensive: Saturday, November 20, 9am-4pm PST

Fee: $995
Payment Plans Available

Online Zoom Learning Platform

Continuing Education Credits:
36 Continuing Education Credits available for
Psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs and LCSWs for an additional $75 fee

**Scroll down for more CE information**

Alternate Training Program in Drama Therapy:
This course fulfills educational requirements for the Alternative Training Program with the North American Drama Therapy Association when combined with additional required coursework. An additional $50 admin fee required. Contact Armand Volkas for more information.

What is Healing the Wounds of History?

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. generational-traumaThis 45-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.

Click HERE to learn more about the Healing the Wounds of History Institute.

In light of the current social justice challenges and a cultural paradigm shift towards racial and social equality, this workshop humbly hopes to contribute innovative tools in healing historical traumas at the personal and collective levels.

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 November 20, 2021 with one group or two groups who share a legacy of generational and historical trauma, where the tools they have learned will be applied and integrated.

Additional Learning Resources: Relevant reading and video materials will be shared with the training participants in an online environment

Overview of Training

Core Program:
Mondays, 9:00 am to 12:00pm PST: interactive and experiential learning.

One-Day Saturday Intensive on November 20, 2021:
One-day workshop collaborating as a team in a conflict transformation process with a group or groups in conflict such as Palestinians & Israelis or Turks, Kurds and Armenians, Chinese & Taiwanese or the Cambodian Genocide

Online Learning Platform:
Relevant reading and video materials will be shared with the training participants in an online platform. We will review materials and hold weekly online discussions to enhance our learning.

Topics Covered 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 and transforming dysfunctional cultural life scripts
  • Exploring and owning the potential perpetrator in all of us

Culminating One-Day Intensive

The Healing the Wounds of History training will culminate with participants assisting in a one-day intensive workshop on November 20, 2021 with one group or two groups who share a legacy of generational and historical trauma, where the tools they have learned will be applied and integrated.

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.

Online Learning Platform
Facilitated by Nermin Soyalp, MAOP, Ph.Dc, we will use an online platform. On a weekly basis we will review assigned readings and videos on the topic of collective, ancestral and generational trauma.   There will be a different subject explored each week. The online component of the course is designed to enrich our learning and be a compliment to the experiential aspect of this training. Your online participation may require between 30-60 minutes of your time each week. During our weekly sessions, facilitated by Armand Volkas, we will shift gears to explore the application of the Healing the Wounds of History approach which can be applied to our work with clients and for your own personal growth.

For information and registration contact:
Nermin Soyalp
Phone: (510) 595-5500, Ext 16

Armand Volkas
Phone: (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 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 John F. Kennedy 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.

Contact: | (510) 595-5500, Extension 11


Nermin Soyalp, PhD, 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 and seasoned trainer and a facilitator. 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 experiential training in both for profit and non-profit organizations as a senior organizational development 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 working as an Organizational Consultant in Oakland, CA, Nermin is a Healing the Wounds of History facilitator and co-director and recently completed her PhD at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her thesis is about historical traumas and healing between Armenian, Kurdish, and Turkish people.

Contact: | (510) 595-5500, Extension 16

Continuing Education Credit for Mental Health Professionals
Sponsored by The Spiritual Competency Academy

36 CE Credits – Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes. SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)
  • Please note: An additional $75 fee is required to cover CE administrative costs.  
  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact:
  • For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at .

CE Course Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

  • Discuss the differences between collective trauma, historical trauma, ancestral trauma and generational trauma using the psychodramatic technique of the locogram
  • Describe how historical trauma impacts cultural and national identity and self-esteem in traumatized cultures at a personal level
  • Explain the social, psychological and biological mechanisms through which historical trauma is passed from generation to generation
  • Demonstrate how dysfunctional cultural narratives are formed through the use of the Healing the Wounds of History Map of Messages exercise
  • Apply the basic principles of intercultural communication though psychodramatic soliloquy and interpersonal dialogue
  • Analyze how personal and cultural messages get translated into “life scripts” through the Map of Messages exercise and through the Therapeutic Spiral Model
  • Design a drama therapy progression in service of trauma transformation goals
  • Compare the differences between therapy and activism
  • List the 6 phases of the Healing the Wounds of History approach
  • Apply and teach the principles of intercultural communication through psychodramatic doubling, sculpting and soliloquy
  • Design a social change project, of your own choosing, which reflects a passion, belief, or value that you hold deeply
  • Utilize skills of drama therapy, sociodrama, psychodrama, expressive arts therapy and creative ritual with a social change and therapeutic intention
  • Demonstrate and use at least 3 drama therapy spontaneity exercises to form group cohesion.
  • Demonstrate a beginning competence in how to use drama therapy in working with social justice and peacebuilding issues.
  • Explain the steps involved in personal and collective apology and repair
  • Utilize beginning psychodramatic and drama therapy techniques with individuals and groups in service of healing generational trauma
  • Demonstrate how to uncover historical wounding in individuals and groups, develop a hypothesis about the collective trauma and empower the client to transform their traumatic inheritance by creating a new narrative
  • Analyze and discuss the terms social change, peacebuilding & conflict transformation
  • Assess the psychosocial consequences of political denial or minimization of collective and historical traumas like the Holocaust, Slavery and the Genocide of Armenians and Native Americans in individuals and groups who carry these legacies
  • Discuss epistemological similarities and differences between collective and transgenerational trauma theories
  • Describe the psychobiological components of historical trauma by explaining the basics of Epigenetics
  • Discuss and compare the differences and similarities in the approaches to healing historical trauma outlined by Eduardo Duran Healing the Soul Wound of Native Americans, Joy DeGruy’s Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Armand Volkas’s Healing the Wounds of History model
  • Explain Yael Danieli’s Yael theory of differing responses to transgenerational trauma through the observation of adaptational styles in families from traumatized cultures: victim, numb and fighter in trauma survivors children
  • List and explain the principles of Transactional Analysis and explain Eric Berne’s theory that dysfunctional behavior is the result of self-limiting decisions made in childhood in the interest of survival that culminate in life scripts


September 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

| $995


September 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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