The Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute and
Healing the Wounds of History present
Healing the Wounds of Patriarchy:
A 9-Week Drama Therapy Group for Men
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT &
Melvin Escobar, LCSW, RYT
Patriarchy is a social system based on male dominance. It is a hierarchy that elevates some men over other men, and all men over women. These traumas not only shape our ways of being in the world, but perpetuate themselves across generations, and disconnect us from our full humanity. In this 9-week therapy group, we will use embodied action methods including drama therapy, psychodrama and theatre improvisation to heal the personal and collective traumas engendered by patriarchy.
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.
Themes to be explored:
- “My Father’s Son” – Addressing our father wounds
- “Momma’s Boy” – Exploring traits that are coded “feminine”
- “Walk like a man, talk like a man…” – Body shame
- “Grow up and be a man” – Developmental milestones
- “No Homo!” – Sexual orientation
- “15 minutes of Shame” – Pornography
- “I Love You Man” – Male friendships
- “Healed Masculinity?” – Is it possible?
Open to male-identified participants.
No previous drama or theatre experience required.
9 Weekly Group Sessions
Mondays, 4:00 – 7:00 pm PST
October 11 – December 6, 2021
Online Zoom Platform
Link will be sent after registration
Payment Plans Available
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT is a psychotherapist, drama therapist and theatre director. He is Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, Associate Professor in the Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy Programs at CIIS, Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and founder of Healing the Wounds of History, an approach that uses the power of drama and expressive arts therapy to heal generational, historical and collective trauma. Volkas is the son of Auschwitz survivors and resistance fighters from World War II. He was moved by his personal struggle with this legacy to address the issues that arose from it: identity, victimization and perpetration, meaning and grief. Healing the Wounds of History helps participants work through the burden of such legacies by transforming their pain into constructive action. At the heart of Armand’s work is a respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org | (510) 595-5500, Extension 11
Melvin Escobar, LCSW, RYT is a psychotherapist and a teacher of Buddhism and Yoga. For more than 25 years he has devoted himself to serving marginalized communities drawing on his own life experiences as a queer cisgender man of color from a working-class background. Melvin incorporates drama therapy into his practice to help empower people to claim agency over their own stories, find their voice and befriend their bodies in order to achieve genuine healing. He continues daily to learn the revolutionary potential of body-centered practices for personal and social transformation, and is driven by the desire to make wisdom teachings accessible in culturally relevant ways.
CONTACT: MelvinEscobarLCSW@gmail.com | (510) 788-0783