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Principles of Drama Therapy: Healing Through Action w/Armand Volkas – Live Online

The Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute presents
Principles of Drama Therapy

Healing Through Action – Live Online

Facilitated by
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

  • Are you a licensed psychotherapist, MFT Trainee or Associate, social worker, student, life coach, teacher, trainer or group facilitator?
  • Do you want to learn how to facilitate drama therapy processes with individuals, couples, families and groups?
  • Are you interested in enlivening and enriching your practice by crafting effective and creative interventions through action methods?

Shy clinicians welcome!
No previous drama or theatre experience required

Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone)
September 10 – December 17, 2021
14 weekly sessions (No Meeting November 26)

Online Zoom Platform
Link will be sent after registration

$995 for 42-hour Training

Payment plans available.
Must commit to entire series.

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 the educational requirement for Principles of Drama Therapy in 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.

Workshop Description

Drama therapy can be a powerful tool in working with high functioning adults as well as special populations such as emotionally disturbed children, prison inmates, people with eating disorders and those in psychiatric settings. Therapeutic theatre techniques can also be used to work with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, as well as exploring existential and spiritual questions. This training will provide participants with an experience of being in a drama therapy group. A variety of drama therapy techniques will be utilized, including improvisation, acting techniques, psychodrama, Playback Theatre and other action methods.

The experiential portion of the training will focus on the application of drama therapy as a powerful tool in working with individuals, couples and groups. The didactic portion of the training will offer a theoretical basis and rationale for the use of drama therapy in multiple clinical situations.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Upon completion of this course, healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to their clients.

For more information contact:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
510.595.5500, ext. 11 


armand-photo-150x188Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Berkeley, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. Drama Therapy uses acting improvisation and Psychodrama as therapeutic tools. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Drama Therapy Association. In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and expressive arts therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation, reconciliation and intercultural communication.

Armand Volkas directs Healing the Wounds of History, a therapeutic approach in which theatre techniques are used to work with groups of participants from two cultures with a common legacy of violent conflict and historical trauma. Healing the Wounds of History has received international recognition for its work in bringing groups in conflict together: Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans; Armenians and Turks; African-Americans and European-Americans, to name a few.

He is also Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. Playback Theatre transforms personal stories told by audience members into theatre pieces on the spot using movement, ritual, music and spoken improvisation. Sometimes a story becomes myth, sometimes a realistic enactment: some stories are tragic; others are funny or illuminating. The ensemble is in now in its 30th year of existence. At the heart of Armand’s work is a profound respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures., (510) 595-5500, Extension 11

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 admin fee is required
  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact:
  • For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at

CE Learning Objectives:

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

  • Apply the 5 phases of Emunah’s drama therapy model
  • Explain Robert Landy’s Role Theory and Method
  • Discuss David Read Johnson’s developmental transformations approach and its application to working with trauma
  • Describe the terms “under-distanced”, “over-distanced” and “aesthetic distance” in drama therapy
  • List the 4 primary elements of a psychodrama
  • Describe the 3 phases of a psychodrama process
  • Describe the difference between psychodrama and drama therapy
  • Discuss the difference between sociodrama and psychodrama
  • Explain sociometry
  • Explain Jacob Moreno’s psychodramatic concept of “tele” versus “transference”
  • Utilize doubling in working with individuals, couples and groups
  • Apply the technique of “role reversal” in clinical practice
  • Describe the psychodramatic technique of “mirroring”
  • Design and describe a drama therapy progression of exercises and techniques with a group
  • Analyze the “warm-up” or readiness of a group to move into action methods
  • Apply a foundational understanding of drama therapy theory and practice to the development of a treatment plan for a selected clinical population
  • Describe how drama therapy integrates and applies theoretical constructs from the realms of theatre, drama, clinical psychology, and sociology to clinical practice with different populations
  • Describe specific drama therapy interventions appropriate for different children
  • Utilize the elements of Playback Theatre as a frame for healing
  • Demonstrate a basic group Sociodrama exploring a theme or social role
  • Describe how autobiographical therapeutic performance can be an effective form of short term therapy
  • Explain the therapeutic rationale of the Healing the Wounds of History drama therapy approach in working with generational , collective, ancestral and historical trauma
  • Apply the “Map of Messages” technique to uncover positive and negative spoken and unspoken messages inherited from ancestors, culture and social institutions through psychodramatic sculpting
  • Utilize psychodramatic sharing during the post enactment phase of a psychodrama helping the protagonist and group members integrate feelings stirred up during the drama
For more information contact:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
510.595.5500, ext. 11 


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