Theatre as a Therapeutic Act: Transform Your Life through Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance
A 15-Week Group & Individual
Drama Therapy Process – Live Online
Armand Volkas, LMFT, RDT/BCT & Ornela Kapetani, MA, RDT
• Uncover your life script–the unconscious patterns that shape your personal narrative in both positive and negative ways
• Explore and embody new life-affirming narratives
• Create a solo theatre piece as a therapeutic act in a 15-week “rite of passage” process
• Perform your story to an invited group of reparative and trustworthy witnesses
Use theatre to recreate your life as a living, breathing work of art!
September 12 – December 12, 2022
9am – 12pm PST
Performances take place between December 5-11, 2022
Live Online via Zoom
Additional individual drama therapy sessions
TBA with your drama therapist/director
$150 per 90-min session
(Payment plans available)
No previous theatre experience required
Shy people are welcome!
WHAT IS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL THERAPEUTIC PERFORMANCE?
Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance (ATP) is an innovative short-term therapy approach that supports participants in identifying and transforming self-defeating “life scripts” through drama therapy processes. Life scripts are unconscious patterns that organize and shape personal narratives and identities in both positive and negative ways. ATP incorporates acting, improvisation, drama therapy, psychodrama, movement and Playback Theatre techniques. The theoretical underpinnings of ATP are informed by Transactional Analysis, Jungian Archetypal Psychology, Humanistic and Person-Centered approaches, as well as attachment theory.
Participants will explore formative moments in their lives and identify self-limiting beliefs transmitted by family, society and personal traumas. Group and individual therapy sessions will include an inner journey through memories, images and emotions. Through the creation of your ATP you will begin to rehearse and embody new life-affirming narratives. The journey will culminate in a “rite of passage” performance presented to a group of your invited reparative and trustworthy witnesses.
In the creation of your ATP you will:
• Take courageous emotional risks in a safe and supportive environment
• Embark on, what Joseph Campbell called, “The Hero’s Journey” moving through the phases of a transformative therapeutic process
• Begin to embody a new life-affirming narrative
ATP is Performance as a Therapeutic Act!
Is the ATP process for me?
ATP is for anyone interested in exploring their life through theatre, metaphor, embodiment and myth and for those wanting to transform their lives through the dramatic arts such as psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, social workers, wellness and life coaches, human service professionals, educators and teachers, community leaders, spiritual guidance counselors, group facilitators, actors, theatre workers and activists.
What does the Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance involve?
• 15 three-hour drama therapy group sessions
• A small cohort of supportive witnesses accompanying you on your creative and therapeutic journey
• 10 individual 90 minute drama therapy sessions are recommended with your drama therapist/director
• You will be matched with your drama therapist/director after the initial group session
• Individual sessions to be arranged based on your schedule
• Technical and creative design support for your theatre piece
Want to learn more about the process? Read Armand Volkas’s chapter on Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance from The Self in Performance
FOR REGISTERED DRAMA THERAPISTS WHO ARE ON THE ALTERNATE TRAINING TRACK
This course fulfills the core drama therapy 3 unit (45 hour) educational requirement for Advanced Elective in Drama Therapy in the Alternative Training Program with the North American Drama Therapy Association when combined with additional required coursework. An additional $50 administrative fee will be added to your course fees due. See below for an outline of course learning objectives. Contact Armand Volkas for more information.
SECTION BELOW IS INFORMATION
FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
• 36 Continuing Education (CE) Credits are available for Psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs and LCSWs for an additional $75 fee.
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 their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.
• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Center for the Living Arts at (510) 595-5500, Ext 11, [email protected].
For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at [email protected]
DRAMA THERAPY TECHNIQUES & TRAINING IN ACTION
• For therapists, this experience of being in a drama therapy group will provide a first-hand experiential foundation from which to draw when applying the teachings in their clinical work with clients.
• A variety of drama therapy techniques will be taught, demonstrated, and utilized, including improvisation, acting techniques, psychodrama, Playback Theatre and other action methods.
• The techniques taught can be used as action methods with groups, families, couples, and individuals.
• Therapists will have the opportunity to practice and explore drama therapy processes and techniques in a safe and supportive environment in the service of creating therapeutic theatre.
• In the process of developing therapeutic theatre pieces, therapists will observe, experience, practice and experiment with psychodramatic techniques such as the empty chair, role training, doubling, mirroring, and role reversal.
• In the group process of creating therapeutic theatre, therapists will have the opportunity to observe the role of director, and experiment with the roles of auxiliary, protagonist, and group member.
• Therapists will participate in activities and interactive experiences based on theatre techniques that will develop the qualities of spontaneity and creativity in themselves and in their clients.
CONTINUING EDUCATION LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…
• Compare the terms “under-distanced”, “over-distanced” and “aesthetic distance” in drama therapy and autobiographical therapeutic performance
• Apply the elements of Playback Theatre in developing autobiographical therapeutic theatre
• Describe how autobiographical therapeutic performance can be an effective form of short-term therapy
• Apply the “Map of Messages” technique to uncover positive and negative spoken and unspoken messages inherited from ancestors, culture and social institutions
• Apply David Read Johnson’s Developmental Transformations approach to developing autobiographical therapeutic performance pieces
• Design and describe a drama therapy progression of exercises and techniques with an autobiographical therapeutic performance group
• Apply the 5 phases of Emunah’s drama therapy model in autobiographical therapeutic performance group facilitation
• Utilize psychodramatic sharing during the post-enactment phase of a psychodrama helping the protagonist and group members integrate feelings stirred up during the drama
• Apply the psychodramatic technique of “role reversal” in developing empathy during the autobiographical therapeutic performance process
• Describe the use of “the double” in working with a client’s autobiographical therapeutic performance piece
• Analyze the “warm-up” or readiness of a group to move into action methods in preparation for deepening the creative and therapeutic process
• Demonstrate the concept of “hero’s journey” as applied in the the autobiographical therapeutic performance process
• Demonstrate the concept of “rite of passage” as applied in the autobiographical therapeutic performance process
• Compare self-indulgence versus therapeutic transformation in autobiographical therapeutic performance
• Discuss “repetition compulsion” in “life scripts” and the role of “re-decision” in therapeutic performance
• Discuss the roles and dynamics among “perpetrator” “victim” “rescuer” and “bystander” in unconscious trauma processes
• Explain how role-playing and role-taking through rehearsal for life practices and performance bring about therapeutic results
• Describe how the role of exposure in front of “reparative witnesses” facilitates healing from trauma
• Describe how the pressure of the impending performance date influences and creates an opportunity for therapeutic change
• Explain the metaphor of how “symbolically marrying oneself” illuminates the transformative nature of autobiographical therapeutic performance
• List three Transactional Analysis tools used and applied in autobiographical therapeutic performance
• Explain the importance of establishing “the therapeutic contract” and using it as a compass in the development of autobiographical therapeutic performance pieces
• Describe the “use of self” in the roles of psychotherapist/drama therapist/theatre director in autobiographical therapeutic performance process
• Explain how uncovering and transforming dysfunctional “life scripts” can help a client develop a new life-affirming narrative
• Discuss how autobiographical therapeutic performance can be understood as a journey of re-decision
• Compare Self-Revelatory Performance and autobiographical therapeutic performance
• Describe the importance of post-performance integration after the risk-taking of any therapeutic theatre performance
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
510.595.5500, ext. 11
Ornela Kapetani, MA, RDT