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Healing the Wounds of History: Level 2 & 3 (Intermediate & Advanced)

Healing Generational Trauma, Conflict Transformation
& Peace Building through Drama Therapy

A 13-Week Experiential Training – Live Online

Facilitated by
Armand Volkas, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Nermin Soyalp, PhD

For Psychotherapists, Drama and Expressive Arts Therapists, Social Workers,
Interns, Trainees, Coaches, Peacebuilders, Social Entrepreneurs, and Activists

Previous Healing the Wounds of History training and
interview required

February 16 – May 11, 2022
Wednesday Mornings
9am – 12pm PST
One-Day Intensive: Saturday, April 16th, 2022

Live Online via Zoom

(Payment plans, work/trade and limited discount scholarships available)
Contact us directly if you need additional financial support



Continue training in the Healing the Wounds of History approach to intercultural conflict transformation and healing historical trauma through Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Playback Theatre, and Transactional Analysis
Form practice groups (training labs) to develop and deepen skills in action methods

One-day intercultural conflict transformation workshop with polarized groups such as Palestinans and Israelis, Turks and Kurds, Turks and Armenians
Propose, design, and facilitate an HWH encounter with supervision by Armand and Nermin

Case presentations describing what occurred in your HWH workshops


Relevant reading and video materials will be shared with the training participants in an online environment.


In this course, participants will continue learning the unique approach to intercultural conflict transformation and healing collective trauma using techniques drawn from drama therapy, expressive arts therapy, Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Playback Theatre.

Through experiential exercises integrated with didactic explanations of the HWH model, the facilitators will guide participants through an embodied exploration of the following questions:

• How do cultures emotionally integrate a legacy of perpetration or victimization?
• How do we prevent the rage, guilt and shame of one generation from haunting a people for generations to come?

Drama Therapy and the expressive arts can provide a bridge between personal and collective experience, help people digest complex feelings, heal deep wounds and put ghosts of history to rest.

Training labs will be formed for participants to practice the tools they have learned and receive feedback from facilitators and their peers in a supportive environment.

The Healing the Wounds of History Level II and III training will culminate with participants assisting in a one-day intensive workshop on Saturday, April 16th. We will work with two groups or cultures who share a legacy of generational and historical trauma, where the tools participants have learned will be applied and integrated (e.g. Turks & Armenians on the legacy of Armenian Genocide, Chinese & Japanese on the legacy of Japanese militarism and atrocities, or Palestinians and Israelis). Choices to be proposed, discussed, and agreed upon by the training group.

Trainees will propose, design, promote and facilitate their own HWH encounter with outside participants that they will recruit under the supervision of Armand Volkas and Nermin Soyalp.

The last two sessions of the training, participants will make case presentations describing what occurred in their workshops. Looking forward, we will integrate the learning from the HWH training, and close with exploring possible next steps in applying the tools learned in facilitating conflict transformation and healing historical trauma.



This course fulfills the core drama therapy 3 unit (45 hour) educational requirements for Drama Therapy with Specific Populations or Advanced Elective in Drama Therapy for 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 the total course fee due. Contact Nermin Soyalp and Armand Volkas for more information.

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
[email protected]
510.595.5500, ext. 11

Nermin Soyalp, PhD
[email protected]
510.595.5500, ext. 16



Feb 16 2022


Pacific Standard Time (PST)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Healing the Wounds of History,
Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute


Zoom Online Class
Armand Volkas, LMFT, RDT/BCT


Armand Volkas, LMFT, RDT/BCT
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11
[email protected]

Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist, drama therapist and theatre director. He is Clinical Director of The Living Arts Counseling Center and Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Drama Therapy Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. Armand is also Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and founder of Healing the Wounds of History. Armand was born in France and immigrated to The United States as a child. He is the son of resistance fighters and survivors of Auschwitz. He was moved by his personal struggle with this legacy of historical trauma to address the issues that arose from it: issues around identity, victimization and perpetration, meaning and grief.


Nermin Soyalp, PhD
Nermin Soyalp, PhD
(510) 595-5500, Ext 16
[email protected]

Nermin Soyalp 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 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.

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