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Healing Generational Trauma, Conflict Transformation & Peace Building through Drama Therapy–An 11 Week Training

Healing the Wounds of History


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


A 11-Week Experiential Training

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

11 Wednesdays + Two Full-Day Intensives

with Online Learning Environment

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
(From September 6 to November 15, 2017

One all-day Saturday Intensive, September 16th &
One all-day Sunday workshop, November 12th
9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Culminating Sunday Workshop on November 12th with group carrying generational trauma: The training participants will assist in supporting a conflict transformation process with a group carrying generational trauma or with two polarized groups in conflict e.g. Palestinians & Israelis,  Turks & Armenians, Chinese & Japanese.

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

Facilitated by

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Nermin Soyalp, MAOP, Ph.D.c

 45 Hour Training

Fee: $900

Payment Plans and Limited “Discount” Scholarships Available


36 CE Credits for Psychologists, MFTs LCSWs and Nurses are available
for an additional fee

See below for more details  about the training and
Continuing Education Credits


The Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street
Emeryville, CA

For more Information and Registration Contact Nermin Soyalp

(510) 595-5500, Ext 16



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 28th 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 Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia 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.


Nermin Soyalp, MA, PhD Candidate, 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 and one of the co-creators of the Healing the Wounds of History certificate program. 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 participant-centered experiential training in both for profit and non-profit organizations as a senior HR 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 running her consulting practice in Oakland, CA, Nermin is Administrative Director of the Healing the Wounds of History Institute and working on her PhD dissertation at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her thesis is about historical traumas and healing between Armenian, Kurdish, and Turkish ethnicities.

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.

This 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.

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 Sunday, November 12, 2017, 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.

More Information about 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.

This training can apply to The North American  Drama Therapy Association Alternate Training Program and The Healing the Wounds of History Certificate Program.


For information and registration contact Nermin Soyalp:

Phone: (510) 595-5500, Ext 16

Email: nermin@healingthewoundsofhistory.org

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 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.

For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.


October 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until November 15, 2017
| $900


October 11, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Category:


Nermin Soyalp
(510) 595-5500, Ext.16


Living Arts Counseling Center-Emeryville
1265 65th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608 United States
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