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Healing Generational Trauma from the Collective to the Individual

Action Methods in Transforming Generational, Ancestral and Historical Trauma
Image by © Jenny Badger Sultan

Image by © Jenny Badger Sultan

A Three-Day Training and Personal Growth Intensive

A Collaboration with
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT and Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP


March 3, 4, 5, 2017
9.30 AM-5.30 PM

The Living Arts Counseling Center

1265 65th Street
Emeryville, California


Please join us for an exciting opportunity to both learn and grow
with people in a like-minded community.


Workshop Description:
This workshop is a unique opportunity to work with two international experts on trauma, each bringing their own action methods for containment, exploration and resolution of trauma, from the collective, generational and historical to the individual level.

Therapeutic Approaches
Armand Volkas brings his international experience and innovative Healing the Wounds of History approach to working with intercultural conflict transformation, collective trauma and peace building. Kate Hudgins brings a solid clinical underpinning to her work with trauma using her system of the Therapeutic Spiral Model.  Together, they will help participants explore the impact of trans-generational trauma on their identities amidst a world influenced by culture, language, gender, and unconscious collective messages that affect them in their work and individual daily lives.

Uncovering the Narrative
Healing historical, ancestral and collective trauma that you may be carrying involves an uncovering of the dysfunctional narrative or “life script” that you may be living as a member of the collective beyond your conscious awareness. Hurtful or demeaning spoken and unspoken messages handed down from your culture or ancestors about life, love and your self-worth can impact your self-esteem and your very identity.

Personal Traumas
Mixed in with the collective experience are our personal traumas, which can seem to confirm dysfunctional beliefs about ourselves inherited from ancestors or their perpetrators. In our work together, personal and collective traumas will rise up from our deep explorations and ancestral investigations. We will then apply the Therapeutic Spiral Model to address them.

Healing Through Action
Action methods used will include clinically modified psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, drama therapy and expressive arts therapy. Personal and professional growth is built into the workshop through self-exploration in a safe and contained environment.

Objectives for this workshop include:

  • Identifying one’s own unconscious stories carried from trans-generational trauma
  • Learning action methods to safely explore these patterns through Playback Theatre, sociodrama, drama therapy and individual psychodrama
  • Personal growth through anchoring into positive ancestral roots that can guide the participant today.

This course can count toward the personal growth requirement in the TSI International Program in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model and national certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. CEUs are also available for Marriage, Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Registered Drama Therapists for an additional fee. In addition, this course can also count towards fulfilling the requirements for certification in the Healing the Wounds of History approach as well as becoming a Registered Drama Therapist through North American Drama Therapy Association.

For more information and registration please contact:
Armand Volkas at (510) 595-5500, Ext 11


About the Facilitators:

Kate HudginsKate HudginsPh.D., TEP is an American Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy with a Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology.  She is the developer of the Therapeutic Spiral Model to treat trauma safely with clinically modified psychodrama that draws on the latest research in neurobiology and attachment theory.   She is an internationally known expert on PTSD at both the individual and collective levels having worked in over 25 countries in the past 20 years.  

Kate creates Healing Action Teams around the world and several have focused on conflict resolution in Northern Ireland, Israel, Palestine, South Africa and Turkey.  Additionally, she has brought the Therapeutic Spiral Model to the Western world in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand,  Portugal and the USA.  In Asia, she was invited to Korea in 1998 and has also worked in Japan and Malaysia.  She currently is an Adjunct Faculty member at Hua Qiao University in Xiamen, China where she has a long-term relationship building their mental health center for the past decade. 

Kate is the Director of Training at Therapeutic Spiral International and runs the International Certification Program in Trauma Therapy, which has certified over 1000 people around the world at one of four levels as Trained Auxiliary Egos, Assistant Leaders, Team Leader and TSM Trainer over the past 20+ years. Kate currently runs certification training programs in Charlottesville, VA, San Francisco, CA, and NYC in the USA, as well as in both Taiwan and Mainland China.  She will be starting a training group in Malaysia in 2016.

Kate is the recipient of the Innovators Award (2001) and the Scholar’s Award (2009) from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. She has published 4 books and 30 peer reviewed articles and chapters on using experiential methods with trauma. www.drkatehudgins.com


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.


March 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am - March 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

| $600


March 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am
March 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
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Armand Volkas
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11


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