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Performance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self­-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama Therapy

Armand Volkas is co-facilitating a workshop with Jennifer Stuckert ­Knapp at the Expressive Therapies Summit in Los Angeles on
Friday, March 31st, 10 am to 5:15 pm

Performance as a Therapeutic Act:
Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama Therapy

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFT


Autobiographical therapeutic performance is an innovative and vibrant short-term therapy approach that supports participants in identifying and transforming dysfunctional “life scripts” through drama therapy processes. Life scripts are unconscious life plans that organize and shape personal narratives and identities in both positive and negative ways. In this 6-hour master class, participants will learn experiential methods to explore formative experiences and identify self-limiting beliefs transmitted by family, society, and personal traumas. Through a guided creative journey, participants will begin to embody new life-affirming narratives. This process will incorporate acting, improvisation, drama therapy, psychodrama, and Playback Theatre techniques. The theoretical underpinnings will be informed by Transactional Analysis, attachment theory, and role theory. The session will culminate in brief individual enactments or rituals that participants will develop over the course of the day in a safe environment. These drama therapy approaches can be utilized with high-functioning adults and a variety of special populations, such as at-risk youth and alcoholics in recovery. Open to counselors, coaches, and psychotherapists, as well as interested others.  Shy people are welcome, and no previous theatre experience is necessary!

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

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March 31


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