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Principles of Drama Therapy: Healing through action with Armand Volkas

Conducted by Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

  • Are you a licensed psychotherapist, intern, MFT trainee, student, life coach or group facilitator?
  • Do you want to learn how to facilitate drama therapy processes with individuals, couples, families and groups?
  • Are you interested in enlivening and enriching your practice by crafting effective and creative interventions through action methods?

Drama therapy can be a powerful tool in working with high functioning adults as well as special populations such as emotionally disturbed children, prison inmates, people with eating disorders and those in psychiatric settings. Therapeutic theatre techniques can also be used to work with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, as well as exploring existential and spiritual questions.

For psychotherapists, MFT Trainees, Interns and students, life coaches,
social workers, teachers,  facilitators & social activists

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

Shy clinicians welcome!

This training will provide participants with an experience of being in a drama therapy group. A variety of drama therapy techniques will be utilized, including improvisation, acting techniques, psychodrama, Playback Theatre and other action methods.

The experiential portion of the training will focus on the application of drama therapy as a powerful tool in working with individuals, couples and groups. The didactic portion of the training will offer a theoretical basis and rationale for the use of drama therapy in multiple clinical situations.

This training fulfills the Principles of Drama Therapy requirement for The National Association for Drama Therapy Alternate Training Program. Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

CE Credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program.

  • American Psychological Association: The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions about these CE accreditations, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at ce@spiritualcompetency.com.

9:30 am to 12:30 pm
February 9 to May 18, 2018

A 45-Hour Training

The Living Arts Counseling Center
1265 65th Street
Emeryville, CA  94608

$900 for full series
Payment plans available
Must commit to entire series

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For more information contact:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
510.595.5500, ext. 11


armand-photo-150x188About the Facilitator: Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Oakland, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. Drama Therapy uses acting improvisation and Psychodrama as therapeutic tools. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The National Association for Drama Therapy. In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and expressive arts therapies for social change, intercultural conflict resolution, reconciliation and intercultural communication.

Armand Volkas directs Healing the Wounds of History, a therapeutic approach in which theatre techniques are used to work with groups of participants from two cultures with a common legacy of violent conflict and historical trauma. Healing the Wounds of History has received international recognition for its work in bringing groups in conflict together: Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans; Armenians and Turks; African-Americans and European-Americans, to name a few.

He is also Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. Playback Theatre transforms personal stories told by audience members into theatre pieces on the spot using movement, ritual, music and spoken improvisation. Sometimes a story becomes myth, sometimes a realistic enactment: some stories are tragic; others are funny or illuminating. The ensemble is in now in its 30th year of existence. At the heart of Armand’s work is a profound respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures.


February 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Weekly on the same day until May 18, 2018
| $900


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Armand Volkas
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11

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Session Dates & Times
Fridays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, February 9 to May 18


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