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A Four-Day Workshop


  • Reignite the creative spark which inspires your personal and professional growth
  • Discover bold, new approaches to individual and social change
  • Replenish your spirit with deep, inspired play and transformative learning


This workshop/training is for:

Drama Therapists * Expressive Arts Therapists * Psychodramatists * Psychotherapists * Social Workers * Life Coaches * Theatre Workers * Social Activists * Directors * Actors & Actresses * Group Facilitators * Teachers * MFT Trainees & Interns * Artists


 August 1 - 4, 2013

Facilitated by


Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT & Susana Pendzik, RDT, Ph.D.


Thursday, August 1: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, August 2: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 3: 9:30 am - 9:30 pm

Sunday, August 4: 9:30 am - 1 pm

Foundation of the Sacred Stream 
2149 Byron Street 
Berkeley, California

Fee: $500

(Limited Additional “Discount” Scholarships Available)

CEUs for MFTs and LCSWs available



(510) 595-5500, Ext 11 |


The Workshop: Four Days of Deep Explorations

The facilitators return to the spirit of the experimental theatre movement of the 1960s and 1970s by challenging traditional therapeutic and theatrical roles (e.g., therapist, client, protagonist, director, teller, performer, and audience). Participants can  revitalize their professional tool kits through deep explorations of various theatrical and therapeutic processes.


The Techniques to be Explored

  • Dramatic Resonances: an advanced Drama Therapy form based on the creative responses of participants, who collaborate to deconstruct an original narrative by creating a series of aesthetic pulses that generate multiple interpretations of it.
  • Deconstructing Dreams and Stories Model: a working tool conceptualized in the form of a web, which invites subjective and associative thinking as a means to deconstruct dreams and stories into its implicit components.
  • Creative Ritual: an approach that incorporates the universal wisdom of ancient & modern cultures for patterning psychic processes using ritual forms, in a way that helps to structure and integrate difficult & complex aspects of life.
  • Sound and Movement Transformations: in the tradition of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre, archetypal images are revealed in rhythmic trance-like states.
  • Scene/Transformation/Scene: Images and relationships are explored collaboratively through sound and movement that dissolve into scenes and then back into sound and movement.
  • Personal Story Narration: Using the story theatre form, individuals embody and narrate stories from their lives.
  • Spontaneous Self-Revelatory Performance: Individuals improvise personal stories and experiences while the group/ensemble supports the story through embodied empathy, accepting offers and creating mood and environment.
  • Improvised Waking Dream Narration: A participant improvises a dream narrative. The narration and images reveal themselves to her/him and their meaning is explored in a group context.
  • Sociodramatic Transformations: The group explores a common issue or social role while free-associating on a theme.
  • Image Theatre and Forum Theatre: Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques are used to explore such themes as power, oppression and liberation.
  • Psychodramatic Transformations: Psychodramatic structures are interwoven with the transformations technique.
  • Affective Memory, Sense Memory and Authenticity: Stanislavski’s Method is adapted and used to help participants identify and express their authentic selves.
  • Rehearsing & Mastering the Nurturing Parent and Inner Child Roles: Rehearsing the inner child and parent roles to overcome negative self-talk and identify and express feelings and needs and encourage self-care.
  • Embodied Inner Critic Work: Drama Therapy is used to conquer and tame the nagging, judgmental or abusively self-critical and sabotaging inner voices that contribute to low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety through embodied role and counter-role exploration.

Facilitator Biographies

Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT is a master drama therapist and supervisor, honorary member of the Swiss Dramatherapy Association and lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Drama Therapy Program at Tel-Hai Academic College (Israel), and at the Dramatherapy Institute of Switzerland.

Born in Argentina, Susana has lived in Mexico, and the U.S, and conducts workshops worldwide. She is a poet, a theatre director, and a dedicated researcher of creative ritual, cultural identity, and shamanism for over 25 years. She is the author of many articles on drama therapy, a book for using action techniques with abused women, and co-editor of the recently published volume: Assessment in Drama Therapy (2011)


Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, MFT, RDT/BCT, a drama therapist since 1975, is a director, actor, and psychotherapist. He is a Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American 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 and Sofia University. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and expressive arts therapies for social change, intercultural conflict transformation and peace building. Contact: (510) 595-5500 x11 | |

The International Institute of Applied and Therapeutic Theatre is a collaborative project developed by psychotherapists and drama therapists Armand Volkas and Susana Pendzik, with the aim of promoting the exchange of ideas, traditions, and methods, related to the application of theatre in the social domain. The Institute cultivates the use of theatre as a means to improve collective understanding and communication, manage intercultural conflict and divergence, achieve therapeutic transformation of groups and individuals, and further personal growth and wellbeing.

Theatre and drama have served social functions since ancient times – as we know from studies on ritual, shamanism, and play. Modern society has rediscovered and reinstated the transformative and integrative aspects of theatre, which are currently expanding in diverse cultural contexts worldwide. The growing recognition of the healing power of theatre is evidenced by its increasing application in a wide range of contexts, from the use of drama with post-traumatic syndromes to medical clowning in disaster-ravaged populations.

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