Day 4  – Sunday 31st August 2014

Action and Neuroscience Day



Presenters Biography

Plenary09.00-10.00 Affecting Neuroscience, Memory Reconsolidation and Action Methods. Göran Högberg is a working child psychiatrist and researcher. He uses psychodramatic approaches with children and families. At previous IAGP conferences he has presented psychodrama and Chassidism, hypnodrama, transgenerational drama, and supervision. Goran has trained mental health professionals in Scandinavia, Russia and many other countries. He lives and practices in Sweden.

10.00-10.30 Coffee and Tea

E1:Workshop10.45-12.45  How to use ‘brain friendly’ techniques when working with trauma. This workshop will explore the concept of ‘brain friendly’ ways of working with clients experiencing the effects of trauma. According to Hare & Reynolds, we have three brains. One part is cognitive, the inner brain is emotional and the third part responds to physical or active learning. This workshop introduces the value of installing important internal resources for traumatised clients through engaging the three parts of the brain. Drawings and symbols will be used alongside action methods for integration into clinical practice. Symbols and drawings offer a useful, practical way of enabling clients to create a sense of preparedness prior to working through issues of trauma on a deeper level. Participants will have the opportunity to practise some of the symbols and drawings, in order to integrate these with action methods. This is useful with clients in the clinical setting, but also for those working in supervision, education and training. Dr Maxine Daniels works with the criminal justice agencies. She is a National Trainer for the prison service for Sex Offender and Violent Offender Treatment Programmes.   She works as a Consultant and Supervisor to the Priory Group and Partnerships in Care hospitals and Broadmoor Hospital, and she runs a psychodrama group in Grendon Therapeutic Community Prison. Maxine is a Senior Trainer with the London Centre of Psychodrama and she also lectures and delivers training in a variety of settings including the Metanoia Institute. She completed her Doctorate in 2011 in The Use of Role Play as a Therapeutic Tool in Clinical Practice – researching the effectiveness of victim empathy role-plays with sex offenders. Annei Soanes runs Psychodrama groups in a Therapeutic Community prison and a private Psychiatric Hospital. Her private practice includes individual and group supervision; psychotherapy and counselling for individuals and couples; training for organisations; and CPD workshops for other professionals. Currently she is in training as a Psychodrama trainer and is undertaking MSc research into the experience of Psychodrama Psychotherapists when working with clients manifesting symptoms of trauma.
E2:Workshop10.45-12.45   Dramatherapy and Schizophrenia. Theatre, and its relation with therapy for people with mental disorders, has a long history. Dramatherapy is a form of treatment that encourages spontaneity and creativity. It promotes emotional expression, but does not necessarily require the participant to have insight into their condition or psychological mind-set.  Dramatherapy is one of the creative therapies valuable as an adjunctive treatment for people with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like illnesses.  Randomised studies have been conducted in this area, comparing  standard care and other psychosocial interventions to dramatherapy. Further studies are needed to clarify specific implications, benefits, advantages or disadvantages using dramatherapy in the treatment of schizophrenia. Group therapy, combined with drugs, produces somewhat better results than drug treatment alone. Best results are more likely to be obtained when group therapy focuses on real-life plans, problems, and relationships; on social and work roles and interaction; on cooperation with drug therapy and discussion of its side effects; and on  practical recreational or work activity. This kind of supportive group therapy is especially helpful in decreasing social isolation and increasing reality testing (Long, 1996). This workshop explores the use of drama, theatre and group intervention in the challenging area of working with ‘people who hear voices’. The main features and guidelines for good practice are presented. Dramatherapy offers a collaborative, constructive, non-hierarchical and non-discriminatory approach. The experience of role taking, performance and creativity allows enactment and/or rehearsal , opening up a space for participants to live their dreams and fears, to encounter them and each other and to be. Margarida Pedroso de Lima is Associate Professor of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, and a psychotherapist with training in Group Therapy and psychodrama (Sociedade Espanhola de Psicoterapia Dinâmica em colaboração com o Instituto Espanõl de Psicoterapia y Psicodrama Psicoanalítico) and Gestalt Therapy (Sociedade Luso-Espanhola de Psicoterapia Gestalt). She has focused on the study, research and clinical and pycho-educative intervention in domains related to personality, group phenomena, personal development and interpersonal relationships in adults of all ages. She has also trained in body work, mindfulness and theatre. She is the author of several books about successful ageing including ‘Posso Participar?’, ‘Posso Ser?’ and ‘Envelhecimentos’.Manuel Ortega Caballero, PhD, is Professor of Psychopedagogy at the Educational Sciences School of the University of Granada, specialising in work on physical activity and corporal expression with highly qualified students. He is director of the Innovation and Learning Section, UNESCO, and member of the HUM-580 research group into Emerging Values, Social Education, Educative Politics. He runs training to help improve the quality of life of older people by body work and physical activity. He is author of several books related to body work, educational sciences and health including ‘Análisis intercultural de la expresión corporal’, ‘La educación nos hace libres’, and ‘Programa de intervención para la salud’.
E3:Workshop10.45-12.45  On Healing Trauma: PTSD, Creative Therapy and Changes in the Brain. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychiatric disorder, caused by mental trauma. PTSD involves changes in the brain. First, Ingvar Karlsson will talk about these changes and their relation to symptoms and treatment. Then, Christina Hagelthorn will present an approach to working therapeutically with creative methods, focusing on what is healthy in the patient and in his or her surroundings and giving some examples from her cases. After that, there will be a short demonstration of how to use these combined treatment strategies in daily work. Finally, there will be room for questions and discussion. Ingvar Karlsson Besides work in elderly psychiatry, Ingvar has worked with both post-traumatic stress and other stress disorders for 25 years.  After working, since 1980, with issues of malnutrition and brain development, I focused my work on elderly psychiatric patients with dementia, depression, delirium and on the professional nursing care of demented people. My scientific work includes 120 titles in international papers. I have been involved as primary advisor, co-advisor and  jury in doctoral theses related to dementia exploration and treatment, biological science related to dementia and nursing care. Besides clinical and scientific work, I have given lectures in different aspects of psychiatry for the elderly, in and outside Sweden. I was one of the founders of the Society of Elderly Psychiatry in Sweden and the first president of the society. I am currently vice president. 2013 I was one of the founders of the Swedish Association of Psychotrauma and am the vice president. I have been one of the organizers of 5 Swedish seminars about stress and the brain, which included the effects of post-traumatic stress. Christina Hagelthorn is an authorized Swedish psychotherapist. From the mid-1980’s she has worked in private practice in primary care, using an existential approach with individuals, couples and groups. In 2006, she founded a small center for traumatised refugees. She works as a director and psychotherapist. She is Chair of the newly formed Swedish Association for Psycho-trauma. She is a certified Director of psychodrama, trained by Zerka Moreno at the Moreno Academy in New York. The certification has been re-validated by the Instituto de Psiodrama “Jacob L. Moreno” in Buenos Aires. She is a registered trainer with the BPA. She has trained and worked in psychodrama for 20 years in Sweden, USA, Europe and Latin America. She is the author of articles on psychological and cultural subjects. These are published in journals and anthologies in Britain and Scandinavia. Two of her poetry books on care issues have also been published.
E4:Workshop10.45-12.45  Many Lives, Many Selves: Exploring Our Deep Memories. The personality is a multi-layered entity. In this experiential workshop we will uncover different elements that define the concepts of the ‘self’ and various dimensions of the ‘soul’. Creative dramatisations of our stories in surplus reality will help participants concretise deep memories. An integration of psychodrama with transpersonal approaches can enable further connection of soul and self, thus allowing for transformation of body memories and emotional challenges at many levels. Bilun Altunlu Armagan was born and raised in Istanbul, where she graduated from a French high school. She has her AA degree and BS degree in psychology from the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA. After gaining her certification of proficiency in psychological counselling in the USA, she started practising psychotherapy as a cotherapist in a social help institute for battered and abused women in Evansville. She is also qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Family Therapies, EMDR Trauma Therapy and Regression Therapies. She later graduated from the Zerka Moreno Institute of Psychodrama in Istanbul as a psychodramatist, and has been working in the field of personal development in her private practice for 15 years. She works with adult clients using mostly bipersonal and group psychodrama. She integrates psychodrama, past life regression and EMDR in her own way. She has presented similar workshops at ASGPP conferences and in WCRT4 (World Congress for Regression Therapy). She is a certified member of EARTH (European Association of Regression Therapies) and a member of IAGP, ASGPP and TPD (Turkish Psychologists Association).
E5:Workshop10.45-12.45  Bodily Symptoms as Metaphor: Using psychodrama in psychosomatic disease. The hypothesis: Psychodrama with psychosomatic patients is more effective than verbal therapies. Psychosomatic states are characterised by the lack of ability to symbolise, the lack of spontaneity, low emotional expressiveness and a low stress tolerance. Very often the patient is not aware of the connection between bodily symptoms and psychosocial and environmental factors. In their daily lives, the patients act within a reduced role repertoire, where the overdeveloped psychosomatic roles dominate. The rationale is that psychodrama is effective in creating clear emotional states, providing symbols for experiences of emotional significance and providing tools to integrate repressed memories of early, often pre-verbal traumatisation. New methods, a new approach and above all a new way of thinking about stress-related diseases are necessary. Health psychology, in particular the contribution of Professor Aaron Antonovsky, a medical social scientist, is very helpful in a better understanding of psychosomatic diseases. The workshop is experiential, giving an opportunity to explore and learn how to transform bodily symptoms into mental structures. These mental structures help people to understand why a psychosomatic problem exists. Judith Teszáry is a Psychodrama Therapist, TES (Trainer, Educator, Supervisor) in psychodrama, trained by Zerka Moreno, Moreno Institute, Beacon, New York. She is a senior trainer and supervisor in Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Poland, Turkey and other European countries. She has been working with psychosomatic patients within the frame of a research and treatment program at the National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health, Stress Research division, in Stockholm. She has been the chair of FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations) for six years, is a member of the Scientific Programme Committee of IAGP, and is Chair of the Swedish Psychodramatists Association. She is the founder of the Swedish Psychodrama Journal, and has been the editor for 26 years. She works in private practice and as a psychologist at Stockholm City Child Care Administration.
E6:Workshop10.45-12.45  The Masks We Wear: Using Images to Stimulate Imagination. Psychodrama is a powerful tool for integrating left-brain (intellectual) and right-brain (imaginal) functioning as well as for working with interpersonal issues. This experiential workshop uses images of Balinese and Javanese masks and statues as a warm-up to intra-psychic and inter-personal, psychodramatic work. Participants will:

  • experience psychodrama’s ability to both stimulate intra-psychic integration and provide role training for dealing with relational stress;
  • practise one-to-one, and group/family, action strategies;
  • witness the power of images to stimulate cognitive thought and articulation; and
  • explore the applications of working with images within a range of therapeutic modalities (eg Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, etc) as well as within other professional fields (eg education, business, law).
Mario Cossa MA, RDT/MT, TEP, is a drama therapist and psychodramatist who trained with Zerka Moreno in the USA. He has offered workshops, retreats, and trainings around the globe, including the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, North America, and Bali. He is recognised as a specialist in using action methods with adolescents, has published extensively, and is a certified trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Method™ for the safe use of psychodrama with survivors of trauma. Mario has been a regular presenter in the UK for several decades. Among others, he has offered classes at the Institute for Family Therapy, trainings for The Medical Foundation, and Taster Sessions for the London Psychodrama Network. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area of California (USA) and in Ubud, Bali (Indonesia).
E7:Workshop10.45-12.45  Nurturing Self-Esteem Among Young People:Lessons from the Flower 125 Health Programme. The Flower 125 Health Programme is a structured, non- prescriptive health promotion programme, delivered through interactive workshops using sociodrama and action-based methods. The work is underpinned by the philosophy that working with young people in a positive, supportive and safe environment can help to improve self-esteem and confidence. The programme itself has been developed over the last fifteen years, using the experiences and expertise of health and education professionals. It has developed  feedback from participant young people as well as peer facilitators of the programme. It is a core component of the Children and Young People’s Public Health offer and is being integrated into the Prevention and Early Intervention Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service in Sheffield. The approach of using a praise-and-reward model sets the Flower 125 Health Programme apart from other health promotion projects. Currently it is delivered in primary and secondary schools, inclusion centres, secure children’s centres, and voluntary sector agencies that work with young people across South Yorkshire. The programme has proven to be effective in raising self-esteem and in improving behaviour. In this workshop,  participants will experience the model in action, taking part in a mini-training session where they can explore the range of roles that young people take, exploring their health and well-being. There will be an opportunity to discuss practical application of aspects of the programme to participants’ own practice. Valerie Monti Holland works as a sociodramatist, social researcher, facilitator, business trainer, participatory designer, theatre director and coach. She is a proud sociodrama graduate of MPV/SAM and a coordinating member of the Sociodrama and Creative Action Network as well as being part of Sheffield Playback Theatre Company. Her consultancy, Left Luggage Creative Training and Facilitation, focuses on leadership and professional development and creative entrepreneurship. She is also a director of Dreamcatcher Well Being Ltd, a non-profit company that offers training for adults working with young people on health issues. Julie Roberts has worked with children and young people for over thirty years as a teacher of Biology and PSHE and a member of the Children and Young People’s Public Health team in Sheffield. She has a wide range of experience across many areas of health issues concerning young people. Julie is the manager of the Flower 125 Health Programme, a health promotion programme for young people. She trains people to deliver the programme in schools and other organisations across South Yorkshire and has co-written the resource pack to support the programme. Julie is a HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) trainer and is currently delivering the training to practitioners in Sheffield. She is also a director of Dreamcatcher Well Being Ltd, a non-profit company that offers training for adults working with young people on health issues.
E9:Workshop10.45-12.45  The Body Alchemy of Sociometry: Invoking the parasympathetic response for group cohesion. The process of body alchemy combines relational neuroscience with various somatic therapies that help to fine tune the nervous system and encourage a parasympathetic response in the body /mind of the group. By creating a biological entrainment with craniosacral therapy and mindfulness breathing, while attuning to the various biorhythms, a psychodrama director and/or group facilitator can positively influence the sociometry of group dynamics. Facilitators can effectively create an embodied sociometry and a stronger telic response that supportively builds greater cohesion and trust within a group. Embodied trust between group members enhances relationship the repair with self and others. In an environment that embraces a more relaxed nervous system, therapists create an enriched foundation for deeper psychological repair and healing. Body alchemy is the process of releasing the dross of emotional and physical wounding in the psychodramatic alchemical fires of transformation. It restores the body, mind and spirit within the individual and the community. Thus empowered, each person is strengthened with a greater sense of self, creativity and an integrated nervous system. They are better prepared for life’s challenges. This is an experiential training workshop. Rebecca M Ridge, PhD, TEP, Registered Psychologist (Australia), and Integrative BodyMind therapist. Teaching and training internationally, Rebecca has been integrating psychodrama with somatic therapies for the past 20 years. She brings a gentle heart and deep grounded knowing to her work. She practises in Australia and USA, and is the author of ‘The Body Alchemy of Psychodrama’.
E11:Workshop10.45-12.45  Music in psychodrama. Moreno created psychodrama to bring drama back as a creative tool for ordinary individuals. Likewise he proposed ‘psychomusic’ to be something different from an affair between professionals and more or less passive consumers. Spontaneous music existed early in the history of mankind. It has played an important role in communication, expressing feelings and in rituals throughout history. Nowadays we also know that music and rhythms activate extensive areas of the brain and have wide therapeutic potential uses in somatic medicine. In psychodrama , music can be used in many ways: to warm up, to give depth to bodily feelings and movements, to bring together the group in a shared feeling, and as a pathway to memory. One can use simple rhythm instruments or just the voice and the body. The music can be traditional or created in the moment. In this workshop we will investigate the possibilities of music in psychodrama without preconceived ideas. This generates a spontaneity of being, thereby including Moreno’s intention of bringing humour and joy into psychiatric work. Lars Tauvon is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and TEP (Nordic Board of Examiners) working in private practice in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member and co-founder of Stockholm Institute for Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He had his basic training with Dean and Doreen Elefthery and Ann Schutzenberger.
E12:Workshop10.45-12.45  The heart and soul of psychotherapy: A transpersonal approach through psychodrama, drama therapy and transformational theater. Decades of developing an approach to Drama Therapy and Psychodrama has found its fruition in a large number of students and colleagues using this approach, many of whom have contributed to the creation of a new book. Saphira Linden, who began studying psychodrama with JL and Zerka Moreno in the late 1960s, has evolved pioneering work in the development of drama therapy, using twelve  principles of transpersonal drama therapy and psychodrama as the foundation of her new book. Thirty-nine contributing authors demonstrate how they apply these principles to working with a wide range of populations in need. A coherent body of practice has developed  in  schools dedicated to using a transpersonal approach to drama therapy, psychodrama and other creative arts therapies. One of the main goals is to help our clients shift their identities from a limited, conditioned, traumatic sense of self to an essential Self, that cannot be tarnished or abused .In this workshop, Ms Linden will speak about the work represented in the new book and then demonstrate with interactive discussion, experiential exercises and media-formatted demonstrations. Ms Linden hopes to do a Powerpoint presentation based on the twelve principles of transpersonal drama therapy/psychodrama represented in ‘The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: a transpersonal approach through theatre arts – Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Transformational Theatre’. She also proposes to do an experiential workshop demonstrating this approach. Saphira Barbara Linden, MA, RDT/BCT, TEP, LCAT, Artistic Director of Omega Theater/Theater Workshop Boston since 1967, Director of Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Certificate Program for14 years. Adjunct faculty, Lesley University. Awarded 1st Teaching Excellence award NADTA, ‘fellow’ ASGPP, studied with the Morenos in the 1960s. She has created numerous award winning plays and designed/directed transformational theatre process using the principles of psychodrama, ‘The Cosmic Celebration’, celebrating unity of all religions, produced  in US, France, England. With Ms Nisenbaum, she wrote/performed ‘Motherblood’, an  encounter between two mothers, Israeli & Palestinian, a ten-minute play often presented in sociodramatic context in conferences, school settings, community peace events. Ms Linden’s artistic work is the subject of a half-hour film, PBS series, Artists In America. She has trained hundreds of professionals in arts, mental health and education organisations/corporations. She is a transpersonal psychotherapist, management consultant, and Sufi meditation teacher/guide since 1971, and has a private practice.She is author of numerous articles and chapters, and author/editor of ‘The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: a transpersonal approach through theater arts – Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Transformational Theater’, 2013.
E13:workshop Compatible integration of psychodrama, group analysis and interpersonal group psychotherapy in the same session: Exploring group process on the psychodrama stage. To begin, we will explore group ground rules on the psychodrama stage.  Members are chosen to play different group rules. We follow associations, comments and needs about basic group rules, and also externalise the feelings, needs and expectations of the session. This can be explored in action and developed in short vignettes. We will follow spontaneous development of the group process. Warm-up can emerge later and will follow group process. We will follow spontaneous free-floating group associations as communication progresses, or communication could be blocked, in which case we will explore the group situation in action. Intuition and attention to sensitive moments will govern how long to be in a group analytic situation communicating while seated, and when to get up and explore encounters in psychodrama action. As the group situation changes the group leader will behave differently. In one phase of a group session the leader might be in a less directly active role, more in the role of a Group Analyst, and then he becomes an active Psychodrama Director who invites the group into action or a protagonist onto the stage. There are different opinions as to how much the roles of Psychodrama Director and Group Analyst can be combined or changed. Is it compatible to do both in one session?  We will test this in the group session. We will explore interpersonal relationships between group members here and now in action on a stage. This can bring up connection, memories and some elements of transference, so there could be the possibility of exploring ‘tele’ and transference. We can then explore mirroring in a group and mirroring in life – mirroring in Group Analysis  and mirroring in Psychodrama. The action will be followed by psychodrama sharing, and possibly sharing some theory. Dušan Potkonjak is a medical doctor, Associate Specialist in Psychiatry, working in the NHS at Goodmayes Hospital in East London. He trained in psychodrama with Marcia Karp at the Holwell International Centre and has been a practitioner since 1991, and a BPA trainer since 1994. He also trained as a group analyst 1987-92. He is principal trainer at the Serbian Psychodrama Association (SPA -Moreno), and teaches psychodrama in Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia. He is a founder member of the London Psychodrama Network (LPN). He leads one inpatient psychodrama group per week and two experiential training groups for staff in London. He is a  member of Playback South Theatre Company. For the last 11 years he has been exploring compatible integration of Psychodrama, Group Analysis and Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy.
E14:  Good Grief – a creative approach to assist exploration, integration and completion of the process of loss. The loss of a relationship, a child, a partner, a parent, a job, a friend, a pet, might have been noticed in the moment yet can continue to remain hidden throughout life as a necessary response to ‘getting by’. This interactive and experiential workshop is a place of permissions where memories may be encountered and grief unfrozen.  A place of showing not merely telling. Ali Simmons is a trained counsellor and psychodrama psychotherapist and has a passion for Psychodrama. She believes that action in the work is the most touching and moving gift we can offer clients. John Kearney is the director of an Adolescent Therapeutic Community, a social worker and a counsellor. He works individually and within groups with clients who experience and live with addiction. 
E15a:Seminar10.45-11.40  The Neurobiology of Psychodrama. What happens in the brain during psychodramatic enactments? And, perhaps even more important: What happens between the brains of all the participants – protagonist, antagonist, director and the group – during the psychodramatic process? Modern Neurobiology research delivers findings and theories for these issues, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Empathic Communication, Affective Neuroscience and Attachment Theory. Professionals using action methods and psychodrama should be familiar with all of these neurobiological processes. This presentation will highlight neurobiological processes connected to:-       The virtual reality of the stage.-       The group: Empathic synchronisation and the emergence of attachment.-       The protagonist: Involvement and detachment as means of affect regulation.-       The antagonist: Balancing role fulfilment and own biographical resonances.-       The director: The meaning of ‘he should be the most spontaneous person in the group’ (Moreno). Ulf Klein is a Diploma-Psychologist, psychodramatist and systemic family therapist and coach in private practice in Munich, Germany. He is the former scientific director of the Moreno Institute in Stuttgart and was the founding editor of the German psychodrama journal. He is a senior trainer and supervisor of systemic therapy and counselling at the Systemic Association (SG) and the German Association for Systemic Family Therapy (DGSF) in Germany, trainer and supervisor of psychodrama and visiting lecturer at the University of Applied Science of Osnabrück, Germany. He has published several articles on the integration of psychodrama and systems theory and a TV programme on psychodrama. He works as a freelance coach, supervisor and organisational consultant.
E15b:seminar 11.50-12.45  Experiences of Psychodrama Treatment with Psychiatric Patients. Psychodrama is a widely used psychotherapeutic method in therapy with various categories of psychiatric patients in different clinical settings. Experience has shown the therapeutic power of the psychodrama method with psychotic, depressive and borderline patients as well as with other groups of patients. Psychodrama can be used as the only therapeutic approach or in combination with other therapies (pharmacotherapy, sociotherapy, other psychotherapies). In order to provide our patients with the full benefit of the psychodrama method, it is important that the whole clinical context needs to be prepared for the use of psychodrama. In this seminar, the authors will discuss their own experiences of adapting psychodrama for different categories of psychiatric patients and in different therapeutic settings (short-term therapy for inpatients, on-going psychodrama group for outpatients, and in a day hospital) in clinical institutions in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. .Tihana Jendricko, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist, psychodrama therapist (member of the European Association for Psychotherapy) and integrative psychotherapist (member of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy). She works in the Department of Social Psychiatry at the University Psychiatric Clinic in Vrapce, and in her daily work she practises psychodrama with different groups of psychiatric patients. She is the author of several scientific papers and has actively attended numerous symposia and congresses in Croatia and abroad. She has published three books of poetry and is a member of the Croatian Writers Association. Simona Prosen is a psychologist and psychodrama psychotherapist, with a PhD in the field of developmental psychology. Currently, she works at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she teaches developmental psychology. For ten years, she worked at the University Clinic in Ljubljana, where she ran in-patient and out-patient therapy groups, using methods including psychodrama. She has worked with various patient groups, her longest experience being with drug-addicted patients and patients with eating disorders.

12.45-14.00 Lunch

F1:Workshop14.15-16.15  Breaking free through healing conversation: Moving beyond abuse and trauma. Theo Fleury and Kim Barthel introduce a novel healing model that provides a mass public audience with an understanding of the influence of early attachment, trauma, addiction and healing.  By weaving Theo’s personal story through Kim’s blending of science and theory, the co-presenters intend to eliminate the feeling of shame that is often experienced by those touched by abuse, neglect and trauma. This interactive conversation between Theo, Kim and their audiences has received high profile national Canadian exposure through media coverage and is aimed squarely at engendering compassionate understanding and action towards those who journey through healing from emotional trauma. This honest, vulnerable and meaningful public conversation between therapist and client eases the stigma attached to ‘going for counselling’ and minimises the barriers for sufferers seeking help.  We look forward to sharing our model and experience with the psychodrama psychotherapy community. Theoren Fleury is a Canadian former National Hockey League All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medallist. Recently, Theo woke up a lot of readers with his  bestseller ‘Playing With Fire’ detailing his experience of sexual abuse as a youth by his junior hockey league coach, and his descent into addiction and self-destruction. Theo has become an advocate and spokesperson for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse and is an active speaker across Canada on the topics of early childhood attachment, trauma and recovery. His personal story and commitment to helping others serves to motivate, inspire and ignite healing in people from all walks of life. Theo won the Canadian Humanitarian Award in 2012. Kimberly Barthel, also a Canadian, is an internationally renowned speaker and teacher on the topics of the neurobiology of attachment, addiction, trauma and compassion. Originally an occupational therapist, Kim is expert in making the bridge between science, theory and functional ‘do-able’ actions towards healing. Her workshops empower participants to feel capable within their own transformation. An author of several textbooks, Kim is currently co-authoring a book with Theo called ‘Breaking Free through Healing Conversation: Moving Beyond Abuse and Trauma’.
F2:Workshop14.15-16.15  Moreno, Buddha and Neuroscience: Health, happiness and well-being. In this experiential workshop, the presenters will draw heavily on Dr Rick Hanson’s latest book ‘Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence’. Participants will practise integrating Dr Hanson’s model within a psychodrama session to increase positive thinking, feeling and believing. The most effective combination of action and words will be explored.Dr Hanson’s research suggests that the taking-in of a positive experience changes brain structure, from an innate survival-based negative bias to one of a sense of worth and realistically optimistic outlook. Just as Hanson utilises Buddhist practice for the goal of taking in positive experience, Moreno enriched the protagonist’s surplus reality through use of psychodramatic enactment in the here and now. The presenters suggest that psychodrama based on a premise of positive outcomes can help both protagonist and audience members: 1) lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression; 2) make emotions more manageable; 3) increase joy and contentment; 4) increase love and compassion for self/others; 5) instil body experiences of calmness and tranquillity; and 6) create a greater overall sense of confidence and gratitude. Come along and empower your practice, have fun and ‘accentuate the positive’! Dr Katherine Norgard, PhD, TEP, is an Arizona licensed psychologist who has been directing psychodramas for over 40 years. She holds the roles of private practitioner, psychodrama trainer, university teacher, consultant, author and psychologist for the Hopi Center for Prevention and Resolution of Violence (victims of torture and other trauma). Kathy is actively involved in bringing psychodrama / sociodrama to her global social justice education projects. Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, is recognised as an energetic presenter and integrative thinker. She has been offering expert services in training, consulting and psychotherapy around the globe for over 20 years. She is a licensed clinical social worker, substance abuse counsellor and board certified expert in traumatic stress. Adena has been studying and directing psychodramas since 1989 and is now a certified practitioner of psychodrama from the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama. Her passion is practising the integration of psychodrama and neuroscience.
F4:Workshop14.15-16.15  Changing your Mind – Psychodrama and memory transformation. When we access a memory we have a brief window of opportunity to transform a painful experience to something better. Usually what we’ve learnt about ourselves in the original setting wasn’t even true then – just the result of being too lonely in a very hard place. No reason to stay there! In this workshop we will use two apparently very different approaches for treatment of distress associated with traumatic memories: EMDR and psychodrama. However, a critical examination reveals many similarities, for instance the value of enabling a person to create a ‘safe place’ and the necessity of exposure to the traumatic experience in a new context of inner and outer support. We repair the scene, correcting negative assumptions about the self mistakenly formed in the traumatic situation and replacing them with positive self-formulations. We come back to the present with the repaired self to look to the future. Through psychodrama, we will highlight the connections, characteristics and clinical use of the two methods. Kate Bradshaw Tauvon TEP is from the UK and Sweden. She is a psychotherapist, supervisor and teacher of psychotherapy, and a psychodramatist, group analyst and certified EMDR therapist, integrating theories and methodologies in private practice. She is Board Member and Secretary of IAGP, and co-founder of both the BPA and the Stockholm Institute for Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She co-edited and co-authored ‘The Handbook of Psychodrama’ (1998), and has recently co-authored ‘Empowering Practice: Integrating Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Other Modalities’, to be published in 2014. She is an international psychodrama presenter.
F5:Workshop Working with Altered States of Consciousness in Psychodrama. This Workshop is based on the ideas in Eberhard’s chapter in the new book ‘Empowering Practice’. He explains how Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs) often happen unintentionally in psychodrama, but in this workshop we will experience techniques to induce ASCs intentionally. We will practise several warm-ups which will alter our experience of consciousness, both for the benefits of entering ASCs and as a preparation for a deeper enactment phase. The content of the scene work will depend on what the group members offer, and may include working with dreams, since in these it is often most clear that we are in an altered state. Participants will learn about how to speak to protagonists and auxiliaries in a way that deepens their trance and spontaneity. The sharing phase will be seen, as well, designed to get back to a normal state of consciousness. Afterwards, we plan to have a discussion in which people can reflect on how they experienced their consciousness. Dr Eberhard Scheiffele, PhD, TEP, RDT, is a theatre artist, psychotherapist, scholar, and award-winning psychodramatist. For 2005-06 he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant for teaching in Ekaterinburg, Russia. His doctoral dissertation ‘The Theatre of Truth’, written at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on Jacob Moreno’s theatre of spontaneity and psychodrama (available on He is certified as Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, and he is a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT). In 2005 he received the Innovators Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP). His research and experiential trainings have been presented all over the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Austria, Senegal (West Africa), and many parts of Russia. His publications have appeared in many academic, peer-reviewed journals in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia.
F7:Workshop14.15-16.15  Why do brilliant people kill themselves? Our friends, family, colleagues, patients and outstanding role models may be brilliant but suddenly die at their own hand. We, the “disconnected” onlookers, remain steadfastly connected through shock, through thoughts of life without them and through an unexpected review and celebration of their life which is irretrievably gone.  Many, who are called survivors, become paralysed  by  the questions, “Why?”  “What more could I have done?”  “Was it an unplanned accident?”  “Is it my fault?” There is no survival kit instructing us how to live through simultaneous warmth of celebration and cold finality. This two hour action workshop will include the psychological lives of icons: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston and the public impact of their sudden deaths. Mandela’s dictum of’ honouring all people’ includes ourselves, our patients and all those in pain from the ripples of suicide.  When does “so much to die for” replace “so much to live for”? All are welcome to celebrate our survival and to practice empowerment in the past, present and future surplus reality scenes.  “We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past, and we must respect the past, remembering that once it was all that was humanly possible.” George Santayana Marcia Karp, MA, TEP, is a Founding Member and first Honorary President of the British Psychodrama Association; Founding and Honorary Member of the Federation of European and Mediterranean Psychodrama Training Organisations; Distinguished Fellow and former Board Member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy; Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy; Fellow of the American Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama; Psychodrama Graduate of JL and Zerka Moreno; Faculty Moreno Institute, New York; established the Holwell International Centre for Psychodrama and Sociodrama, Co-Director, UK ; Founding member and current Chair of London Psychodrama Network public sessions, helped establish training programmes in Finland, Moscow, Kiev, Greece, Switzerland; visiting senior trainer in Geneva, Athens, Istanbul, Kazakhstan, Buenos Aries, Sau Paulo; Tokyo, Ossaka , Belgium, Spain, etc; currently training worldwide; received Lifetime Achievement Award from the BPA in UK; JL Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASGPP in USA. She is co-editor of ‘Handbook of Psychodrama’, ‘Psychodrama Since Moreno’ and ‘Psychodrama: Inspiration and Technique’ Routledge, translated into 8 languages. Individual, group and supervision private practice, London.
 F8:Workshop14.15-16.15  On Becoming a Facilitator-Psychodramatist. The psychodramatist’s way of being in a relationship is undoubtedly a key factor in the psychotherapeutic co-construction of psychodrama. Empowering the protagonist and the group relies on this ‘low-key’ positioning. To pay special attention to the ‘way of being’ in a relationship, reference must first and foremost be made to an existentialist-humanistic theory other than that of Dr JL Moreno: that of Carl Ransom Rogers (the Person-Centred Approach), for Moreno did not sufficiently elaborate in this respect. Around the middle of the twentieth century, Carl Rogers had been researching the subject more than anyone else. Using Moreno’s terminology, Rogers had come to the conclusion that the primary role was a relational one that lay within the ‘way of being’. He calls it ‘the facilitator’ and even uses ‘a facilitating way of being’ as the foundation of his theory of psychotherapy and human relations. In order to combine the ‘way of being’ and the ‘way of doing’, a psychodramatist must become a facilitator-psychodramatist. The role of facilitator is the primary one: it is an essential foundation upon which the four sine qua non roles of a psychodramatist (group leader, action analyst, producer and psychotherapist) can be based, the role of facilitator acting as a link and support between them. In this seminar, we will start a process aiming at:

  • understanding the fundamentals of the ‘facilitative climate’;
  • identifying the key components of the three necessary and sufficient conditions;
  • adjusting the four roles of the psychodramatist;
  • bringing about the protagonist’s and the group’s growth through our accompaniment.
Norbert Apter (MEd, Harvard) is a recognised person-centred psychotherapist, psychodramatist, accredited by the Swiss Confederation. He runs a private practice in Geneva, using humanistic psychodrama in individual and group sessions. Norbert  is also the manager of Institut ODeF in Geneva (, Using Humanistic Psychodrama and Action Methods, he trains and facilitates professionals in many countries for various institutions, companies and international organisations. As a trainer of trainers, speaker and author, he specialises in the development of constructive and operational relations.
F9:Workshop14.15-16.15  The Melting Clock: Working psychodramatically with grief, loss and bereavement. The objective of this workshop is twofold:‣      To understand bereavement from the perspective of psychodrama theory, tracing grief reactions and the phases of grief back to the developmental stage of the matrix of identity, and the child’s early experiences of relating and separation.‣      To introduce the ‘melting clock’, an innovative psychodrama technique developed by the presenter for working with pathological or unresolved grief in a one-to-one psychotherapy setting; and to allow participants to try out and experiment with this tool.Primary teaching points:-       Identifying the ‘locus nascendi’ of grief reactions: the infant’s early experiences of relating and separation within the developmental phase of the matrix of identity serve as the blueprint for experiences of gains and loss, and consequently the grief reactions experienced at the loss of a significant other.-       Looking at the experiential sequence of separation, and the similarities between this sequence and the phases of grief that occur following the death of a significant other.-       Comparing the healthy evolution of grief reactions with pathological or unresolved grief processes.-       Looking at the psychodramatic way of working with surplus reality, and how this can be used in grief work.–       Looking at the possibility of editing psychodramatic scenes together (montage) and how this, combined with surplus reality work, offers us a valuable tool for working with unresolved grief: the ‘melting clock’ technique. Zoli Figusch is a clinical and educational psychologist and certified psychodrama psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor registered with the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Zoli works as a principal psychotherapist in a specialist personality disorder psychotherapy service in Maidstone, Kent. He is the editor of two books on the theory and practice of Brazilian psychodrama, and is the series editor of the newly published Moreno series by the North-West Psychodrama Association. He was the recipient of the 2012 ‘Zerka T Moreno Award’ of the American Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).
F11:Workshop14.15-16.15  Calatonia and Psychodrama: Increasing consciousness. Calatonia is a bodywork method created by Dr Petho Sándor, a Hungarian medical doctor who lived in Brazil. It is used as an auxiliary method in psychotherapy and group practices. This method also has connections with Reichian and Bioenergetic therapies, as well as psychosynthesis, and in the last few years an interface with Psychodrama has been established. It is also used as body therapy, and in physiotherapy, speech therapy, and pedagogy. The aim of this practice is to develop body awareness and consciousness, facilitating the connection between the conscious ego and the unconscious realm. Calatonia can reach many levels. The first one is physical relaxation and rebalancing of the neurovegetative body functions. As we see the individual as a physiopsychic field, this practice generates resonances in the psyche. The techniques applied, Calatonia, Adjustment of Points of Support, and Subtle Touches, create a particular psychophysiological alteration. This leads to an altered state of consciousness, a change in level from the usual ego functioning, with its own sensations and notions, different from those of the ego functioning in everyday life. Such alteration facilitates the experiencing of different psychological contents. This helps to dissolve the ego’s conditioning and to go beyond those thoughts, feelings and sensations typical of the mass culture in which we live. We also look, in our group practices, for what Moreno called ‘the divine inside’ individuals and groups. Group consciousness is the most powerful input to increase the development of the human being, and this is the point where Calatonia and Psychodrama meet. Fernando Cortese has worked as a psychologist, psychotherapist and professor in Brazil since 1977. He taught for 15 years at the Psychology College of the Catholic University in Sao Paulo, where he was also a clinical supervisor. Since 1992 he has been teaching at Sedes Sapientiae Institute presenting Calatonia to postgraduate students. He is the author of ‘Calatonia and Physiopsychic Integration’. In the last few years he has focalised groups on Calatonia at the CG Jung Club in London and the Comunitá di Etica Vivente in Italy. Ana Paula Figueiredo is an Occupational Therapist, and learned Calatonia with Dr Petho Sándor in Sao Paulo. She is also trained as a therapist and instructor in USA in the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement. She works as a therapist in Brazil and is the co-worker with Cortese in workshops on Calatonia in South America, London, and Italy.
F12:Workshop14.15-16.15  How to transform a ‘sleeping’ sacred text (Joseph ornamented tunic) into an ‘awakening beauty’ to enhance healing. (Bibliodrama with a twist of psychodrama). Beneath their face value, the stories in the Bible correspond with our life stories. Biblical heroes could be looked at as archetypes that represent qualities in our inner world and resonate with us. The story of Joseph deals with different dynamics: family dynamics, victim and oppressor, relations with the Divine, and more. It is a great platform from which to explore different dynamics, to listen and be mindful to the inner life of both the Biblical heroes and our own, and to touch on the spiritual dimension. Participants will explore the sacred text’s intimate secrets through role play and action methods modalities. Together we will shed light on dark places within the text and within ourselves and in the process, transform the sleeping text into an awakening beauty! Tamar Pelleg, MA, CP, Certified psychodramatist by the American board of examiners, trained as a Bibliodrama facilitator with Dr Peter Pitzele of New York. She earned a Masters in Counselling Education and a Bachelors Degree in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and trained as a master-practitioner in NLP at the Retter School for NLP in Israel. She recently moved back to Israel from the USA to promote bibliodrama with a twist of psychodrama in cultural and educational settings.
F13:Workshop14.15-16.15  Moreno Meets New Technology. This workshop presents the integration of Moreno’s theories and practice with current technology: a technology that gives people a tool to create a visual representation of their world through an interactive landscape that can be viewed from their perspective or that of any other individuals represented. We bring together the traditional practice of working on a stage or in a dedicated space with a group of participants, and the opportunity of working with individuals in a virtual environment that has a metaphorical and symbolic landscape that includes a castle, waterfalls, rivers and trees. With the use of avatars the protagonist can have as many auxiliaries as they wish. The individual has the opportunity to create their own group in a contained and safe environment. Developments in neuroscience have demonstrated that being able to label emotions reduces the intensity of emotional processing in the brain. With avatars as auxiliaries we are able to label with words and colours. Also, reversing with the auxiliaries and seeing the world from their perspective is very straight forward. The protagonist can slip into the first person of any of the auxiliaries whilst keeping an avatar as the protagonist. The sessions can be face to face or at a distance where both the therapist and client have access to the programme. The workshop draws on the depth of Phil’s experience of working with groups in the private and government sectors and David’s experience as a coach and consultant and director for ProReal. It is in three stages:1  An introduction to the programme and the background research.2  A hands-on experiential opportunity for the attenders.3  Time to share and discuss the possible challenges and opportunities for the future. Phil Burgess has worked with groups and individuals for over twenty years, first as a community artist, then as a trainer and in more recent years as a psychotherapist. He brings to psychodrama his experience of action and movement through dance, circus skills, theatre, corporate training, team building and therapeutic massage. He now has a private practice as a psychodrama psychotherapist, supervisor and Arts in Health Consultant. David Tinker is a coach and consultant with many years’ practice in sociodrama. He recently completed his supervision diploma with the London Centre for Psychodrama. He is Product Director for ProReal with responsibility for design principles.
F15:Master-class14.15-16.15  Core Training in psychodrama and action methods. This workshop is designed for people using psychodrama in their work and who wish to enhance and strengthen their skills. The major focus is on three areas in group psychotherapy, group work and psychodrama, 1) Gregory Bateson’s complementary and symmetrical role relationships, 2) J. L. Moreno’s concept of encounter, and 3) role theory. Participants can expect to enjoy themselves in an open environment of learning. Sue Daniel is a TEP, individual and group psychotherapist, consulting psychologist. Director of the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne. Chairperson of the Australian and Aotearoa Board of Psychodrama, Board of IAGP, Professor, Hokkaido, Japan.

16.15-16.45: Coffee and Tea

Conference Large Group17.00-19.00 The large group can provide a much-needed space for people to make sense of their experience of the conference. It can be a place of learning about how culture develops and can be changed. As group members engage in sustained dialogue, sometimes empowered by action, they will notice that by speaking what is on their minds, they are altering the climate of the group and collective understanding alters. Noticing these shifts is crucial. Individuals then realise that they have the power to change a situation. Teresa von Sommaruga Howard & Kate Bradshaw TauvonThis large group will be co-conducted by Teresa von Sommaruga Howard, a group analyst who specialises in large groups, and Kate Bradshaw Tauvon, who is a group analyst and psychodramatist. We hope that by sharing this role a bridge between the group analytic and psychodrama approaches can be built.
17.00-19.00 Posters/ Discussion Groups – Open Sessions

19.30-21.30 Gala Dinner