Day 5 Monday 1st September 2014

Action and Family Therapy

Details Presenters Biography  
Plenary09.00-10.00 Action Techniques and Systemic Family Therapy. Arlene Vetere is Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Diakonhjemmet, Oslo, Norway. Rudi Dallos is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Plymouth University. Their latest book is ‘Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives: Applications in a range of clinical settings’, Routledge, 2009.  

10.00-10.30 Coffee and Tea

G1:Workshop10.45-12.45 In Search of My True Home: The psychodramatic encounter with feeling ‘at home’. Psychodrama often uses archetypal metaphors – one’s home is one of these. A place one lives in might be a house but not a home. This workshop is focused on emotional and spiritual dimensions of this transformation. Inner resources that let people feel ‘at home’ whatever happens and create a real place of their own will be explored experientially, using the tools of psychodrama empowered by Jungian thinking.  Elena Lopukhina, from Russia, has been an internationally certified psychodrama-therapist since 1996, is the director and main trainer at the Institute of Psychodrama and Role Training (Moscow) since 1998, and was a founding member of the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations (FEPTO) and a co-founder of the Federation of Training Psychodrama Institutes in Russia in 2007. She holds the psychotherapist certificate of the European Association of Psychotherapy (2000). Since 1995 she has been a teacher and trainer of psychodrama practitioners in Russia and abroad. She is co-editor and co-author of the collective monograph ‘To Play in the Russian way – Psychodrama in Russia: stories, meanings, symbols’ (Class, Moscow, 2003), and the author of various articles on psychodrama. Other professional activities are: private practice; psychological counselling; individual psychotherapy since 1976; group psychotherapy since 1987; and freelance organisational consultant, trainer and coach since 1985. She has also led courses and workshops for psychologists in various universities and training centres, including Moscow State University, since 1985.  
G2:Workshop10.45-12.45 Sociodrama with Children. Sociodrama is a natural and Sociodrama with Children. Sociodrama is a natural and powerful method for helping children tell their stories, safely express strong feelings and try out new behaviours and roles. It can also be used to teach social skills and problem-solving to students with diverse capabilities and challenges in a wide range of settings. Sociodrama is well suited to address social issues that arise in the classroom and in the school yard such as bullying, stealing and racism. This workshop offers adaptations of the sociodramatic method that work especially well with groups of children aged six to twelve. Participants will learn how to direct sociodramas using one chair, two chairs and short scene work. We will also address appropriate warm-up, sharing and the managing of large groups of children. Rebecca Walters, MS, TEP is the co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute which she co-founded in1989. She worked as a psychodramatist at psychiatric hospitals, working on inpatient and outpatient units, for thirty years. She recently retired as the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychodrama Services at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, where she ran six psychodrama groups a week with children and adolescents. Rebecca is also on the faculty of I*CARE at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, where she uses sociodrama to teach communication skills to medical staff. Rebecca is an elected member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, an organisation in which she is a Fellow. She is the current president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the ASGPP. Rebecca is certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.  
G3:Workshop10.45-12.45 Variations in Working with Parents and Ancestors. Using psychodramatic techniques – inspired by the concepts of Albert Pesso and the findings of systemic / family and transgenerational therapy – different ways of working with conflicts and the heritage of parents and ancestors will be demonstrated. Some of the techniques shown are based also on psychoanalytical theories like object relation theory. These can be highly effective in changing inner images and establishing positive representatives. The practice shown is not only conflict-centred but is also looking for resilience factors and resources. There will be time for demonstration, experiments and discussion. Agnes Dudler has been a psychologist and psychotherapist in a private practice in Bonn since 1982. She was founder (in 1991) and director (until 2011) of the ‘Institut für Psychodrama Szenen’ and a trainer of psychodramatists for 30 years. She is a member of the council of the DFP/DAGG, and for seven years a board member of FEPTO. Her work involves counselling, psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups, supervision and coaching, sociodrama with large groups, training in awareness and self care (burn-out prophylaxis), combining meditation and bodywork with psychodrama. Her publication topics include psychodrama with singles, the role atom, sociodrama with large groups, using sociodrama to overcome national trauma, and supervision of trainees.  
G4:Workshop10.45-12.45 Systemic family psychodrama? Passion in Action. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the connections between systemic family therapy and psychodrama. It will follow the format of: Approach (exploring the philosophical and epistemological foundations of both); Method (how these are concretised in theoretical constructs in the two approaches); and Techniques (how the two methods are applied in practice). There will be a didactic PowerPoint presentation. There will be exploration in action of how the two methods can be combined in practice and the mutual influence of each upon the other. A sociodramatic meeting between Gregory Bateson and his followers and the Morenos and their followers will take place. Participants will have the opportunity to explore in action the connections and contradictions between the two approaches. Material is drawn from both systemic and psychodrama sources, including the presenter’s contribution to the conference book: Empowering Practice. Chip Chimera is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and Psychodrama Psychotherapist. She chairs the Foundation and Intermediate Systemic Practice courses at the Institute of Family Therapy in London. Chip has a long history in the statutory and independent sectors of work with children and families. She has an abiding interest in integrating psychodrama and family therapy, which is the subject of her ongoing doctoral studies. She has published a number of chapters and short articles on psychodrama and family therapy.  
G7:Workshop10.45-12.45 Family Secrets: Trans-generational Transmissions. Family secrets and family traumas are transmitted from generation to generation like a hot potato burning in the hands of each. Establishing what actually happened and working with that past trauma is crucial in trans-generational work. One former case concerns a pregnant woman who saw the destruction of the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001. Her child, born after the trauma, remembered details of the falling towers and the dead. Another case involved the Crusades: the subject would cry and shout when the Crusades were mentioned, as if they had only just happened, rather than a thousand years ago. Research proves that the transmission of traumas can traverse centuries. Workshop participants’ personal memories will be enacted. Living a present reality without the past trauma is possible only when and if the trauma is released. Anne Schützenbergeris a Psychotherapist, Group analyst and Psychodramatist trained by JL Moreno, who lives in Paris. She is IAGP Honorary Archivist and a Professor Emeritus, University of Nice, France. She is the author of many best sellers – her books include: ‘The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden links in the Family Tree’ (Routledge); ‘Aie, Mes Aieux!’ (Ouch, my ancestors!); ‘Le Plaisir de Vivre’ (The joy of living); ‘Vouloir Guerir’ (Wanting to get cured: Help for the cancer patient).  
G8:Workshop10.45-12.45 Techniques and ideas of Bodynamics and Aikido in Psychodramatic work with boundaries and limits. The forming, setting and protection of personal boundaries is one of the most important and common issues in the practice of every psychotherapist. In group therapy, the group itself also has its boundaries that should be set and protected. This topic is particularly relevant in Russia. Russian psychotherapists face it every day because in the former Soviet Union the state constantly interfered with people’s private lives. This workshop will show how to gain real benefits, enriching our capability through the tools of body-oriented psychotherapy and Aikido. Bodynamics, a body-oriented psychotherapy approach, has made interesting progress in working with different age stages of boundary development. It works with physical, personal, territorial, social and role boundaries, in a way which is very close and understandable for psychodramatists. This has been particularly successfully developed in martial arts, especially in Aikido, the most appropriate for psychotherapy because of its philosophy of having no intention of harming the attacker. As the author has many years’ experience of teaching Aikido, he incorporates these principles in his work with clients in psychotherapy as a brilliant metaphor for protecting boundaries. It helps clients to connect with the role of Inner Protector and not to slip into the role of aggressor, in order to maintain social adequacy. Andrey Vishniakov from Russia is trainer at the Federation of Russian psychodrama training institutes, trainer at the Institute of Psychodrama and Role Training (Moscow), chairman of Moscow psychodrama conference, psychologist (graduate of Moscow State University of Psychology & Education), and psychodramа psychotherapist. He has completed a long term supervision programme in psychodrama with Marcia Karp, and is also a certified facilitator of Shadow Work®, certified in several training programs of Bodynamics, and a black belt Ki-Aikido trainer.   
G9:Workshop10.45-12.45 Gestalt and Psychodrama: The tango French connection. The aim of this experiential workshop is to explore in a practical manner the differences and similarities of these two schools and techniques. The presenter’s input will lead the participants to learn and discover the range, benefits and limits of each practice, as well as their historical, theoretical and conceptual basis. The emphasis will be on the complementary richness in everyday clinical practice. Dr Daniel Markman is a trainer in psychodrama and Gestalt therapy. He has studied in Argentina (Director’s Degree from the schools of Dalmiro Bustos and Rojas Bermudez), USA (Beacon House, New York) and France (EPG).   
G10:Workshop10.45-12.45  The Roles Not Taken.This is an experiential workshop exploring role theory as it pertains to becoming more aware of the roles that participants have taken that shape their lives. By examining the roles wanted, the roles needed now and the roles that have been abandoned or postponed, it is possible to notice what choices are available. This workshop will include use of the closely related fields of sociometry and playback theatre and there will be a psychodrama. Jeanne Burger. Jeanne Burger, EDD, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, RN, is an American certified trainer, educator and practitioner of psychodrama (TEP) who presents lively workshops nationally and internationally. She works in private practice in Norfolk, Virginia, USA and sometimes teaches in the graduate counseling program of Old Dominion University. She is a clinical member of AAMFT. She is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and has served on the American Board of Examiners for Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is presently serving on the ASGPP executive council.Dr. Burger’s dissertation, Effects of Psychodrama Treatment on Levels of Assertiveness and Locus of Control in Women Who Have Experienced Battering, was published for The College of William and Mary, Vol. 55, No 6, 1994.  
G11:Workshop10.45-12.45 Self-Care: The Heart of the Therapist. The narratives and issues of our group patients are often painful and upsetting. As group therapists / psychodramatists we need to be able to talk about the effects – both positive and negative – these narratives have on our sense of self, and how we can take care of ourselves in response to this heavy burden. This experiential workshop will aim to provide a forum to begin to mitigate, digest and metabolise the subtle and not so subtle experiences we work with, and build hope and resilience.  Richard Beck is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City, with expertise in treating trauma, working with individuals, couples and groups. Richard both trains and treats therapists who work with trauma, and chairs the IAGP Disaster/Trauma Task Force. After the events of 9/11 he conducted well over 1000 hours of trauma groups with survivors, their families, witnesses and rescue workers. Richard lectures, teaches and leads demonstration groups nationally and internationally, dealing with trauma and the importance of groups following a traumatic event and loss. He published the ‘Unique Benefit of Group Treatment Following Traumatic Events’ and co-authored an American Group Psychotherapy Association Trauma Protocol entitled ‘Lessons Learned in Working with Witnesses, Survivors and Family Members after Traumatic Events’. Richard and co-author Bonnie Buchele PhD were awarded the 2007 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Theory for their article ‘In the Belly of the Beast: Traumatic Countertransference’.  
G12:Workshop10.45-12.45 What the Body Knows: Mindfulness in Action. Our personal and ancestral histories are held in our body/minds. They show up as attitudes, behaviours and decisions we make, often unconsciously and habitually, to get us through the challenges of life. Rubenfeld Synergy® is a powerful system that can help develop awareness of feelings and beliefs stored in the body, and can support more conscious choice of behaviour. It has its roots in the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, Gestalt therapy and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and was introduced in 1975 by Ilana Rubenfeld, a pioneer in the body/mind approach of therapy. This workshop will help you learn how to help clients (and yourself) discover some of these patterns and accept how they have served in the past. It will also focus on different ways we can create other possibilities of having more choice in our actions and reactions. We will use body/mind awareness experiments and psychodramatic explorations to reconstruct everyday life situations that might benefit from this awareness and expansion. In this workshop, you will learn and practise some of the basics of Rubenfeld Synergy®, using talk and touch, and use them to inform the action methods of psychodrama and sociodrama. Judy Swallow, MA, TEP, CRS, LCAT, is a co-director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute in Highland, New York. She was a faculty member of the Rubenfeld Synergy® Training Program in New York City for many years. She was also a founding member of Playback Theatre and is an actor/conductor of Community Playback Theatre in Highland, New York.   
G14:Workshop10.45-12.45  Attachment Theory and Therapeutic Interventions. Attachment theory and research has focused on dyads, particularly mothers and their infants, to the point that it can sometimes appear as mother blaming. At the same time attachment thinking underpins many, if not most, therapeutic interventions although the evidence that ‘attachment therapies’ actually help people become more securely attached is at best patchy.This workshop sets out to do two things:

  1. To get beyond the dyad by offering a brief review of attachment studies in the context of family systems.
  2. To consider the effectiveness of current therapeutic approaches in changing child and adult attachment strategies and whether this is actually possible or even desirable.


The workshop will use material from the Adult Attachment Interview, the Meaning of the Child to the Parent Interview together with video examples of parent-child interaction. Case vignettes will include scenarios from child maltreatment and adoption.

Dr. Steve Farnfield is a Senior Lecture in Attachment Studies and convenor of the MSc in Attachment Studies at the University of Roehampton. He is a social worker and play therapist with over 40 years experience in the field of child and family welfare and formerly taught on the Social Work and Post Qualifying Child Care Programmes at the University of Reading. Steve is a licensed trainer for the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment Infant CARE-Index, Preschool Assessment of Attachment and Adult Attachment Interview developed by Dr. Patricia Crittenden. He has also devised the Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA): a system for analysing attachment and mentalising using narrative story stems with pre-school and school aged children. With Dr Paul Holmes he is co-editor of the three volume Routledge Handbook of Attachment (Theory; Assessment; implications and interventions) published 2014.    
G15c:PaperPresentation10.45-12.45  Conditions that favour integration between Psychodrama and Gestalt therapy. The sheer diversity of thought in psychology makes it paramount to examine the possibilities of dialogue between approaches. This paper describes conditions that favour integration of Psychodrama and Gestalt therapy, as they emerged in conversations with practitioners of these approaches. Twenty-two professionals with significant involvement in one or other of the two approaches were interviewed: eleven Gestalt therapists and eleven Psychodramatists. The interviews were subjected to a Grounded Theory analysis. Conditions that favour integration are: the openness that exists in the therapist’s school of thought; epistemological similarities between the two schools; the perception of deficits in the therapist’s approach; the appreciation of integration as a way to broaden the scope of one’s clinical practice. In addition, significant personal experiences in the therapist’s career may favour a serious and interested examination of the contribution of other schools of thought. These experiences include: having had contact with different treatment models early in their career; an enthusiastic appreciation of an idea or concept associated with the other approach; the influence of a mentor who worked from an integrative stance. The psychotherapy movement should pay more attention to these conditions in promoting openness among therapists. Érico Douglas Vieira is a psychodramatist who teaches on the psychology undergraduate programme in the Department of Psychology, Federal University of Goiás, Jataí-GO, Brazil. Luc Vandenberghe has a faculty position in the Department of Psychology, Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, Goiania, Brazil, where he teaches on the psychology undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and on the environmental and health science masters programme. He is also a registered psychologist in private clinical practice.    
G16:Master-class10.45-12.45  The Joy of Burnout. The world seems to be in an epidemic of burnout. But burnout can be a door to walk through into a life with space, love and joy. Burnout can help us look into the role of our true self. It helps us understand that we come to the end of a particular road but haven’t acknowledged it. Burnout teaches us that our old ways of relating are not working and we need to stop, rethink and find a new way forward. This workshop will use psychodrama and sociodrama to help find the new roles needed to find the joy in our souls. Come play and regain new joy in your soul of life. Dena Baumgartner PH.D is a certified trainer of psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners. Dena served on that board for nine years and is a past president. She is a fellow of the American Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), receiving the 2014 J L Moreno Life time achievement award and in 2004 the Collaborators Award from that same organization. She also received the J.L. Moreno Alumni award for Outstanding Psychodramatist in 1995 from the psychodrama section at St. Elizabeth hospital where she did an internship 1983-1984. She currently is serving her second elected term as a member of the board of The International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP). Dena is a certified group psychotherapist as well as a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist. She has been in private practice in Tucson, Arizona for 29 years. She founded and is the director of the Tucson Center for Action Methods and Psychodrama (T-Camp). She has been training and presenting nationally and internationally for 30 years. She is best known for her creativity and spontaneity.   

12.45-14.00 Lunch

H1:Workshop14.15-16.15  Psychodrama and the trans-generational transmission of trauma. This workshop will deal with the emotional trauma which is passed on from one generation to the next, usually in an unconscious manner. This workshop is about all of us. It deals with the inter-relation between two forces within us: the need to use our voice in order to tell the truth and express feelings, and the silencing part which wants to repress and control the secrets, the hidden stories, the difficult memories. We all learn these two roles in our families and our communities. What we learn becomes ingrained in the body, the mind and the heart. Wars and conflicts affect us for much longer than their actual duration. The emotional results are present in our inner lives and affect our behaviour. At times the result is to become unwilling victims of ourselves and create inner enemies. We live with the wounds of wars and conflicts. Facing this, many of us are speechless and unwillingly choose the rescue of silence. But silence is an accumulating process. It creates emotional and bodily blocks. Psychodrama is an effective and safe therapeutic process for breaking the ‘conspiracy of silence’. In this workshop we will use Psychodrama to deal with traces of wars and conflicts in our present life. We will learn ways to regain our lost and unheard voices, to unmask and break the silencing traditions. Yaacov Naor, MA, CAGS, TEP is Founder and Director of ISIS ISRAEL: a Psychodrama and Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy Center in Tel Aviv. He is a certified therapist and trainer in Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. He has been teaching in these areas in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Israel for the last 35 years. Since 1986 he has been leading special psychodrama dialogue groups for second and third generation Holocaust survivors together with young Germans, and between Palestinians and Israelis. Yaacov serves on the council of FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organization) as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. He also serves on the board of IAGP (International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes) as Chair of the Psychodrama Section.   
H2:Workshop14.15-16.15  Sociodramatic Re-plotting of Family Roles. Analysis of replotting, a sociodramatic working method, developed by Arnaldo Liberman, looking at the potential of this method in research into contemporary roles, with particular emphasis on the role of grandparents. Despite being used by psychodramatists, there were no references in the literature regarding the potential of replotting, and it was therefore considered it to be an appropriate instrument for research. The aim was to conduct a thorough analysis of this working method. There is significantly less research into exploring the role of grandparents in comparison to parental roles, and with the ageing of the population the chances of people experiencing the grandparent role have increased. A replotting session that took place in a public psychodrama is analysed, comparing the information obtained from this event with information from relevant literature, and evaluating the actual process through which this information was gathered.   Through group members’ reflections on the information obtained during the process, this method can also promote wellbeing and, in certain situations; it can also enable psychotherapeutic or axiodramatic change. Dr Marcia Almeida Batista is a Psychologist, Psychodramatist, and Director of the department of health and human sciences in the college of psychology, University of São Paulo. She was formerly director of Teaching and Science at FEBRAP (the Brazilian federation of psychodrama). She has worked with psychodrama since 1975, and she also teaches psychodrama in the university and in various schools. She has participated in many IAGP congresses, was a group director at the 2012 Congress held in Cartagena in Colombia, and will be a co-chair at the IAGP international congress in 2015 in Rovinj, Croatia.   
H3:Workshop14.15-16.15  A New Past? Exploring and Transforming Ancestral Bonds. Have you ever wanted to connect with an ancestor who has an on-going and possibly unwanted influence in your life? Do you feel bound to a past family member, even if you have never met them? Do you experience strong feelings about a person in your bloodline, who seems to reach out from your family tree? Psychodrama Psychotherapist, Julie Lacy, and Arts Therapist, Carla van Laar, combine their modalities, and transpersonal investigations, to create an opportunity for exploring and transforming intergenerational relationships. This experiential workshop invites participants to:–       Connect with an intergenerational lived experience using the tangible bond of an ancestral linking object.–       Consider the roles that may emerge from a transpersonal dimension, and how they can potentially initiate healing of unwanted intergenerational legacies.–       Create a personal art installation to induce psychosomatic time travel.–       Engage in psychodramatic action, including the techniques of surplus reality and role reversal, with individual familial history.–       Ritually contribute to a shared, facilitated group process. Enrolment requires participants to engage in preparation. Please bring:

  1. An awareness of an intergenerational figure that influences your life.
  2. An ancestral linking object, such as an heirloom, photo, certificate, letter or memento.
  3. An intention to personally investigate within a significant, shared journey.
  4. A voluntary readiness for embodied, creative, dialogical, multi-sensory and potentially deep experiencing.


Building on the tradition of the pioneering work of Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger, and more recently the practitioners in the First and Second Transgenerational Conferences, Julie and Carla offer the workshop as a contribution to this growing field, where arts-based therapeutic processes are combined and utilised for the healing of embodied memory and of thoughts, feelings and behaviour arising from unconscious patterns carried within us across time, space and generations.

Julie Lacy, MA, Dip Psychodrama and Group Analytic Psychotherapy, is a psychodrama psychotherapist registered with BPA and UKCP. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she is also an educator and writer with a background in performance arts, including being founding director of the original London Playback Theatre Company. Her clinical and creative work settings include prisons, hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, television, government and non-government agencies, in the health and arts sectors, and private practice.   She currently facilitates group programmes for war veterans experiencing mental health challenges including PTSD. Julie also teaches introduction to psychodrama, in the Bachelor of Holistic Counselling at Phoenix Institute, and taught at La Trobe University, in the Master of Art Therapy. She’s committed to the benefits of augmenting psychodrama by combining it with arts therapy and transpersonal philosophy and practice. Her interest in intergenerational psychotherapy began when she witnessed Anne Schutzenberger at the BPA international conference in Oxford in 1994. Carla van Laar, Master of Creative Arts Therapy, is a painter and arts therapist. She is currently the Director of ‘aHa Studio’, an independent arts space in Melbourne, Australia, where she provides sessions for individuals, runs workshops, and hosts exhibitions and life drawing classes. Carla is also an educator in Arts Therapy, currently at Phoenix Institute and previously at MIECAT and RMIT in Melbourne. Carla has worked extensively in the fields of disability, grief and loss, youth justice, sexual abuse, mental health, personal development and education. She has held positions as facilitator, co-ordinator, clinician, manager and Head of Art Therapy Faculty. Her publications include the book ‘Bereaved Mother’s Heart’, and co-authored chapters in ‘Healing the Inner City Child’ and ‘Knowing Differently’. Carla’s interest in intergenerational healing flows from her work with perpetrators and survivors of sexual abuse, and emergent themes in her current Doctoral research project ‘Seeing Her Stories’.   
H4:Workshop14.15-16.15  ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’: Empowering roles through vocal action and imagination. Psychodramatists prefer action, but they do speak now and then – as do their patients, clients or students. Different speech and vocal patterns usually reflect different voice roles, shaped and trained by one’s experience and role models. At the same time voice roles are deeply rooted in social, historical and cultural backgrounds that can be used as a creative resource, transcending individual limitations and blocked or ‘sleeping’ voices. In this workshop elements of psychodrama will be empowered by gestalt vocal exercises, movement and a short journey to vocal surplus reality. The participants will meet (and play) amplified voice roles – we find them in myths, fairy tales or ancient history. Usually this encounter gives some kind of permission for personal ‘sleeping voice roles’ to wake up and to be heard. Sometimes it is the shortest way to reconciliation with one’s disowned or rejected parts, sometimes just an access to more creative ways to deal with one’s speech. The expansion of voice roles may be used as a part of full psychodrama session, but also as a specific training tool in professional education in different fields. Ekaterina Mikhailova, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who works in Moscow as Director of Educational Programmes of the Institute of Group and Family Psychotherapy. She is an internationally certified psychodramatist since 1996, a Gestalt therapist since 1997, a co-founder of the Federation of Psychodrama Training Institutes of Russia, and a senior trainer of FPTIR. Professor Mikhailova lectures in Moscow State University, Moscow Psychology & Education University , and the American Institute of Business and Economics (Moscow department). She is also engaged in private practice with individuals and groups. Most of her six books focus on different aspects of psychodrama and sociodrama in connection with history and culture. She was a co-editor (together with Elena Lopukhina) of the first Russian collective monograph on psychodrama. She has been on the IAGP Board of Directors since 2012.   
H5:Workshop14.15-16.15  Psychodrama in Family Therapy. Family Reconstruction is used in educating family therapists, in psychotherapy and in various self-experience groups. The aims include: finishing unfinished business, beginning, ending or rejuvenating current relationships. Family reconstruction is the simplification of earlier complicated relationships. Exploring habitual behaviour makes it conscious, thus helping the individual to discover and practice new patters of relating. Using action, it is possible to discover different family structures, repeated patterns of behaviour and seeing the influence of 2 or 3 past generations on our lives today. For example, people who were taken away from their original family may have a dream or fantasy family that persists in their minds. In this workshop, we will look at how family reconstruction differs from social atom, networking and ghost analysis. Inara Erdmanis is a clinical psychologist, certified psychotherapist, TEP (Nordic Board of Examiners), Supervisor in PIFE, member of SIPS, and President of Latvian Moreno Institute. Her training was mainly from Zerka Moreno in psychodrama and Virginia Satir in family therapy.   
H6:Workshop14.15-16.15  The Open Public Psychodrama Session: The Creative Potential of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow This workshop is an open public session, risking the unanticipated. The basic guidelines are similar to clinical groups:-Confidentiality-Developing cohesion and trust-Creating a secure base, in which participants feel validated and heard-Maintaining a safe physical space for the room and for participants-Mutual respect-Creating a democratic atmosphere-Establishing an equality of status-Establishing a closure and a summary discussion appropriate to the group

Most clinicians are familiar with groups whose members attend regularly and have: therapeutic goals,

an on-going relationship with the leader(s), time to develop group process, time to test boundaries, repeated opportunity to explore in-depth issues, and a follow-up procedure.

By contrast, the motives for attending an open session may be professional education, external training, demonstration, therapy, or simply a good night out. Most people feel assured if they can participate at their comfort level. Habitual behaviour, such as being first, silent, clown, star, victim, or story teller needs to be observed by the ‘actor’, group and director.

In Open Sessions, people may be attending for the first time, regularly, or intermittently. They may be familiar or unfamiliar with psychodrama, the leader and each other. Each configuration changes the sociometry and resulting behaviour.

Participants will enact scenes from present situations, past (Moreno in Vienna and New York ), vignettes from LPN sessions, or in future creative potential using surplus reality

Sociodrama or psychodrama, anything is possible. Finally, sharing in action and discussion. All welcome.

The London Psychodrama Network was conceived in 2006 from the thought that more could be done to promote psychodrama in the nation’s capital. The shared philosophy is to keep psychodrama alive and kicking in London and to use the Network as a shared experience for psychodramatists as well as for an audience that are interested in psychodrama, rather than people who are seeking therapy. The Network holds monthly psychodrama evenings, led by experienced psychodramatists and trainers, at a central London venue.   
H7:Workshop14.15-16.15  The Owl and the Pussy Cat: Psychodrama, other therapies and young people. This workshop presents the integration of two different psychotherapy theories with psychodrama psychotherapy, and its application to work with children and young people. The two other psychotherapy theories are sandplay and horticultural therapy. There are three distinct parts to the workshop. The first part involves an overview of the theories under discussion and an exploration of the interrelationship between them and psychodrama psychotherapy. In the second part, participants will put aspects of these interventions into action. The third part focuses on the client setting of work with children and young people, the similarities and, importantly, the differences between work with adults and with children. We present the ways that such integration not only empowers young people in their world, when they are the ‘little ones’, but also empowers practitioners who work with and are advocates for young people, and are also ‘big people’ in children’s lives. This workshop draws on Kate and Carl’s experience of working with young people in different settings: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and services for refugees and asylum seekers. Kate Kirk is a psychodrama psychotherapist who has worked for thirteen years in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service on the Isle of Man. Her special areas of interest in her work are with children who have physical illness (cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue) and the emotional and psychological consequences of such illness; or who present with physical symptoms that are medically unexplained; and with children who have Autism Spectrum Conditions and eating disorders. She has researched and published on psychodrama and working with children: Kirk, Kate and McManus, Michael (2002); Kirk, Kate (2002); Kirk, Kate and Dutton, Carl (2006); Kirk, Kate (2008); Kirk, Kate, (2011); Andersen-Warren, Madeline & Kirk, Kate (2011). She has been chairperson of the British Psychodrama Association since September 2012. Her personal world is full of children (some of whom are grown up) including three children, two stepchildren and six grandchildren. Carl Dutton is a psychodrama psychotherapist who has worked in the field of asylum and refugee mental health in Liverpool for the past ten years. He has developed mixed-method interventions using art, psychodrama, storytelling, poetry, and horticulture therapy. Over the last five years he has worked in schools using psychodrama and horticulture. He has written and published his work on using different therapies in schools: Kirk, Kate and Dutton, Carl (2006); Anna Chiumento, Julia Nelki, Carl Dutton, Georgina Hughes (2011); Dutton, Carl(2012).  
H8:Workshop14.15-16.15  A multi-scene sociodrama exploring the universe within which therapy occurs.This workshop will use action techniques to bring onto the stage all the various influences from all fields that affect any therapy session.  Ron Wiener is President of the BPA, senior sociodrama trainer, community theatre director, organisation consultant and mentor, and grandfather. He is the author of ‘Creative Training’ and ‘Community Action: The Belfast Experience’ and co-editor of ‘Sociodrama in a Changing World’. He runs sociodrama training courses across Europe and as far afield as China and Russia.  
H9:Workshop14.15-16.15  Poetics of Psychodrama. Psychodrama and the Narrative Psychotherapies have their roots in tragic drama and poetic creativity. It is in relation to poetry and drama that we can make the integrative bridging links that enable us to communicate and share in psychotherapy, to communicate and share in a way which does not reduce psychodrama and psychotherapy to pseudo-science. Poetic inspiration, the upsurge, the unaccountability, the immunity to manualisation, and the sheer human idiosyncrasy of poetic creation, is the foundation of human culture. This workshop will employ poetic and improvisatory methodologies, deeply akin to psychodrama, which the facilitator has used for nearly fifteen years in ‘Story Space’ workshops in Ireland and elsewhere. Observers might notice elements which might appear to draw from Gestalt, Object Relations, Archetypal Psychology, Integrative Psychotherapy, and so forth, but all are blended in a way which involves the poetic improvisation which is at the heart of psychotherapeutic process itself. The facilitator has named the analogical convergence involved in this blending ‘the poetic paradigm for psychotherapy’. This process reveals the improvisatory drama at the heart of ordinary communication, heightened in psychotherapeutic process, in a way which mirrors and illuminates the creative leap which Moreno took when he inaugurated Psychodrama as active improvisatory method.The experiential phase of the workshop will be prefaced by a brief exploration and mapping of the poetic paradigm, and there will be time for discussion of the nature of this process, and the analogies with Psychodrama, following it. Dr Heward Wilkinson, DPsych, MSc Psych, MA, BA, is an Integrative Psychotherapist who has been three times Chair of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College of UKCP. He co-founded Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute in 1991, and is its delegate to UKCP. He was Senior Editor of International Journal of Psychotherapy, the Journal of the European Association for Psychotherapy, from 1994-2004. He pursues in-depth studies, teaching, and presentation in relation to Literature and Philosophy and their relationships with Psychotherapy. He has a special interest in the Shakespeare Authorship Question and speaks at Shakespeare Authorship conferences in UK and America. He is a lover of music, nature (especially butterflies), football/soccer and cricket. He is author of ‘The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy’. His current focus, overlapping all his spheres of interest, is the historicity of consciousness.   
H10:Workshop14.15-16.15  Tabletop psychodrama: action methods utilizing small objects. This workshop will show how psychodramatists can utilise small objects like plastic figures (eg animals, comic and fantasy characters etc), wooden bricks or stones, even cups, mugs, teapots or sugar cubes, for ‘tabletop enactments’. Special emphasis will be laid on techniques used for the transition from symbolic arrangement to psychodramatic action including emotional catharsis. Using psychodrama techniques with small objects allows a highly sensitive and differentiated course of therapeutic action swinging back and forth between a detached, mainly cognitive perspective and an involved and therefore emotional perspective. This ‘swinging’ fosters learning of affect regulation. Elke Frohn, MA in Theatre Sciences and Sociology, is a psychotherapist, counsellor and coach in private practice in Munich, Germany. She is a trainer and supervisor of psychodrama (DFP) and trains child and youth psychotherapists in psychodrama at the University of Applied Sciences in Mittweida in Saxony, Germany. She is also a trainer of systemic supervision for the German Society for Supervision (DGSv) and the Systemic Society (SG), and has published several articles on psychodrama and group therapy.   
H12:Workshop14.15-16.15  Spontaneity through mindfulness-Who Shall Survive? This workshop will explore Moreno’s belief that spontaneity is necessary for survival. The following questions will be addressed: What is spontaneity? Is spontaneity a form of intelligence that unites us all? Can one become spontaneous without becoming mindful? Should a state of mindfulness be inserted into Moreno’s canon of creativity? This workshop will aim to provide each participant with an opportunity for spontaneity, culminating in a group-directed experience. Anath Garber, PhD, MA, TEP, is one of the last students trained by JL and Zerka Moreno. She has developed unique action and mindfulness techniques to treat stuttering, eating disorders, marital discord, and existential angst.  Anath has been featured on OWN TV, Founder and Director, Institute of Applied Human Relations, private practice, NYC. She has been a Fellow of the ASGPP since 1975.  
H14:panel of paper presentations14.15-16.15  Group Psychodrama with Adolescents At Risk: A Dialogue between Practice and Research. The first presentation will describe a new psychodrama intervention aimed at developing self-control skills and instilling hope among at-risk adolescents. This 16-season group intervention integrates psychodrama psychotherapy and techniques from narrative therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. The second presentation will report the design and results of a practice-based pilot study that tested the effectiveness of the above-mentioned intervention, hoping to stimulate future directions for both practitioners and researchers. This clinical research project is supported by Alony-Hetz Properties and Investments Ltd.      Dr Bracha Azoulay, PhD, is a qualified psychodramatist, holds a doctorate in Psychology from Northeastern University and a diploma in family therapy from Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, USA. She is currently teaching various courses to graduate students at the University of Haifa, Israel, and Lesley University, Cambridge, USA.  She has developed courses and workshops for therapists involving narrative approach and expressive arts therapy. Dr Azoulay is very experienced with teens at risk, running groups and individual sessions as well as working with the Ethiopian community, where she researched the Israeli mothers’ perception of their kids’ Western diagnosis. Her research today is in the field of psychodrama and drama therapy focusing on self-control and hope. Dr Hod Orkibi, PhD, is a qualified psychodramatist, researcher, and lecturer at the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies, University of Haifa, Israel, where he serves as the Head of International programs. Hod also serves as the Vice-President of the Israeli Association for Psychodrama and is a member of the Israeli Association of Creative and Expressive Therapists. His practice involves psychodrama with at-risk adolescents, teaching, and administration. His research interests include psychodrama outcome and change process studies; positive psychology; self-control and aggression; professional development and training.  
  Psychodrama-based group intervention for mothers and babies with regulatory disorders. The current project shows the assessment and evaluation of three therapeutic Mother-Infant-Groups for emotionally stressed mothers and their so-called ‘crying babies’. By applying specific Psychodrama methods the mothers should be supported in learning to be more empathic with their babies, perceiving the baby as an independent being, and learning to better recognise the infant’s signals. To check the success of treatment based on comprehensive evaluation of external and self-assessment, video analysis, behaviour protocols and interviews were conducted (before and after group therapy). The results show that by using psychodrama group therapy, the clinical symptoms of children (like crying, sleeping and feeding problems) and psychological distress of mothers were significantly reduced. Furthermore, maternal self-confidence was significantly increased. The Psychodrama approach, with the structured and ritualised nature of the group sessions, reinforced the sense of security and trust in the group, and also motivated the participants towards support and interpersonal learning. Maria Hoellwarth (Magistra) is a psychologist and psychodrama psychotherapist with additional special training in integrative parent-infant-toddler psychotherapy (IESKP) by Mechthild Papousek in Munich and in video-intervention-therapy (VIT) by George Downing. Since 2001 she has led the consultation unit for early childhood regulation disorders at the University Clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy  in Innsbruck, which works closely with the paediatric team at the University Department for Child and Adolescent Medicine. She is married and is the mother of a grown-up daughter.  
Empowerment and Resilience: Psychodrama perspective using scenario thinking and future projection  Presenter: Professor Melinda Ashley Meyer Film and lecture: The lecture and film will give the participants an opportunity to understand the method from a Psychodramatic perspective in group-psychotherapy with participants who suffer from trauma, stress and loss. The theory of scenario thinking in resilience work will be presented. This workshop will be of relevance and interest to those working with families, multi cultural groups, adolescents and trauma survivors. The Expressive Arts in Transition EXIT research projectwill be presented. The study is quantitative and qualitative. As of today there are 204 unaccompanied minor boys in the project between the age of 15 and 18.

EXIT is developed for stabilizing people who live under extreme stress and/or have survived human or nature induced trauma. EXIT focuses on enhancing movement, imagination, engagement, connection, here and now, safety and responsibility. A film with the participants participating in the early intervention will be shown and the results will be presented and discussed.childhood abuse and neglect. Clients had also been

Melinda Ashley Meyer is the Director of the Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding Program at the European Graduate School (EGS). She is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) and the Director and Co-founder of the Norwegian Institute for Expressive Arts and Communication (NIKUT). She is a Director of Psychodrama and is a trained bioenergetics-therapist. Since 1983 she has focused on the combination of community, group and individual psychotherapy. She worked as an Expressive Arts therapist at the Psychosocial Centre for Refugees with torture survivors and war refugees from 1990-2004. Since 2008 she has been project leader for a controlled longitudinal study with unaccompanied minor refugee boys between the age of 15 and 18 at NKVTS applying EXIT as an early intervention model.She has been giving lectures and workshops within the field of EXA, Psychodrama, trauma, conflict transformation and cross-cultural group work in Europe, Israel, East Europe, North, Central and South America. She has made three documentary films, written articles and participated in writing several books.   
H16: Master-class INCLUSION Through Restorative Dialogues: An Introduction to Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is an inclusive process for people suffering the ill-effects of injustice. It enables the offenders, victims, their families and their social network to meet in a circle and to share how each of them have been affected, in their own specific ways. The victim and the perpetrator are often in a shameful position, and self-blaming position. The perpetrator has a chance to explain his self-blame, guilt and recrimination. He or she authentically attempts to repair the personal and social harm. They become aware of the effects in the community. To be listened to and to listen to how the ill deeds have affected each member in the circle is difficult but a worthwhile and uniquely healing experience. It brings each into a different place from the injustice. It is interesting to note that guilt is repairable – shame not. The active reparation does not only restore dignity in the perpetrator and in the victim but in the humiliated community. It has been shocked, humiliated and helpless. Community members are relieved to tell their side. All empower themselves and each other by participating in the circle. It transforms the victim/object situation into a position of empowerment/subject. The circle, a here and now community, has a chance to co-create an improved version of itself. It restores the old into future community in which it is better to live and to work. The United Nations and the European Union have recommended Restorative Justice since 2004. Eva Fahlstrom-Borg, M.A. is a Board member of the IAGPP. She is a member of FEPTO, an international trainer in psychodrama and action methods and in restorative justice. Eva is director of the Uppsala Centre for Sociodrama and Psychodrama. She regularly contributes to training programmes world-wide.  

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