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Healing Generational Trauma, Conflict Transformation & Peace Building through Drama Therapy

Founder of Bring Your Passion to Work, Nermin Soyalp MAOP, Ph.D.c is co-leading a workshop with psychotherapist, drama therapist, theater director and professor, Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT.

More information is below.

Healing the Wounds of History


Healing Generational Trauma, Conflict Transformation & Peace Building through Drama Therapy

A 13-Week Experiential Training

For Psychotherapists, Social Workers,
Interns, Trainees, Coaches, Peacebuilders,
Social Entrepreneurs and Activists

13 Tuesdays + One-Day Saturday Intensive + Online Learning Environment

From February 7, 2017 to May 2, 2017, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Core Program: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm: interactive and experiential learning.

One-Day Saturday Intensive: One-day workshop collaborating as a team in a conflict transformation process with a group or groups in conflict such as Palestinians & Israelis, Chinese & Taiwanese or African Americans & European Americans on the legacy of slavery… choices to be proposed, discussed and agreed upon by the training group.

Online Learning Platform: Relevant reading and video materials will be shared with the training participants in an online platform. We will review materials and hold weekly online discussions to enhance our learning.

Facilitated by

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT
Nermin Soyalp, MAOP, Ph.D.c

13 Session Training + One-Day Workshop + Online Learning Platform

Fee: $1,125
(Early Bird Special $900. Register by December 15 for 20% off!)

Limited “Discount” Scholarships Available
(Payable in Full or Monthly)


CEUs available for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs for an additional fee

Course details are below


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

For more Information and Registration Contact Nermin Soyalp

(510) 595-5500, Ext 16


Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT is a psychotherapist, drama therapist, theatre director and professor. Armand has received international recognition for his Healing the Wounds of History approach to bringing groups in conflict together. He has facilitated groups in multiple countries including, descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese and Chinese, Tamil and Singhalese, Japanese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War.

Armand is Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, now in its 28th year. He is Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville and Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.

Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation, intercultural communication and peacebuilding.


Nermin Soyalp, MA, PhD Candidate, has been a collaborator with Armand Volkas in the HWH approach since 2012 where they together organized HWH workshops with Germans and Jews, Turks, Kurds and Armenians.  She is a skilled trainer and a facilitator and one of the co-creators of the Healing the Wounds of History certificate program. She has been facilitating peace building workshops in the Bay Area and in Turkey since 2012 and has designed and conducted trainings on conflict transformation, and participant-centered experiential training in both for profit and non-profit organizations as a senior HR consultant/professional since 2008.

Nermin grew up in Ankara, Turkey. After graduating from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) in Statistics, she moved to California, and received her MA in Organizational Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, specializing in social systems and network analysis. Currently, in addition to running her consulting practice in Oakland, CA, Nermin is Administrative Director of the Healing the Wounds of History Institute and working on her PhD dissertation at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Her thesis is about historical traumas and healing between Armenian, Kurdish, and Turkish ethnicities.

Healing the Wounds of History is a therapeutic and creative process in which experiential techniques are used to work with people who share a common legacy of generational, historical and/or collective trauma.

This 45-hour course will introduce peacebuilding and conflict transformation approaches to healing generational, historical and ancestral trauma through drama therapy. The course will involve experiential learning and techniques culled from drama therapy, psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, expressive arts therapy, autobiographical therapeutic performance and Transactional Analysis.

The experiential portion of the training will focus on the application of Healing the Wounds of History as a tool in working with individuals, groups and transforming societies. The didactic portion of the training will offer readings and a theoretical basis and rationale for the use of Healing the Wounds of History approaches in working through personal and collective trauma in multiple cultural and clinical contexts.

Topics will include: 

– Intercultural communication
– Intercultural conflict transformation
– Commemoration
– Cultural identity and self-esteem
– Peacebuilding
– Collective grief and mourning
– Collective trauma
– Ancestral trauma
– Historical trauma
– Generational trauma
– Dueling narratives
– The art of apology
– Uncovering dysfunctional cultural life scripts
– Exploring and owning the potential perpetrator in all of us

The Healing the Wounds of History training will culminate with participants assisting in a one-day intensive workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, with one group or two groups who share a legacy of generational and historical trauma, where the tools they have learned will be applied and integrated.

More Information about The Healing the Wounds of History Process:

Uncovering the Narrative
Healing generational, historical and ancestral trauma involves an uncovering of the dysfunctional narrative or “life script” that you carry beyond your conscious awareness as a member of the collective. Hurtful spoken and unspoken messages about life, love and your self-worth, handed down from your culture or ancestors, can impact your feeling of well-being, self-esteem and your very identity.

Personal Traumas
Mixed in with the collective experience are our personal traumas, inherited from ancestors or their perpetrators, which can seem to confirm dysfunctional beliefs about ourselves. In our work together, we will learn how personal and collective traumas can arise from deep ancestral explorations. We will then apply experiential methods to address them.

Healing Through Action
Action methods taught will include psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre, drama therapy, autobiographical therapeutic performance and expressive arts therapy. Personal and professional growth will be built into the training through self-exploration in a safe and contained environment. Positive messages inherited from ancestors that can guide the participant in their lives today will also be celebrated.

Online Learning Platform

Facilitated by Nermin Soyalp, MAOP, Ph.Dc, we will use an online platform. On a weekly basis we will review assigned readings and videos on the topic of collective, ancestral and generational trauma.   There will be a different subject explored each week. The online component of the course is designed to enrich our learning and be a compliment to the experiential aspect of this training.

Your online participation may require between 30 to 60 minutes of your time each week.

During our Tuesday sessions, facilitated by Armand Volkas, we will shift gears to explore the application of the Healing the Wounds of History approach which can be applied to our work with clients and for our own personal growth.

This training can apply to requirement for The North American Association for Drama Therapy Alternate Training Program and The Healing the Wounds of History Certificate Program


For information and registration contact Nermin Soyalp:

Phone: (510) 595-5500, Ext 16