Hana Kende

Co-presenters: Dorottya Horváth, Beáta H. Pozsar, Milán Katanics, Csilla Németh, Mária Orbán, Mónika Román, Viola Szebeni, Virág Szikora



The Art of the I.P. child psychodramatist


Above all, the art of the child psychodramatist who works in the Adlerian Individual Psychotherapy model consists of an ability to internalize (to share) children’s affective lives and experiences of trauma, and a capacity to help create a potential space (a magical world) wherein a child who is alone, hostile, withdrawn, or beset by relational problems can discover that he/she is lovable. Within the safety of this space, the child labelled as a ‘bad child’ who is burdened with self-deprecation and self-hate, and the troubled adolescent can discover inner powers of revalorization, resilience, and self-healing.

The psychodramatist’s art enables her(him) to listen, to hear, to feel, and to understand, both mentally and intuitively, what the children express directly along with the elements they cannot express directly that remain non-verbal. The psychodramatist knows how to adopt the children’s secret, symbolic language and participate in their play as it elaborates symbolically what they cannot express in words. To put it differently: the psychodramatist’s art is to take on the roles the children assign to her(to him) as stage directors and to thereby bring to the surface and interpret the children’s experiences as she stages that role with them.

Our colleagues and play mates will illustrate, in vivo, diverse aspects of their art of psychodrama.



Hanna Kende is an Adlerian psychterapist. She had recieved her degree in Psychology in the mid-sixties at the Sorbonne University, and  at the Institut of Psychology of Paris. She worked for the Ministry of Justice in France as a therapist working with juvenile criminals and at-risk children from families with criminal background. In this framework, she developed her psychodrama method for children. As a teacher and suprevisor, she has tought her method over the last thirty years in Hungary, Italy, France, Serbia, and Romania. Her students founded the Kende Hanna Society, in Hungary and in several other countries. As a result, every year more than 200 children psychodrama groups are formed in these countries, involving more than a thousand children, who can be healed or “made good” as  our Transylvanian collagues put it. Her book titled Psychodrama with Children was published in Hungarian (Osiris 2003), in French (Fabert 2014), and in English (Routledge 2017). A Turkish edition is in progress.

Dorottya Horváth is clinical psychologist, consultant in Adlerian individual psychology, integratednexpressive arts and dance therapist, psychodrama for children trainer. She has been leading psychodrama groups for children and adolescents since 2001 in private and public settings.

Milán Ivó Katanics has been working as a psychologist and a dramatist for over 4 years. He also studies psychodrama for adults, while working with children from pre-school to high school.

Virag Szikora is a teacher of Hungarian and English language, but after giving birth to children she decided to turn towards psychodrama. She finished the self-knowledge and assistant stages in 2009 and now she involved in a psychodrama leadership training. In the meanwhile, she studied child’s psychodrama as well and became a leader in that field. She has worked with groups of children since 2010. For the time being she work for Franciscan Mental Health and Pastoral Care Center and for Don Bosco Educational Center in Budapest.

Viola Szebeni works as a consulting psychologist in an educational institution. During her professional carrier she used to work with children between 3 to 18 years old. They were struggling with different problems like psychosomatic symptoms, anxiety, aggression. She also works with different handicapped people, children and adults, too. She works with them in groups and hold individual psychotherapy as well. She has acquired as a trainer the group technique from Hanna Kende. Her favorite groups are the ‘mothers and children groups’ (only for 5 and 6 years old children) and the ‘adolescents groups’. She elaborated most of my methods during working with adolescent groups. These methods – namely ‘scrawl drawing’, ‘spot techniques’- have been presented on conferences.

Beáta H. Pozsár – Child psychodrama is part of her life for more than 20 years. She has learned from Hanna Kende in Budapest, Hungary. She is clinical psychologist, cultural anthropologist and child psychodrama supervisor. She uses this method from kindergarten children to adolescents. The body work and body awareness is significant in her work with psychodrama groups.

Csilla Németh – Received Diploma from Semmelweis University Medical School (1983) and trained in endocrinology, and psychotherapy. She started learning Psychodrama for Children from Hanna Kende in 1999. She became a Psychodrama for Children trainer in the Hungarian Psychodrama Institute in 2008. Since then, she has led trainings and workshops in Transylvania, Serbia, and Italy besides Hungary. Currently, she leads adult and adolescent groups at the Children and Youth Psychiatric Rehabilitation Institute in Budapest, and in private practice. She also leads a training group, and do supervisions.

Mária Orbán – psychologist, psychotherapist, psychodramatist, trainer in children psychodrama and systemic couple and family psychotherapy, Cluj/Klausenburg, Romania, more than 15 years of professional experience with children and adolescents in individual and group settings, couple, and family psychotherapy, from 2016 offers continuing education courses in children psychodrama. Publication: Orbán, M., Román, M., Szőke, E.: Psihodrama with children: the self-healing method for children within a group. Part I and II, in the Romanian Psihodrama Review (Revista Română de Psihodramă), no. 4/2015 and no. 5/2016.


Milena Mutafchieva

Stefan Flegelskamp

Reijo Kauppila


Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization (EBTS) for traumatized families


The attachment between parents and children is a crucial factor in minimizing risk and maximizing the resilience in children. Due to difficult life situations such as the loss of a family member, addictions, divorce, foster care, or adoption attachment may become fragile and children may react to this with externalised or internalised behavioural problems like anxiety, aggression, diminished self-esteem, etc. The goal of the EBTS Programme is to stabilise and support attachment in parent-child pairs and to increase the mind-mindedness in parents. It is based on fulfilling the basic needs of both parents and children and building skills on how to improve their relationship.

In EBTS, the latest findings from therapy and attachment research are integrated into a resilience- and attachment-oriented playing between parents and children with the aim of increasing reassurance and stabilisation both in children and parents. The use of child psychodramatic scenes enables parents to regain stability with their children while playing in safe and self-made bear caves. Parents and children experience self-efficacy, belonging, and self-esteem. Somatic impacts of psychodrama are realised in playing, which activates children and parents in a positive way and strengthens their relationship.

This EBTS project was born from the need of more effective work with refugee, asylum seeking, and immigrant families in 2017.  The European situation is challenging and, as professionals, we should find new ways of supporting the integration of traumatised families in our society. The project was funded with support from the European Commission.

In this plenary session you will:

  • gain information about the project and the basic principles of psychodrama with children and trauma stabilization
  • be presented the principal theories of psychodrama, sociometry, and trauma theory, in which the EBTS-Programme is based.
  • experience some of the main contents and techniques used in the EBTS-Training and Programme.
  • be presented with the preliminary research results concerning the effectiveness of the EBTS-Programme.


Assoc. Prof. Milena Mutafchieva, PhD: Psychologist, Psychodrama therapist, Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and Psychology Department in New Bulgarian University, Sofia.  Psychodrama trainer for adults. Mutafchieva is the founder and the head of Centre for Child Development and Psychological Consulting “Cognitiva”, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Stefan Flegelskamp: Graduate social worker, child and adolescent psychotherapist, Psychodrama trainer for adults and children, Supervisor. Director of Institute of Psychodrama SZENEN (Cologne, Germany)

Reijo Kauppila – Master of Adult Education, Psychodrama trainer TEP, certified supervisor and business coach ACC, is working with adult learning (individuals and groups) in both public organisations and private companies. He is the director and the main trainer of Helsinki Psychodrama Institute, Helsinki, Finland.

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Attend this two-day online virtual conference and pre-conference workshop to learn more about Psychodrama and Sociodrama with children and youth!