Author/s:

Mario Cossa

Title:

Drago-Drama: Archetypal Psychodrama with Youth

Abstract:

Drago-Drama: Archetypal Psychodrama

This experiential workshop utilizes a type of live-action role playing to identify and explore obstacles to life goals. The action of Drago-Drama is a quest to reclaim the Jewel of Great Worth from the Dragon who hordes/ protects it in its lair. Seekers, on their way to the Dragon, may encounter other denizens of the Dragon’s Realm, such as the Sirens of Self Doubt, the Ogres of Oblivion, the Duchess of Depression, and the Mage of Malice. This workshop uses archetypal psychodrama to explore life issues through the metaphor of Encountering the Dragon. It has been offered in various forms around the world. It has been used with seekers of all ages but the focus of this presentation will be on its use with youth.In this workshop, participants move in and out of three roles: Seeker, Denizen, or Witness. The Seeker is the individual/group on the quest. Denizens include all the characters encountered in the Dragon’s domain. The Witness observes actively but from outside the action. We follow a format of: group building, warm-up and character-building, action, and sharing.

Participants will be able to:

  • describe the process for exploring personal Dragons through, movement, and drama;
  • outline the steps for an archetypal quest into the Dragon’s dimension; and,
  • describe their own experience of exploring life issues through the safety of metaphor.

Biography:

Mario Cossa, MA, RDT/MT, TEP is a psychodrama Trainer/Educator/Practitioner (American Board of Examiners), Drama Therapist/Master Teacher (North American Drama Therapy Association), and Theatre Educator who specializes in work with adolescent groups and trauma survivors. He is Director of Training for Therapeutic Spiral International. Drago-Drama has been presented at numerous conferences and as personal- growth experiences around the world.

 

Author/s:

Dr. Fabian Blobel

Title:

„…Can we go smoke a cigarette…”

Abstract:

Action sociometry as an analytic and catalytic tool for dynamics in groups with adolescents. The adolescents have to find roles for a growing variety of groups. This means a growing need for role creativity and flexibility. In their groups and as a group, the adolescents are responsible to create their safe space in order to experiment new roles and for personal development. Sociometry can help the group members to double and mirror each other. This enables them to share important thoughts and emotions. In their groups the adolescents have to find and learn competent ways to deal with the different ambivalences between Me and We, In and Out and Power and Sub-ordinance. Sociometry can help to give light and words to the unseen and unspoken aspects of the group. In this workshop we will experience the possibilities of action sociometry and “psychodramatic sociometry” in a wide range of group dynamics with adolescents.

Biography:

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy for children and adolescents in Germany, Psychodramatherapist for children, director and trainer in psychodrama for children and adolescents, supervisor. Director of Training Programs in Orpheus Institute, Bulgaria“Psychodrama with children” and “Psychodrama and action methods with groups of adolescents” Dr. Fabian Blobel is a direct student of Alfons Aichinger and Walter Holl (creators of the Psychodrama method for children), longtime head of the group therapy department for children and adolescents at the mental health service in canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Now working in private praxis in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Author/s:

Daniela Tahirova

Alexandrina Milcheva

Title:

How to use our superpowers online

Abstract:

The pandemic situation has a lot of consequences in different aspects of our lives. Children have their own internal struggles which they sometimes find hard to express or verbalise in a healthy way. In our children groups we give emotional support using different techniques which allows the participants to play and express feelings in a safe environment. Inspired by our work and the experience that we gain working online with psychodrama, we’d like to offer an experimental and didactic way of giving emotional support to children in an online setting.

Biography:

Daniela Tahirova, Med*, MPsy, Psychodrama therapist, Family consultant, Supervisor and educator
Daniela Tahirova has more than 10 years of experience in therapeutic work with children and adults. She works with groups and individually with elements of family therapy. Distinctive for her work with children is using the method of game therapy and counseling parents during the therapeutic process.
Daniela is a mother of two children – a teenager and a toddler. (*2000 – Pedagogy of Deviant Behavior, 2002 – Communicative Development Disorders, 2005 – Psychology – NBU)

Alexandrina Milcheva, BPsy*, MPsy, Psychodrama therapist, clinical psychologist and school psychologist. Alexandrina Milcheva works as a school psychologist and psychodrama therapist for the last few years. She uses in her work psychodrama and ideas from the family therapy and psychoanalysis. Alexandrina works therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults. She also consults parents and has experience with children with special needs. Alexandrina works individually or in groups using all kinds of tools through psychodrama and game therapy. (*2014 – Psychology, 2016 – Clinical psychology – psychoanalytic approach – NBU)

 

Author/s:

Craig Stevens

Title:

Working WITH resistance

Abstract:

Of course adolescents are resistant to talking about and sharing their painful experiences, so how can professionals use their resistance as a tool to help them? This experiential workshop will explore and share ideas.

Biography:

I have extensive experience of working with and teaching about psychodrama with adolescents in the UK and across Europe. I have worked mainly within the National Health Services in the UK, and more recently in the private sector across Europe.

 

Author/s:

Inna Braneva

Title:

Psychodrama work with children /3-7 years/ with developmental difficulties

Brief abstract:

In this workshop we will have possibility to be for a while in the role of little children, and to play like them. This workshop presents the work with children with developmental difficulties in small groups in kindergartens. Often, these difficulties are also a part of a family system problems.

This is an author method, based on a psychodrama and relational psychomotricity for support of the individuality and emotional growing of children.

We will have a time for discussion and for time to play.

Biography:

Psychodrama therapist, trainer and supervisor in a DEA Psychodrama Institute. Relational psychomotricity therapist and trainer.  Individual and group therapy, family constellation. Professional training and supervision in social and educational domains.  Itinerant psychotherapist

 

Author/s:

Luigi Dotti

Giovanna Ferella

Title:

Spontaneity and control. Promote the development of relationship skills in children

Brief abstract:

The laboratory offers the presentation and direct experience of the main relational skills in psychodramatic activity with children, with particular attention to the difficulty of controlling body, action and emotions.

Long abstract:

This workshop offers theoretical-practical reflections and direct experiences of psychodramatic activity with real groups of children. Particular attention is given to the issues of hyperactivity and the control of motor skills. Some aspects are particularly important: the ritual, the therapeutic function of the peer group; watching; the spontaneity – creativity dyad; the spontaneity – control dyad; artistic and narrative expressiveness by the whole group

Biography:

Luigi Dotti (Provaglio d’Iseo, Brescia Italy): psychologist, psychotherapist, director of psychodrama and playback theater. He has been working with groups of children and adults for over forty years. He created the Psychodrama Theater, an association for social promotion.

Giovanna Ferella – (Chieri -Torino, Italy) Giovanna Ferella  is Clinical Psychologist and resident (Fourth year of the School of Specialization in Psychodramatic Psychotherapy of Brescia). She is also an accredited trainer of the Center for Playback Theater in New York. She uses action methods, psychodrama, playback theater and expressive art therapy in working with groups. She has particularly practiced and deepened his activity with online groups.

 

Author/s:

Virag Szikora

Title:

Elaborating Traumatic Experiences in the Symbolic World

Abstract:

In 2014 I heard about an opportunity of volunteering in a foster home in Budapest. Being under the process of upper level child’s psychodrama training it seemed a proper idea to start a group for children in this home. I had never done something like this before, but I had a strong motivation to make it work. I had lived near this Home when I was a child myself and I was very much concerned with the idea what life could have been for children living between those walls. So, I was curious, motivated which made me act and blew away all my fears. I had a goal that if I only could help one child with the method of child’s psychodrama it would be worth it. It seemed a difficult task, “a deep water”, but I trusted the method and ourselves with my colleague. Fortunately, we found a treasure “underneath”, a little boy called Zsolti, who taught us how to “swim” in this enchanted world. I am very thankful to him. Now I would like to invite you to this “deep water” adventure within the frameworks of a workshop. We will observe the changes of his personal relationships to his environment and himself by going through his fantastic stories. We will walk around and get closer and closer to something very threatening: a trauma experienced in real live by Zsolti. He had come from underprivileged, traumatizing circumstances and had serious distressing symptoms when he joined the psychodrama process but in an accepting atmosphere in the symbolic world he could express and experience his inner difficulties which called forth a healing process. If you dare to come with me on his road, I guarantee you – as in the fairytales and romantic movies – a happy ending.

Biography:

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

 

Author/s:

Viola Szebeni

Title:

Half-ready’ drawing techniques

Abstract:

This method can be used in individual or group psychotherapy as well. The advantage is that we are easily able to purchase the tools. Most of the time children- and occasionally adults too- would like to participate in the activity. When we offer the common activity, we discuss about the working environment, optimal collaborative environment in order to increase effectivity. I introduce some ready creations what we can study together. In these creations the children are expert of their own experiences. We-the originator of the activity – are attentive and open-minded to every little piece of information. We discuss how it influences the content of the creation how children’s motivation can be affected by psychologist’s attitude. The above introduced technique was invented and elaborated after Hanna Kende’s psychodrama with children methods. The first participants were young adolescents and adolescents.

Biography:

My name is Viola Szebeni and I work as a consulting psychologist in an educational institution. During my professional carrier I used to work with children between 3 to 18 years old. They were struggling with different problems like psychosomatic symptoms, anxiety, aggression. I also work with different handicapped people, children and adults, too. I work with them in groups and I hold individual psychotherapy as well. I have acquired as a trainer the group technique from Hanna Kende.
My favorite groups are the ‘mothers and children groups’ (only for 5 and 6 years old children) and the ‘adolescents groups’. I elaborated most of my methods during working with adolescent groups. These methods- namely  ‘scrawl drawing’, ‘spot techniques’- have been presented on conferences.
I persuade that the 21th century’s children’ and youngsters’ creativity inspire all of us to constantly invent new ideas and methods.
I wrote an article into the Mentálhigiéné és Pszichoszomatika (2019) Magazine about the history of  psychodrama with children.
The academic background of my article is Kende Hanna’s psychodrama training with children. I cover those techniques in details that change in the presented method, which are the coordinates of the psychodrama with children.
I wrote a book about Motifs of XXI. century children tales.The main purpuse of this study is to introduce the most freuently occuring symbols during the psychodrama with children. These symbols helps child to treat past experiences and events more easily, to pick up self strenght, to become more confident and more assertive.
Most of the roles fairly resemble to heros of virtual reality, however it often happens to find classical roles, such as wizard or magical contents. The symbols of young adolescent are separtely detailed. These symbols are varied and freuently taken from the XXI. century.
The children tales oftentimes tell story about  silence, mouring and fate. Hereby this study shows how it appears in psychodrama with children.

 

Author/s:

Beáta H. Pozsár

Csilla Németh

Title:

Mixed bag

Abstract:

Adolescence is a transition period from being a child to become an adult. For them, the most important problems include how to relate to authority, how to show or hide themselves, how to connect to each other. The techniques we use, are composed of elements of both children and adult psychodrama methodology. We, the leaders, take an active role, often the unpopular role, in the imaginary play, and if and when necessary, we intervene from the role, like in children psychodrama based on Kende Hanna’s method. As the adolescents become older, and create more close to real-life situations, we use “distance keeping” technics, position change, occasional inner voice, and emphasize self-reflection, reflection to each other, and sharing, just like we would in adult psychodrama. During the workshop, we will show some of the techniques how to approach the goal to help the adolescents to see themselves from “other’s eye”, to find and sound their own voice, to connect and learn from each other.

Biography:

Beáta H. PozsárChild psychodrama is part of my life for more than 20 years. I’ve learned from Hanna Kende in Budapest, Hungary. I’m clinical psychologist, cultural anthropologist and child psychodrama supervisor. I use this method from kindergarten children to adolescents. The body work and body awareness is significant in my work with psychodrama groups.

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

 

Author/s:

Angela Sordano

Title:

The embodiment in groups with adolescents

Abstract:

In the intersubjective perspective, embodiment takes on a double meaning: the genetic predisposition to embodied simulation and the self-awareness that comes from role-playing in a group or dyadic setting.

The workshop will try to explain how embodiment is fostered by the creation of a virtual scene or by the introduction of a virtual character who interprets the subjective feeling  of the protagonist.

Biography:

Angela Sordano: Psychologist, Psychodramatist, Trainer in Psychodrama in Coirag and IPAP institutes. Forty years of work in a clinical Center for children and adolescents. Member of Apragipsicodramma, Fepto, Gasi, Coirag

 

Author/s:

Wilma Scategni

Title:

Dreams, Myths and Fairy Tales/ Psychodrama online with family, children and adolescence: Experiences and research

Abstract:

Regarding the contents of the precedent lecture, the workshop will explore the potential of using psychodrama and expressive therapies in onlinework on the topic of dreams, myths and fairy tales enactment. The focus will be on the theme of “surplus reality” in the on line experiences in groups, sharing on the topic of dreams myths and fairy tales with Jungian, Analytical Psychodrama. The workshop will present how it is possible to explore in different experiential ways – feelings, memories, dreams and reflections with different tecniques on the bases of Psychodrama. The online work with psychodrama and mixed expressive therapies offers many new creative resources and possibilities. to explore this new kind of on line reality. New connections can be revealed and the possibility to explore and discover new inner resources for the future, even when this terrible pandemia is over. The sharing and enactment processes can open groups up to many different relationships at different levels and with different languages, becoming a point where the personal and the collective unconscious meet in a dynamic process involving the group itself. The subterranean transpersonal matrix can reflect the present social fragmentation due to social and cultural pressure, but at the same time can point the way towards possible future paths for encounters beyond present fears, difficulties and hopes.

Biography:

Dr Med.Wilma Scategni – psychiatrist (Children and Adults); Founding member of FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations) and Member of the Board (3 years); Editor of FEPTO Newsletter (4 years); Staff Member Granada Academy since 2005; IAGP Individual Member; Docent CIPA –IAAP, Past Docent at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich; Author of many books and articles on the subject Analythical Psychology, Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama published in many different languages (English, German,Italian and Spanish). The most important: Psychodrama: Group Processes and dreams: Archetypal Images of individuation (Routledge 2003) was published in 4 Languages

 

Author/s:

Irena Vitaljić

Title:

My challenges and my strengths – Psychodramatic and Somatic Experiencing approach to research personal capacity in working with children and young people

Abstract:

Through this workshop participants will be acquainted with the basics of psychodrama techniques and possibilities of integrating examples of dramatic play, elements of children’s psychodrama and Somatic Experiencing in professional (educational, pedagogical, dramatic, therapeutic…) work with children, young people and adults. Participants of the workshop will explore how spontaneity can be created through dramatic action, an atmosphere of trust, a safe place where one can feel, experience, and express what is. By being present “here and now” they will listen to the body and recognize sensations, emotions, thoughts, needs and try to adequately respond to them. Participants are going to interact with others, play roles, experience the perspective of “other people’s shoes”. They will have the opportunity to raise awareness of one’s strengths, capabilities and resources. Participants will explore the limits of their own responsibility and commitment to themselves and try to illuminate their current starting position. They will be given the opportunity to look at the process and see if all of the above contributes to the strengthening of their social and communication skills and whether it increases quality of life.

Biography:

Irena Vitaljić is a teacher, psychodramatic therapist, integrative children’s therapist, drama pedagogue. In 1998 she started pedagogical work with children and young people at the Hrvatska kazališna kuća in Zadar, and until 2004 she worked in the theatre association Let’s Play, Zadar. From 2004 to the present, she works as a teacher at the elementary school. Also, since 2004 she is working as drama pedagogue at the Zagreb Youth Theatre. In 2015, she completed a five-year continuous professional education for a psychodramatic psychotherapist at the Institute of Psychodrama according to an international program accredited by the European Association for Psychotherapy. In 2016 she completed her education as a children’s integrative therapist. Since 2018, she has been teaching drama therapy as a guest assistant at the University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb. By the end of 2021, she will complete education in “Somatic Experiencing”. Through the period from 1998 to 2021, she has been involved in the continuous professional education and participated in a series of international professional educations, workshops, seminars covering working with children, young people and adults, and new approaches to education, theatrical education and practice, drama therapy, psychotherapy, (children’s) psychodrama. She leads workshops for children, young people, students, teachers and educators.

 

Author/s:

Milena Mutafchieva

Stefan Flegelskamp

Title:

“The snake says, no fear!” Group and Individual Psychodrama with aggressive children

Abstract:

There is a wide variety of reasons why children exhibit aggressive behaviour. Frequently, when we meet aggressively dominant children their symptoms have become very established because they have already had a long ‘career’ as a ‘behaviourally disturbed child’. This is one way for an emotionally neglected child to gain attention in their kindergarten, for example. However, this strategy leads to conflicts, which means the child increasingly becomes an outsider, which in turn worsens their aggressive tension. When they start school, if they do not have the ability to perform well and compensate in this way, the dynamic is set to be repeated. Reinforced aggressiveness or depressive withdrawal are the consequences of failure to perform.

In this workshop we will present the principles of the psychodramatic, diagnostic first interview as an individual psychodrama session for animal-part work.  Interventions with aggressive children in group therapy will be demonstrated on the basis of the 4 basic needs and suggestions for supportive psychodramatic parental work will be given.

Biography:

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)

 

Author/s:

Lydia Yordanova

Title:

Psychodrama and Expressive Arts Therapy Approach for Healing Childrens’ Trauma Caused by Parents’ Divorce

Abstract:

The increased divorce rate in the modern society has become a source of considerable concern. Each year a lot of children experience the divorce of their parents.

It has been well-established that parental conflict and divorce are related to adverse emotional effects on the children involved. Among the most salient of these are increased impulsivity, distractibility, aggressiveness, acting-out behaviour and overall lowered academic achievement. Actually it is unrealistic to assume that a child can perform well when he or she is upset by such serious unresolved personal problems as those involved in divorce. The effects on children result more often from the feeling of uncertainty of what is going to happen after the divorce, from the level of conflict between the parents and from how the parenting after the divorce is done.

Effects of divorce on children under 9 years are that they tend to blame themselves for the divorce. They also dream about their parents getting back together again some day. That’s wishful thinking.

For these children their parents are the center of their universe. They need a lot of attention, care, love and confirmation from them. But during such times of extreme family disruption, parents are under tremendous stress and may not be capable of providing the support and guidance their children need.

Psychodrama and some expressive arts methods are very appropriate when working with children exposed to such kind of trauma. In the workshop we will explore how children could use their natural language of play to mobilize their creative imagination, to express their anxieties, conflicts and problems in a symbolic mode and to self help healing the trauma caused by their parents’ divorce through their own creativity.

Biography:

Lydia Yordanova, MSc in Applied Psychology, a certified psychodrama therapist and educator. Has been working in the field of school psychology, directing seminars and workshops with teachers, students and parents on topics, being related to the upbringing of children and adolescents since 2007. Founder of ZS Consult Educational, Counselling and Training Centre, Varna, Bulgaria. Organizer of Annual National and International Conferences on the topics of School Psychology and Psychodrama in Education. President of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

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