Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Psychodrama, meet the refugees of Occupied Palestine

Participants in a training session in Jenin on March 18, 2012.
Whenever we find collaboration between cultures in conflict, we can take heart about the possibilities of peace. 

Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, a psychodramatist based in Charlottesville, Va., will be traveling to the Jenin Refugee Camp in Occupied Palestine in July to work with Ben Rivers, a Playback Theatre practitioner of The Freedom Theatre.

The Freedom Theatre, a theater and cultural center in Jenin Refugee Camp, is developing the only professional venue for theater and multimedia in the north of the West Bank in Occupied Palestine. Since it opened its doors in 2006, the organization continues to grow, develop and expand, enabling the young generation in the area to develop new and important skills to build a better future for themselves and their society.

The pair is putting together the Trauma Response Training Program, which will run for 18 months and teach helping professionals and others how to use psychodrama, particularly the Therapeutic Spiral Model developed by Dr. Hudgins. Participants include 15 social workers, psychologists, counselors and community workers from a variety of government and non-government organizations based in Jenin District. They will learn to use psychodrama and the Therapeutic Spiral Model, which modifies the use of psychodrama to maintain greater safety for survivors of trauma." Attendees will receive an International Certification in Trauma Healing from Therapeutic Spiral International upon completion of the program. 

For more information on the program, contact Ben Rivers; monetary donations for the project, which involves donated time, may be directed to Kate Hudgins.