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Prof. Leni Verhofstadt-Denève (Phd., TEP)

Ghent University, BELGIUM

LECTURE – English/French (Belgium)

How to improve the interpersonal relationship between two protagonists?

Theory and Practice


In this lecture we will present the application of a psychodramatical strategy to improve the interpersonal relationship between two protagonists whether or not in conflict. The direct dialogue between both protagonists is prepared step by step through an indirect intrapersonal dialogue where both simultaneously operate as actor and as silent observer; therefore referred to as the “Simultaneous Action-Observer Strategy” (SA-OS; cf. 2017)

This method can be used without a group in relational therapy with a motivated dyad (i.e. father/daughter; mother/son;…. two partners…) or also, under slightly methodological variants, within group settings (i.e. therapy- & training-groups…).

First we will explore the theoretical background. Through concrete didactical demonstration (incl. video extracts, cf. 2018). The five action stages of SA-OS will be clarified  in relation to the underlying Phe-Di PModel and recent neurological insights.

Also some variants of the SA-OS will shortly be highlighted  such as the more complex form

for tackling subgroup conflicts i.e. The Double Triad Method (DTM; cf. 2012).


Verhofstadt-Denève, L. (2017). A Psychodrama Strategy for Conflictual Interpersonal Relationships: Theory and Practice. International Journal of Psychotherapy. A Special issue on Psychodrama Psychotherapy. 21, 2, 26-41. (The publication of this special issue coincides with the 25th anniversary of FEPTO celebrated in Sigtuna -Sweden- June, 2017).
▪Verhofstadt-Denève, L. (2018). Didactical DVD in relation to the topic of the lecture presented at the FEPTO conference, 2018 Pravetz, Bulgaria. (Will be available at the 8th Int. PD  Congress, ISEO, 2019).
▪Verhofstadt-Denève, L. (2012). Subgroup conflicts? Try the psychodramatic “Double Triad Method”. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. 32 (2), 253-281.


Prof. Leni Verhofstadt-Denève (Phd., TEP)

Ghent University, BELGIUM

Moira Verhofstadt (CP)
School of Experiential-Dialectical Psychodrama

WORKSHOP – English – French (Belgium)

How to improve the interpersonal relationship between two protagonists?


In this workshop we will present the application of a psychodramatical strategy to improve the interpersonal relationship between two protagonists whether or not in conflict. Based on the basic theoretical/practical insights of the former lecture, there will be ample possibility for practical experiential-learning work in small subgroups with the “Simultaneous Action-Observer Strategy”,  followed by processing.


Verhofstadt-Denève, L. (2017). A Psychodrama Strategy for Conflictual Interpersonal Relationships: Theory and Practice. International Journal of Psychotherapy. A Special issue on Psychodrama Psychotherapy. 21, 2, 26-41. (The publication of this special issue coincides with the 25th anniversary of FEPTO celebrated in Sigtuna -Sweden- June, 2017).
▪Verhofstadt-Denève, L. (2018). Didactical DVD in relation to the topic of the lecture presented at the FEPTO conference, 2018 Pravetz, Bulgaria. (Will be available at the 8th Int. PD  Congress, ISEO, 2019).


Yafi Shpirer (Israel)

 Workshop – English (USA) – Spanish (Argentina)

Psychodrama and Trauma treatment

General Goals:

The proposed workshop will integrate psychodrama and other methods that deals with   personal, family and community trauma.

The workshop objectives are:

  1. To consolidate and clarify the concepts: stress, anxiety, fear, trauma, resilience, coping with crisis.
  2. To experience the model that connect, Sociodrama, psychodrama, to BASIC PH.
  3. To experience each coping styles, combining active and expressive therapeutic tools.
  4. To enable the participating practitioner in the workshop to identify them personal style, and be in touch with their own   traumatized experience. They will understand and recognize its effects on their work and find other ways to help the clients.

Some theoretical  concepts :

Each individual has a personal typical style of resilience, which is a combination of all 6 channels.

Each individual has the potential to cope with all 6 channels however each person develops a personal way of coping which develops in his early years and escorts them for the rest of their live. This specific personal style of coping combines   biological foundations as well as genetical, environmental and acquired

Each person has preferred developed ways of coping (preferred channels) during different times and yet there are channels which are not so developed due to various life circumstances

Out of hundreds of researches with people in stressful situations it seems like each individual has a combination of channels that help him cope.

Experiential activity, accompanied by a theoretical processing where the participants will understand the model and will be able to apply in their own Organizations.


Yafi Shpirer (Israel)

 Workshop – English (USA) – Spanish (Argentina)

Which “double” do I need?

Psycho-Sociodrama is an acting methodology that allows us to the observe and explore the relationship between the individual and community/group   process of changes and development ,  and the impact of Community Trauma on all.

The proposed workshop will integrate psychodrama and other action methods that deals with   personal, family and community trauma and others unfinished issues .

We will use sociodramatic methods to observe the influence of transgenerational trauma and forward in its affecting on the society.

We will use the model that I develop that takes the BASIC PH  theory (http://www.eng.icspc.org/Community-Resilience.html ) developed by Mooli Lahad, into the psycho-Sociodrama field and allows the group to cope   with the community and social trauma in a new way.

We will explore the range of different interpretations of the concept of “double” in psycho-sociodrama.

This Model of group work is in use by me since 2004 in all the villages and kibbutzim around Gaza Strip where I work with children and adults, during all those years until now.


Digmar Aguilera (Bolivia)

Workshop – Spanish (Colombia) – English (USA)

El psicodrama freudiano trabaja la metodología y técnica moreniana desde una lectura sustentada en los conceptos trabajados por el psicoanalista J. Lacan.

Este tipo de intervención clínica presenta sus particularidades, en las cuales son conceptos fundamentales: la mirada, el discurso y el juego.


Paolo Carrirolo (Italia)

Workshop – Italian – Spanish (Argentina)

 “Dal Teatro della spontaneità allo Psicodramma…e ritorno”

Lo Psicodramma classico come esperienza terapeutica, estetica e sociale. Lo Psicodramma classico nasce dal teatro della Spontaneità ed arriva, attraverso le vicissitudini esistenziali del suo ideatore J.L. Moreno, allo Psicodramma come intervento psicoterapeutico e socioterapeutico. In Argentina in particolare a Cordoba, grazie all’iniziativa di Maria Elena Garavelli, allieva di Dalmiro Bustos, rinasce, rivisitato, il Teatro della Spontaneità (Teatro Espontaneo). E’ mia intenzione presentare il questo laboratorio un’esperienza di applicazione dello Psicodramma classico-Teatro della Spontaneità con una particolare attenzione agli aspetti scenici, teatrali ed estetici, che utilizzo nella mia pratica clinica-psicoterapeutica.


Milena Mutafchieva (Bulgaria), Stefan Flegelskamp (Germany) & Reijo Kauppila (Finland)

Workshop – English (UK) – German (Switzerland, Informal)

Trauma stabilization for refugee families with Psychodrama – innovation project 2017-2019

Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization (EBTS) consists of two innovative products for stabilization of traumatized children among refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant families. The EBTS-Program is a Psychodrama based short trauma stabilization process for refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant families. In the EBTS-Training psychologists, social workers, educators and other professionals learn to conduct the EBTS-Program in groups of refugee families.

The project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This project is born in the present need of more effective working with refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant families. The European situation is challenging, and as professionals we should find new ways of supporting the integration of refugees in our society. One way to do it, is to support constructive relations between children and parents and to develop resilience in the families. Most of refugee, asylum and immigrant families have some kind of trauma experience in their original country or on their way to destination country.

EBTS re-connects traumatized children to their parents and thus to their most important binding resource. EBTS uses the language of the children: Playing.

EBTS combines psycho-education on trauma with child-friendly and children-psychodrama playful stabilization techniques

EBTS provides helpers with the latest knowledge in the field of trauma using experience-oriented and action-oriented methods.

EBTS stabilizes children, parents and helpers.


Stefan Flegelskamp (Germany), Milena Mutafchieva (Bulgaria) 

Workshop – English (UK) – German (Switzerland, Informal)

“A child is very serious when playing“ J. Rousseau

The psychodramatic therapy of children differs profoundly from treating adults with this method and demands a lot of the psychodrama therapist. Children communicate differently from grown-ups. Playing is their instrument of expressing their inner world and they use symbols to do so. One can say: Playing is their „royal way“ to express the unconscious. They search for their possibilities by „Doing and Acting“. They test their inner images by acting it out and bringing it on the appropriate stage.
Children play, choose subjects, places and roles. That is the way they express themselves, develop and have fun. Presumably this is the origin of the psychodramatic therapy. Jacob L. Moreno based his psychodramatic work on this kind of play and included the basic steps and elements of the human development.
Children are characterized by an outstanding creativity. They can change sorrowful situations into a game with symbols and find solutions for their own conflicts. Constitutive psychodramatic fundamental techniques are adopted by the vivid, childish play. Children psychodrama supports the self-development and the advancement of children in a special way.

The course teaches the basics of this symbolic play with children in theory and practice, corresponding psychodramatic techniques for action and the appropriate use of psychodramatic options for intervention in both group and individual therapy.

Target Group

Professionals who work with children educationally and / or therapeutically such as child and adolescent psychotherapists, physicians, psychologists, mental health and social workers, teachers, and educators.


Adena Bank LeesUnited States

Workshop – English (USA)

CEI is an elusive form of sexual abuse that occurs in the family system without there necessarily being direct genital contact. The substitute spouse and/or caretaker role is common for survivors of CEI. In denying their own needs and striving for perfection, CEI survivors often feel separate and alone. A strong social atom is necessary to shed these extreme roles by identifying and setting appropriate boundaries. This workshop will demonstrate action structures to strengthen the survivor’s social atom and practice the role of “effective boundary setter.”

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two boundaries necessary for CEI survivors to set with family members.
    2. Apply at last one action structure to assist professionals in their practice.


Shu Gong – United States, Juilin Tu – Taiwan 

Workshop – English (USA)

This is an integrative work of traditional Chinese medicine and psychodrama.
This workshop demonstrates a holistic healing process using traditional Chinese medicine and psychodrama. Traditional Chinese medicine sees emotional imbalance as major causes of illness. The visible, substantial, and tangible physical body is considered as yang, whereas the invisible, insubstantial, and intangible energy body is construed as yin — neither can exist without the other. For example depression effects the energy in the lungs it usually causes colon problems such as constipation or diarrhea. In the healing process, when the energy body is healed, then the physical body is healed as well. This workshop demonstrates the of psychodrama and traditional Chinese medicine to facilitate healing.


Vladimir Milošević – Tomi Janežič – Slovenia



In psychodrama therapy we use the creative potential of the theatric play as a main therapeutic »tool«. Spontaneity which is liberated through the act of play is the main source fort he theraputic process. But in psychodrama creative language of the theatric play is not just a theraputic tool, we can observe a therapeutic change as a creative act in which the protagonist produces something new, in a process of own change.

In the workshop the authosrs will demonstrate the way of the use of psychodrama method in a creative process and vice-versa, the proces of theraputic development of the protagonist will be observed through the creative act of theatric play.

In a psychodrama we can put a sign of equality between creativity and therapy.


Vladimir Milošević – Slovenia

Panel/Simposium – English (UK) – Serbian


Film projection and a round table discussion

After the war in ex Yugoslavia a number of war veterans which suffered from PTSP participated in group therapeutic treatment in a groups where the members were from the different sides from the war conflict.

This film is based on the real-life experience of the war veterans. In teh movie they are engaged in a psychodrama group, in which are present ex-soldiers from the Serbian, Bosnian and Croat army. In the film the psychodrama methosd is the main tool of the therapeutic and reconciliation process for those men.

At the same time psychodrama was used in the preparation process for the movie.
The film won a number of prices in different international film festivals: Carlove Vary, Bratislava, Rome, Istanbul, Zagreb, Ljubljana…After the projection of the movie the audience will be invited to a discussion at round table.


Maike Braune, Menz Aline – Germany

Wokshop – English (UK) – German

Sociopsychodrama and Literature?
What do they have in common? Why do we sympathise with figures, characters or items from literature? What can we learn about ourselves from stories?

The knowledge and research about what? Sociopsychodrama and literature can be linked together. Exploring literature in a sociopsychodramatic way allows us a very personal, lively and pleasurable approach to stories with their characters. Simultaneously, we can get surprisingly new insights about ourselves: There are hundreds of ways of understanding and interpreting literary works. The way how we fill the gaps a text may contain and how we interpret the multiple meanings that each piece of literature has, reveals much of our personality.

In the workshop we intend to show how we can express ourselves via literature and how the playful exploration of texts allows us to widen our scope. We wish to show as well that this approach enables readers to deepen the understanding of texts. Finally, we will discuss how you can work with this knowledge in language lessons, lessons of literature and also in self-experience groups.


Jaye Moyer – United States

Workshop – English (USA)

“Forgiveness” presented by Jaye Moyer of IntegralTherapy.net and Psychodrama Training Institute of New York City, New York.

Zen teacher, Joko Beck wrote: “Our failure to know joy is a direct reflection of our inability to forgive.”
Starting with this understanding, in this workshop we will explore the experience of forgiveness. We will investigate various dimensions of forgiveness, including self-forgiveness, our need to be forgiven as well as our need to forgive. For each of these dimensions, we will use guided meditation, sociometric exploration, psychodrama and group sharing as a support in our inquiry. The intention of this workshop is to broaden and deepen our capacity to explore our relationship with forgiveness. This may allow us to know more freedom, spontaneity and joy.


Pavel Kornienko – Russian Federation

Workshop – English (UK) – Russian

Working with trauma via the completion of psychophysiological reactions

At the workshop, I will explain approach to working with trauma based on the idea of helping the client complete psycho-physiological reactions that have occurred during the initial traumatic episode. I will present four types of psycho-physiological reactions and how to work them. In the second part of the workshop, I will show how this works in practice.


Manuela Maciel – Portugal

Workshop – English (UK) – Portughese (Portugal)

This workshop introduces the latest scientific developments in Transgenerational studies and participants will have the opportunity of experiencing and practicing Transgenerational therapy tools and techniques. The workshop, held by Manuela Maciel, Trainer at the Anne Ancelin Schützenberger School of Transgenerational Therapy, will demonstrate the original psychogenealogical approach created by the Founder and main Trainer of the School, Prof. Anne Ancelin Schützenberger.

Family legacies play a direct role in the formation of emotional symptoms and can cause repetitive patterns of behaviour such as the “anniversary syndrome” or “invisible loyalty” which are repeated from one generation to the next. Future generations preserve their loyalty and deal with unfinished business by accommodating to dysfunctional patterns in the family of origin and re-enacting similar life scripts.

Some of the clinical tools and techniques which will be demonstrated during this workshop comprise the Genosociogram, the Family Atom, the use of Toys, Incognito Auxiliaries and Psychogenealogy exercises.
Manuela Maciel (Portugal) is a Clinical and Social Psychologist, and Psychodrama Director for 32 years. She is experienced individual, group and educational therapist. She was the Chairperson of the Psychodrama Section of the IAGP – International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (2003-2009). Member of the board, supervisor and teacher in the Portuguese Psychodrama Society (SPP). Manuela was trained in Psychogenealogy by Anne Schützenberger and has additional training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and EMDR. She was Founder and Consultant of International Sociodrama Conference (2007-2020) and Founder of International Transgenerational Conference (2007). She wrote and edited books and articles on the topic of Sociodrama and Psychogenealogy.


Cristina Martinez Taboada – Spain

Workshop – English (UK) – Spain

What do women do to survive?

Methodology: action and reflection group mainly for women without excluding men

Research has shown that women are more likely to survive a life-threatening crisis than men. Currently, in all parts of the world, women tend to live longer than men. Of course, There are some biological and non-biological keys.
We know that women have suffered from social alienation and the “corruption” of the body. Biological processes, such as sex, menstruation, breastfeeding and even pregnancy, were considered disgusting. Women can be forced to cover their bodies and faces and make them live as shameful beings without education or power.
However, most maintain an inspiring energy source towards others beyond cultural and socioeconomic differences.
Our main objective would be to answer the following question:
Could we deepen together what kind of emotions, impulses, strengths, sensations push and reconstruct women to survive?
Spanish:¿Qué hacen las mujeres para sobrevivir?
Metodología: grupo de acción y reflexión principalmente para mujeres sin excluir a los hombres
Resumen: Las investigaciones han demostrado que las mujeres tienen más probabilidades de sobrevivir a una crisis potencialmente mortal que los hombres. En todas partes del mundo, las mujeres tienden a vivir más que los hombres. Hay claves biológicas y no biológicas.
Las mujeres han sufrido de alienación social y la “corrupción” del cuerpo. Los procesos biológicos, como el sexo, la menstruación, la lactancia e incluso el embarazo, se consideraron repugnantes. Las mujeres pueden ser obligadas a cubrir sus cuerpos y rostros y hacer que vivan como seres vergonzosos sin educación ni poder.
Sin embargo, la mayoría mantiene una fuente de energía inspiradora más allá de las diferencias culturales y socioeconómicas.
El principal objetivo es responder a
¿Podríamos profundizar juntos qué tipo de emociones, impulsos, fortalezas, sensaciones reconstruyen a las mujeres para sobrevivir?


Beppe Bertagna – Italy

Workshop – English (UK) – Spain – Italian

Il laboratorio propone un’esperienza di Psicodramma Biblico, il quale ha lo scopo di far interagire un gruppo su un testo biblico utilizzando la metodologia dello Psicodramma Classico. Lo Psicodramma Biblico nasce dal bisogno di ridare vita ai personaggi e alle storie bibliche accadute “in quel tempo”. Dando vita ai vari personaggi delle storie, i membri di un gruppo sono invitati ad entrare nei panni di quei personaggi e a rivivere in prima persona le storie che la Bibbia racconta. Ciò offre l’opportunità di cogliere in profondità i vissuti che stanno alla base delle azioni narrate e quindi di prendere coscienza della complessità umana che caratterizza i protagonista delle storie bibliche.

Cogliere la vivacità e la complessità umana che caratterizza questi personaggi permette di venire a contatto con il messaggio autentico che la Bibbia trasmette, ossia la Buona Notizia. Essa afferma che esiste un amore gratuito e incondizionato, che viene da Dio stesso ed è per tutti, credenti e non credenti. Attingendo alle storie Bibliche ed identificandosi con i personaggi della Bibbia ogni persona può venire a contatto con questo messaggio e sperimentarne gli effetti benefici!

Infatti la guarigione di cui si parla nella Bibbia consiste anzitutto nell’esperienza di essere oggetti di una cura premurosa e gratuita, non soggetta ad alcuna considerazione sul merito.

Di questo amore che cura sono testimonianza vari testi dei Vangeli ed essa permea l’intera attività pubblica di Gesù!


Rebecca Walters – USA

Workshop – English (USA)

Childwork/Childplay: Action Methods with Children

Psychodrama, sociodrama, creative dramatics and playback can facilitate the healing of wounded children. The focus of this workshop will be on group work with children, ages five through twelve, who are victims of abandonment, abuse, trauma and domestic violence. This workshop offers specific action structures that create the necessary safe space that allows children to tell their stories, express strong feeling and find new roles.
Participants will experience the use the psychodramatic and sociodramatic empty chair, the use of multiple doubles, structures such an inner and outer circle and the use of fantasy figures to create safety and encourage expression.


Paolo Molino – Italy

Workshop  – English – French – Italian

Family constellation method as a tool to enhance presence to oneself

Family constellation is a methodology, although non formal, that is
very powerful and indeed popular nowadays. Purpose of the experiential
workshop is to have participants experience how it works and strip
them of the esoteric aura that usually goes with it. Family
constellations’ definition that will be empowered is “ a
multidimensional representation of one’s unconscious”.
Emotions and Kurt Lewin’s field theory are the basis that will guide
us through the process.
What creates much malaise nowadays is the unfamiliarity with one’s
emotions, family constellation can be used to have people feel and
start trusting their feelings as they are very clear during the
experience. Not only but they can also be used to experience how one
“sets” his/her own table (as a metaphor of life) , what does
he/she do in order to contribute to it. First watching it represented
and then getting “on stage” , helps the person journey through an
experiential process that holds powerful insights.
Attachment theory is also the basis of the work with family
constellation as it represents the ever powerful bond with the primary
attachment figure that we replicate in life’s realtionship with the
important other. Presence to oneself’ purpose being not to severe
this bond but rather to update it with current life circumstances.
Very inspiring under this point of view is Lorna Smith Benjamin work
and her “gift of love” concept, that has everything to do with the
lengths we reach in order to belong (initially to the family, then to
other groups).
During the workshop attendees will be asked to work on themselves and
experience the tool.

The workshop will tap into all the four key themes of the conference .
During family constellation we can experience the influence on one’s
personal history of gender discrimination and violence and its going
through generations as we have to comply in order to belong.
We will also see how the designated patient, as well as symptoms are
useful to keep the system functioning. Also context information such
as wars or big historical events are to be experienced and taken into
account on order to understand fully one’s path and malaise.


Valerie Simon – USA

Workshop – English (USA – UK)

Co-Creation and Connection in a Time of Disconnection

Decades ago, in his book Who Shall Survive, JL Moreno wrote about the
dangers of society becoming filled with robots, people not acting in
their spontaneity and creativity. Today, many of us struggle to
maintain authentic connections with others in the face of modern
technology and political discord. We often stare numbly at screens or
vent our frustrations on social media instead of conversing with the
people right in front of us. This workshop will help us explore what
blocks us from interconnecting with others in our spontaneity and

Participants will receive a brief training about the Canon of
Creativity and Moreno’s desire to interconnect “all of
(hu)mankind” in healing. We will consider ways the Canon of
Creativity’s warm up to spontaneity, creativity and cultural
conserve parallels psychodrama’s three-part method of warm up,
action and sharing. We will explore ways that we can become stuck in
cultural conserves, as well as social or emotional ones, and how
modern technology can trap us in repetitive, unspontaneous and
addictive behavior. .
After a warm up on the topic of blocks to co-creation and connection,
a short psychodrama will be conducted where we will explore ways to
expand our social atoms through action. We will end the workshop with
sharing and processing.


Maria da Pehna Nery – Brasil

Workshop – English – Portughese (Brasil)


Our goal is to try creative ways of exercising power. Reflect on the
difficulties in empowering ourselves and being protagonists of our
stories. Cultivate learning with differences and respect in living
with diversities.
The director proposes a sociopsicodrama that focuses on the
affective-behavioral interchange that prevents co-creation in power
In this work, we seek to highlight the hidden and manifest plots in
human interaction. The scenes of the participants intersect and,
through action techniques, spontaneity-creativity is manifested. A way
can be created for the relationship of creative power, which passes
through openness to self-knowledge and through learning in
relationships with others in a process of empathetic dialogue
Differences and social inequalities are challenges of the
socio-therapists who seek to develop a culture of peace. The
sociopsychodrama method has won the promotion of this culture.




Who shall survive?
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