Workshop: Seeking Home - An Exploration of Iranian Identity in America Past

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 ,
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
- Emeryville, CA, United States

Healing the Wounds of History presents,
A 3-hour drama and expressive arts therapy workshop
Facilitated by:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT, Nadia Ashjaee, MA, MFT Intern
Workshop Description:

Many immigrant groups in the U.S. experience the stress of navigating different social worlds. Themes of grief, loss and nostalgia are not uncommon. Issues such as family conflict, depression and anxiety also often emerge.

In this workshop we will create a safe space to explore how the Iranian immigrant experience is unique, using experiential techniques to explore what it means to be an Iranian living in the United States today. We will unpack the legacy of immigration and examine how both American and Iranian narratives impact our every day lives.

What are the wounds we carry from our history? How does the loss of our ancestral home continue to affect us?
How do we navigate our cultural landscape in a time when Iranians are demonized in the news?
What legacy do we want to hand down to future generations?
Join us for an afternoon of exploration using drama and expressive arts to give shape to our feelings and experiences.
Nadia Ashjaee, MA is an MFT intern at the Living Arts Counseling Center. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a major in Human Development and a minor in Art History. After over 10 years of study in dance, a long time writing practice, and work in the medical field, she obtained an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she currently works as a Teaching Assistant. She has worked with individuals, families, and children in the area of domestic violence and trauma, and have led groups in the U.S. and Mexico. As an immigrant, she am particularly passionate about working with cultural identity and the immigrant experience. She is currently available for individual, couple & family counseling sessions at LACC. (Supervised by Armand Volkas MFC #28789)
Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Drama Therapy Association. In addition, Armand is 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. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and expressive arts therapies for social change, intercultural conflict transformation and peace building.


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