Ben Rivers, PhD, RDT, APTT

Ben RiversBen Rivers, PhD, RDT, APTT, was born in the UK and raised in Australia. He specializes in the use of psychodrama and playback theatre for community mobilization and collective trauma response. He has taught and practiced in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, working extensively with communities impacted by structural oppression and political violence.

He is a founding member of The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus initiative (Jenin Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine), a Co-founder of the Arab School of Playback Theatre (Adonis, Lebanon) and Director of Dawar for Arts and Development. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, USA and a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of New England, Australia. His articles have been published in professional journals around the world.

He is a Registered Drama Therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association, an Accredited Trainer at the Therapeutic Spiral Institute, Virginia, USA, and an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer through the Centre for Playback Theatre, New York. He is currently based in Egypt.

Ben Rivers, PhD
Director, Dawar for Arts and Development
16 Adly St, 3rd Floor, Wust El Balad, Cairo
ben@dawararts.com | (+20) 01008453393 

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Jan
27
Sat
10:00 am Final TSM Community Healing Foll... @ TBA
Final TSM Community Healing Foll... @ TBA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Final TSM Community Healing Following the Violence of August 11-12<h5>Charlottesville, VA</h5> @ TBA
January 27, 2018 Charlottesville, VA Final TSM Community Healing Following the Violence of August 11-12 Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP and Andrea Hummel, MA, AL Time: Saturday 10am-6pm Fee:  TBA Venue:  TBA Registration: Email Kate Hudgins
Feb
4
Sun
5:00 pm Psychodrama Retreat in Bali @ Taksu Healing Haven
Psychodrama Retreat in Bali @ Taksu Healing Haven
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm
Psychodrama Retreat in Bali @ Taksu Healing Haven
Psychodrama Retreat in Bali Presented by Mario Cossa, RDT/MT, TEP, and TSM Trainer This retreat will combine approximately 25 hours of personal growth, psychodrama sessions with four, diverse cultural adventures on the beautiful and mystical island of[...]
Feb
8
Thu
5:00 pm International Woman’s Salon for ... @ Temenos Retreat Center
International Woman’s Salon for ... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
International Woman's Salon for Post Traumatic Growth<h5>West Chester, PA</h5> @ Temenos Retreat Center
Join Dr. Kate and a TSI Healing Action Team at Temenos Retreat Center for this first Residential International Woman’s Salon.  You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas[...]
Mar
2
Fri
10:00 am Celebrating Post-Traumatic Growt... @ IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing
Celebrating Post-Traumatic Growt... @ IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – Mar 4 @ 4:00 pm
Celebrating Post-Traumatic Growth & Spontaneity <h5>San Rafael, CA</h5> @ IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP; Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP The idea of Post Traumatic Growth, or PTG, is that survivors of traumatic events can not only heal from their trauma, but may actually grow[...]
Mar
22
Thu
1:58 pm 2018 The Psychotherapy Networker... @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
2018 The Psychotherapy Networker... @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
Mar 22 @ 1:58 pm – Mar 25 @ 2:58 pm
2018 The Psychotherapy Networker Conference Workshop:  Psychodrama Revisited:  The Therapeutic Spiral Model <h5>Washington, DC</h5> @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
Apr
5
Thu
6:00 pm The Dance of Transference and Co... @ Temenos Retreat Center
The Dance of Transference and Co... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm
The Dance of Transference and Countertransference in Trauma Work<h5>Media, PA</h5> @ Temenos Retreat Center
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP; Scott Giacomucci, LSW, CET III, TSI-AL Regaining your Appropriate Authority, you then mirror for clients their transferences onto you as good/bad mother or father, et al.  You’ll learn the[...]
Apr
19
Thu
1:58 pm 76th Annual ASGPP Conference <h5... @ Crowne Plaza
76th Annual ASGPP Conference <h5... @ Crowne Plaza
Apr 19 @ 1:58 pm – Apr 22 @ 2:58 pm
76th Annual ASGPP Conference <h5>Dallas, TX</h5> @ Crowne Plaza
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in North Dallas, TX To view flyer, 2018 Conference Flyer all speakers
Jul
27
Fri
10:00 am Spontaneity Revisited: The Ther...
Spontaneity Revisited: The Ther...
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
Spontaneity Revisited:  The Therapeutic Spiral Model Personal Growth Workshop for Professionals <h5>Norway</h5>
July 27-29, 2018 Norway Spontaneity Revisited:  The Therapeutic Spiral Model Personal Growth Workshop for Professionals Time:  Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm Information:  Email  Kate Hudgins or locally email
Jul
31
Tue
10:00 am International Association of Gro...
International Association of Gro...
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm
International Association of Group Psychotherapy Conference<h5>Malmo, Sweden</h5>
July 31 – August 4, 2018 Malmo Sweden International Association of Group Psychotherapy Conference From Freud to Neurobiology:  Two Psychodrama Models to Treat PTSD Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D, TEP and Carolina Becerril Maillefert, MD. The[...]
Aug
17
Fri
10:00 am TSM Action Healing Workshop: Exa... @ Penn State Brandywine Campus
TSM Action Healing Workshop: Exa... @ Penn State Brandywine Campus
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm
TSM Action Healing Workshop: Examining the (Inner) Roles of the Man<h5>Media, PA</h5> @ Penn State Brandywine Campus
Presented by Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III; Steven Durost, PhD, AL TSM Action Healing Workshop: Examining the (Inner) Roles of the Man Join Scott Giacomucci, Dr. Steven Durost, and a TSI Action Healing[...]