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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Jun
28
Thu
6:00 pm Stop In The Name Of Love: Proje... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Stop In The Name Of Love: Proje... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm
Stop In The Name Of Love:  Projective Identification In Relationships<h5>West Chester, PA</h5> @ Temenos Retreat Center
Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP; Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III, CP, TL, TSI-TL   Time: Thursday 6 – 9 pm Friday & Saturday 10-1:00, 2:30-5p, 7-9p Sunday 10-1:30, 2:30-4p Fee:  $650 (This is[...]
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
6
Mon
12:00 pm The Therapeutic Spiral Model to ... @ TBA
The Therapeutic Spiral Model to ... @ TBA
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dr. Kate Hudgins was invited by the Denmark Psychological Association. Further information can be found in English here and in Danish here. Contact Dr. Kate Hudgins for information.
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[...]
Sep
19
Wed
3:07 am Transforming the Trauma Triangle... @ TBA
Transforming the Trauma Triangle... @ TBA
Sep 19 @ 3:07 am – Sep 21 @ 4:07 am
Transforming the Trauma Triangle<h5>Madrid, Spain</h5> @ TBA
Dr. Kate was invited by the Spanish Psychodrama Association. Contact Dr. Kate Hudgins for information.
Oct
19
Fri
10:00 am The Neurobiology of Trauma<h5>Me... @ Penn State Brandywine
The Neurobiology of Trauma<h5>Me... @ Penn State Brandywine
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm
Presented by Linda Ciotola, ME.d., TEP and Steven Durost, Ph.D. Time:  Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm Fee: $600.00 Venue: Penn State-Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Rd., Media, PA 19063 Information:  Contact Dr. Kate[...]
Nov
1
Thu
9:00 am The Dance of Transference and Co...
The Dance of Transference and Co...
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm
The Dance of Transference and Counter-Transference<h5>Taipei, Taiwan</h5>
Focus on how to act and deal with PTSD, depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorder, personality disorder, and addiction and so on. Presented by Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP Time:  Thursday & Friday 9am-12pm; Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm  (Local Taipei Time)[...]
Nov
8
Thu
12:00 pm The Neuroscience of Trauma: The ... @ TBA
The Neuroscience of Trauma: The ... @ TBA
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm
The Neuroscience of Trauma: The Brain in Action<h5>Singapore</h5> @ TBA
Further information will be available at a later date. Contact Dr. Kate Hudgins for information.
Nov
12
Mon
12:00 pm Containment: The Key to Safety ...
Containment: The Key to Safety ...
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm
Containment:  The Key to Safety with Action Methods for Trauma<h5>Singapore</h5>
Further information will be available at a later date. Contact Dr. Kate Hudgins for information.