Ben Rivers, PhD, RDT-BCT, APTT

Ben RiversBen Rivers PhD, RDT-BCT, APTT is an educator, psychotherapist, and social entrepreneur.  He specializes in the use of therapeutic and participatory 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 Executive Director of Dawar Kitchen and Dawar for Arts and Development (Cairo, Egypt). 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. He is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer with the North American Drama Therapy Association and an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer through the Centre for Playback Theatre, New York. He is currently based in Cairo, 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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Mar
28
Thu
6:00 pm TSM Directing Practice: Psychod... @ Temenos Retreat Center
TSM Directing Practice: Psychod... @ Temenos Retreat Center
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm
TSM Directing Practice:  Psychodrama and Trauma Done Safely! West Chester, PA @ Temenos Retreat Center
We invite you to attend this weekend residential training in using psychodrama for trauma-informed therapy.  While the Therapeutic Spiral Model is the primary lens we will look at to create containment, self-regulation and narrative label,[...]
Apr
26
Fri
6:00 pm Join us on the Orient Express Th... @ C.R.E.A.T.E.
Join us on the Orient Express Th... @ C.R.E.A.T.E.
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm
Join us on the Orient Express The Therapeutic Spiral Model  and Cultural Exchange<h5>Manchester, NH</h5> @ C.R.E.A.T.E.
This workshop brings together two American psychodramatists who have brought TSM to over 40 countries over 25 years.  See how the trauma survivors’ internal role atom (TSIRA) has provided a clinical map of internal roles[...]
May
2
Thu
all-day DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS: Transfor... @ Manchester Downtown Hotel
DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS: Transfor... @ Manchester Downtown Hotel
May 2 – May 5 all-day
May 2 – 5  “DISCOVERING NEW WORLDS: Transformational Advances in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy” 77th ASGPP Annual Conference. Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, NH. Contact: www.asgpp.org On May 2nd, Dr. Kate Hudgins & Dr. Steven Durost[...]
May
24
Fri
10:00 am Where I Begin and You End : A t... @ Ottawa, Ontario
Where I Begin and You End : A t... @ Ottawa, Ontario
May 24 @ 10:00 am – May 26 @ 2:30 pm
Brene Brown said it best, “daring to set boundaries at the risk of disappointing others is having the courage to love one’s self” Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model, participants will learn to set boundaries from[...]
Jun
14
Fri
all-day 2nd IAGP Research Congress on Tr... @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
2nd IAGP Research Congress on Tr... @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
Jun 14 – Jun 17 all-day
2nd IAGP Research Congress on Trauma and Crisis @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
On behalf of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Processes (IAGP), the IAGP Research Committee and the Local Organizing  Committee of the Congress we are glad to invite you to attend the 2nd IAGP [...]
Jun
20
Thu
all-day Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
The Therapeutic Spiral Model’s (TSM) “Trauma Triangle” is a unique configuration that clarifes the destructive cycle of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority. Indistinction to Karpman’s Triangle, this last role was created by TSM to explain[...]
Jun
27
Thu
all-day Surviving Spirits, Healing Traum... @ TBD
Surviving Spirits, Healing Traum... @ TBD
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
Surviving Spirits, Healing Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model @ TBD
This Surviving Spirits workshop, in a beautiful residential setting on the Southern coast of Spain, offers the perfect opportunity to personally experience TSM Psychodrama using The Therapeutic Spiral Model. Join us to find the joy of post[...]
Aug
2
Fri
all-day Men’s Retreat: Making Action Ch... @ Philadelphia, PA
Men’s Retreat: Making Action Ch... @ Philadelphia, PA
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day
Men’s Retreat:  Making Action Change in Your Life @ Philadelphia, PA
Men today are facing a world that challenges notions of identity and what it means to be a ‘man’. In order to find harmony in our life and society, we need to reflect on who[...]
Aug
15
Thu
all-day International Woman’s Salon for... @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
International Woman’s Salon for... @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
Aug 15 – Aug 18 all-day
International Woman's  Salon for Post Traumatic Growth @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
Join Dr. Kate, Amy Stone, LSCW Kimberly Bass, LCSW, and Avital Spiegel, LCSW for this Residential International Woman’s Salon. You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas of[...]