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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Dec
13
Fri
all-day Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Brain in Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ Zagreb, Croatia
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]
Feb
7
Fri
10:00 am Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Philadelphia, PA
Brain in Action: The Neurobiolog... @ Philadelphia, PA
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm
Brain in Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ Philadelphia, PA
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]
Feb
8
Sat
9:00 am TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Bangalore
TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Bangalore
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm
TSM Workshop: Making Friends with Defenses in Actions @ Bangalore
This workshop teaches you to support people who have had to use the survival skills of fight, flight or freeze to cope with trauma and violence to develop more adaptive support systems. Survival, addiction and eating disorders[...]
Feb
13
Thu
9:00 am Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ New Delhi
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ New Delhi
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ New Delhi
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[...]
Feb
21
Fri
all-day Psychodrama Revisited: Exploring... @ Dallas, TX
Psychodrama Revisited: Exploring... @ Dallas, TX
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Psychodrama Revisited: Exploring the Internal Role Atom with the Therapeutic Spiral Model @ Dallas, TX
This workshop looks at trauma and post-traumatic growth through the lens of the trauma survivors internal role atom (TSIRA). This clinical map guides the practice of the a Therapeutic Spiral Model and TSM Psychodrama to[...]
Mar
13
Fri
10:00 am Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ The Brighthelm Centre
Brain In Action: The Neurobiolog... @ The Brighthelm Centre
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm
Brain In Action: The Neurobiology of Trauma @ The Brighthelm Centre
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant chang- es in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form offlashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]
Mar
22
Sun
all-day Containment, the Key to Safety w... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Containment, the Key to Safety w... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Mar 22 all-day
Containment, the Key to Safety with Action Methods @ Zagreb, Croatia
Our brains are hardwired to Fight, Flight or Freeze from danger. Unfortunately, long after many traumatic experiences happened, the survivor continues to use those survival defenses, forming rigid patterns that shut down or overwhelm the system[...]
Apr
16
Thu
6:00 pm International Women’s Salon For ... @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
International Women’s Salon For ... @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm
International Women's Salon For Post Traumatic Growth @ Osho Leela Meditation Center
Join Dr. Kate, and Karen Drucker for this International Woman’s Salon. You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas of the past inside yourself, even after becoming professionally successful[...]
May
1
Fri
all-day Making Friends With Defenses in ... @ Location TBA
Making Friends With Defenses in ... @ Location TBA
May 1 – May 3 all-day
Making Friends With Defenses in Action @ Location TBA
This workshop teaches you to support people who have had to use the survival skills of fight, fight or freeze to cope with trauma and violence to develop more adaptive support systems. Survival, addiction and eating disorders[...]
Jun
26
Fri
all-day TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Zagreb, Croatia
TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day
TSM Workshop: Making Friends with Defenses in Actions @ Zagreb, Croatia
This workshop teaches you to support people who have had to use the survival skills of fight, flight or freeze to cope with trauma and violence to develop more adaptive support systems. Survival, addiction and[...]