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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Aug
2
Fri
all-day Men’s Retreat: Action Change Gro... @ Temenos Community Retreat House
Men’s Retreat: Action Change Gro... @ Temenos Community Retreat House
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day
Men’s Retreat: Action Change Group for Post-Traumatic Growth @ Temenos Community Retreat House
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[...]
Sep
20
Fri
6:00 pm TSM Psychodrama and Cultural Exc... @ Emeryville, CA
TSM Psychodrama and Cultural Exc... @ Emeryville, CA
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm
TSM Psychodrama and Cultural Exchange @ Emeryville, CA
See how the Trauma Survivors’ Internal Role Atom (TSIRA) has provided a clinical map of internal roles to safely and effectively use TSM across cultures, religions, politics, race, and gender in many settings. You will[...]
Oct
24
Thu
all-day TSM Directing Practice: Improvin... @ Temenos Retreat Center West Cester, PA
TSM Directing Practice: Improvin... @ Temenos Retreat Center West Cester, PA
Oct 24 – Oct 27 all-day
TSM Directing Practice: Improving your Auxiliary Work with Trauma @ Temenos Retreat Center West Cester, PA
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,[...]
Nov
8
Fri
all-day International Woman’s Salon for... @ San Rafael, CA
International Woman’s Salon for... @ San Rafael, CA
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day
International Woman's  Salon for Post Traumatic Growth @ San Rafael, CA
 Join Dr. Kate and Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP 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[...]
Dec
5
Thu
all-day The Brain in Action, the Neurobi... @ Spain TBA
The Brain in Action, the Neurobi... @ Spain TBA
Dec 5 – Dec 8 all-day
The Brain in Action, the Neurobiology of Trauma @ Spain TBA
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 thoughts and dissociated[...]
Dec
13
Fri
all-day Brain in Action @ Zagreb, Croatia
Brain in Action @ Zagreb, Croatia
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Brain in Action @ 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
8
Sat
all-day Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Bangalore
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Bangalore
Feb 8 – Feb 11 all-day
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Bangalore
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
13
Thu
all-day TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ New Delhi
TSM Workshop: Making Friends wit... @ New Delhi
Feb 13 – Feb 16 all-day
TSM Workshop: Making Friends with Defenses in Actions @ New Delhi
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
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[...]