Assoc. Prof. Milena Mutafchieva, PhD
PhD of Developmental Psychology, Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and Psychology Department in New Bulgarian University, Sofia. She got her PhD in Developmental Psychology in 2007. She is child and adolescent psychotherapist. She has been a psychodrama trainer for adults since 2003, and a psychodrama with children trainer since 2020. She has held seminars in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, etc. Since 2016 she has been a co-leader of several international groups for training in psychodrama with children. She is the founder of Center for Child Development and Psychological Consulting “Cognitiva”, Sofia, Bulgaria. She was a main partner in Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization project (EBTS- 2017-2019), funded by Erasmus+ Programme of EU. From 2015 to 2017 she was the Vice-president of Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations (FEPTO).Since 2020 she has been a coordinator of FEPTO Network Group for Psychodrama with Children and Youth.
Graduate social worker, child and adolescent psychotherapist, and supervisor. He has been a psychodrama trainer for adults since 2000, and a psychodrama with children trainer since 2010. He has worked for 10 years in the Residential Care Unit for Traumatised children in Urft, Germany and 8 years in Specialised clinic for drug-addicted young adults in Schalkenmehren, Germany. He is head of the Institute of Psychodrama “Szenen”, Cologne, Germany since2011. He has held seminars in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, etc. Since 2016 he has been a co-leader of several international groups for training in psychodrama with children. He was a main partner in Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization project (EBTS- 2017-2019), funded by Erasmus+ Programme of EU. From 2015 to 2017 he was a member of the Council of Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations (FEPTO). Since 2016 he has been a coordinator of FEPTO Network Group for Psychodrama with Children and Youth.
Master of Adult Education, Psychodrama trainer TEP, certified supervisor and supervisor trainer, and business coach. He has been Psychodrama Trainer TEP by NBBE (Nordic-Baltic Board of Examiners of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy) since 2015. He educates psychodramatists and psychodrama trainers, and he works with adult learning (individuals and groups) in both public organisations and private companies. His field of speciality is learning and development of adults in sociometry and psychodrama. He is the director and the main trainer of Helsinki Psychodrama Institute in Finland. He was a main partner in Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization project (EBTS- 2017-2019), funded by Erasmus+ Programme of EU. From 2013-2019 he was the chair of training committee in the council of FEPTO. He is the vice-president of NBBE, and was the president 2019-2023.
Topic: EBTS-Programme – Trauma stabilisation in refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant families
The world wide situation is challenging, and as professionals we must find new ways of supporting integration of traumatized refugees in the society. Almost all refugees experienced trauma in their original country or on their way to destination country. EBTS Evidence Based Trauma Stabilisation Programme enhanced reslience of traumaticed refugees, and widen competencies of professionals. The latest findings in therapy and trauma research were integrated into a resilience and attachment-oriented game between mother and child, with the aim of reducing the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder in those affected.
The goal of EBTS is to stabilize and support the attachment in parent-child pairs and to increase the mind-mindedness in parents. It is Child psychodrama based on fulfilling the basic needs of both parents and children and building skills how to improve their relationship.
Psychoeducation and playing are used as methods, which are based on sociometry and psychodrama. EBTS is not a new form of therapy, but a short-term Childpsychodrama intervention programme to be implemented by refugee aid workers in refugee camps as quickly as possible
In this pre-conference seminar, we will present the project with the accompanying research on the implementation of EBTS. Psychoeducation on the topic of trauma is imparted and playful stabilisation techniques are learned.
Alfons Aichinger is a graduate psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Psychodrama Psychotherapist for nearly 40 years.
From 1975 to 2012 he was the Head of the Caritas Association’s Psychological Counseling Centre for Parents, Children, and Youth in Ulm, Germany.
Since 1980 he has been the Head of the Advanced Training at the Moreno Institut Stuttgart; since 2004 at the Szenen Institut Collogne and since 2012 at various Systemic Institutes in Germany.
He is the author of 3 books and numerous articles on the subject of Psychodrama with Children.
Topic: The Wooing of the Little Lion – Child Psychodrama in a High-Conflict Context
Separation and divorce are among the most critical life events for children and adolescents, stressing them so much that they need all the resources at their disposal. Most of the time, however, parents are themselves so stressed in this situation that they cannot react appropriately to their children; and their needs no longer match those of their children.
The content of the seminar is how, in this conflict-ridden situation, the needs and reactions of the children and adolescents can be addressed in a playful way using the method of child psychodrama in the sense of PARTS work. Through animal figures, the intense feelings triggered by the separation of the parents, the grief and fear, the anger and revenge, the loss and hurt, and the longing and despair can be externalized and visualized. Through this, solutions can be worked out with the child and the parents.
Through this emotional level, parents are also more likely to be touched by their children’s justified concerns, understand the strong feelings and are more able to accept them. They are also more willing to work on a better contact solution.
After this approach is demonstrated, you will be shown how to address various problems and difficulties in the separation, divorce situation, e.g.: