Culture-drama

CULTURE-DRAMA

AWARENESS GROUPS
ONGOING GROUPS


For Diversity Couples
For Diversity Groups





Culture-drama
Groups



                                           CULTURE-DRAMA 

Culture-drama is a special action method for our global age. It explores relations between religiously and culturally diverse groups, and transforms these through action. Where sociodrama deals with groups of the same language and culture, culture-drama works with groups of different religions, languages, cultures and world-views. It expands the sphere of interaction dramatically to meet the special needs of our global era. Culture-drama promotes healthy, harmonious, intercultural and interreligious relations leading to social and global wellness. It helps groups to bridge diversity issues and develop intercultural competency. Participants use action techniques to explore and differentiate issues at three levels affecting relationships—personality issues (different personality but same roles and culture), social issues (different personalities and roles but same culture) and intercultural issues (different personalities, roles and cultures). Within a secure environment it helps groups interacting as collective protagonists, to engage in classic encounter, uncover innate biases and stereotypes, and through various action techniques begin to see through each other’s eyes and step into each other’s shoes. Participants are able gain insight into their conflicting roles and try on new, more adequate roles for intercultural living. In the present here and now, they experience a deeper appreciation of self and the other as they discover and express their unrealized potential for peaceful and harmonious, intercultural relations and put into practice more interculturally adaptive behaviors.

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        CULTURE-DRAMA AWARENESS GROUPS        

  EXPLORATIONS IN CULTURAL DIVERSITY  

A Culture-drama Awareness Group  is for newcomers to culture-drama and sociodrama. The sessions are open to anyone wishing to experience the power of culture-drama for dealing with cultural issues at the individual and group levels. The sessions include didactic presentations, discussion and experiential activity for problem-solving, conflict resolution and developing intercultural competency. Cultural diversity issues are explored with groups of different ethnicities, races or cultures. Culture-drama Awareness Groups are especially recommended for couples of mixed cultures, race, ethnicity or religions; or for bringing together two groups (up to 10 persons in each group) which belong to different cultures, races, ethnicities or religions, to facilitate conflict transformation and build the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed for working across their boundaries. Participants use action techniques to explore and differentiate issues at three levels affecting relationships—personality issues (different personality but same roles and culture), social issues (different personalities and roles but same culture) and intercultural issues (different personalities, roles and cultures). An experiential understanding of these dynamics is not only important for the personal and spiritual growth of ordinary people but also for the professionals who serve them. The sessions are therefore also training venues for mental health professionals, marriage and family therapists, social workers and personal or spiritual growth professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Culture-drama
  • Distinguish the three levels of inter-relational issues
  • Learn Culture-drama techniques
  • Create a development plan for increasing intercultural awareness

Types of Issues Addressed:

  • Relationships with persons or partners of other cultures, races, ethnicities, religions
  • Intercultural peacebuilding & conflict transformation
  • Intercultural conflict styles issues

Who will Benefit:

  • Individuals and groups who wish to improve their intercultural competency
  • Individuals and groups dealing with cultural diversity issues
  • Professionals working in disciplines affected by intercultural issues
  • Ministers, Pastors, Religious groups dealing with cultural diversity issues
  • Managers, administrators, and human relations personnel 
  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Life-coaches, Creative arts therapists, Counselors, Specialists in Peacebuilding and Conflict management, Facilitators of Intercultural relations, and students of these disciplines.

Presented by: Jon P. Kirby MDiv, MA, PhD, CP. PAT. 

Jon Kirby SVD is a Catholic priest, a psychodramatist, an anthropologist and culture-dramatist who specializes in cross-cultural and interculturality issues, ethnic conflict and diversity issues with groups of culturally mixed couples, religious groups or professional groups and communities. He is a certified practitioner (CP) and applicant for Trainer (PAT) in psychodrama who has worked extensively in cross-cultural training, intercultural competence training and conflict resolution from a cultural pathways perspective.   

When: Beginning Nov. 2013. Contact us for details.

Where: Spirituality and Culture, SVD House 2181 W. 25th St. Los Angeles CA 90018
NB: By request, culture-drama sessions can also be offered on site.

Registration: Not required.

Cost: $30 per session

Training: Approved CEUs for MFT & LCSW by the Board of Behavioral Sciences–Dr. Donell Miller Provider. Approved hours in Drama Therapy & Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Contacts: 
Dr. Jon P. Kirby (323) 402-0249 or (202) 290-8325, zanyeya@gmail.com
Dr. Donell Miller (909) 798-2765. 4donellmiller@gmail.com

            CULTURE-DRAMA ONGOING GROUPS           


  
CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS   

A Culture-drama Ongoing Group  is one that meets with the same group of participants for eight consecutive sessions. The sessions are meant for groups  of two different races, cultures or ethnicities to come together to explore and differentiate personality issues from social and cultural issues and to deal with them accordingly. Differentiation occurs at three levels. In everyday interaction where there is low intercultural sensitivity, people identify all relationship issues as arising from different personalities. They are unable to identify the causes as coming from different social and cultural roles. Where there is greater intercultural sensitivity people can begin to anticipate and identify issues as arising from different personalities and/or different social contexts and roles, but they are not aware of the differences in cultural roles and behavior. People who are interculturally competent are able to anticipate and identify issues arising from differences in personalities, social contexts and cultures. In these workshops groups of two different cultures begin to develop greater intercultural sensitivity and competency as they experience the power of culture-drama for helping them to discern and differentiate these three levels in the ways they relate to each other in a globalized world. The sessions include didactic presentations, discussions and experiential activity for problem-solving, conflict resolution, classical encounter and activities for developing intercultural competency. An experiential understanding of the techniques involved is not only important for the personal and spiritual growth of religious communities but also for the professionals who serve them. The sessions are therefore also training venues for mental health professionals, social workers and other personal or spiritual growth professionals.

Who is it for:

Religious groups that have been involved in intercultural, Interethnic, Interreligious, or Interracial Controversies.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish “personal” issues from “social “ and “cultural” issues
  • Discover one’s own & other group’s cultural biases and stereotypes
  • Assess intercultural conflict styles
  • Resolve conflicts and cultural diversity issues
  • Build group solidarity
  • Develop greater intercultural competency
  • Develop intercultural spirituality
  • Do role-training for culturally appropriate behavior
  • Training in action method techniques

Types of Issues Addressed:

  • Relationships with persons of other cultures, races, ethnicities, religions
  • Intercultural peacebuilding & conflict transformation
  • Intercultural conflict styles issues

Who will Benefit:

  • Persons who wish to improve their intercultural competency
  • Groups dealing with cultural diversity issues
  • Ministers, Pastors and Religious groups dealing with cultural diversity issues
  • Professionals working in disciplines affected by intercultural issues
  • Managers, administrators, and human relations personnel 
  • Mental health professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, life-coaches, creative arts therapists, counselors, specialists in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, facilitators of intercultural relations, and students of these disciplines.

Presented by: Fr. Jon P. Kirby MDiv, MA, PhD, CP, PAT. 

Jon Kirby SVD is a Catholic priest, a psychodramatist, an anthropologist and culture-dramatist who specializes in cross-cultural and interculturality issues, ethnic conflict and diversity issues with groups of culturally mixed couples, religious groups or professional groups and communities. He is a certified practitioner (CP) and applicant for Trainer (PAT) in psychodrama who has worked extensively in cross-cultural training, intercultural competence training and conflict resolution from a cultural pathways perspective.

When: Beginning Nov. 2013. Contact us for details.

Where: Spirituality and Culture, SVD House 2181 W. 25th St. Los Angeles CA 90018 NB: Culture-drama sessions can also be offered on request at other locations.

Registration: The Culture-drama Ongoing Group is a closed group that meets for eight consecutive sessions to enable participants to make their journey together. Participants must register and interview for the series. Registering participants now (12 minimum).

Interviews required: An interview by phone (or Skype) will be arranged.

Cost: $160 for 8 three-hr sessions

Training: Approved CEUs for MFT & LCSW by the Board of Behavioral Sciences–Dr. Donell Miller Provider. Approved hours in Drama Therapy & Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Contact:
Dr. Jon P. Kirby (323) 402-0249 or (202) 290-8325, zanyeya@gmail.com

 

            CULTURE-DRAMA ONGOING GROUPS           


 CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND COUPLES  

A Culture-drama Ongoing Group for couples is one that meets with the same couples for eight consecutive sessions. The sessions are meant for couples of mixed race, culture or ethnicity to explore and differentiate personality issues from social and cultural issues and to deal with them accordingly. Differentiation occurs at three levels. In everyday interaction where there is low intercultural sensitivity, people identify all relationship issues as arising from different personalities. They are simply unable to identify causes in different social and cultural roles. Where there is greater intercultural sensitivity people can begin to anticipate and identify issues as arising from different personalities and/or different social contexts and roles, but they are not aware of the differences in cultural roles and behavior. People who are interculturally competent are able to anticipate and identify issues arising from differences in personalities, social contexts and cultures. In these workshops couples of different cultures develop greater intercultural sensitivity and competency as they experience the power of culture-drama for helping them to discern and differentiate these three levels in the ways they relate to each other. The sessions include didactic presentations, discussion and experiential activity for problem-solving, conflict resolution, classical encounter and activities for developing intercultural competency. An experiential understanding of the techniques involved is not only important for the personal and spiritual growth of mixed ethnicity couples but also for the professionals (e.g., Marriage and Family Therapists) who serve this growing segment of our population. The sessions are therefore also a training venue for mental health professionals, social workers and other personal or spiritual growth professionals.

Who is it for: Couples of mixed cultures, race, ethnicity or religion

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess intercultural conflict styles
  • Distinguish “personality” issues from “cultural” issues
  • Discover one’s own & other group’s cultural biases and stereotypes
  • Resolve conflicts and cultural diversity issues
  • Develop intercultural competency
  • Develop intercultural spirituality
  • Role-training for culturally appropriate behavior
  • Training in action method techniques

Types of Issues Addressed:

  • Relationships with partners of other cultures, races, ethnicities, religions
  • Intercultural peacebuilding & conflict transformation
  • Intercultural conflict styles issues

Who will Benefit:

  • Couples dealing with cultural diversity issues
  • Persons who wish to improve their intercultural competency
  • Ministers, Pastors, Religious groups dealing with cultural diversity issues
  • Professionals working in disciplines affected by intercultural issues
  • Managers, administrators, and human relations personnel 
  • Mental health professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, life-coaches, creative arts therapists, counselors, specialists in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, facilitators of intercultural relations, and students of these disciplines.

Presented by: Fr. Jon P. Kirby MDiv, MA, PhD, CP. PAT. 

Jon Kirby SVD is a Catholic priest, a psychodramatist, an anthropologist and culture-dramatist who specializes in cross-cultural and interculturality issues, ethnic conflict and diversity issues with groups of culturally mixed couples, religious groups or professional groups and communities. He is a certified practitioner (CP) and applicant for Trainer (PAT) in psychodrama who has worked extensively in cross-cultural training, intercultural competence training and conflict resolution from a cultural pathways perspective.

When: Beginning Nov. 2013. Contact us for details.

Where: Spirituality and Culture, SVD House 2181 W. 25th St. Los Angeles CA 90018
NB: By request, culture-drama sessions can also be offered on site.

Registration: The Culture-drama Couples Group meets for eight consecutive sessions to enable participants to make their journey together. Participants must register and interview for the series. Registering participants now (6 couples minimum).

Interviews required: An interview by phone (or Skype) will be arranged.

Cost: $160 per person for 8 three-hr sessions

Training: Approved CEUs for MFT & LCSW by the Board of Behavioral Sciences–Dr. Donell Miller Provider. Approved hours in Drama Therapy & Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Contact:
Dr. Jon P. Kirby (323) 402-0249 or (202) 290-8325, zanyeya@gmail.com


Upcoming Schedule of Events 

Date Time Event
Sundays 6:00pm Culture-drama Awareness Group (SVD House)
To be announced 6:00pm Culture-drama Ongoing Group (SVD House)