Dr Daniela Simmons (USA)


Description: Directing psychodrama and other action methods online have become an important part of the work of many professionals in the field. Even with the re-opening of physical offices, many continue also working online, realizing the many opportunities for reaching a larger pool of clients and trainees, and being free of restrictions imposed by travel, time, physical conditions and additional financial obligations.
Perhaps sometimes we ask ourselves how online psychodrama can become more ‘real’; how to include more action, and not to feel stuck in the ZoomRoom rectangles; and how to keep the attention of the participants in order for them to be more present and engaged. This is particularly important when working with adolescents.

This workshop will demonstrate various ways in which the director may create a realistic virtual stage, keeping everyone present, engaged and safe. Staging virtual scenes on the screen; utilizing participant’s own space and various motion ambiances; creating scene settings using virtual props; and building up immersive scenes to connect and collaborate in a cohesive virtual meeting space, will be introduced and explored in action.
Learning Objectives: After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify five (5) ways of creating virtual scenes.
  2. Demonstrate various ways in which the director may utilize a realistic virtual stage, keeping everyone present, engaged and safe.

About the presenter:

Daniela Simmons, PhD, TEP is international trainer and supervisor, the creator of the Tele’Drama method and the founder and director of the International Tele’Drama Institute (ITI) which has already welcomed thousands of people, from 71 countries. She is the current President of the American Society in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP). Daniela Simmons’, professional experience, both in Europe and the US, is in educational, research, and consultancy work in the social sciences and mental health. She received training on the psychoanalysis of group relations in organizations at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, headquartered in London. She has been utilizing action methods sessions since 1995 in Europe and since 2005 in the US. 

Valerie Monti Holland(USA, currently living and working in the UK)

Irina Stefanescu (Romania) 



The Flower 125 Health Programme began its life on a deprived housing estate in Sheffield, UK in 1998. Thousands of young people have participated in the programme which seeks to engage those hardest to reach and help develop their emotional health and wellbeing. Over a thousand practitioners from schools as well as a variety of settings including the secure children’s centre in Sheffield have been trained to deliver it. Both the training and the programme are action methods-based and it is the methodology and the model of delivery that have made it so long-lived and so much-loved. Built on the foundations laid by the American educational psychologist Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton in The Incredible Years: Trouble Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8 Years, the principles of positive praise and rewards and ignoring (where possible) annoying behaviour, we created as many ways as we could to ‘catch someone being good’ without disrupting the learning environment. Integrating action methods, drama games and applied theatre into the programme has made it an impactful and sustainable resource that has been commissioned by the Children and Young People’s Public Health team for over 15 years. Feedback from young people has included: “I’ve learned more doing this than four years of school.” “I would rather be on the Flower 125 Health Programme than go on holiday.” In the latest development of the programme, a systemic approach is being currently being launched that involves the parents/carers, wider school staff and the children and young people themselves in cocreating environments both at home and at school where everyone can flourish. Acknowledging that the clear communication of messages as well as modelling behaviour and demonstrating values are keys to giving young people a secure base from which to learn and grow into responsible adults, the programme is offering an opportunity to genuinely integrate the successful model into the homes and communities of young people. This workshop explores the evolution of Flower 125, mapping out the sociometric connections and the roles that are emerging as we expand this system. 

About the presenters:

Valerie Monti Holland British Psychodrama Association, iSCAN

Valerie is a facilitator, trainer, mentor and coach. With an M.A. in Applied Theatre (University of Manchester) and a diploma in Sociodrama and Action Methods, she has continued to be part of the training team developing the Flower 125 Health Programme since January 2000 and is still utterly passionate about it.

Irina Ștefănescu ARPsiC & British Psychodrama Association, iSCAN

Passionate Learning & Development Partner for organizations and their people. With a M.Sc. in Chemistry, and diplomas in coaching, psychodrama and sociodrama,  Irina founded FLUX Training and Consultancy and Sociodrama Centre Romania. Living in Bucharest, Romania, she is committed to bringing Flower 125 Health Programme to the Balkan garden.

Valerie and Irina met in the sociodrama school MPV/SAM in Jan. 2009 and became very good friends. They are both active members of iSCAN (sociodrama.co.uk), they collaborate with ODeF in the Swiss certificate course of sociodrama and action methods for consultants, coaches, trainers, managers, educators, they have been part of the European project for Sociodrama and in many other projects.


Prof. Afroditi Papaioannou-Spiroulia (Greece)



This brief oral presentation goals to highlight basic means/strategies that an individual can adapt in everyday living, in order to deal with crisis. Pandemic reality has already provoked the need to connect and further support ourselves and others while serving different roles, so as to survive, retain our physical and mental health, and build our resilience for new challenges. Serving as psychotherapists, supervisors, teachers and mentors seems to be more than mandatory to build our resilience. During this presentation, we will have the chance to focus on seven (7) axons of the resilience concept, as they gain more ground in our research field and clinical experience when dealing with crisis as the pandemic one.

About the presenter:
Professor-Researcher in Cognitive-Clinical Psychology, Systematic-Family Therapist, Marte Meo Trainer and Special Supervisor in issues revolving Systematic-Multicultural Communication. She completed her studies in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and was then further trained in Counseling, Psychoeducation, Cognitive Science and Marte Meo in Nottingham
Trent University, New Bulgarian University and Marte Meo International, respectively. She was specialized as a Systematic-Family Therapist in the Laboratory for the Human Relations, with whom she collaborates as a Scientific/Research Associate and as a book co-writer. She also works in private practice as a Systematic-Family Therapist in Athens. For two decades she has
worked in private and public education as a Head, Professor, Mentor, Program Developer and Program Director of Psychology and Multi-Cultural Education. She is a founding member and Head of research of the research centers ‘Ψυχονησίδα’
and ‘ΚυΨέλη’ that cover a broad area of research in Clinical and Cognitive Psychology. Her recent research fields of interest revolve around the development of interview and support protocols of juvenile and adult refugees and immigrants
in terms of Multi-Cultural Counseling and Psychotherapy, changes in male identity, man trauma, the relationship between Neuroscience and Psychotherapy, Neurophilosophy and false memories from misinformation. Member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Bojana Glusac Draslar(Serbia)



Countertransference is described as a largely unconscious phenomenon in which the psychologist’s emotions are influenced by a person in therapy. It is necessary for therapists to master the tendency to participate in unconscious countertransference by developing healthy boundaries and remaining mindful of the threat posed by it. In this workshop we will explore influence of therapist’s emotions and response in the therapeutic process, such as: the turning away countertransference, activated countertransference, and unconscious enactment. Each of those tendencies can be useful, both for client end therapist, if recognized and taken into consideration.

About the presenter:

Bojana GLusac Draslar is psychodrama therapist, trainer, educator, supervisor. She is ECP holder (European Certificate for Psychotherapy) and a founder of a Transpersonal Psychodrama school. She has written 3 books on Mindfulness and Wellbeing, as well as articles on psychotherapy and other people development approaches. Member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Daniela Tahirova(Bulgaria)



I offer you an experimental and educational workshop. In it you will have the opportunity to understand the peculiarities of children’s functioning in conditions of isolation, insecurity, changes in the environment, losses. Together we will explore the possibilities for support and exchange online, through the tools and techniques of Tele’Drama. We will try to answer the question where and in what are the resources and opportunities to cope together.

About the presenter:

Daniela Tahirova is a psychodrama therapist, director of psichodrama with children, a family consultant. The exclusive representative for Tele’Drama in Bulgaria. She has a large private practice. Founding member and Board member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Elif Baybuga(Turkey)



The basis of sociometry and role theory, which makes psychodrama group therapy a powerful theory, is the accompaniment of creativity, spontaneity and action.  Moreno, the founder of Psychodrama Group Psychotherapy, says that the ill health of society is caused by canned behaviors.  In order to prevent this, it recommends that creativity, spontaneity and action be taken as a basis starting from the individual.

About the presenter:

Elif Baybuga graduated at the Psychology Department of Istanbul University in 1995. She has two master degrees in Educational Administration and Clinical Psychology. She has done group work on coping with the problems of adolescents in schools, managing their conflicts and exam anxiety. She was trained at the Institute of Integrative Psychotherapy.  She presented an article on Adolescents at the SEPI international congress.  She served on the board of directors of Istanbul Psychotherapy Institute Anatolian Branch.  She participated as a panelist in “Working with Emotions on the Psychodrama Stage” at the 2021 SEPI congress most recently. She is the co-owner of Istanbul Insula Psychology Center. She is a member of SEPI (Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration), Istanbul Psychotherapy Institute Association. Member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Inna Braneva(Bulgaria)



Often in our attempts to supress conflicts and teach children acceptable social strategies, we, the adults, intervene without giving enough space to children’ and teenagers’ feelings. Without actually assessing the possibility or IMpossibility of overcoming the conflict. Such an approach can lead to complete trauma to child’s or teenager’s personality. This could make the conflict hidden until it erupts to the point of severe harassment or physical harm. Sometimes we neglect the tension, with the idea that “they are children, they will pass through this” – and so, we unconsciously validate violence. This workshop is based on the practical experience of the leaders at schools and in classrooms; in working with children and families. There will be an opportunity to discuss real cases; and to set the stage for the Conflict. It is open to everyone who is interested in the topic.

About the presenter:

Inna Braneva is a psychologist, a psychotherapist working with children, adults, couples; a psychodrama trainer and supervisor – Psychodrama Institute PI DEA; a trainer in Relational Psychomotorics; a trainer and a supervisor in the social and educational fields; Author of the Methodologies “Project Violet: Psychodramatic work with aggression in the classroom for students aged 8-18” – a co-author with Teodora Milotinova; “Support of the personal development of children at risk in kindergartens(3-7 years) – based on the methods of Psychodrama and Relational Psychomotorics. Training (200 hours) for specialists in the field of psychology, education and social work: “Role-playing games and techniques for working with children and teenagers” based on the methods of Psychodrama and Relational Psychomotorics – together with Konstantin Banderov. Member of BAPSGPT, BAP, BDPGT, SPB.

Krum Krumov(Bulgaria)



In this workshop we will talk about storytelling in the psychological life of clients – adults or children. More specifically, we will examine an original tool – the Moon’s Journey card set, and the ways it can be used for different purposes in the course of therapy or in a single session.

About the presenter:

Krum Krumov Author, Carrot Ltd Co-founder. Founding member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Krum Krumov has a Master’s degree in Social Psychology and is a certified Psychodrama therapist. He is the author/co-author of learning literature in the fields of early childhood and EQ training. Krum Krumov’s experience includes working with children in group setting and individually, as well as psychodrama groups and various trainings.

Lydia Yordanova(Bulgaria)



Childhood obesity is a complex health issue. It occurs when a child is well above the normal or healthy weight for his or her age and height. The causes of excess weight gain in young people include eating high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages, medication use and sleep routines, not getting enough physical activity and spending too much time on watching television or other screen devices. Bad family or school relationships could also lead to gaining excess weight.

Overweight kids are often victims of verbal or even physical aggression. Nowadays the social media aggression has become very popular. One of the reasons for that is perhaps that the bullies could remain incognito. How overweight kids could accept their bodies, how they could overcome the anxiety in their relationships with peers, how they could stress on their other strenghts and improve their self-esteem – this is what we are going to explore in this workshop.

About the presenter:

Lydia Yordanova, MA in Applied Psychology, Psychodrama therapist and trainer, the founder and the director of ZS CONSULT Educational, Counselling and Training Centre, Varna, Bulgaria. Working with individuals and groups of adults, especially teachers, children, students and parents since 2007. Member of IAGP, Member of ASGPP, the President of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy/BAPSGPT/. Founder of Sound Drama approach to Psychodrama.

Mine Bas(Turkey)



This workshop is for parents: to explore their parenting thoughts, feelings, actions, and their relationships, so that they can better sense the environment in which they raise their child.
In the present times of mass-information, parents may and do search for relevant information on raising a child, a lot of this does not necessarily and particularly apply to their unique family niveau. By experimenting their in-situ reality, this workshop aims to provide a playing stage for parents to explore the new, creative actions, to provide a nurturing family environment for the healthy development of their children.

About the presenter:

A Psychologist, Organizational Behavior, MA, Sports Management, PhD, Psychodrama Group Therapist, Family, Marriage, Couple Therapist, Teaching Assistant Professor at Marmara University, İstanbul. Having studied Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, she started her carrier as Human Resources Manager at major companies of banking, telecommunication, retail industries of Turkey. She got her psychotherapy training; on psychodrama at Zerka Moreno Psychodrama Institute (IPI) , Istanbul, family, couple, marriage therapy training at IFTI (International Family Therapies Institute) and Comprehensive Energy Therapies training at ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology). Designed, developed and delivered projects, trainings and workshops on Organizational psychology, psychodrama groups, self-care and chronical illnesses such as MS. Presented her works at ASGPP, IAGP, EAGT. At present beside her clinical practice on families, patient groups and organizational groups, she is directing a training program at Turkish Football Federation Medical Group to certify psychological consultants to work with young players to support their mental development and performance. Board member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Mirjana Jovanovska Stojanovska(North Macedonia)



Psychotherapeutic work with the child begins with diagnosing the child’s condition and finding the reasons for the difficulties that the child has. During the diagnosis it is important to consider the developmental stages of the psycho-social, sexual, intellectual, emotional development that the child goes through because those stages very strongly influence the way the child accepts the world and how he creates the answers to the world.

If the diagnosis does not reveal any biological health problems, then the problems that a child has are his way of dealing with what is happening in the environment in which he lives. What is perceived as problems in the child’s behaviour and functioning is his response to the stimuli, he receives from the environment in which he lives.

In child therapy, the psychotherapist can work on two levels. The therapist works with the child, but the therapist can influence the environment in which his client-child lives by working with the parents/ the people raising the child. Thus, psychotherapy affects the reasons that affect the child’s responses to those reasons.

The Psychodramatic systemic approach allows research into the system in which the child lives and accurately detects the influences that lead to a particular reaction that adults see as difficulty functioning. At the same time, it affects changes in the environment and building new more adequate responses in the child.

About the presenter:

Mirjana Jovanovska Stojanovska PhD is the President of the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations(FEPTO). Member of the Board of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. President of the Chamber of Psychologists of RS Macedonia. She is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology at MIT University. PhD in Developmental and Pedagogical Psychology, Master’s degree inClinical and Counseling Psychology. Psychodrama psychotherapist and EMDR therapist. European certified Gestalttherapist EAGT, certified psychotherapy supervisor at the Gestalt Center in London. She is the founder, main trainer and supervisor at the Amigdala School for Psychodrama. Private practice for 20 years. Now and here / Amygdala. Currently in collaboration with the University Clinic for Radiotherapy and Oncology works individually and in groups with cancer patients.

Reyhan Cakmak(Turkey)



In this study, information will be given about the psychosocial support psychoeducation program implemented in schools in Turkey during the pandemic process. Examples of psycho-social support psychoeducational activities implemented by teachers in the classroom will be shared.

About the presenter:

Reyhan Cakmak is a Psychological Counselor. She has MSci on Clinical Psychology. She is a certified psychodramatist / psychotherapist / birth psychologist and school counselor. She has been working as a school counselor since 2010. Also she leads groups and coordinates summer/winter camps using psychodrama on different topics for clients in Turkey. She is co-trainer in Istanbul Jungian Psychodrama Institute. The Vice President of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Stanimira Kamcheva(Bulgaria)



What can you do when in a group of children there is a child with destructive behavior or a child who stays away from the other children. Can you get together them in the group? I will present my work with children in a therapeutic context.  In this workshop we will be again little children and will dance, make music and play roles. We will explore the connection between body-emotion-mind and how it helps children improve their contact with themselves and the others.

About the presenter:

Stanimira Kamcheva is a clinical psychologist and a certified music psychotherapist. Works with children and adults. Member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Ozlem Karabulut, Dr Turabi Yerli(Turkey)



In this workshop participants are going to have an experimental experiences in:
Mythology of Childbirth
Birth as a Continuation of the Genre
Birth as an Act of Self-Constitution
Birth as a Creative Action
Psychodrama in Childbirth Education

About the presenters:

Özlem Karabulut, MSc. She is a midwife and childbirth educator. She also has a MSc Degree in the field of child development. After complating the 450-hour basic phase of psychodrama at IJUNGI (Istanbul Jungian Psychodrama Institute; Formerly named Dr. Ali Babaoğlu Institute) in 2016 and being “Assistant Psychodrama Conductor in Different Fields” she began to work on as an assistant trainer for training midwifes with psychodrama tecncques. For more than twenty years, she has been the first person to use psychodrama in childbirth education by combining her features of being one of the first initiators of both active midwifery and childbirth education with psychodrama training. In the childbirth education which she carried out as a trainer and responsible for Zeynep Kamil Hospital, she integrated psychodrama practices into the program with Dr. Turabi Yerli. With the same approach, in the childbirth educators training programs conducted by Eskişehir Osmangazi University, she has been giving practical lectures on birth preparation and birth psychodrama with Turabi Yerli. During the pandemic period, she organized the childbirth education with psychodrama techniques online for the first time.

Turabi Yerli MD, PhD, Asst. Prof at Istanbul Aydın University
After his medical education at İstanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Turabi Yerli had his Msc degree in the field of public health at Marmara University, and then PhD degree in the field of nutrition at Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. He also studied psychodrama at Prof. Abdülkadir Özbek Institute of Psychodrama in Istanbul. He worked with several well-known
psychodramatists such as Leutz, Karp, Moreno, Burmeister, Gasseau, Hill, Tessari in Bergama and Istanbul. He also worked on Jungian psychodrama with Dr. Babaoğlu and Dr. Öktem Tanör and worked on art-therapy with Eracar in Istanbul.
He created a new approach on obesity, which can be summarized as “Change your role to change your weight”, (or shortly SlimRole). He did a great research on trauma and obesity, especially after 1999 Marmara Earthquake. He developed the “Four Port” model for working on trauma. He also used psychodrama as an education tool in the field of medical school students and health service workers like nurses, midwifes, dietitians etc. and also to educate mums and mums to be.
He took roles such a member of Board of Director and Vice Presedent of Istanbul Psychodrama Association which is a sect of Abdülkadir Özbek Institute. In 2015 he established a new Jungian oriented Psychodrama Institution called IJUNGI (Istanbul Jungian Psychodrama Institute, formerly known as Dr. Ali Babaoğlu Jungian Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Public Mental Health Institute), organizing psychodrama certification programs and other workshops to all health-care workers.
He is a member of ASGPP, IAGP and a Founding member and a Board member of the Balkan Association in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.


Ilona Gorog(Romania)



The aim of the wokshop is to present the Balint Psychodrama born from the skillful combination of two methods – Balint-group and analytical psychodrama, and to highlight its specific features and benefits.

After a theoretical introduction, the participants will be invited to get actively involved in a demonstrative session, and afterwards to reflect on the experience.

About the presenter:

Ilona Gorog, a psychologist with Ph.D. in Sociology, a psychodrama therapist and a supervisor of the Romanian Association „J. L. Moreno” Psychodrama Society. She has a special interest in Balint psychodrama and is an accredited Balint-group leader of the Romanian Balint Association, Has performed several demonstrations in Romania, few in Hungary and one in Krakow and Sofia for the past years. The Vice Chair-Woman of the Board of the Psychodrama Association for Europe e.V.(PAFE). 

Anna Brkic(Serbia), Alexandra Mihajlovska(North Macedonia)



We all remember how challenging can be for children to understand the world of friendships, contacting new peers and figuring out what does it mean to be a friend, to have a friend and to let people in your “planet”. In the time of crisis, there is nothing more important than friendship. But, when the old ways of making friends is in crisis, we have to help children to find new answers in the changing world and to recognize adequate answers using old stories. Through psychodrama, sociometry and sociodrama, we will use the story of The Little Prince and the theme of friendship to explore the needs, the fears and the challenges that the kids and young people face in today’s friendships. Together we will work on making the Planet of Friendship, a new healing center for everyone who dears to dream.

About the presenters:

Ana Brkić Jovanović is a master sociologist, currently working as a high school teacher in Belgrade. Beside that, she works as a psychodrama psychotherapist under supervision. She has rich experience in both formal and non formal education and making educational process creative and vivid is her main motivation for years. She worked with people a lot and as she was part of non-goverment movements and grassroots projects, she conducted a lot of workshops and groups for young people, marginalised childeren, women who survived violence. In her professional life she encourages emphaty, explores the beauty of differences and promotes social equality.
Today, she is finishing her psychodrama studies as part of the Institut of Psychodrama Belgrade and she enjoys discovering new possibilities in online psychodrama realm.

Aleksandra Mihajlovska is a professional actress currently working in the National Institution – Center for Culture “ Trajko Prokopiev” – Theater Kumanovo, North Macedonia. Besides acting, she’s been working as a youth worker and trainer in the field of applied theater for social interventions and intercultural dialogue as part of different centers and organizations locally and internationally. She’s been conducting workshops for creative and personal development of young people and kids on regular basis in Kumanovo, but also in Sweeden, Denmark, Croatia, and Spain. 

Today, she is finishing her psychodrama studies as part of the Institut of Psychodrama Belgrade and Amigdala Skopje.   She believes in the power of theater and theater tools in all forms and practices and theater is the core of all she does.