Groups, Workshops

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University and The Dorian Centre present:



This one day workshop serves as an introduction to how to integrate the related fields of Drama Therapy and Psychodrama in professional therapeutic and educational work and for personal growth. We will use a transpersonal approach with a variety of  action techniques and exercises from both traditional and contemporary models of Drama Therapy and Psychodrama.  This day long workshop will be mostly experiential learning. At the core of this professional body of work is a rich and deep understanding of how creativity and creative process builds an integrative foundation for healing, transformation, mind-body psychology and human development. Our learning goals:

1.   Students will learn twelve principles of an approach to Transpersonal Drama Therapy and Psychodrama.

2.    Students will learn how to apply these principles and case examples to specific populations, with whom the participants are working.

3.    Students will learn how to easily integrate Psychodrama and Drama Therapy within the larger Creative Arts Therapy field for different populations.

Saphira Barbara Linden, RDT/BCT. TEP, LCAT, Director of a training program in Boston in Drama Therapy and Psychodrama for 18 years, will demonstrate her transpersonal approach which is reflected in her award-winning book, THE HEART AND SOUL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: A TRANSPERSONAL APPROACH THROUGH THEATER ARTS, 2013, Trafford Publishers. The book has contributions by her gifted students and colleagues, who have embraced and practiced this approach with 39 different populations.

Date:  Saturday April 29th    Time:  9:30 am – 5:30 pm    Fee: Regular $100  students/seniors $60

Location:  Concordia Fine Arts Building 1395 Rene-Levesque West 2nd floor  VA 212-2

For information on how to register: email or call (514) 688-0398.  

Registration Deadline:  Friday April 21st.


*Students participating in this Workshop can earn credit toward either or both RDT and/or CP credentials.


The Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University and The Dorian Centre present:

Finding Our Inner Guides through Mask-making, Music and Ritual

Seeking personal help from Inner Guides is near-universal.  Though secular Western people may dismiss belief in them as superstitious, their use clearly confers benefits.  Rather than adopting a fixed position on the debate between those who believe that spirit entities exist and can provide help versus those who explain such experiences as psychological processes, we offer workshop participants an opportunity to enter into the world of imaginative play.  We use drama therapy and psychodrama, to experience directly the effects of encountering helpful Inner Guides.   

Following introductory warmups which set a playful, rather than solemn tone, we will identify non-traumatic personal challenges and be introduced to a wide range of Guide archetypes, including those from such diverse cultural traditions as Hopi American Indian, Sufi, Hindu, and Norse. After creating masks representing specific Guides of their own choosing, participants in small groups next enact an initial scene in which they are defeated by their previously-identified challenge. Selecting as helpers from the other participants wearing their masks as Guide archetypes, the initial scenes are re-enacted so that the challenge is successful overcome. After processing, we will close with a ritual.  Musical portions of this workshop will be facilitated by Shelley Snow.

 Facilitators:  Saphira Barbara Linden, MA, RDT/BCT, TEP, LCAT, is a drama therapist, psychodramatist, transpersonal psychotherapist and teacher.  She has been the Director of a Training Program in Drama Therapy and Psychodrama for 18 years.   She is also the Artistic Director of the Omega Theater/Theater Workshop Boston.  She teaches internationally, and is the editor and author of The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy:  A Transpersonal Approach through Theatre Arts. Her artistic work was the subject of a half hour film, PBS Series, ARTISTS IN AMERICA.

 Shelley Snow, PhD, MTA, is a licensed psychotherapist, music therapist, professional musician and researcher.  She conducts a private practice at the Dorian Centre, which she founded in 2011, and is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University.  She has led workshops and performed her music in many countries.


Date:  Sunday April 30th    Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm   Fee:  Regular $100   For students/seniors $60

Location:  Concordia Fine Arts Building  1395 Rene-Levesque West   2nd floor  VA 212-2

For information on registration and payment:  or call (514) 688-0398.  Deadline for registration is Friday April 21st.

*Students participating in this Workshop can earn credit toward either or both RDT and/or CP credentials.