FEPTO Conference


15th FEPTO Conference
Ohrid, North Macedonia, 14th – 16th of May 2021
The Healing Power of Psychodrama

The Conference will be organized by FEPTO with local partner: AMIGDALA School for Psychodrama (Republic North Macedonia)


Friday, the 14th of May, 2021

15.00 – 16.00    Registration
16.00 – 16.30    Welcoming by the LOC (We will Announce the Competition)
16.30 – 17.30    Key note speaker
17.30 – 18.00    Coffee break
18.00 – 19.00    Large group
19.00 – 20.00    Small reflections groups
20.00 – 22.00    Welcome Dinner and Social Encounter

Saturday, the 15th of May, 2021

07.00 – 09.00    Breakfast
09.00 – 10.30    Key note speaker
11.99 – 11.30    Home groups: Reflection and integration to own work and psychodrama
10.30 – 11.00    Coffee break
11.00 – 13.00    Workshops I
13.00 – 15.00    Lunch
15.00 – 17.00    Workshops II
17.00 – 17.30    Coffee break
17.30 – 19.30    Workshops III
17.30 – 19.30    Small reflection groups
20.30 – 23.00    Dinner / DJ & Social activity

Sunday, the 16th of May, 2021

07.00 – 09.00    Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00    Workshops IV
11.00 – 11.30    Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30    Small reflection Groups
12.30 – 13.30    Presentation of small reflection groups
13.30 – 14.30    Announcing the winners of the competition
14.30 – 15.00    Closure

Small changes in the program might occur.  The final program will be uploaded soon.

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14th FEPTO Conference
Tallinn, Estonia, 17th – 19th of May 2019
Mindful Action for Development –
Learning of Individuals and Groups


1. Neuropsychology and learning
Teri Talpsep, PhD
Friday, the 17th of May, 17.45-19.15


2. What is mindfulness and how it develops?
Riin Seema, PhD
Saturday, the 18th May, 10.00-11.00

The presentation helps to be a critical consumer of literature on mindfulness, as it shows dilemmas involved in research, such as the relation between culture, researcher and research focus, and the limits and possibilities of research in practice. The application of mindfulness spreads in psychology and educational settings, while the construct is diversely defined and a considerable amount of research related issues still unresolved. Mindfulness is originally a first person perspective experience; however, it has been studied mostly from researchers’ third-person perspective. In mindfulness research, there is an ongoing debate about the nature of mindfulness and researchers have developed different scales based on their theory of the phenomenon. Despite differences between theories, several mindfulness definitions stress two components: attention to present events and experiences and specific attitudes. While almost all definitions of mindfulness focus on quality of attention, different researchers have named different additional qualities to describe mindfulness: including curiosity, openness and acceptance (Bishop, et al. 2004), non-reactive, non-judgmental, open-hearted (Kabat-Zinn, 2005), fully open (Zimbardo Boyd, 2008). Interestingly, Zimbardo and Boyd (2008) have stated that mindfulness is time perspective and is actually orientated towards time holistically; it also contains the past and future in the present. Mindfulness together with time perspective gives a holistic or big picture of subjective health and the therapeutic process.

The presentation is based on different materials: 1) Seema (2014) dissertation; 2) latest yet unpublished studies, 3) supervised Master theses and Bachelor theses on the Estonian teacher´s experiences with using meditation exercises in their teaching.

Riin Seema shares also some personal understanding and experiences with mindfulness and psychodrama. The presentation will discuss the next questions. What mindfulness is and how it develops? Are meditation and mindfulness one and the same? What kind of mindfulness exercises does exist and how they can possibly be used in psychodrama? How mindfulness practices are similar or different from psychodrama?

Riin Seema works as Associate Professor of Pedagogical Counselling in Tallinn University, School of Educational Sciences. Riin has worked as a teacher at almost all educational levels. She defended at 2014 a dissertation on mindfulness and time perspective scales and their relations with subjective well-being in Estonia. Supervisors: A. Sircova, K. W. Brown & M. Pork.

Riin completed the next courses:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Teacher Development Program – Part 1, 40 hours. 17/06/ 2011 – 24/06/2011. STRESSMINUS. Trainers Dr. P.C. Collard & H. Stephenson, UK.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training Retreat, 56 hours. 08/05/2013. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Trainers: Dr. Kabat-Zinn& Saki Santorelli.
  • Three Modes of Mindful and Three Modes of Non-Mindful Self-Awareness: How the Location and Focus of Attention Influence Self-Awareness Mental States. 7 hours.16/12/2013 – 18/12/2013. Trainer: K. Blaser. A Workshop during the First International Conference on Mindfulness.
  • Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT). 18 hours. Trainers: K. Strosahl, P. Robinson, T. Gustavson. ACT DANMARK.
  • Psychodrama, group leader of action methods license, 1030 hours 2004 – 2007, Tallinn Psychodrama Institute. Trainers: TEP S. Aitolehti, CP S. Põldvere, CP P. Isat etc.


3. Learning in and by Psychodrama
Sirkku Aitolehti, Kirsti Silvola, and Päivi Rahmel
Sunday, the 19th May, 10.00-11.30

Moreno’s theory and method investigates inner experience and human encounters. It aims to understand these and their relationship to the larger social and material world and cosmos in an integrative way.

This multidimensional approach is Moreno`s legacy to learning and deeply needed in this world situation. In our lecture we try to highlight these aspects.

We are Finnish psychodrama trainers (TEP) from the fields of theology (Sirkku Aitolehti), pedagogics (Päivi Rahmel) and psychiatry (Kirsti Silvola), continuously creating new understanding of psychodrama and it`s training.

Sirkku is co-founder of Helsinki Psychodrama Institute and Tallinn Psychodrama Institute and although retired works continuously with groups.

is senior lecturer of applied theatre and group dynamics in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. She is the founder of Finnish Playback Theatre and Playback Theatre Group FoxTrott and trains Playback Theatre and psychodrama continuously.

has been trainer at Helsinki Psychodrama Institute and Moreno Institute in Oslo, Norway. She is also psychotherapist and has integrated trauma therapy and sensorimotor psychotherapy in the therapeutic use of psychodrama.

Workshop session 1: 12am – 2 pm on Saturday 18 May, 2019

1. Moreno meets Lindeman (andragogy, adult learning) and Damasio (neuroscientist)
Tuovi Leppänen

This workshop offers new research based perspective to adult learning. The theory of the community power learning process will be introduced. This theory has been developed in a doctoral thesis (Leppänen 2018) by workshop leader Tuovi Leppänen.
The theory has been developed based on data, which was collected form the multicultural adult teacher student group. Core concepts of the theory are participation, communality, creativity and tutoring. The first three concepts expressed the relationships between group members. The fourth concept, tutoring, diverges from the other three categories in that it is a description of the relationship between a tutor and the group members. Tutoring is needed in order to ensure the development of the relationships between group members. The core concept covers all main concepts, and it was identified as the Community Power Learning Process (CPLP), which is a base for the substantive theory of the community power learning process.

In the end of the thesis new theory has been set to dialogue with the study of Eduard C. Lindeman, a pioneer of andragogy (1885–1953), Jacob Levy Moreno, the developer of psycho- and sociodrama (1889–1974), and the brain researcher Antonio Damasio (b. 1944).

In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the theory of community power learning process as well as they get practical perceptive in order to develop community power in adult learners groups (e.g. sociodrama groups, learning groups, social support groups, groups with special needs, or special support, multicultural groups etc.) This workshop will widen and deepen perspective of psychodrama in learning processes with different adult groups. In addition, workshop will give opportunity to become aware of connections between Morenian approach, adult learning and neuroscience.

Methods of the workshop are
1) a short input of the theory and
2) Morenian action methods, which offer a channel to each participant to adopt CPLP approach to their own action
3) dialogue between participants, adult education perspective, neuroscience and Moreno

Ms. Tuovi Leppänen, MSosSc, PhD (education) has solid experience in international higher education cooperation, and teacher education development. Tuovi Leppänen’s expertise is focused on student-centered learning, group-based pedagogy, and project management. In every mission, she has applied the Morenian approach in practice. In her doctoral thesis, she has deepened practical experiences into the theoretical level. She has received the Certificate of Practitioner in Psychodrama, CP from Helsinki Psychodrama Institute in 2010 and Certificated Supervisor in 2012.

2. Planetary Boundaries and Mindful Action
Marjut Partanen-Hertell

Fast ecological changes are present today. The concept of Planetary Boundaries was developed ten years ago to illustrate the Earth system stability. It is used world-wide in ecological discussion in order to understand what is happening.
Are we and the future generations’ victims or active survivors in this new epoch of Anthropocene? How to develop our own capacity to mindful actions? We need a totally new way of thinking and behaving. We need to train our brains!

In this workshop we explore and concretise how knowledge, creative action methods and mindfulness will support neuro-plasticity and experiential learning of individuals and groups. In this way we can increase responsible mindful actions in order to save ourselves and the Living Planet.

Marjut Partanen-Hertell MS (Tech), psychodrama trainer (TEP), Supervisor, has as an environmental engineer and sociodramatist worked at the Finnish Environment Institute with international projects supported by the EU and the World Bank. Former chairman of the inter-governmental working group on public awareness and environmental education of HELCOM in the Baltic Sea area, facilitating co-operation between 14 countries and various NGOs. Former president of the Association of Finnish Psychodrama Trainers (MOPSI). Visiting trainer and examiner at the Helsinki Psychodrama Institute. The author and co-author of several books. Workshop-leader in international conferences.

3. Exploring mindfulness practices for understanding their suitability in psychodrama
Riin Seema

During this workshop several classic mindfulness exercises (breathing meditation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement, lying down) will be practiced, to get a first person experience. After that participants will discuss their experiences and brainstorm on how and when the exercises could be useful in psychodrama contexts.

Riin Seema defended at 2014 a dissertation on mindfulness and time perspective scales and their relations with subjective well-being in Estonia. Riin works as Associate Professor of Pedagogical Counselling in Tallinn University, School of Educational Sciences. Riin has worked as a teacher at almost all educational levels. She is a group leader of action methods in psychodrama (Tallinn Psychodrama Institute).

4. Director’s Talk: A new approach for psychodrama with individuals
Roger Schaller

Psychodrama with clients in individual setting is different from psychodrama in groups. The central technique in „Monodrama“ is the director’s talk – a mindful dialogue between the psychodrama director and his co-director (the client). The psychodrama director makes the client play only very short sequences of roleplay. He constantly interrupts the roleplaying and invites the patient to join him on the border of the stage for a conversation about what is happening here and now. In this way the psychodrama director turns the role play into a workshop of consciousness: the client receives time, space and interaction possibilities, to realize that his thinking, feeling and acting in this situation are not only determined by real external conditions but also by conscious and unconscious mental and physical processes. The art of role-playing in individual setting is to empower patients to mentally relate to their inner states during role-play. The director’s talk offers an important opportunity for this mentalization process.
The workshop will focus also on an important tool for promoting this technique: the variations of role-taking. The therapist can initiate three different forms of role-taking: Imitation, Cognitive Simulation and Embodied Simulation.

In this workshop the participants will be trained in the techniques of directors talk and the variations of role-taking. Based on case studies from their own practice they will develop their psychodramatic competences for therapy and counselling in individual settings.

Roger Schaller is a psychologist and psychotherapist. He made his psychodrama training at the Moreno Institut Überlingen in Germany. He lives with his family in Magglingen near Berne/Switzerland. In the last 25 years he practiced psychodrama in different institutional settings: psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation clinic for drug abusers, specialized school for children and adolescents with behavioural problems and in a foundation for unemployed persons with social and psychological difficulties. He is also specialized in traffic psychology and therapies for traffic offenders who have their driving licence taken away. He is on the board of the Swiss Psychodrama Association and member of the Association of Traffic Psychology. Actually he works in private practice with adolescents and adults (mostly in individual setting) and as a trainer und supervisor in psychodrama. He is the director of the Swiss Institut for Psychodrama and Action Methods. He is the author of 4 books about roleplay and psychodrama (edited in Germany) and published articles in Zeitschrift für Psychodrama und Soziometrie. His book about Psychodrama in Individual Setting is translated in English and will be published in Spring 2019.


5. Awakening the Creative Genious
Endel Hango

Our ability to learn and adapt has a lot to do with how we warm ourselves up, prepare for performance and how well we’re in contact with our Creative Genius (CG).
There is a structure to learning to use our CG, which often starts with unlearning and letting go of the patterns that have led us where we are. Every competent behaviour is planned, carried out with skill and has also the wished outcome, otherwise it is not competent behaviour. So even the CG can be described in terms of skill, attitude and knowledge.

In the experiential workshop the participants are provided with a structure for awakening (working with) the CG and different exercises will be done in action – therefore presenting a challenge to an attitude that might hinder us from using our CG.
There will be time for reflections and discussion at the end.

Endel Hango – Tartu PDI, T.E.P., playback theatre trainer, consultant, supervisor, parent, husband, man.


6. What has Sex got to do with Mindfulness? An Integrated Approach to Psychodrama and Dance Therapy
Leandra Perrotta

The Chinese character for Mindfulness combines the ideograms for presence and heart. Pretty much the two strongest therapeutic factors there are. Sex is a clue on how present we are to ourselves and how we deal with closeness, how we deal with control or surrender and how we manage pleasure. It reflects how vulnerable we allow ourselves to be in relationships and how we receive, ask, give or take.
Sexuality work is a narrative-based medicine which can provide meaningful insight into unconscious beliefs and desires. Much like dreams, our sexual preferences and fantasies can be likened to an inner theatre. This experiential and didactic workshop is designed to give an opportunity for personal exploration and professional development in a safe and supportive environment.

We will engage with relevant theories as well as understand and experience the Psychodrama and Dance Therapy methods as we explore the psychological dynamics of desire, sexual preferences, erotic dreams and fantasies. We will investigate the neurobiological basis of lust, romantic love and attachment. We will examine how sexual temperaments differ and we will experience different methods of enacting sexual scenes on stage in a safe and respectful manner as we explore our unique erotic blueprint.

Leandra Perrotta  is an Italo-Australian clinical psychologist, psychotherapist,  Psychodrama trainer, Dance Movement Therapy trainer and Transgenerational Therapy trainer. She is Professor at IPAP – Post Graduate Institute of Analytical Psychology and Jungian Psychodrama, Contract Professor at the University of Valle d’Aosta and Trainer and Supervisor at the Anne Ancelin Schützenberger International School of Transgenerational Therapy.  She is  former President of  FEPTO –  Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations and President of ITTA – International Transgenerational Therapy Association. Her professional interests include dream work, psychogenealogy and sexuality.


Workshop session 2: 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Saturday 18 May, 2019

1. Healing processes of “group-neurobiology” to our brain and mind
Pille Isat and Tuuli Vellama

In this workshop we explore together interpersonal actions we can use in groups which lead to deeper integration and repairing processes in the brain and mind. The workshop is hopefully interesting and useful to all who are leading groups, not only for therapists.

We combine practical group work with newer understandings of brain plasticity, mirror neurons, the autonomic nervous system, affect regulation and the relation between attachment and brain development. The work is based on the book The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (S.P.Gantt) and on our experiences and studies in trauma therapy.

Pille Isat and Tuuli Vellama are psychodrama trainers TEP, psychologists and trauma therapists.
Working at Moreno Centre in Tallinn, Estonia


2. Crossing borders: stepping into unknown land
Stylianos N. Lagarakis and Ulli Lobach

Two psychodrama institutes (Centre of Athenian Psychodramatic Encounters – C.A.P.E. & Theatre for the Soul) from Greece and Germany will present their project with civilians together with psychotherapists. We will show you how we try the past three years to focus on the common traumas of these two European countries and the aim to construct a common language by psychodrama.
Breaking the cycle of destructive patterns from the past to gain a life of more empathy, compassion and cooperation.
During our workshop, participants from different backgrounds will gather to share their experiences and to go beyond restrictions. By bridging the gap between our past and our future, a space can be opened, allowing us to find new possibilities and avenues of relating and being; not only for ourselves but for our communities as well.

Stylianos N. Lagarakis:
Medical Doctor, Psychodrama Therapist-Trainer-Supervisor.
Director of the Centre of Athenian Psychodramatic Encounters (C.A.P.E.) in Athens – Greece

Ulli Lobach:
Psychologist, Psychodrama TEP, Director of the Theater for the Soul in Bremen – Germany

Mindfulness in the Family – a safe space for growing!
Küllike Lillestik

Mindfulness in the Family – a safe space for growing!

The family into which we are born is the foundation, the basis for the growth of the person who is today. What makes a family are the feelings and relationships between people – intimacy, caring, loyalty, support and love. The family is the only place in the world where people are loved not for what they do or give, but for being who they are.

During the workshop we will examine whether through presence and conscious mindfulness it is possible to increase the security of all family members to be able to grow and develop the love. We will learn whether this will also allow changing the existing family patterns.
The workshop employs the methods of psychodrama, family constellations, family systems therapy and Imago and EFT relationship therapy.

Küllike Lillestik, psychodrama Certified Practitioner (CP). I am a graduate of the Tallinn Psychodrama Institute. Since 2006 I have a private practice as systemic family therapist, EFT and IMAGO couple therapist, psychodrama group therapist.

“I like myself a lot, a little, not at all.” Enhancing self acceptance with mindful psychodramatic action
Agnes Dudler

Being aware of myself, taking care of myself mindfully is based on accepting myself as I am. Psychodrama can help to develop the ability to become more and more aware of myself, my attitudes, patterns, values and motives. Psychodrama can help to realize my way of judging myself and others, to make visible what I suppress and denie.
Mindfulness is „in“; but having it as an ideal does not yet make me capable of being mindful. In meditation one tries to become more aware of myself in the here and now just sitting in silence looking inside. In psychodrama we apparently do the opposite, we act and put things on stage to see and understand more of ourselves we are not aware of.

In this workshop we will do some exercises to explore and enhance self awareness and estimation. We will also reflect the concept of mindfulness in comparison to awareness, consciousness, mentalization and compare briefly psychodrama with meditation. All depend on a minimum of self acceptance as does the acceptance of others.

Agnes Dudler is psychologist and psychotherapist in a private practice in Bonn since 1982. She is founder and was 20 years director of the “Institut für Psychodrama Szenen” and trainer of psychodramatists for 35 years. She works as counsellor and psychotherapist with individuals, couples and groups, as supervisor and coach. She does sociodrama with large groups, training in awareness and self care and develops meditation with psychodrama. Besides psychodrama she has been trained in client centered therapy, breath therapy, bioenergetics, yoga, systemic, gestalt and psychoanalytic therapy, meditation. She published several articles about psychodrama with individuals, about the „Role atom”, supervision, psychodramatic constellation work and sociodrama with large groups.

Mindfulness of love
Mirjana J. Stojanovska

LOVE IS what moves all religions of the world, love moves all human beings in the world, love is the reason that people can be happy, enjoy life and a reason to give up life and give up on themselves.
LOVE is awareness of the present moment of me and you in the Cosmos.
Love is not just a word. I LOVE YOU means, I understand you, I accept you such as you are, I am here for you, I support you. Love is composed is composed of perception, emotion, cognitive processes, internal bodily processes, sensual, biochemical processes, spiritual, behavioural, bodily sensations, mental processes. Love is a process that happens in human’s body and in human’s soul and affects their social field in full. Love in its pureness heals and in its curvature is a door to hell. Love is an emotion with which we are born, but in the course of raising children and socialization sense of LOVE, experience of love and meaning of love can be totally distorted. The ability to seek and receive love can be reduced, it may disappear or can be distorted. The ability to give love can be distorted too, or can be reduced or can disappear.

Psychodrama can teach people to love themselves and each other again, to release the spontaneity and to help the energy to flows smoothly. This is an experiential workshop. Psychodrama techniques will be used to lead the participants tо explore their thoughts, ideas, imagination and NEED TO BE LOVED AND TO LOVE. Using Psychodrama techniques in a creative way, participants in the workshop will learn how to experience MINDFULNESS OF LOVE. They will learn to return to the roots where love is a purely uninhibited experience of yourself in fusion with what is around us.

Mirjana J. Stojanovska
has PhD in developmental and pedagogical psychology, Main Trainer and Supervisor in the School of Psychodrama AMIGDALA. Assistant professor at the MIT University, faculty of Psychology – Skopje, Macedonia. President of the Chamber of psychology of Republic of Macedonia. She is Gestalt therapist member of EAGT and supervisor certificated form Gestalt centre London.

6. Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization for Refugee Families – innovation project 2017-2019
Milena Mutafchieva, Stefan Flegelskamp & Reijo Kauppila

Evidence Based Trauma Stabilization (EBTS) consists of two innovative products for stabilization of traumatized children among refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant families. The EBTS-Programme is a psychodrama based short trauma stabilization process for refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant mothers and children. In the EBTS-Training psychologists, social workers, educators and other professionals learn to conduct the EBTS-Programme in groups of refugee families.
The project was funded with support from the European Commission.
This project is born in the present need of more effective working with refugee, asylum seeking and immigrant families. The European situation is challenging, and as professionals, we should find new ways of supporting the integration of refugees in our society. One way to do it is to support constructive relations between children and parents and to develop resilience in the families. Most of refugee, asylum and immigrant families have some kind of trauma experience in their original country or on their way to destination country.

  • EBTS re-connects traumatized children to their parents and thus to their most important binding resource. EBTS uses the language of the children: Playing.
  • EBTS combines psycho-education on trauma conducted for parents with child-friendly and children-psychodrama playful stabilization techniques for both parents and children.
  • EBTS provides helpers with the latest knowledge in the field of trauma using experience-oriented and action-oriented methods based on psychodrama and sociometry.
  • EBTS stabilizes children, parents and helpers.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Gain an information about the project and the basic principles of psychodrama with children and trauma stabilization.
  • Be presented the principal theories of psychodrama, sociometry and trauma theory, in which the EBTS-Training and -Programme are based.
  • Experience some of the main contents and techniques used in the EBTS-Training and –Programme.
  • Be presented with the preliminary research results concerning the effectiveness of EBTS-Programme.

Assoc. Prof. Milena Mutafchieva, PhD
Psychologist, Psychodrama therapist, Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and Psychology Department in New Bulgarian University, Sofia. She got her PhD in Developmental Psychology in 2007. She has been a psychodrama trainer for adults for many years and now she is in training for psychodrama with children. Mutafchieva is a founder and the head of Centre for Child Development and Psychological Consulting “Cognitiva”, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Stefan Flegelskamp
Graduate social worker, child and adolescent psychotherapist, Supervisor, has been working with children and adolescents for many years. He has also been conducting Psychodrama and Psychodrama for children trainings for many years at the Institute of Psychodrama “Institut für Psychodrama Szenen”, Cologne, Germany, at which he has been the director since 2011.

Reijo Kauppila
M.Ed. in Adult Education, psychodrama trainer TEP, certified supervisor and business coach. He used to work in a big Finnish organization for 20 years in charge of personnel development. Since 2006 he has a private company, which trains and coaches in organisations in public and private sectors. He is the director and main trainer in Helsinki Psychodrama Institute in Finland.



LOC coordinator: Reijo Kauppila
Tel: +358 44 599 3377

Secretary of the Conference: Katrin Laansalu
Email: conference2019@fepto.com




Research Committee

Research Committee meeting:
New horizons through changing perspectives

15th to 18th of October, 2020
Torino, Italy

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