5th TELE'DRAMA® International Hybrid Conference for Groups & Individuals

Virtual & Hybrid Technology-Mediated Education

About the conference

About the conference
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
  • Discover the latest best practices for hybrid action methods to enrich your professional practice;
  • Experience facilitation from renowned practitioners and trainers from around the world;
  • Meet and exchange knowledge and ideas with colleagues from various countries and enrich your professional network...

Offering five-day pre-conference (June 4-8, 2023) and 3-day conference (June 9-11, 2023); excellent international presenters; over 60 plenaries & workshops; exciting social events; entertainment; this conference will be truly memorable!

All conference sessions will offer a uniquely designed hybrid experience with multi-dimensional configurations in regards to participants and space. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology,well-known in-person and remote presenters and attendees will connect and experience the group process in action together as an important step closer to equal experiences and merging the virtual and physical reality. Various methodologies created within Tele'Drama International, will bring the future of psychotherapy and education into the present time.

During various times at this unique conference, the large group attending in-person in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the large group of those virtually connecting from their homes around the world, will meet, interact, co-create and celebrate with smaller groups gathered in-person at other locations around the world. Those smaller in-person groups will consist of training groups, professionals, college students, children, support groups, sport teams, community centers and others, gathered in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, the United States, Bali, Tunisia, Italy, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Korea, Japan, Portugal and other countries. A truly amazing, innovative, inclusive and unforgettable experience! -

 
ABOUT THE METHOD

Tele'Drama International was created by the American psychologist and educator, Dr. Daniela Simmons, PhD. Holding a master’s degree from Sofia University and Doctor in Philosophy Degree from the University of North Texas, Dr. Simmons is an American Board-Certified Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP), Supervisor in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Simmons is the current President of the American Society in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), www.asgpp.org.; and the 2022 ASGPP recipient of the Innovator's Award for the creation of Tele'Drama International. Established in 1994, the Innovator's Award is presented to a member of the ASGPP whose work significantly and in new directions extends the applications or methods of psychodrama, sociometry and/or group psychotherapy. Her professional experience, both in Europe and the US, is in educational, research, and consultancy work in the social sciences and mental health.
 
Tele'Drama International (Headquarters in Dallas, TX, United States) has been creating multiple innovative methodologies and initiatives throughout the years, and its team has been successful applying them internationally. Our main purpose from the very beginning has been building up a strong international sociometry and inclusion. As of today, thousands of people from over 83 countries, with diverse backgrounds, have attended the Tele'Drama conferences and symposiums, support groups and educational modules.
In present times Tele'Drama International continues its innovative work, offering multiple configurations for hybrid, Fusional InterReality©, where everyone can equally participate from their own physical location. 

During various times at this unique conference, the large group attending in-person in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the large group of those virtually connecting from their homes around the world, will meet, interact, co-create and celebrate with smaller groups gathered in-person at other locations around the world.
 
All conference sessions will offer a uniquely designed hybrid experience with multi-dimensional configurations in regard to participants and space. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, well-known in-person and remote presenters and attendees will connect and experience the group process in action together as an important step closer to equal experiences and merging the virtual and physical reality. Various methodologies created within Tele'Drama International, will bring the future of psychotherapy and education into the present time.

TELE’DRAMA is a method, an international institute and a community. The International Tele’Drama Institute (ITI) is offering action and expressive methods training, therapy, counseling, and other interventions using an online video conferencing approach. Thousands of people from 78 countries from around the World have attended the Tele’Drama training modules, support groups, social events and celebrations.  Tele’Drama is a particularly important part of the future of action methods, connecting people from various cultures, locations and time zones.  Tele’Drama is offering a solution to people in various physical conditions and/or with limited travel capability, creating opportunities for inclusion by increasing equity in receiving mental health, and providing educational services, support groups and social events regardless of one’s circumstances.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Psychodramatists, sociodramatists, playback or other action methods practitioners or trainers; family therapists, expressive arts therapists, drama, music, dance, poetry, CBT, other therapists; coaches, group facilitators, organization consultants, students pursuing education in the field of mental health, social sciences.

SKILL LEVELS
ALL (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced)

INCLUSION: 
The 4th International TELE'DRAMA Conference will aim to include EVERYONE: people from around the world, regardless of their language, time zone, economic status or other possible obstacles.
 
Here are some of the approaches for inclusion which we are implementing:
  1. Fees according to Country Bands A, B, C, D, determined by the World Bank. 
  2. Students and Retirees will be able to pay reduced fees.
  3. For those who need additional financial assistance, we will provide a Partial Scholarship Application Form.
  4. GROUP RATES: Tele’Drama is offering a reduced rate of ten (10) participants or more register together. For information, please contact zoomroom.international@teledrama.org 
  5. •International Language Package, to include 10.5 h of plenary sessions and the Gala (an entertaining live musical and dance program) with multiple language interpretations through independent back audio channels for the attendee’s language of choice.•The translation will be heard only by those who need it, without interrupting the general process; and we are able to offer parallel back-end translation to multiple languages at the same time.

TELE’DRAMA CONFERENCE DISCLAIMER TELE’DRAMA CONFERENCE DISCLAIMER
  • Confidentiality: You are welcome to share more or less about yourself while in a group, however, the more open you are the better the experience you will have. Even though you are attending training, you might be sharing information in a group that is sensitive and personal. It is important that you feel comfortable in the online environment of group training. All members of the group are asked to agree to confidentiality in the online group sessions. This means that each participant agrees not to share any other group members identifying and personal information with others. It is appropriate to share your personal reaction and feelings with others, but please do not share other people’s stories or other information with anyone outside of the group. 
  • Groups are international, bringing the richness of various cultures and experiences. Participants will speak with various accents. Respect to cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, is required. 
  • The large group meetings – announced in the program as ‘Plenary # 1 or Plenary # 2; and the Gala Event, may be recorded and shared when appropriate by the organizers
  • All other sessions – workshops, process groups and the social hour, are unique to those who attend and WILL NOT be recorded by the organizers OR the participants.
  • Taking pictures is only allowed AFTER the end of the session, and if the pictures have been arranged - meaning - all  participants are aware and have agreed that pictures will be taken and shared on social media, etc.
  • Participants' legal name needs to appear on their screen in the Latin Alphabet (instead of any of the following examples: IPhone, [name of company], a number (e.g. 367890), name spelled in non-Latin alphabet, etc.
  • Participants need to attend while using a quiet and safe place with no other people present in their near-by physical space.
  • All cameras (video) need to be 'on' during the sessions (except when an internet problem occurs).
  • All participants receive unique links to connect. Please do not share your link with anyone else. 
  • As the training is online, we want to be sure that we offer options if a problem with an internet connection occurs. If the technical issue occurs to the presenters, the workshop will be rescheduled. 
  • All participants are expected to arrive 10 min early for the session to start exactly on time. If a participant arrives late to a workshop and the warmup and sociometric exercises have advanced, the participant may not be appropriate to join. Please plan to stay throughout the entire session, including the closure.
  • Gallery view allows you to see all or most participants at once. To switch from active speaker view, tap Switch to Gallery View in the upper-right corner of the Zoom window. If you do not see the controls, tap your screen to get them to appear.

 
  • The Tele’Drama sessions are educational in nature. They are not intended as therapy. Participation in all activities is voluntary.
  •  Sometimes there can be discomfort involved in participating in group training. You may remember unpleasant events or feelings. Please talk to the director after the meeting in order to receive support or send us an email at zoomroom.international@teledrama.org
  • Grievances: All grievances must be in writing to zoomroom.international@teledrama.org and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.
  • This conference is ADA compliant. If you need accommodations, please contact us at zoomroom.international@teledrama.org. All reasonable accommodations will be made. 
  • Conflicts of interest: There are no known conflicts of interests for this conference. 

 
TIME ZONES
All times listed are in both, Central Daylight Time (USA) & Central European Summer Time (CEST).
 
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
  • Workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited, so please indicate your 1st and 2nd choices.
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Tele'Drama Conference Program
Full 4-day conference: November 7-10, 2024 (Thursday, November 07th 2024)
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