Date: Sunday 1st September 2019: 10am – 4:30pm 

Venue: The Mill, Derby

Facilitated by Alun Mountfield:

Psychodrama Psychotherapist, Actor and Applied Theatre Practitioner.  He is a former member of Geese Theatre Company, working as an actor, group facilitator and senior trainer for the company from 1989 until 2005.  He is co-editor of The Geese Theatre Handbook which has become required reading for students of applied theatre in universities and colleges throughout the UK.  He has co-designed theatre based offending behaviour programmes for Probation Services nationally, focusing in particular on the rehabilitation of violent offenders.  He began running psychodrama groups in HMP Grendon Underwood in 2000 and from 2008 until 2018 also facilitated one of the primary therapy groups. In addition he has created a number of theatre and video pieces designed to present the experiences of offenders who have come into therapy to explore their offending behaviour.  These have been performed at a number of conferences and events in the prison and have been well received by inmates and guests. Since 2005, he has worked as a freelance theatre practitioner and also as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Anger is a common experience but one that is often misunderstood.  It is often described as a “secondary emotion”, one that is fed by unresolved emotions that are too painful to name.  At the heart of this experience lies the feeling of shame. Drawing on experience of working with violent offenders for thirty years, the day will be an opportunity to explore how anger works and how we might work with it to address its roots in shame and encourage change.  The workshop will be a combination of theory and action including the use of theatre techniques to explore the way in which anger and shame are experienced by our clients.

The primary aims of the session will include addressing:

| The roots of anger in childhood experiences |

| Shame and it’s role in generating anger and aggression |

| Cycles of anger |

| Methods of working with anger & shame in group and one-to one settings |


The aim is to provide a safe and inclusive environment where participants can discuss their own experience of working with anger and shame in groups and one-to-one.  It is also suitable for any other professionals who wishes to increase their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between anger and shame and how to work with them.  

The process will include games and exercises designed to stimulate discussion and to facilitate the process.

  • Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
  • A light lunch will be provided

Cost: £75

*All participants will be given a CPD certificate upon completion.

To book your place click ‘HERE’ or contact:

Lewis Walters | 07745647737 | [email protected]

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