Peer-to-peer training of young learners for coping with anxiety and stress through drama therapy in Athens!

In terms of the Erasmus+ Cope project, four peer training sessions took place on the 17th, 19th, 23rd and 25th of April 2024 in Athens, Greece, with the participation of 18 young learners, mostly university students, under the guidance of 4 trained trainers and with the support of Symplexis staff. During the first part of the sessions, the trainers introduced the participants to the project and the e-learning platform, and asked them to study the theory of “Module 3 – Drama therapy” in groups of 2 or 3. A discussion then took place and young learners were guided through the activities of the module.

The training was dynamic and impactful, allowing young people to explore the use of drama theatre as a tool for coping with stress and anxiety. At the same time, it fostered a safe environment that encouraged open dialogue, active listening, self-reflection, sharing, and emotional exploration. Through a series of interactive drama activities, including storytelling and improvisation, participants stepped into different perspectives, enhancing their self-awareness and empathy, and explored the power of theatre for stress relief. Feedback was enthusiastic, with many young people expressing a sense of empowerment and a stronger connection to their peers.

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