Exploring The Stages of Change Through Applied Improvisation

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Exploring The Stages of Change Through Applied Improvisation


Friday April 13, 2018  1-5 pm 

Lifestage, Inc 496 Smithtown Bypass Suite 202 Smithtown NY 11787

This training is approved by NYS as Continuing Education for social workers, provider #0270 and provides 4 contact hours

The evidence-based Transtheoretical Model of behavior change is well-researched and used throughout the world as a highly effective framework for professionals guiding the change process in every area of human life. The studies show that when changing behavior people move through a series of stages, with tasks and psychological/emotional processes required at each stage in order to move to the next one. There are defenses and dynamics associated with each stage as well. This model has enormous implications for psychotherapy and clinical work in general, because the studies demonstrate that interventions and conversations matched to a person's degree of readiness work best, reduce the sense of threat that is easily triggered at the early stages and help work through the ambivalence and complexity of any behavior change. 

Applied Improvisation is an experiential method also used throughout the world in business, health care and education that is especially useful when dealing with situations of complexity, as change often turns out to be. A change in health-related behavior - to cut sugar or quit smoking, for example, or leave a job that is causing stress-related illness - impacts a person's identity and place in the world as much as it does deeply-ingrained habits of mind. Applied Improvisation training offers a mindset that strengthens the capacity to recognize a person's stage of change regarding an issue, to respond without heightening defenses and be mindful of the complex challenges associated with it. 

In this workshop, we will explore Applied Improvisation exercises that describe and strengthen a mindset of focused awareness and creative responsiveness. We will discuss the 5 stages of change as defined by the Transtheoretical Model, defenses and dynamics common to each stage and guidelines for working with clients and students at each stage. The exercises and games used in the workshop can easily be used with clients or students in groups and some adapted to work in individual therapy as well. 

Instructor: Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT is a trainer/consultant, writer/performer and creative arts psychotherapist with 30 years experience as a clinician in private practice, inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. She was Director of Clinical Services for YMCA Family Services, a community-based substance abuse treatment and prevention agency before going into full time private practice. She has provided training using Applied Improvisation for staff of many not-for-profit organizations in New York City, including the New York Public LIbrary, for-profit companies and a wide range of human service and professional training organizations. She is published in the International Journal of Arts In Psychotherapy Special on Addictions, and special issue on AIDS, Music Therapy Perspectives and Recovery Press. and currently writes for medium.com and her blog Lives In Progress provides articles, links and resources related to creativity in personal and professional development.


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