Breaking Through Barriers To Change Through Applied Improvisation

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Breaking Through Barriers To Change Through Applied Improvisation

65.00

Tuesday July 11, 2017  1-5 pm at Lifestage, Inc 496 Smithtown Bypass, Suite 202, Smithtown, NY 11787

This course has been by NYS as Continuing Education for social workers, Provider #0270 and provides 4 Contact hours.

Carl Jung said "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." As agents of change in peoples' individual lives as well as in groups and communities, social workers expertly support and facilitate the creation of something new - a new state of mind, approach to a problem or sense of self.  Applied Improvisation is a creative method for engaging the "play instinct" and provides powerful tools that therapists and educators in any area of practice can use to work with clients exactly where they are in any process of change. Applied Improvisation games and creative exercises are designed to engage the thinking, emotional and imaginative mind in a holistic process that can reduce negativity about the change process while teaching skills that are essential for navigating through it. In work with kids and teens the games and exercises learned in this workshop are invaluable, but the mindset that we cultivate through these creative group experiences is equally essential in the way we approach individual therapy - with openness, fresh thinking, more free of subconscious preconceptions or prescriptive ideas. We can become more collaborative and creative in response to clients exactly where they are in their process through training in improvisation.

Improv warm-ups are called "games" because they include all the elements that make games engaging and interesting, as well as highly effective tools for social-emotional skill development. Because so much of what social workers, educators and trainers deal with is breaking down barriers to change, having an understanding of and reservoir of games and creative exercises to use in a variety of settings is essential and empowering. This workshop will explore the application of improvisation games to therapeutic goals, particularly behavior change and discuss how the mindset cultivated through the principles of applied improvisation heightens our creative responsiveness with clients. 

INSTRUCTOR:  Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT is a writer, performer, trainer/consultant and creative arts psychotherapist who designs and facilitates arts-based professional and personal development workshops. Her Applied Improvisation workshops are attended by participants from the worlds of psychotherapy and counseling, education, business and medicine and provides creative wellness programs for large organizations in NY and around the country. She is host and creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS, a live show featuring true stories - with a twist, original music and audience interaction. Her book - Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life - and blog Lives In Progress explores the importance of creativity and relationship skills for success in the networked world. She is published in The International Journal of Arts In Psychotherapy Special Issue on HIV/AIDS and Special Issue on Addiction, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Recovery Press.

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