Gamechangers: Using Improv Games and Exercises For Therapeutic Goals


Gamechangers: Using Improv Games and Exercises For Therapeutic Goals


Friday March 31, 2017  1-5 pm at Simple Studios, 134 W. 29th St., New York, NY   $75

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.  Games engage the "play instinct" and are a powerful tool for social workers in any area of practice for sharing information in a highly engaging way and provide hands-on interpersonal, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills. 


·         Satisfying work or tasks – to play a game we have to learn how it works and develop the skills needed. Good games are fun because they offer both increasing levels of challenge and rewards for meeting those challenges;

·         The experience – or at least the hope – of being successful in small and larger ways;

·         Social connections – games are structured, captivating ways to engage with others;

·         Meaning – the sense that we are part of something larger than ourselves;

Improv warm-ups are called "games" because they include all these elements that make games engaging and engaging, 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 to use in a variety of settings is essential and empowering. This workshop will deconstruct these elements of games, and explore their application to therapeutic goals, particularly behavior change. We will play improv games, discuss their use toward a variety of therapeutic goals as well as discuss how to adapt or design a game for specific objectives.

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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