HAPPINESS SKILLS: Applying Positive Psychology Skills Through Applied Improvisation


HAPPINESS SKILLS: Applying Positive Psychology Skills Through Applied Improvisation


Date: Saturday Nov. 17, 2018 1-5 pm

Location: Lifestage, Inc 496 Smithtown Bypass Suite 202 Smithtown NY 11787

This workshop provide 4 CE hours for social workers approved by NYS (provider #0270)

Positive Psychology is a strengths-based approach to mental health and well-being, grounded in the scientific study of resilience and optimal functioning. This practical science can be applied to empower people to generate and sustain a positive approach to life, take responsibility for their own choices, actions and attitudes, increase resiliency to difficult circumstances, through focusing on ways to identify and make the most of one's strengths, talents and gifts.

The "happiness skills" associated with positive psychology are the same skills developed through the games and exercises used in improvisation and are extremely important tools for life. Creative, improvisation-based experiences are designed to generate a positive emotional state among participants and use that energy to work through challenges, shift gears, think creatively under pressure and solve problems in creative ways. This workshop will demonstrate ways to develop these skills and discuss ways that clinicians, educators and human service professionals who work to help people grow, change and learn can apply them in practice.

This workshop will explore the use of applied improvisation to develop the mindset and "happiness skills" that research into positive psychology show can empower clients to make lasting change in their lives. The games and exercises used in this workshop can be adapted for work with any age group and a variety of applications will be discussed.

In this workshop we will:

  • Learn games designed to generate a creative mindset;

  • Learn and play games that cultivate positive thinking skills;

  • Experience and learn games that cultivate social-emotional support in groups;

  • Explore and experiment with the skills that develop strengths associated with resiliency;

  • Examine a mind and skill set for thinking positively and creatively when under stress;

  • Discuss the research that supports the effectiveness of the positive psychology approach in clinical and education settings.

Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R, TEP, Board Certified Coach who has a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Kripalu Institute and is on the faculty of the Whole Being Institute. As a psychotherapist in private practice she uses experiential training methods to help groups and individuals gain personal insight and effectiveness. For over a decade, Phoebe has partnered extensively with The Next Level in the design and facilitation of executive leadership programs and peer mentoring circles. Phoebe joined Whole Being Institute in 2012 as a teaching assistant and became the mentor to the teaching assistant teams. She teaches at both immersion and oversees student groups online as faculty for the Certificate in Positive Psychology at Kripalu.

Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, Certified Practitioner of Applied Improvisation who designs and facilitates creative, experiential training for therapists, trainers, educators and human service professionals through her training and consulting company Lifestage, Inc. which a NYS-approved provider of Continuing Education for social workers. She has designed training workshops using creative/experiential methods for BOCES, The New York Public Library, UC-Berkeley Continuing Education, The Psychotherapy Networker Symposium among many others in New York and around the country. She is host/creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS, a game wrapped in a storytelling show that features true stories - with a twist - told by people from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds and co-creator- with composer Wells Hanley -of MASHUP-Stories Into Song which features original songs inspired by true stories. 

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