Social-Emotional Learning Through Applied Improvisation -for the class or consulting room

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Social-Emotional Learning Through Applied Improvisation -for the class or consulting room


Friday Jan 19, 2018 1-5 pm

The Magnet Training Center  22 W 32nd St  10th floor, New York, NY

This workshop provides 4 Continuing Education hours for social workers approved by NYS (provider #0270)

Social-emotional learning -- which is defined by the Collaborative For Academic, Social and Emotional Learning as "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions"  is associated with enhanced academic success among students and job performance among adults, as well as increased interpersonal effectiveness and life satisfaction. For these reasons, understanding the concept of social-emotional learning and having user-friendly techniques to deploy in clinical or education settings is essential for social workers. 

Applied Improvisation is a philosophy and practice that provides direct, positive emotional experiences that develop the competencies associated with social-emotional learning. These include listening, self-expression and other communication skills, interpersonal relationship-building, self-awareness, empathy, perspective-taking, and resourcefulness. The games and exercises used in Applied Improvisation cultivate a positive emotional connection among people having shared experiences that involve learning, navigating uncertainty and contributing to the social-emotional atmosphere in the group. These skills are associated with improved life satisfaction, interpersonal effectiveness and work performance for students and adults.

  In this workshop you will learn: 

Techniques for cultivating emotional competencies;

Emotional competencies associated with interpersonal effectiveness;

The principles of social-emotional learning that apply to relationships in school and therapeutic settings;

The 5 principles of Applied Improvisation that connect directly to social-emotional learning goals;

The scientific evidence supporting social-emotional learning in clinical and educational settings;

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





Resilience is a kind of super power. It is the ability to power through tough times, make the most out of difficult circumstances and be creative when one's back is against the wall. As the pace of change picks up speed and we know that change is always just around the corner, resilience is increasingly recognized as the cornerstone of success for students in the classroom and adults in their work and home life. The capacity to adapt to changing circumstances beyond one's control, respond creatively and effectively under stressful conditions, cope with adversity and recover from painful life events is linked to not only greater satisfaction and accomplishment in life but also empowered relationships.

Applied Improvisation is an ideal delivery system for galvanizing the thinking, emotional and relationship skills that produce resilience because of its power to redirect fear and uncertainty into curiosity, generate a positive emotional atmosphere in any group, and provide a direct experience of overcoming obstacles. The principles that drive Applied Improvisation demonstrate the concept of resilience while training the skills that promote it. The techniques, games and exercises used in this workshop can be deployed in classrooms, therapy groups, and training seminars. The principles of resilience we will discuss are applicable to individual therapy and many techniques can be adapted for a variety of clinical applications.

We will explore:

The concept of resilience and the mindset associated with it;

The skills and traits associated with resilience;

Creative experiences that strengthen resilience;

Applied Improvisation as a method for demonstrating and cultivating resilience in classrooms, therapy groups and training seminars;

Research into the mindset and skills that strengthen resilience; 

INSTRUCTOR: Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT is President of Lifestage, Inc a training/consulting company that provides creative personal and professional development classes, workshops and seminars. 

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