Wired To Connect: Social-Emotional Growth Through Improvisation

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Wired To Connect: Social-Emotional Growth Through Improvisation

80.00

Friday Feb. 15, 2019 1-5 pm

Magnet Training Center, 22 W. 32nd St. 10th Floor, New York, NY

This training provides 4 contact hours for social workers approved by NYS, provider #0270

Current research highlights the social-emotional nature of the human brain, and that face-to-face interaction and collaborative experiences are key to developing the skills people need to navigate a rapidly changing world. Improvisation is a form of human interaction that combines cognitive engagement, emotional connection and creative thinking that are especially important for managing uncertainty. Improv exercises and experiences cultivate cognitive and relationship skills that research shows aligned with principles of effective communication, self-and-other awareness, and social-emotional competence.

Improv as a process examines human interaction in a rich and dynamic way, grounded in good will, humor, warmth and a high energy that drives spontaneity. Skills learned in this kind of social-emotional atmosphere are more like to be available in the face of stress, and enhance receptivity to ideas and information that clients can use to shape their lives. Improv training strengthens skills for navigating uncertainty without being derailed by the stress response, the ability to make connections between ideas and think creatively in an atmosphere of social support. This workshop will provide experiences that demonstrate applications of improv training to learning and change and are grounded in research. Participants will learn techniques that can be deployed with individuals, groups and families and discuss relevant research into the social-emotional brain.

INSTRUCTOR: Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, CPAI

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