Improvisation Workshop for Clinicians and Educators Trains Professionals for the 21st Century Classroom and Consulting Room

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Lifestage, Inc in Smithtown, NY offers skills, techniques and best practices using applied improvisation to foster emotional intelligence in psychotherapy, counseling and educational groups.

Improvisation has been found to be an effective method for developing the strengths of emotional intelligence - which are the powerhouse of success in the networked world.

Creative arts therapist, trainer/consultant and writer/performer Jude Treder-Wolff and Nicholas Wolff, trainer and psychotherapist in private practice will co-facilitate “Improvisation For Developing Emotional Intelligence: A Workshop for Clinicians and Educators” an experiential and discussion training workshop for therapists, counselors, health care professionals and educators that explores the relationship between the practice and philosophy of applied improvisation and the skills and mind set associated with emotional intelligence on Saturday September 21, 1-4 pm at Lifestage, Inc, 496 Smithtown Bypass, Suite 202, Smithtown, NY 11787.

Fee: $50- payable by check to Lifestage, Inc, or register online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Emotion intelligence is increasingly cited as more important than IQ for success in the networked world, and this workshop will provide evidence-based techniques as well as a wealth of resources for clinicians and educators on the topic.

Improvisation is a collaborative creative process that streamlines the process of learning and change by integrating cognition, emotion and action. Increasingly popular as a training method in leadership and business, improvisation is a way of thinking that fine-tunes the acceptance and awareness of self and others that drives effective communication at every stage of the learning or change process, and a practice of powerful engagement with others. It has been found to be an effective method for developing the strengths of emotional intelligence - which are the powerhouse of success in the networked world - as well as the ability to think on one's feet, make quality intuitive leaps and take action from a sense of purpose.

The practice of improv trains the mind to be more fully present and responsive in all human interactions, which clinicians and educators to match interventions more closely to the needs and readiness of clients, students and trainees.

In this workshop, participants will:

  •     Experience a judgment-free zone that promotes creativity and positive connections among the participants
  •     Learn specific techniques for developing the practice of improvisational thinking and acting in real-life daily situations
  •     Receive a hand-out with references that provide evidence for the clinical and educational value of this approach, especially in 21st century classrooms and consutlting rooms
  •     Leave feeling positive about their purpose as a clinician, educator and person

Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP is a trainer/consultant specializing in creative approaches to healing, learning and growth, writer/performer and creative arts psychotherapist. She has trained in improvisation at The Pit and The New School in New York City and in experiential methods using improv, role-playing, music and storytelling around the country for the past 25 years. Her book Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life explores the importance of creativity to success in the networked world. She is currently performing Crazytown: my first psychopath in New York and around the country after successful runs at the 2013 Midtown International Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre Workshop, and the 2012 Chicago and San Francisco Fringe Festivals.

Nicholas Wolff, LCSW, BCD, TEP, is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and a Board-Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work who has trained professionals in the fields of psychotherapy, addiction, forensics, education and all forms of group work for the past 35 years. He has an active private practice and runs a weekly psychodrama/action methods training group. He served on the Executive Council and as President of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and was recognized as a Fellow in the society for outstanding contributions to the field.

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