Workshop to Provide Creative Experiences and Training in Improvisation Focused on Promoting Emotional Intelligence

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

"A discussion or lecture is fine for understanding emotional intelligence, but experiential methods are necessary for real behavior change." The Consortium For Research In Emotional Intelligence In Organizations

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 a way of operating in the world that recognizes and utilizes the power of emotions, and this workshop will provide evidence-based techniques as well as a wealth of resources for clinicians and educators on the topic. For therapists, educators and trainers working to promote new learning and behavior change, both creativity and emotional intelligence enhance receptivity to new information and reduce the sense of threat that comes with change. Improvisation is an ideal method for fostering emotional intelligence because it features an open, collaborative experience, creative techniques for shifting out of limiting mental structures, and a focus on the possibilities of roads not taken.
In this workshop participants will:

Learn specific techniques for developing the practice of improvisational thinking and responding;

Receive a power point presentation with references that provide evidence for the clinical and educational value of this approach and resources for further study;

Learn how improvisation fosters the competencies associated with Emotional Intelligence and discuss how to apply this knowledge in clinical and classroom settings;

Participants will leave with a positive sense of purpose and renewed possibility.

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 presents on the topic of creativity and Emotional Intelligence around the country, including monthly presentations at Brookhaven National Labs and skills training at the annual Examined Life Conference for physicians and medical professionals and the annual conference of the Association for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse. She uses improvisational theater in all groups and seminars and is currently featured in an interview series published on Confident Voices, - a website dedicated to training health care professionals. She 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. She will perform her solo storytelling show Crazytown: my first psychopath in New York at The Pit-The Peoples' Improv on November 3, 2013 after performing it in 2013 Midtown International Theatre Festival, at 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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