IMPROVISATION FOR DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: A Workshop For Clinicians and Educators
In a 1991 lecture recorded and available on Vimeo, John Cleese says that "creativity is not a talent; it is a way of operating." The same is true of emotional intelligence, which is a way of operating that recognizes and utilizes the power of emotions. For therapists, educators and trainers working to promote new learning and behavior change, both creativity and emotional intelligence are at the heart of enhancing receptivity and reducing the sense of threat that comes with change even when that change is viewed as a positive step. 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.
The practice of improv trains the mind to be more fully present and responsive in all human interactions, which helps us as clinicians and educators to match interventions more closely to the needs and readiness of clients, students and trainees.
In this workshop you 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 responding;
Receive a power point with references that provide evidence for the clinical and educational value of this approach, especially in 21st century classrooms and consutlting rooms;
Learn how improvisation fosters the competencies associated with Emotional Intelligence and discuss how to apply this knowledge in clinical and classroom settings;
Leave feeling positive about your purpose as a clinician, educator and person;
PRESENTERS: 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 provides a monthly training event focusing on all dimensions of Emotional Intelligence to staff at Brookhaven National Labs, and offered 2 full day trainings in improvisation at the 2010 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, D.C. She has trained in improvisation at The Pit-The Peoples' Improv 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.
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.
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