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Lifestage, Inc
Smithtown, NY
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  We send emotional signals in every encounter and those signals affect the people we are with. Emotional Intelligence guru Daniel Goleman states "The more adroit we are socially, the better we control the signals we send." Discovering our strengths in relationships as well as the skills we need to develop increases our ability to recognize our impact on others and energize positive outcomes. This is particularly powerful for therapists, educators and trainers helping people learn, grow and change.
   Improvisation is a natural pathway to developing essential relationship skills. For example:

Emotional Intelligence deals with the impact people have on one another through interaction, and improvisation is a process that occurs through interaction and people impacting one another moment to moment;

Emotional Intelligence is a skill and  mind set for navigating fear, especially fear of change, and improvisation is a real-time experience of collaborating with others while navigating uncertainty.

This workshop will use improvisation exercises to engage the group in experiences that focus on developing the relationship skills associated with emotional intelligence, and include discussion of applications of these exercises to work with therapy and training groups as well as the classroom.  

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.

         Why Experiential Methods Matter:
"More active, concrete, experiential methods, such as role plays, group discussions, nd simulations, usually work better than lecturing or assigned reading for social and emotional learning. In order to reprogram neural circuits connecting the amygdala and neocortex, people need to actually engage in the desired pattern of thought, feeling, and action. A lecture is fine for increasing understanding of emotional intelligence, but experiential methods usually are necessary for real behavior change." Consortium For Research In Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

Trainers: 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. Her current solo storytelling show Crazytown: my first psychopath will was selected for the 2013 Midtown International Theatre Festival, had 2 successful runs at Actors Theater Workshop in NYC and was an official choice of the 2012 Chicago and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. The next performance will be Sunday November 3, 2013, 8 pm at The Pit-The Peoples Improv, 123 W. 24th St, New York, NY. Complete information at

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. A former president of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama who served on the Executive Council for 10 years, he was recogized as a Fellow for outstanding contributions to the field. He has an active private practice and runs a weekly psychodrama/action methods training group.
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Lifestage, Inc (View)
496 Smithtown Bypass Suite 202
Smithtown, NY 11787
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 22
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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