Using Improv to Explore The Awfulness, No Make That Awesomeness, of Ambivalence
Ambivalence refers to the state of experiencing conflicting beliefs or feelings simultaneously. It can be uncomfortable to experience ambivalence when we are feeling pressured to choose between conflicting thoughts or emotions but it has real value in the creative process and the process of change. F. Scott Fitzgerald, for example, associated ambivalence with intellectual ability when he said "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." In this workshop we will explore the ways that improvisation evokes, and how we can use improvisation to honor and use ambivalence to strengthen self-awareness, tap creative energy and navigate the process of change.
In this workshop you will:
Learn experiential exercises and games that can be used to explore the "both...and" mind set which embraces ambivalence as a natural dimension to the creative and change process;
Examine the value of ambivalence;
Learn tools for working with the tensions of ambivalence in problem-solving and decision-making;
Have some serious fun with creative, supportive people.
Facilitator: Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP is a writer, performer, trainer and creative arts psychotherapist who designs and facilitates professional and personal development workshops through her company Lifestage, Inc and in association with national Employee Assistance Programs. Her blog Lives In Progress explores experiential methods, including applied improvisation and improvisational theater music, storytelling and writing in health care and education, and is a resource for clinicians, educators and trainers from all over the world. Her storytelling-style show Crazytown: my first psychopath was recently featured at The Pit-The Peoples Improv, selected for the 2013 Midtown International Theatre Festival, the 2012 Chicago and San Francisco Fringe Festival and recently had 2 successful runs at Actors Theatre Workshop in New York. Current training commitments include monthly talks on dimensions of Emotional Intelligence at Brookhaven National Labs, wellness programs for employees of large organizations staff at the New York Public Library on a range of topics, and partnerships with arts organizations to create arts-based community events. She has been interviewed for articles that appeared in national and local media, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Woman's Day, and The Three Village Times
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