Using Improvisation To Develop the Competencies of Emotional Intelligence
"What having emotional intelligence looks like is that you're confident, good at working towards your goals, adaptable and flexible. You recover quickly from stress and you're resilient," states Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, in an interview with The Huffington Post. "Life goes much more smoothly if you have good emotional intelligence."
Clinicians, educators and trainers who cultivate their own emotional intelligence (EI) bring a powerful combination of personal presence and professional skill to their work. And when EI developed through the practice and philosophy of applied improvisation fosters a masterful tool kit for enhancing receptivity to new learning and openness to change in our clients, students and trainees.
"Improvisation is teaching yourself new behavior, a new way to work, a new way to exist," writes Joseph Keefe, Founder of Second City and author of ImprovYourself: Business Spontaneity at the Speed of Thought. "As we incorporate the new stimuli and information from the improv activity, the activity itself mutates and recomposes in unknown directions. We trust our intuitive instincts to take us somewhere useful, interesting and challenging. We walk the tightrope of our own minds and hearts."
Improvisation guru Keith Johnstone says that "spontaneity is the way to get past defenses and to get to the true self."
In this workshop series connecting the practice and philosophy of improvisation to the development of competencies associated with Emotional Intelligence, we engage in creative, collaborative experiences that are as playful as they are serious in their purpose.
In this workshop you will learn:
Games and exercises designed to promote the "state of play" that increases receptivity to new information and the capacity to embrace change;
The cognitive shifts that can be achieved through creative experiences and how those shifts increase emotional intelligence;
The competencies associated with emotional intelligence;
These workshops are rich with resources, great creative people and are a lot of fun. Seriously.
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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