Strengthening Resiliency and Emotional Intelligence Through Applied Improvisation
Improvisation happens when a group of people agree to participate in the creation of an open-ended universe that exists because of that participation. It is a real-time interaction between players - whether that is between 2 or more individuals, between a solo actor and an audience. or a a teacher and a class - that is a story discovered through its telling, an unrepeatable experience that has the potential for creative magic and is at the same time immensely practical as a skill and mind set. It is a leap into uncertainty and a creative risk, but a very deliberate one that strengthens psychological "muscles" of confidence, creative thinking, courage and interpersonal connection. As a process, applied improvisation links fun, creative action to a common struggle - to do important things, to build on our own great ideas and those of others, to choose the discomfort of growth that prepares us to be ready and able to solve problems and deal with unexpected situations.
Emotional Intelligence grows when we are able to make conscious connections between our thoughts and emotions, awareness of reactions to both pressures and demands of the outer world and our own internal programs, beliefs and attitudes. The capacity to manage stress triggers and pilot through the emotional undercurrents of life empowers us to be creative and effective in dealing with the dynamic environments we face in 21st century life.
"It's more important than ever to learn as many anti-stress techniques as possible, as young as possible," writes researcher Paul Epstein in Psychology Today. "If you wait until you're feeling stressed before you employ some technique for managing stress, it's already too late. You need to have a bag of tricks that you can deploy proactively. Turning to them throughout the day changes your threshold of stress tolerance."
Goals of this workshop include:
Learn games and exercises designed to enhance knowledge about the stress response and its impact on perception, thoughts and emotions.
Experience and learn games and exercises that increase receptivity to new information and the capacity to embrace change.
Experience the cognitive shifts that can be achieved through creative experiences and how those shifts increase emotional intelligence.
Identify defensive mental habits that interfere with creative flow.
Explore ways to generate a positive emotional atmosphere in a group and deploy that to further the group's aims and goals.
Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP
Call 631-366-4265 if you have any questions about this training.
Lifestage, Inc (View)
496 Smithtown Bypass Suite 202
Smithtown, NY 11787