IMPROV FOR THERAPISTS: LEVEL 1

For clinicians, counselors, and interns.

Our IMPROV FOR THERAPISTS class teaches how to add improv games, exercises, and practices into Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy or Individual Therapy sessions.

We welcome all levels of clinicians. The class is great for therapists who want to learn how improv can be further engaged in their work as a therapist for movement, drama, recovery, groups, and even individuals.

We will leave time to process how the communication techniques learned in these games and exercises have been applied to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Individual Therapy.

All classes are held online using ZOOM.

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IMPROV FOR THERAPISTS: LEVEL 2

For clinicians, counselors and interns who have completed Level 1.

We put together an 8-week class to cover topics we do not cover in the Level 1 class.

This is the second level of Improv Therapy Group training for clinicians and mental health professionals.

For those of you that have taken the 8-week Improv For Therapists class with Improv Therapy Group, this is another great chance to network and meet one another.  You are all so awesome and we think one big ensemble sounds kinda cool.

All classes are held online using ZOOM.

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IMPROV FOR THERAPISTS: ADVANCED LEVEL

For clinicians, counselors and interns who have completed Levels 1 and 2.

We put together a 8-week class to deep dive into the concepts covered in Level 1 and Level 2 classes. In the Advanced Level we divide the class into 3 areas: Deeper dive into the most popular modules, improv for specific populations of people, and deep dive into client explorations.

All classes are held online using ZOOM.

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IMPROV FOR GIFTED ADULTS

Come unmasked. Discover yourself in community and in play. Transform perfectionism through spontaneity. Transcend social defenses through trust in your actual peers.

Improv is a unique and hilariously effective avenue for gifted self-development. It's a place for gifted people to show up openly - laughing together and supporting each other.

Gordon Smith of Gifted and Growing, and Lisa Bany of Improv Therapy Group have collaborated to develop a curriculum focused on the needs of gifted adults.

All classes are held online using ZOOM.

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IMPROV FOR CLERGY

This course is designed to provide you with a safe space to engage in self-care and well-being with other ministers. These troubled times have generated additional stress for clergy members, and there is little opportunity for relief.

Improv games have their roots in social work, as far back as the 1930s. The exercises make us laugh but the sense of community, empathy, and trust they build among participants is profound.

All classes are held online using ZOOM.

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IMPROV FOR MENTAL HEALTH STUDENTS

We will be welcoming students who are in their graduate programs for social work or counseling, along with undergrads in a social work or psychology program to learn more about how to use improv in therapeutic settings. We leave time to process how the communication techniques learned in these games and exercises have been applied to Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques to which can be utilized in Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy and Individual Therapy.

All classes are held online using ZOOM.

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IMPROV FOR SELF-CARE

The current state of the world is uncertain, leaving many with feelings of anxiety and few options for an outlet to practice managing these emotions.

There is no script in improv.

Improv principles include: following fears, managing the unknown, supporting one another, allowing ourselves to receive support, learning to manage stress at the moment, embracing imperfection, and letting go of control.

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We believe in the healing power of laughter.

We believe in the concept of “Yes, and” to make sure every voice is heard and to listen and support the ensemble.

We embrace imperfection while we strive to be present in the moment.

OUR HERITAGE

In the 1920s, at the Hull House in Chicago, social worker, actress, educator, director, author, and the creator of theater games Viola Spolin used improvisation games to help immigrants acculturate into society. We build upon this heritage. We offer exercises that provide a safe place to get outside our comfort zone, learn to let go of perfection and be present in the moment. All of this while laughing and playing together.

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Bring Applied Improvisation To Your Facility

Improv is an interactive way to achieve neuroplasticity (changing the brain).

Neural pathways in the brain are like footprints in snow.  When we walk the same path in the snow, we deepen and solidify the path.  When humans do the same action repeatedly we create a neural pathway in the brain, and the more we do that action, the more we deepen our neural pathways.  Taking the same path every time gets easier and easier.  Starting a new path is harder; in the snow and in our brains.

When it comes to someone with social anxiety, for example, there is path in the brain for social situations that has the body responding with symptoms of anxiety.  It is the same way with addictions; pathways in the brain seek a substance over and over again.

Neuroplasticity is changing those paths, and improv is a fun way to create new neural pathways in a safe environment.

Improv is NOT about practicing or giving attention to the addiction, mood disorder, or trauma.  It is about playfully training our brains to use the same skills found in healthy coping mechanisms.

Just by doing something new, that in itself changes the brain.  We get to experience emotions, stay in the moment, and embrace imperfection all while playing.  All of these skills are necessary in recovery.

WE TEACH YOU HOW TO USE IMPROV

Improv Therapy For Therapists

Are you a clinician interested in bringing improv therapy to your practice?

We have a course for therapists interested in applying improv games, exercises and practices into Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, or Individual Therapy sessions. We welcome all levels of clinicians, including movement therapists, drama therapists, interns and clinicians that just want to come engage in some laughter and self care with people who get it.

WE FACILITATE IMPROV FOR YOUR GROUPS

Improv Therapy For Individuals

Communicating with other people can be difficult.

Whether it’s talking to strangers at a party or having an unpleasant conversation with your significant other, communication is a sometimes uncomfortable part of life. But it doesn’t have to be so hard - talking and listening are actual skills that can be improved. And improv is a great way to work through communication blocks.

With structured rules, such as “Yes, and!” and “Always make your partner look good," improvisers quickly learn how to listen and agree with their peers. Being forced to focus on your partners needs will enhance empathy and an understanding of communal trust.

These practices teach helpful communication skills for group and one-on-one settings.

We Offer Learning & Participatory Modules that help Groups, Organizations, Teams and Individuals

Programs customized from a variety of sessions, workshops and improv jams.

  • MAGIC WORDS: Communication and Yes, And
  • HEAL THYSELF: Stress Reduction and Self Care
  • I SECOND THAT EMOTION: Emotional Intelligence and Empathy
  • ON THE SPOT: Public Speaking and Performance Anxiety/Stage Fright
  • REPEAL INHIBITION: Social Anxiety, Openness and Playfulness
  • UNITED STATES OF MIND: Closing Cultural and Language Gaps & Building Community Relationships
  • OUR STORIES OURSELVES: Creative Storytelling and Expression
  • FOLLOW THE FEAR: It's OK to Fail
  • PERFECT IS BORING: Embracing Imperfection
  • IN THE NOW: Mindfulness and Being Present
  • BRAIN YOGA: Cognitive Flexibility, Neuroplasticity and Memory

Invite us to work with your group, class, department or institution.

 

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