Join us for our Virtual Improv For Nurses and Healthcare Worker Classes
Come have fun, learn and play online. Try our "Improv For NUrses and Healthcare Workers" class.
This course is designed to provide you with a safe space to engage in self-care and well-being with other healthcare workers. These troubled times have generated additional stress for healthcare workers, 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.
Improv Therapy Group has developed a curriculum specifically for members of the Healthcare Worker community. The class uses improv to explore emotional intelligence, resilience, and increased creativity. The concepts will assist with your work with patients as well as co-workers.
All classes meet on ZOOM.
“Ability to engage in storytelling is incredibly beneficial to the populations I serve.”
“I have the awareness to develop today's training as a tool to connect well with others.”
“I feel that I will use this unit in groups to foster empathy and encourage connection in a safe space.”
Lisa Bany is Chief Improv Officer at Improv Therapy Group. Lisa is an instructor, director and coach at The Second City. She has authored numerous books, including On Stage: Theatre Games and Activities for Kids, which was awarded the Parent's Choice Approval Seal for Excellence in Education, has been translated into German and Korean, and is sold around the world. She started teaching at The Second City in the early nineties and has directed and taught throughout the Chicagoland area. Lisa was one of the first teachers in the Second City Wellness Program where she has taught Improv for Anxiety, Improv for Parkinson's Patients and their Caregivers, and Improv for the Autism Spectrum.
A graduate of Columbia College, Lisa has taught improv with The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Arlyn School for teens with Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also created and directed performing arts summer camp programs with Play On, Northlight Theatre, Light Opera Works and the JCCs of Chicago.
JACKIE SCANDINARO, LPC
Jackie (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois. Jackie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. She believes in the therapy of laughter and the power of “yes, and” while working with those who are looking for different ways to express themselves throughout their journey. As an individual and group psychotherapist, Jackie enjoys establishing a connection, building respect and trust and providing empathy towards the clients, allowing their time to be safe and productive. Common therapeutic approaches Jackie may use within sessions are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy, harm reduction techniques, and exposure and response prevention (ERP). She has experience working with a wide scope of clients, helping each manage inner battles with general anxiety, depression, career growth, communication, relationships, anxiety disorders/OCD or substance abuse/addiction. While Jackie’s experience has touched a number of populations, she strives to assist in self exploration and identify solutions to increase quality of life for each group and individual client.