Rehearsals! for Growth ™ (RfG) is a novel method of psychotherapy and education which uses techniques from theater improvisation to achieve individual and interpersonal growth. RfG, a distinctive Drama Therapy of relationships, facilitates change by playfully exploring alternative roles through dramatic enactment. RfG provides vivid, immediate experiences and reaches all populations, including those who do not respond well to talk-only methods.
RfG is at once a useful and playful application of improvisation, an activity which people often think of as involving EITHER great artistic skill OR sloppy, unplanned, even desperate activity. Actually, much of living is at least partially improvisational—ordinary conversation, for example.
Although an oversimplification, it is helpful to think of humans as having two distinct mental modes—SURVIVAL MIND and ADVENTURE MIND. Survival mind focuses our attention purposefully toward the future in order to get desired results, scan for dangers, and promote the feeling of being in control of that future. By contrast, Adventure mind activity is present-centered and absorbed in living fully for the moment. As adults, we experience Survival mind as the properly dominant mode and view Adventure mind as an infrequent (and risky) lapse into childishness.
Improvisation has the power to re-acquaint adults with the joy and absorption of Adventure mind that they often left behind in childhood. RfG utilizes improvisation to reclaim the power, vividness and enjoyment of “child’s mind” thereby exploring alternatives to the sensible, functional and routine patterns that keep us stuck as adults.
RfG extends the use of theater games to enrich the behaviors of all people as a method of education and interpersonal growth. It also is one of a number of action approaches used in psychotherapy to reach those who do not respond well to talk-only therapy.
Please enjoy exploring the web site. The RfG web site exists to further the use of this specific action approach by making available information, products, and services to both mental health professionals and lay persons. The web site is also intended to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas that promote the greater and more skillful use of action methods in psychotherapy.
Recent Blog Posts
Commentary on Romanelli’s “The Ninja Therapist” Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., RDT/BCT Having worked as a therapist for over 4 decades while concurrently training and supervising therapists for over 3 decades, I have witnessed many therapists who shaped their deportment and actions to model a conventional professional image. In contrast with other therapists more willing to […]
“What would you use that RfG Technique for?” Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT-BCT As a RfG Trainer, I often find myself in the position of answering the question, “What would you use that RfG Technique for?” The questioner is typically a Mental Health student or trainee who has recently witnessed or participated in an RfG […]
“Who’s Ready to Play? Practical Guidelines for the Effective Use of Improv in Therapy” Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT/BCT In RfG, we therapists offer our clients improv games and exercises for them to experience risk and immediacy, promote self-discovery and potentiate both personal and interpersonal growth. Unless you are taking part in an enactment as an […]
Effectiveness in RfG workshop training: 32 years’ experience For the first 10 years (1984-1994) I offered trainee clinicians highly experiential RfG workshops containing little emphasis on learning concepts and with no encouragement of reflective process. While the majority of trainees left these workshops highly enthusiastic, declaring themselves committed to applying what they had experienced […]