NOV. 4 & 5, 2017 Third Rehearsals for Growth Conference

“Rehearsals for Growth: Applied Improvisation in Therapy and Life.”

Date:  Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017  

9:30am–5:30pm each day

Location: Best Western Hotel, 185 Brainerd RD, Hartford, Connecticut 06114

Founded in 1984, 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 Teaches You To:

  • Create that “feel safe” environment necessary for your clients to take risks for growth
  • Access spontaneity through improvisation
  • Promote attentiveness and validation both of self and others
  • Apply assessment skills using non-verbal cues
  • Increase your own vitality, passion, and creativity

2000+ Therapists Trained Since 1999

Since 1999, a 60-hour training  program has been offered, leading to Certification  as a RfG Practitioner (RfG-CP). The goal of this program is to train psychotherapists to be competent in applying RfG principles and techniques in clinical practice. Since RfG is not a complete clinical method in itself, it is expected that Certified Practitioners integrate RfG with and within other clinical methods, although training in effecting such integration is not part of the RfG-CP curriculum.

Full participation in this 2-day RfG Conference earns participants 15 hours of Direct Instruction toward Certification.


2-Day 1 Day
Before 10/3/17 After 10/3/17 Before 10/3/17 After 10/3/17
Professional $330 $360 $175 $200
Student $225 $250 $120 $140
3+ registering simultaneously: subtract 10%



Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT-BCT [D]
Maureen Sand, MSMFT, RfG-CT [M]
Charlotte Ramseur, LMFT, RfG-CT [C]
Becca Green-Van Horn, MA, RDT-BCT [B]
Thom Delventhal, MFA  [T]

Contact Info:
Phone: 413-687-9416

Contact Dan Wiener


Rooms at the Conference Hotel are available at a 10% discount. Call 860-525-1000 and mention “Rehearsals for Growth Conference”

Schedule At-A-Glance


9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30- 11:00 Welcome; Orientation; Warmup Games; RfG Principles [D,M,C]
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Workshop A: “Who’s ready to Play?” [D]
12:45-1:45 LUNCH & KEYNOTE:
“Improv training for Therapists: Personal Benefits and Therapeutic Effectiveness.” [D]
1:45-3:15 Workshop B: “Combining RfG and IFS in Group and Family Therapy.” [C]
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Workshop C: “ACTSMART: Improv to Engage and Empower Teens.” [B]
5:00-5:30 Closing remarks and group games [D,M,C]
5:30-8:00 Dinner (on the Town)
8:00-10:00 Improv Performance Playshop [T]


9:15 -9:30 RfG Warmups
9:30-11:00 Workshop D: “Using RfG to promote Professionalism in Organizations: Teambuilding and Conflict Resolution.” [C]
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Workshop E-1: “RfG and Children-Playing with a Purpose.” [M]
Workshop E-2: “RfG in Practice: Clinical Consultation” [D]
12:45-1:45 LUNCH TABLE DISCUSSIONS: (a) “Getting Started, Keeping Growing”; (b) “‘Selling’ Action Therapy to Colleagues, Supervisors and Administrators”; (c) “Learning from our Best and Worst RfG Experiences” [D,M,C]
1:45-3:15 Workshop F: “Consultation and Training in Post-Enactment Processing” [D]
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Workshop G: “RfG Techniques: So many Choices, So little Time!” [D]
5:00-5:30 Sharing & Closing Ceremony [D,M,C]



Saturday, November 4, 2017

9:00 – 9:30  Registration.

9:30 – 11:00  Welcome; Orientation; Warmup Games; RfG Principles. (Dan Wiener, Charlotte Ramseur, Mo Sand)

11:15 – 12:45  Workshop A: “Who’s Ready to Play?” (Dan Wiener)

How do we know if/when clients are sufficiently “warmed-up” to accept the RfG therapist’s offer to play? How do we therapists encourage clients to attempt progressively more elaborate or challenging enactments? How do we therapists ‘check out’ our own willingness/readiness to engage in playful interaction? All three interrelated questions will be addressed through interactive demonstrations.

12:45 – 1:45  LUNCH  KEYNOTE “Improv Training for Therapists: Personal Benefits and Therapeutic Effectiveness.”  (Dan Wiener)

Recent research by Romanelli et. al. corroborates the anecdotal evidence from RfG training during the past 25 years, namely that improv training benefits therapists in numerous ways. In this presentation, these benefits will be both described and visually illustrated by examples.

1:45 – 3:15  Workshop B: “Combining RfG and IFS in Group and Family Therapy.” (Charlotte Ramseur)

Using group and family simulations, the presenter will show how the language and concepts of Internal Family Systems therapy can be integrated with RfG.

3:30 – 5:00  Workshop C: “ACTSMART: Improv to Engage and Empower Teens.” (Becca Greene-Van Horn) 

The ACTSMART Program teaches middle and high school students to work creatively, with their own and their peer’s issues, and to give back to the community, through interactive performance. This program will be both described and demonstrated by participants, who will leave with practical skills.

5:00 – 5:30 Closing remarks and group games. (Dan Wiener, Charlotte Ramseur, Mo Sand)

5:30 – 8:00  Dinner (on the town)

8:00 – 10:00   (OPTIONAL BONUS) Improv Performance Playshop: (Thom Delventhal)

Come and experience the risky fun of improvisational performance in this playshop! No prior experience needed. You have nothing to lose but your dignity!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

9:15 – 9:30 Stretching and Warmups

9:30-11:00  Workshop D: “Using RfG to Promote Professionalism in Organizations: Teambuilding and Conflict Resolution.” (Charlotte Ramseur)

With the aid of music and props, the presenter will demonstrate the use of RfG to promote Teambuilding and Conflict Resolution in an organization’s Professionalism in the Workplace training.

11:15 – 12:45 Workshop E-1: “RfG and Children – Playing with a Purpose.” (Mo Sand)

This experiential workshop, the presenter will demonstrate how to utilize RfG in a group therapy format for children. Included in the presentation will be the clinical rationale for choosing the RfG games and exercises, and how to structure the group to maximize fun, safety, and clinical benefit.

Workshop E-2: “RfG in Practice: Clinical Consultation” (Dan Wiener)

Using a submitted actual case example, the group will first simulate the case via role-playing part of a session. Next, Dr. Wiener will offer consultation and instruction in RfG assessment and intervention with that case. Then, participants will suggest appropriate RfG techniques for use in the case; in a continuation role-play, some of these interventions will be implemented. Finally, Dr. Wiener will offer feedback and alternative interventions.

NOTE: This workshop is REQUIRED FOR participants at the Advanced Level.

12:45 – 1:45  LUNCH Table Discussions: Bring your lunch and sit in on one of our informal discussion tables, where the topics will be (or at least, “start out as”) the following:

(a) “Getting Started, Keeping Growing”: Sharing encouragement and practical advice on applying and integrating RfG into your practice.

(b) “’Selling’ Action Therapy to Colleagues, Supervisors and Administrators”: Sharing suggestions for explaining what you’re doing, and why, to skeptical or fearful, talk-only-oriented Agency personnel.

(c) “Learning from our Best and Worst RfG Experiences”: Using RfG seems to produce a disproportionate share of both “Peak” and “Valley” experiences! We’ll swap tales of both kinds, including what we learned in the process.

1:45 – 3:15  Workshop F: “Consultation and Training in Post-Enactment Processing” (Dan Wiener)

Following the role-play of an RfG enactment by a pair of participants, the other participants, taking the role of a panel of therapists, will conduct Post-Enactment Processing (PEP). Dr. Wiener will comment and offer additional observations and alternative questions.

NOTE: This workshop is REQUIRED FOR participants at the Intermediate Level.

3:30 – 5:00  Workshop G: “RfG Techniques: So Many Choices, So Little Time! (Dan Wiener)

Less-experienced RfG therapists are frequently uncertain as to which of the many RfG techniques are most helpful at any given moment during therapy. Through role-play, we will demonstrate how to assess clinical situations in order to make appropriate selections.

5:00 – 5:30  Sharing & Closing Ceremony (all participants & Faculty)


Thom Delventhal, MFA:
Professor in Theatre at Central Connecticut State University; member of Actors’ Equity Association. He has directed numerous professional and student theatre productions and coaches “Mobiloxyschlock,” a comedy improv troupe in New Britain, Conn.


Charlotte A. Ramseur, LMFT: AAMFT Approved Supervisor; RfG Certified Trainer; Adjunct Professor in MFT at Central Connecticut State University. Trained in both Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Internal Family Systems, she has a private psychotherapy practice in New Britain, Conn.


Maureen Sand, MSMFT: RfG Certified Trainer. She is an MFT therapist at the Klingberg Extended Day Treatment Program in New Britain, Conn. and specializes in working clinically with children and their families.


Becca Greene-Van Horn, MA, RDT-BCT: Adjunct Professor in Drama Therapy at Lesley University; former professional NYC actor, educator and consultant. Over the past 15 years, she has originated several trainings, taught improv to all ages and directed numerous therapeutic performance groups in Western Mass.

Daniel J Wiener, Ph.D.Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., LMFT, RDT-BCT
: Professor in MFT at Central Connecticut State University; licensed psychologist, Diplomate in Family Psychology and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He founded Rehearsals! for GrowthTM  in 1984 and has trained over 2000 therapists in eight countries.