About Rehearsals For Growth

About Rehearsals! for Growth (RfG)   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 facilitates change by playfully...

About Daniel J Wiener

Statement Of Teaching Philosophy Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D , is a Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University and in private practice in Northampton, MA as a licensed psychologist. Licensed also as a Marriage and...

About Dramatic Enactment

A Conceptual Framework for Therapeutic Enactment   Due to the difficulty of separating life from theater [as noted by dramaturgical theorists], the following distinctions may appear unclear or open to exceptions; nonetheless I believe they convey...

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about RfG Enactments   Summary For which purposes are RfG enactments conducted in psychotherapy? Is RfG only useful in Family Therapy? What are some of the elements that Clinicians contribute to a successful...

History Of Rehearsals for Growth

History Of Rehearsals for Growth By Dr. Daniel Wiener I was taught theater improvisation games by my late spouse, actress and teacher of acting Gloria Maddox. For four years I performed team improvisational comedy for a hobby as a member of a troupe...

RfG Couple Therapy

Rehearsals! For Growth Couple Therapy RfG Couple Therapy is a specialized application of RfG that combines verbal techniques drawn from virtually any couple therapy approach with improv enactments. Session Format A RfG Couple Therapy session typically...

Teaching Philosophy

Statement of Teaching Philosophy Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D. Summary Approach to MFT Training Approach to Classroom Teaching of MFT Distinctive Educational Practices Approach to Clinical Supervision Contributions of RfG to MFT...

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Courses

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT-557) Since 1997 this required course for the CCSU MFT Program, developed and taught by Dr. Daniel Wiener, has introduced students to Action Methods. Syllabus (PDF) Topics: Description, Required Work and Grading,...

Links

Websites with content related to ideas in Rehearsals for Growth KidProv Starting in the fall of 1992, KidProv® was the first improv troupe to blend improvisational activities with educational objectives into several programs full of fast-paced ...

New Growth

What's New (updated December, 2016) Summary RfG Certified Trainer Program DVD - Rehearsals for Growth: Couple Therapy The 2011 RfG Conference The 2013 RfG Conference Academic Teaching of Action Approaches in Therapy Recent...

Clinician's Corner

Clinician's Corner   Application of Rehearsals for Growth to the Martin Family (2012) Using RfG in Groups with Children Exhibiting "Acting Out" Behaviors (2014) A Day in the Life of an RfG Clinician (2016) Tug-o-War for Resolving...

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Publications

Publications   In addition to Dr. Wiener's books: Rehearsals! for Growth , Beyond Talk Therapy , Action Therapy with Families and Groups (w. Linda Oxford), Interactive and improvisational drama: Varieties of applied theatre and performance...

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Book Chapters and Journal Articles   Rehearsals for Growth: Enhancing Family Wellbeing through Dramatic Play (2015) Staging dramatic enactments to resolve conflicts in couples (2014) Utilizing Improvisational Action Methods in Conducting...

DVDs

Rehearsals for Growth: Couple Therapy DVD   Based on a recently published case, this teaching tape, featuring Dr. Daniel Wiener as the therapist, demonstrates the course of RfG Couple Therapy over three sessions. In addition to a brief interview...

Presentations

Presentations Dr. Wiener has made over 230 professional presentations in eight countries. He has presented at the annual conferences of many organizations, including the American Psychological Association , American Family Therapy Academy , International...

RfG Newsletters

RfG Newsletter Archive   Between 1991 and 1996 this newsletter served as a networking resource by informing readers of other potentially interested professionals, sending information about improv therapy applications, answering questions and...

Book Reviews 1

Book Review: Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre RfG Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1 Fall, 1991. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1979. As the work of Keith Johnstone is the foundation...

Book Reviews 2

Book Review: The House of Make-Believe RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 1 Fall, 1992 Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1979. As the work of Keith Johnstone is the foundation of our own,...

Book Reviews 3

Book Review: Improvisational Therapy RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1993 Improvisational Therapy by Bradford P. Keeney Guilford Press, New York, 1991. In this slim (121 pages) volume the author first calls for and then...

Book Reviews 4

Book Review: Free Play RfG Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 1, Fall, 1993 Free Play by Stephen Nachmanovitch Los Angeles: Tarcher/Perigee Books, 1990. This is a marvelous, insightful, elegant and easily readable work on the inner dimensions of...

Book Reviews 5

Book Review: Persona and Performance: The Meaning of Role in Drama, Therapy and Everyday Life by Robert J. Landy RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 1994 Persona and Performance: The Meaning of Role in Drama,Therapy and Everyday Life Robert...

Book Reviews 6

Brief Book Review: Crazy All the Time: Life Lessons and Insanity on the Psych Ward of Bellevue Hospital RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 1994 Crazy All the Time: Life Lessons and Insanity on the Psych Ward of Bellevue Hospital Frederick...

Book Reviews 7

Book Review: Acting for Real RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1996 Acting for Real Renee Emunah. New York: Bruner/Mazel, 1994. Infrequently yet unforgettably, there are those disconcerting times in life when you meet someone...

Book Reviews 8

Book Review: Internal Family Systems Therapy RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 1, Fall 1995 Internal Family Systems Therapy Richard C. Schwartz. New York: Guilford, 1995. Throughout the history of psychology, personality theorists have explained...

Book Reviews 9

Book Review: Rewriting Family Scripts RfG Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 1, Fall 1996 Rewriting Family Scripts:  Improvisation and Systems Change John Byng-Hall, M.D. New York: Guilford Press, 1995 From Sigmund Freud's description of "repetition ...

Guest Column 1

Dare to be Average RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 1 Fall, 1992 by Dan Diggles I've been performing Improvisation professionally for over 9 years and have been teaching improvisation for 5 years. And I am continually surprised when people come...

Guest Column 2

Dumb Noises are not Cool or I was a teenager’s monster RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1993 by George Roman Babiak "Shee-it, I ain't doin' that! No way!" Fifteen year-old Kevin thrust his hands into his armpits in sullen d...

Guest Column 3

Improvisational Therapy RfG Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 1, Fall, 1993 by Natasha Udensiva [Editor's Note: The following, based on Natasha's experience as co-leader of our Rehearsals! for Growth Improvisational Therapy Group, is excerpted from...

Guest Column 4

Improvisation in Institutional Settings: Creative Alternatives of New York RfG Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 2 Winter/Spring, 1994 by Emily Nash Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) is an organization that provides therapeutic theater workshops...

Guest Column 5

Tug-o-War for Resolving Morning Conflicts by Jami Osborne, MA, CAGS, RDT, LMHC, Rehearsals for Growth Certified Therapist BACKGROUND AND DIAGNOSIS INFORMATION Robbie is an 11-year-old Caucasian male, living with his single mom, Angie (age 34),...

Guest Column 6

Application of Rehearsals for Growth to the Martin Family by Debra Dean-Ciriani, MS, LMFT, RfG-CP As an MFT working predominantly from a Structural Family Therapy perspective, I first saw the Martin family in September of 2010. The IP was their...

Improv Games 1

Improv Games:  The Construct of Status RfG Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1 Fall, 1991 A construct of great importance to improv and of considerable value to therapists is "status." Status here does not mean "social standing" or "occupational prestige." ...

Improv Games 2

Improv Games:  Expanding Emotional Expressiveness RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 1 Fall, 1992 One of the therapeutic purposes served by improv exercises is to free clients from the often-constricted range of emotional expressivity displayed in ...

Improv Games 3

Improv Games:  Blocking (and Accepting) Offers RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1993 The Blocking/Accepting distinction is fundamental to all of improvisation (improv). This broad classification of games and exercises includes those ...

Improv Games 4

Improv Games:  Giving up Over-control RfG Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 1, Fall, 1993 "Over-Control" refers to the dynamic whereby one or more persons strive to alter the behavior of others beyond what is functionally neccessary to their relationship. ...

Improv Games 5

Improv Games:  Story-making: Constructing Alternative Realities, Part 1 of 3 RfG Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 2 Winter/Spring, 1994 (This section, excerpted from Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists by Dan Wiener, is ...

Improv Games 6

Improv Games:  Story-making: Constructing Alternative Realities, Part 2 of 3 RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 1994 (This section, adopted from Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists by Dan Wiener, is the second ...

Improv Games 7

Improv Games:  Story-making: Constructing Alternative Realities, Part 3 of 3 RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1995 (This section, adopted from Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists by Dan Wiener, is the ...

Improv Games 8

Improv Games and Variations (not included in Rehearsals for Growth) RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1996 One Improvises, the Other Doesn't This game, long in use in TheaterSports™, first has a scene established by obtaining a...

Other Newsletter Articles 1

Levels of Involvement with Improvisation RfG Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1993 As RfG workshops continue to be taken by an increasing number of therapists we have observed that differences exist in both interest and degree of application...

Other Newsletter Articles 2

Seven Signs of Good Improvising RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1995 "If you enjoy working [on stage] with someone, they're a good improviser." --- Keith Johnstone Clear boundaries Players make and respect clear boundaries...

Other Newsletter Articles 3

Introducing Improvisation into Psychotherapy RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 1, Fall 1995 "THE BOOK" Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists by Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D. This book illuminates the connection between...

Other Newsletter Articles 4

Use of RfG in Facilitating Basic Social Skills, Part I RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 1, Fall 1995 Over the past two years I have been running an outpatient group for a population of non-psychotic clients whose average psychosocial functioning...

Other Newsletter Articles 5

Assigning "Home Play" in Family Therapy RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1996 While RfG techniques were developed as in-session therapeutic interventions presided over by a therapist/director, there are significant advantages to...

Other Newsletter Articles 6

A Change in Terminology RfG Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 1, Fall 1996 In Rehearsals for Growth (p. xx) I used the term exercise to mean a warm-up used to establish a playful context or to encourage participation, while a game referred to a lengthier...

Other Newsletter Articles 7

Personal Notes RfG Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 1, Fall 1995 On June 23rd, Gloria was diagnosed as having ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Since then she has reduced her teaching work and we are pursuing various Alternative Healing approaches. While this...

Special Features 1

Our Philosophy RfG Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1 Fall, 1991 We see our task as therapists to bring a spirit of playful adventure and artistry to our work with clients. Since we can only share what we have, it behooves us to enliven ourselves with...

Special Features 2

Improv Goes to Moscow RfG Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1 Fall, 1991 by Gloria J. Maddox On May 23rd Dan, his oldest son Javan (a Russian language student) and I flew Finn Air to Moscow. We were met by Natasha Udensiva , a psychologist who had...

Special Features 3

Improv at the Source:  Two Weeks at the Loose Moose RfG Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 2 Winter/Spring, 1994 by Gloria J. Maddox and Dan Wiener In the last two weeks of July, 1993 we joined 20 other improvisers, ranging in age from 19 to 68 and ...

Special Features 4

Rehearsals for Growth in Central Europe RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 1994 by Gloria J. Maddox and Dan Wiener Over the first weekend in July, 1994 we presented a two-day intensive workshop on applying improvisation in relationship therapy...

Special Features 5

Rehearsals for Growth in India RfG Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 2, Winter/Spring 1995 by Dan Wiener On January 5th Gloria and I flew into Bombay, India's most cosmopolitan city teeming with 12 million people, traffic jams (and auto exhaust pollution)...

Rehearsals for Growth by Daniel J Wiener

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 b...

Rehearsals for Growth Videos

Couple Therapy DVD Example Techniques   Based on a recently published case, this teaching tape, featuring Dr. Daniel Wiener as the therapist, demonstrates the course of RfG Couple Therapy over three sessions. In addition to a brief interview...

RfG Certification Program Application

2017 RfG Certificate Program Application [Deposit Disclaimer Text: non-refundable, subject to approval or refunded, etc] Please Note: You may pay online or by check. To pay by Credit Card/Debit Card or PayPal, click below:   Alternatively,...

Workshops & Playshops

Workshops & Playshops   Exercises | Mental Health Professionals  | Couples  | Individuals  | Improv Group Therapy  | Organizations  | Educators  | Rediscover your passion, vitality, and creativity! Through unique workshops and playsho...

Couples

Workshops For Couples   Reinventing Relationships Enhancing Couples' Relationships

Enhancing Couples' Relationships

Enhancing Couples' Relationships   1-day and 2-day Playshops All couples automatically settle into familiar patterns that limit each partner's emotional range and choice of response. As a result, over-familiarity creates a "rut" that diminishes...

Reinventing Relationships

Reinventing Relationships 1-day and 2-day Playshops This couples' playshop will help you and your partner: Resolve conflicts Broaden your emotional expression Try out various power positions to open fresh possibilities of exchange ...

Educators

Workshops For Educators   Staff Training in Rehearsals for Growth for Educators Introduction to Educational Performance Games Introduction to RfG for Socialization Skills

Introduction to Educational Performance Games

Introduction to Educational Performance Games   Half-day and 1-day Workshops Coming soon.

Introduction to RfG for Socialization Skills

Introduction to RfG for Socialization Skills   Half-day and 1-day Workshops Coming soon.

Staff Training in Rehearsals for Growth for Educators

Staff Training in Rehearsals for Growth for Educators   1-day and 2-day Workshops Coming soon!

Exercises

Work and Playshop Exercises   While all improv games and exercises offer opportunities for emotional work the following games, listed roughly in order of difficulty, have proved directly useful for exploring and expanding emotional expressiveness: ...

Improv Group Therapy

Improvisational Group Therapy Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist by appointment Most of life's difficulties stem from past or ongoing relationship problems. In this open-ended, ongoing therapy group, we combine ...

Individuals

Workshops For Individuals   The Family Inside You Overcoming Relationship Limits How We Connect for Singles

How We Connect For Singles

How We Connect for Singles   1-day Playshop This playshop for individuals will help you: Enhance social confidence Increase cooperation Expand emotional range Develop intimacy. The protective shells which adults develop...

Overcoming Relationship Limits

Overcoming Relationship Limits   1-day and 2-day Playshop In this playshop you will understand that: There is an important difference between the way you feel about yourself (self-esteem) and the way you display your self-importance...

The Family Inside You

The Family Inside You   1-day Playshop for Actors This workshop, enthusiastically received by New York actors and acting teachers on previous occasions, uses exercises to demonstrate a useful method for developing a character for the Stage...

Mental Health Professionals

Workshops For Mental Health Professionals   Rediscover your passion, vitality, and creativity! Through unique workshops and playshops, Rehearsals! for Growth™ helps adults deepen interpersonal skills and increase the enjoyment of relationships. M...

2013 RfG Conference

Rehearsals for Growth: "Clinical Applications for Relationship Therapy" March 2 & 3, 2013 – Greater Hartford Area, CT   Summary Intro Faculty Commentary Intro Rehearsals! For Growth™ (RfG) is a novel method of ...

2017 Certificate Program

2017 Certificate Program   Summary Intro RfG Certification Admission Requirements Curriculum Faculty Fees and 2017 Training Schedule Application Rehearsals! for Growth (RfG) is a novel method of psychotherapy...

Improv Enactment Training

Improv Enactment Training For Mental Health Professionals   1-day Introductory Training In addition to their usefulness as tools for clinical assessment and intervention, RfG exercises provide a highly effective way of teaching systemic thinking,...

Spontaneity Training for Therapists

Spontaneity Training for Therapists Spontaneity Training includes: Therapeutic uses of theatre improvisation Principles of improvisation as story telling/going on an adventure/co-creating a new reality Warm-ups and Learning the Basics...

Status Training

Status Training Basic Status Training Status Games - A series of games that teach Status cues, conflict and transfer. "Status" refers to relative social positioning that reflects power and importance, not necessarily corresponding to formally...

Theater Improvisation Training

Theater Improvisation Training for Mental Health Professionals Presenter: Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., Psychologist and Family Therapy Supervisor 1-day Training Effective therapy, like effective theater, hinges on the alteration of previously experienced...

Using Action Methods In MFT Training

Using Action Methods in MFT Training   With few exceptions, MFT instruction in systemic thinking is predominantly didactic in technique. Didactic techniques are ones which convey conceptual information ("learning about") and rely mainly on verbal...

Using Dramatic Enactment In Clinical Supervision

Using Dramatic Enactment in Clinical Supervision   Although role-playing is widely used in clinical supervision and training, most supervisors employ only "realistic simulation," the retrospective recreation of part of the therapy session. Over...

Organizations

Workshops For Organizations   Communicating For Real Results RfG Training Workshop on Teambuilding Change Management Through Improvisation Improvisation Training for Organizational Development & Performance

Change Management Through Improvisation

Change Management Through Improvisation   1-day and 2-day Trainings; Trainings up to 2 weeks can also be arranged. Rehearsal for Change General Considerations Workplace change occurs in: personnel procedures and reward systems...

Communicating For Real Results

Communicating For Real Results   1-day and 2-day Training tailored to your organization's needs Typically, when faced with a "people problem," we tend to rely upon familiar and habitual communication methods that often do not resolve the...

Improvisation Training for Organizational Development and Performance

Improvisation Training (IT) for Organizational Development and Performance   1-day and 2-day Training tailored to your organization's needs (timing can be extended) What is Improvisation Training (IT)? IT is a highly-developed method of role-play...

Team Building Through Improvisation

Team Building Through Improvisation   1-day and 2-day Trainings tailored to your organization's needs What is Rehearsals for Growth (RfG)? Derived from theater improvisation, RfG is a highly-developed method of role-play that trains people...