- Improv for Therapists
Clinical Training in Rehearsals for Growth
Virtual Online Workshop Series for Winter 2024
Currently, we are offering trainings on SPECIALIZED TOPICS (see below)
3 Modules, Saturday afternoons, 10:00am to 1:00pm, Eastern Time
2024 Winter Dates: January 13th, 27th, and February 10th
Sat., Jan. 13th: Directing RfG Enactments
In this class we will practice in greater detail the art of selecting and directing improvisational enactments to be performed by others. Subtopics include:
- Self-inventory for Director readiness
- Assessment of client readiness (Timing)
- Skillful offering of RfG enactments
- Observation and Coaching of enactments underway
- Drawing inferences/Obtaining assessment data from client enactment performances
Sat., Jan. 27th: Post-Enactment Processing
In RfG, Post-Enactment Processing (PEP) occurs immediately following RfG enactments. Subtopics include:
- Directing Transitions between Discourse and Enactment.
- Learning typology of questions that may be raised during PEP.
- Testing and assessing inferences drawn from the comparison of one’s own observations of client enactments and client self-reports
Sat., Feb. 10th: Assessment and Constraint Identification
Constraints are atheoretical constructs that refer to obstacles to desired functioning. Subtopics Include:
- Assessment from observation of enactments
- Assessment from PEP questioning
- Diagnosis vs. Constraint identification
- The Dramaturgic Model, contrasted with psychiatric diagnosis
Instructor: Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., RDT-BCT
Assisting Instructor: Margo Escott, LICSW
- Training in RfG’s Improvisational Methods prepares therapists for their practical application.
- RfG training via ZOOM demonstrates how these techniques are applied in our teletherapy sessions.
- Come engage in enacting these playful techniques, preparing you to employ them in either virtual or face-to-face therapy!
- In this module series, each highly experiential training will focus on one or two case examples centering on the use of particular, well-tested RfG Games/techniques, and will include students’ practice in directing RfG enactments and post-enactment processing appropriate to their Level of prior training.
- Though the emphasis will vary across modules, all these experiential training sessions are designed to increase both understanding and proficiency in the use of RfG Games and exercises for students at all Levels
of prior experience.
- Trainees will both be able to practice these Games and learn how they may be adapted to their own cases.
3 CE hrs per module for recredentialling as RDTs from NADTA;
3 hrs per module of Direct Instruction in the RfG Certified Practitioner program (see Certificate Program)
Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., RDT/BCT is licensed psychologist who taught Marriage and Family Therapy for 23 years as a Professor at Central CT State U. Founded in 1984 his approach, Rehearsals for Growth, uses improvisational theatre games to work with relationships. Dan has presented over 260 professional workshops in 10 countries, training over 1200 therapists and is an Author/Editor of 5 books (starting with Rehearsals for Growth: Improvisation for Psychotherapists in 1994), as well as 50 published chapters and articles.