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Audio Interview of Daniel J. Wiener "Dr. Daniel Wiener is a pioneer in the field of using improv in psychotherapy. His book, Rehearsals for Growth (1994) describes his work using improv theatre techniques in counseling. Dan describes his early life...

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Book Chapters and Journal Articles   Performing status manoeuvres in conducting couples therapy (2018) Rehearsals for Growth: A drama therapy of relationships (2018) Benefits of theatrical improvisation in the training of psychotherapists...

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Welcome to RfG

Welcome to the original source for Rehearsals for Growth training | coaching | certification Rehearsals! for Growth, LLC trains and prepares Therapists to apply improvisational methods to psychotherapy. Our interactive courses demonstrate...

"Rehearsals! for Growth Couple Therapy" video

Discover Novel Action Methods in Couples Therapy   Watch this sample video as Dr. Daniel Wiener demonstrates how to energize and enhance your couples work by incorporating drama therapy techniques called 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 exploring alternative roles. RfG techniques...

About Daniel J Wiener

Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D , is an Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University (ret. August, 2018).  He has a private practice Northampton, MA as a Licensed Psychologist and Registered Drama Therapist/Board ...

About Dramatic Enactment

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...

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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 J. Wiener In 1985 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...

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...

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Trevor Smith Testimonial "I recently (October, 2016) had the pleasure of attending Dr. Dan Wiener's Rehearsals for Growth weekend workshop. To say it was a great training experience is an understatement-- I have to say that it was the most meaningful...

Beyond Talk Therapy Program Application

2019 Beyond Talk Therapy Program Application To pay by Credit Card/Debit Card or PayPal, Select one below: 2 Day Professional (Paid In Full) 2 Day Student (Paid In Full)

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If you already know all about the RfG-CP, and are ready to submit your application, Click here to START: RfG-CP Online Application Form Otherwise, please read below, and then choose the link at the bottom of the page. Rehearsals!...

2021 workshop - Improv for Therapists

Improv for Therapists Practical Training in Rehearsals! for Growth™ SIX MODULES; 90 minutes Each Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19 There are six (6) Modules delivered on consecutive Fridays Choose...

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What's New (updated December, 2019) Summary RfG Practice & Support Group RfG Certified Trainer Program DVD - Rehearsals for Growth: Couple Therapy The 2011 RfG Conference The 2013 RfG Conference The 2017 RfG Conference...

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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Playshops & Workshops   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. Most...

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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 ...

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Workshops & Playshops For Educators

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: ...

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Improv Group Therapy

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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....

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 o...

4th Rehearsals for Growth Conference October 19-20 2019

A weekend conference, “Theatre Improvisation for Clients and Therapists,” was held in Hartford, CT Oct. 19-20, 2019. 19 participants, an equal mix of Mental Health students and licensed professionals, took part in 9 experiential workshops from 6 p...

Advanced RfG Clinical Training

Advanced RfG Clinical Training The following topics, while addressed in the RfG Certificate Program, are covered in greater depth in Advanced RfG trainings. Offerings of Advanced RfG trainings are contingent upon the enrollment of sufficient numbers...

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SURVEY & QUESTIONNAIRE FORM Please complete the form within 2 weeks after the workshop. This is a prerequisite if you wish to apply for Candidacy in the RfG Certificate Program.             ...

Beyond Talk Therapy Zoom Workshop

Beyond Talk Therapy Part 1: Rehearsals! for Growth   NOTE Registration deadline is noon, Wed May 6 to ensure receipt of participant packet and email link to training. Saturday, May 09, 2020, 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM, EDT   Facilitators:...

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,...

RfG Zoom Workshop

  Applied Improv for Therapy and… Join Daniel J Wiener PhD, MFT, RDT/BCT, and Jami Osborne, LMHC, RDT/BCT, RfG-CT for our next 6-week series : Other drama therapy approaches Other therapy modalities Other, non-therapy a...

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...

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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...

Testimonials

Trevor Smith Testimonial "I recently (October, 2016) had the pleasure of attending Dr. Dan Wiener's Rehearsals for Growth weekend workshop. To say it was a great training experience is an understatement-- I have to say that it was the most meaningful...

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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...

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The First Annual Improv & Psychology Conference Chicago

The First Annual Improv & Psychology Conference September 8-10, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois "We are bringing together practitioners and researchers of the human condition who share a desire to further study, implement and advance the impact of ...

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Your Opinion Counts. Please Vote. [yop_poll id="1"] We are planning to resume RfG ZOOM trainings beginning the last week in June; should you be interested in participating, we are seeking your input regarding scheduling.   This series...

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