ETTi ZoomRoom International is offering ONLINE
Didactic & Experiential Workshop via TELE’DRAMA:

Improv for Therapists

 

Presenters:
Daniel J. Wiener, PhD, RDT-BCT
Jami Osborne, LMHC, MaCCS, RDT-BCT, RfG-CT

FOUR MODULES; Three (3) Hours Each

Dates: Four (4) consecutive Thursdays
May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, 2020
(You can attend one or all of the modules)

Time:
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Language: ENGLISH


 

May 14, 2020: (Tele’Drama Module 1 of 4)

NOTE: This module has run but is not a prerequisite for any of the others below

Improv for Therapists: A Playful Orientation

Theatre Improvisation (improv) is a practice of simultaneously activating our spontaneity and our engagement with others while performing with them. When improvising, players learn to reduce their reliance on controlling the future and experience a playful, risky aliveness in the present moment. For many years, improvisational practice by therapists has been successfully applied to psychotherapy while also conferring several professional and personal benefits to the Self of the therapist.

…But you can’t apply improv before experiencing it yourself! This module, the first in a series of four, is recommended both as a stand-alone learning experience and as preparation for using improv in your clinical practice. Participants voluntarily try out improv exercises, linking these experiences to self-learning. After each improv enactment, we’ll be processing our experiences, tying in orienting concepts and practical tips. We shall also compare and contrast therapeutic improv with psychodrama.

Optional reading material will be supplied in advance of the module.

May 21, 2020: (Tele’Drama Module 2 of 4)

NOTE: This module has run. See the other two remaining workshops below

Improv for Therapists: Validating Others


Foundational to improv is the process of Validating others’ offers(anything done or said) in order to co-create a fictional world. This is known as the “Yes-And” rule. Attending to both the Accepting (validating) and the Blocking (invalidating) of offers has important applications in assessing and altering relationship functioning, both in life and therapy.

Participants voluntarily try out improv exercises chosen by the instructor to discover the differences in “feel” between while accepting or blocking offers, both from one’s own imagination and from other persons. After each improv enactment, we’ll: first, process our enactment experiences; next, tie in orienting concepts; then, discuss the application of the exercise to clinical cases; and last, offer practical tips. Time will be made available for discussion and questions.

Optional reading material will be supplied in advance of the module.

May 28, 2020: (Tele’Drama Module 3 of 4)

NOTE: This module has run. See the other  remaining workshop below

Improv for Therapists: Adventures in Story-Making

We know much of the world through narratives, or stories. Compared with stories communicated only verbally (storytelling), story-making during improv enactments creates a more vivid and impactful experience.

Participants voluntarily try out improv exercises chosen by the instructor for experiencing the power and opportunities of enacting improv games with narrative structures. After each improv enactment, we’ll: first, process our enactment experiences; next, tie in orienting concepts; then, discuss the application of the exercise to clinical cases; and last, offer practical tips. Time will be made available for discussion and questions.

Optional reading material will be supplied in advance of the module.

June 4, 2020: (Tele’Drama Module 4 of 4)

Improv for Therapists: Performing Status

In improv, “Status” does not refer to prestige but instead to acts or performances which signify social importance. We all use and are influenced by status performances but are mostly unaware of how pervasive and powerful are status maneuvers, acts in which its performer intends to alter the status of self in relation to others.

Participants voluntarily try out improv exercises chosen by the instructor for experiencing the effects of performing status maneuvers. After each improv enactment, we’ll: first, process our enactment experiences; next, tie in orienting concepts; then, discuss the application of the exercise to clinical cases; and last, offer practical tips. Time will be made available for discussion and questions.

Optional reading material will be supplied in advance of the module.

Cost of the Training:

Regular Registration (All 4 Modules): $199
Students & Interns (All 4 Modules): $99
Regular Registration (One Module): $60
Students & Interns (One Module): $35

Payment, in case of cancellation, will be credited to future workshops.

Participants Receive:

Up to 3 hours per module for certification through the:

  • International Society of Experiential Therapies (ISEP)
  • Expressive Therapies Training Institute (ETTi)

Also:

  • Up to 3 CEs 3 per module for recredentialling as RDT’s from NADTA
  • Up to 3 hrs. per module of Direct Instruction in the RfG Certified Practitioner program (see details here)
  • Up to 3 hrs. per module Texas LPC, LMFT and LSW CEUs

You will receive the zoom invitation via email.

The best way to participate is through your computer; however you may attend via a tablet or cellphone.


Presenters

Dr. Daniel J Wiener

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. He is the recipient of Psychodrama’s Zerka T. Moreno Award (ASGPP), and both Drama Therapy’s Gertrude Schattner Award and a Research Award (NADTA).

Jami Osborne, LMHC, MaCCS, RDT-BCT, RfG-CT is an expressive and drama therapist, certified RfG trainer,  with wide experience in mind/body energy approaches, including EMDR.