Therapeutic Improv: A Strengths-Based Approach

Therapeutic Improv: A Strengths-Based Approach

3.5 CEs for NYS LCAT*, LCSW, LMSW, LMHC 
12:00 - 3:30pm
Location: Create Community, 11 Peekskill Road, Cold Spring, NY (Hudson Valley)
Taught by:
Mark Beauregard, MA, LCAT, RDT-BCT
$120

This workshop is designed to introduce therapists to the central principles of improv and how improv can inform the therapeutic process and relationship. Through group improvisation we will explore how therapeutic improv is an approach that helps clients practice taking risks and following creative impulses to achieve personal goals—all in a safe, nurturing and often fun environment.

It's not about being funny. It's about being free!

Improv skills of spontaneity, co-creation, mindfulness, moment to moment listening and responsiveness, and taking risks to help yourself and others are all essential aspects of a therapeutic relationship and healthy lifestyle.

Learn how therapeutic improv can be a valuable tool to help yourself and your clients:

• feel more creative and less stuck

• connect to others and get feedback

• increase problem solving and spontaneity

• strengthen assertiveness and voice

• find an expanded sense of positive self

• be aware of and play with the inner critic to find playful balance in life

A description of the teaching methods to be used:

  • Lecture and discussion to introduce improv principles and their connection to the therapeutic process.
  • Experiential activities and small group performance to demonstrate and apply theoretical learning.
  • Video and film viewing and discussion.
  • Class discussion of activities to apply learning and compare and identify ways of incorporating techniques into real life clinical situations across varied settings.

The learning objectives of the course. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the possibilities and limitations for the use of dramatic arts in therapy for mental health professionals who are not licensed as creative arts therapists and identify pathways to further training.
  • Describe the concept of "yes, and" and other improv principles and how they can be used to meet treatment goals
  • Identify ways to work with and through resistance and fear, as well as make offers for more playful and improvisational interventions to occur in the therapy space.  
  • Identify three improvisational techniques that can be used safely in your current clinical practice and setting.

Traveling from NYC to Cold Spring
Our office is located at 11 Peekskill Road, Cold Spring, NY and accessible via Metro North commuter trains. Trains run hourly on the weekends out of Grand Central Terminal. It is a beautiful 20-25 minute walk through the village or a 5-minute cab to the studio from the Cold Spring train station. There is ample parking if you choose to drive.

New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0275, and is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0026 and licensed mental health counselors (pending #MHC-0065). New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC may offer NYSED approved clock hours for events or educational programs that have been approved by the department. Sessions for which NYSED-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified on our website

Cancellation policy. If class is cancelled prior to two weeks before a scheduled training receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee. Participants who cancel their enrollment less than 10 days before the first continuing education session will not be refunded but can receive credit towards a future training. A full refund or credit is given to participants with unexpected medical or personal emergencies.

Price: $120.00
Saturday, August 26 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
"There is a lot of creativity and fun play just for fun’s sake to take your mind off stress, along with games that address conflict, anxiety, or other challenges. Scenes can swing from light-hearted to poignant, as the stage is used to rehearse or “workshop” for the upcoming week. I’ve definitely had useful takeaways from the experience, and I recommend it." -JL