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Using Improvisation in Relationship Therapy
Couple and Family Institute of New England
53 Center St.
Northampton, MA 01060

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Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST
Category: Consortium Events

Instead of viewing therapy as a way of discovering “who you are,” Rehearsals for Growth (RfG) is a therapeutic form that uses theater improvisation to explore and expand the limits of “who else you can be” while maintaining an awareness of play and pretense in the moment. RfG stretches and playfully challenges patterns of intra- and interpersonal stuckness. In addition to their usefulness as tools for clinical assessment and intervention, RfG exercises provide a highly effective way of teaching systemic thinking, expanded use of the therapist’s emotional range, and clinical change via shifts in the presentation of the therapist. In this experiential workshop, volunteer participants learn playful exercises useful as clinical interventions to:

  • Give up over-control for mutuality
  • Promote cooperation by making other persons look good
  • Encourage risk-taking through fantasy and playfulness
  • Heighten awareness of status (power) transactions
  • Co-create new realities through embodied story-making
Hosted by the Couple & Family Institute of New England (CFINE) in Northampton, MA. This course provides 3 CEs. For more info, visit: