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Strengthening Resiliency and Emotional Intelligence Through Applied Improvisation
Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 1-5 pm at Lifestage, Inc
Emotional Intelligence grows when we are aware of reactions to both pressures and demands of the outer world and our own internal programs, beliefs and attitudes.
(mostly) TRUE THINGS slammin' storytelling
Saturday Sept. 27, 2014 7 pm at Lifestage, Inc
5 storytellers, 5 stories, one of them is true. You be the judge. Stories can be are hilarious, heartbreaking, enlightening, even educational and most importantly entertaining. An evening of storytelling is rich with humor and human feeling as well as a great way to connect with other people.
BREAK THROUGH BARRIERS TO CREATIVITY TO BREAK THROUGH BARRIERS TO CHANGE In the Courage To Create, psychologist Rollo May wrote that creativity can only occur through "willingness to fully commit to an action or choice knowing that we might be wrong." Change, learning, and growth in our personal and professional lives also require some degree of this psychological risk.
GET CREATIVE ABOUT INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT: Empathy is a creative act. It involves the imaginative capacity to enter into the experience of another person or living thing. "Reciprocal role-reversal is frequently recommended as a remedy for interpersonal conflict resolution,
MINDSET: THE TEMPLATE FOR SUCCESSFUL LEARNING AND CHANGE An article in the May 18 Sunday New York Times Magazine about research out of the University of Texas discusses some truly exciting and important work linking students' mindset to their academic performance and long-term chances for success.
PIXAR'S ANDREW STANTON THINKS WE SHOULD FAIL FAST AND OFTEN AND THAT MIGHT BE VERY GOOD ADVICE Ed Catmull's book Creativity: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way of True Inspiration chronicles the creative process at Pixar Animation, and has wisdom for innovators - and improvisers - in every field of endeavor.
HOW TO KNOW IF WHAT YOU COMMUNICATE IS UNDERSTOOD: JOHN HOCKENBERRY INTERVIEWS 5 AMAZING WRITERS AT THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL There they were, two of the most prolific and profound American novelists, a Harvard psychology researcher and professor, along with theoretical physicist Sean Carrol and science journalist Jo Marchant,
"Is Ambivalence A Strength Or A Problem To Solve? Yes" Stay put or make a move. Desire or integrity. Familiarity or adventure. Deep emotional ties or freedom from commitment. The inner tensions between opposite but equal "wants" is part of most important decisions, and a sadly under-rated element of conscious choice-making.
Why emotional intelligence and improv are best friends forever There are many natural points of connection between EI and the skills involved with improvisation, which are immediately useful in real-life situations. This power point details these connections and their value for social-emotional learning and personal development.
DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: The Very Serious Need For Silliness and Play Scientific American recently dedicated an entire special issue to the topic of creativity and social-emotional learning, citing a growing body of evidence that play is central to social, emotional and psychological skill development.
Developing Emotional Agility and Other Acts of Creation Emotional agility - defined by the Mind-Fitness Training Institute as the "cognitive and psychological adaptability, or the ability to think rapidly and creatively under stress, anticipate or quickly adapt to uncertain or changing situations and improvise when faced with obstacles"
"How Improvisation Promotes Emotional Competence" Every human interaction involves some degree of emotional risk. Buyer and seller, employee and employer, teacher and student, therapist and client and every other combination of roles are most likely to succeed when the risk
EXPERIENTIAL ACTION METHODS IN GROUP WORK Weekly professional training group with Nick Wolff, LCSW, BCD, TEP Wednesdays 7-9p.m. Sept.-June. Experiential, action methods make up an increasingly important skill set for clinicians as the pace of change accelerates in our social world
Five Questions To Ask When Designing A Group Warm-Up
Warm-Up Exercises For Group Work - For Therapeutic, Educational or Training Groups
How Stories Can Transform Relationships - and Change Our Brains
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