Friday September 8th / Starting at 7pm Come to our Opening Night Keynote where there will be a panel discussion on Improvisation & Psychology, a showcase performance by The Therapy Players, and an opportunity to join an Improv Jam!Read More
Bringing together Practitioners & Researchers of Mental Health who share a desire to advance the study and integration of Improv & Mental Health.
The evening sessions will be taking place at MCL Chicago (3110 N. Sheffield) and the daytime sessions will take place at The Annoyance Theater (851 W. Belmont). Upon registering to attend you will receive conference newsletters with updates and valuable information. Look for those!
We are just 10 days away from learning if we qualify to provide CEs for Psychologists.
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SINGLE-DAY PASSES AVAILABLE
I'm excited to come to Yes and Mental Health conference because improvisation and theatre is an under-utilized and POWERFUL therapy tool in which we need to collaborate more. I can't wait to meet others who are interested in using improv and find out about how others are using it!Shawn Amador, LCSW: Workshop Presenter "Social Theater Program"
Improv and psychology – why haven’t we been doing this all along? Thanks and kudos to Dr. McCullough for pulling this together! The Therapy Players –Chicago’s all-psychotherapist improv troupe - are thrilled to have the honor of the keynote performance, and look forward to playing and learning with you. See you in September!Dave Carbonell, PhD: Keynote Performance
Working in social services for nearly 15 years, the most influential and important skills I developed came from my improv experience. Improv pushes me to be a better provider and better performer; this conference is an opportunity to grow on and off stage. I am thrilled to be able to learn from each other and teach one another, to share ideas and to create a community that values creativity and vulnerability; I can't wait to take our knowledge and place it in a clinical framework!Heather Markey MSW: Executive Chair
I've just spent 6 years researching Improv training for therapists and I'm super excited to able to share my findings with like minded professionals. I can't wait to brainstorm, play and learn together! See you all there soon!Assael Romanelli, MSW: Workshop Leader & Presenter
If you want to be a more effective as a therapist, you need to constantly let go of your agenda, follow your clients where they want to go and listen on deeper emotional level: all skills that can be learned in improv."Jimmy Carrane: Guest Panelist
Participating in the first Improv-Psychology conference led by Dr. McCullough is an honor, as I have witnessed her understanding of this marriage through previous workshops and presentations as part of my Clinical Psychology degree. I am thrilled to be contributing and look forward to seeing what participants and presenters bring to the stage!K. Moriah Smith-Bresky, MA: Committee Chair
As someone with lengthy experience in applying improv to therapy I am DELIGHTED to have recently found out about others who share my passion. I eagerly look forward to connecting, learning and playing throughout this conference!Dan J. Wiener, PhD: Workshop Presenter "Using Improv in Relationship Therapy"
I am so excited to be part of this first Psychology Improv Conference that Dr. McCullough has created. Even since I started in improv, a conference for clinicians using improv has been a dream of mine and I'm thrilled that dream is coming true! I look forward to meeting my colleagues, learning more about their work and playing all weekend.Margot Escott LCSW: Workshop Presenter "Play-ful Play: The Healing Power of Laughter & Play"
I am humbled by the responses we are receiving! People are sharing their stories on the impact of improv for their work, their mental health, and for the people they serve. The importance of improv is palpable on a global scale. Clearly there is much for us to share, learn, and grow together as a community. It is my hope this conference will be that opportunity and leave us invigorated to explore more.Stephanie McCullough, PsyD: Executive Producer
Join us at the MCL Chicago theater Saturday evening for an Improv Show followed by a LIVE podcast recording of "Unconscious at Play" hosted by Sharilyn Wiskup LPC, MEd, EdS.. Sharilyn will process with the ensemble members some of the interactions, dynamics, and choices that were spontaneously made, facilitating an appreciation for making the unconscious, conscious, in this fun interactive show.