"Yes And" Mental Health Conference


September 8-10, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

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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

Excitement is Brewing!


Session Details


Opening Night Keynote

Opening Night Keynote

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!

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Master Improv Workshop

Master Improv Workshop

Rachael Mason is a world-class improviser, instructor and all around guru. With volunteer audience participants, Rachael will engage in advanced improv exercises and analysis. Do not miss out on this chance to work with Rachael.

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Teaching Improv to Therapists

Teaching Improv to Therapists

How do you teach improvisation to therapists and how does that training affect their work? Results from a 5-year research.

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Using Improv in Relationship Therapy

Using Improv in Relationship Therapy

Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D.,LMFT, RDT/BCT is a licensed psychologist and a Professor at Central CT State U, where he teaches Marriage and Family Therapy. Pioneering the use of theater improv in psychotherapy, he founded Rehearsals! for GrowthTM in 1984 to train over 2000 therapists to date. He has presented over 200 professional workshops in 8 countries and is the Author/Editor of 5 books and over 40 professional chapters and articles.

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Improv for Therapeutic Performance: Therapeutic Performance Initiative Model

Improv for Therapeutic Performance: Therapeutic Performance Initiative Model

Looking to create a meaningful piece of work that will open the doors to healing clients and a community? Created to give structure to socially relevant performing arts, the Therapeutic Performance Initiative (TPI) model addresses the use of improve/drama, dance/movement, music, and the healing of communities.

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Social Theatre® Program

Social Theatre® Program

Showcase Performance with a follow-up discussion on the Social Theatre® Program. The participants in this school program have fun with each other while learning and practicing social skills, and have often stated they enjoy being part of Social Theatre® because it does not feel like they are learning..

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Mid Century Modern: Improv Ensemble

Mid Century Modern: Improv Ensemble

When the curtain rises on Mid-Century Modern, the talented ladies of a certain age take center stage. Join us for a lunch performance and talk-back with the graduates of Second City's "Humor Doesn't Retire" program, the improv ensemble Mid Century Modern!

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Improv in the Clinic:  Mental Health and Cognitive Outcome Measures

Improv in the Clinic: Mental Health and Cognitive Outcome Measures

After attending in this workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Describe how improv can be implemented into a clinical practice. 2. List three ways that a clinician can measure an intervention. 3. Explain how improv can be used as a cognitive activity. 4. Describe possible neural mechanisms responsible for positive effects of improv on cognitive functioning.

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What is "Healing" about Improv

What is "Healing" about Improv

Micro and macro personal and relational growth processes in the improvisational encounter.

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Applied Improv & Dementia

Applied Improv & Dementia

Katharine Houpt, MAAT, ATR, LCPC is an art therapist experienced in facilitating improv groups to improve quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, care partners, and professional caregivers. Katharine will present an interactive workshop and discussion inspiring participants to apply improv skills to dementia care.

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Applied Improv & ASD

Applied Improv & ASD

We firmly believe that at it’s root, improvisation is not just a mode of performance but also a life skill. This session will review the 8 week Improv class we developed in 2012 at the Second City Training Center.

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PLAY-FUL PLAY!  New Games Workshop

PLAY-FUL PLAY! New Games Workshop

"The well-played game has nothing to do with who wins or loses. It’s all about how we play together. As such, it is a template, a model for a well-lived life. That kind of life is lived with love and intimacy, ease and laughter, in a community of masters". -- Bernie De Kovac

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Conference sessions schedule


Saturday Evening Event


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.

Saturday Evening Event

Registration


Includes all workshops, performances, and seminars

Single Day Pass


Adults (non-students)

Students

Special Lunch Show


Saturday September 9th

Join the Online Community! Stories and information on the benefits of improv in self awareness and personal growth, brought to you by therapists, social workers, psychologists and teachers who utilize it in their practices.

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Contact


3110 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States