Improv in Therapy

Symposium Improv in Therapy 2019

For the first time, the improv-theatre »Die Gorillas« is holding an international symposium on the topic »Improv in Therapy«. In lectures and workshops
with Dr. Assael RomanelliDipl.-Psych. Dörte FoertschRandy Dixon
and the Gorillas Barbara Klehr und Regina Fabian
the symposium will show how methods of improvisation can be used in therapy and therapeutic training.
With the discussion forums on Sunday we want to initiate a continuous international exchange about existing offers, projects and studies. We also want to provide a forum for new ideas that develop the connection between impro in therapy.

Date:
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Venues:

The symposium is adressed to professional therapists, with and without experience in improv theatre.

Participation fee: 95 EUR (incl. Lunch on Saturday).
All lectures and workshops are in English and/or German.

PROGRAM

Please click on the respective day!

Saturday, March 23rd
10:00
Arrival/Opening - English Theatre Berlin | IPAC
 
10:30
Lecture 1
Dr. Assael Romanelli
Improvisation - What is »healing« about improv? Micro and macro, personal and relational growth processes in the improvisational encounter.
In English with translation.
 
11:30
Lecture 2
Dörte Foertsch
Systemic therapy and improv
»Therapy - what a theatre, theatre – what a therapy!«
In German with translation.
 
12:30
Lecture 3
Regina Fabian & Barbara Klehr
Accept – Copy – Cooperate
Experiences of interaction in group therapy, using methods of improv
In German with translation.
 
13:30 - 15:00
Lunch break
 
15:00 - 18:00
Workshops
 
Sunday, March 24th
 
12:00
Panel discussion
Improv in therapy and therapeutic training – experiences and perspectives
with Dr. med Alexander Brümmerhoff, Randy Dixon, Regina Fabian, Dörte Foertsch, Barbara Klehr, Dr. Assael Romanelli
In German with translation.
 
13:30
Fishbowl
How can we enable and promote the further use of improv in therapeutic context?
MC: Daniela Allalouf
In German with translation.
 
15:00
Conclusion
Spread the word about Improv in therapy

WORKSHOPS

WS 1 - The Ninja Therapist: Improvisation skills for the (daring) clinician

This workshop presents an original typology of improvisational skills/tendencies that has been taught to therapists for several years, enabling them to improve their improvisatory skills and increase co-creation, vitality and play in their psychotherapeutic work. Here is an introductory article about this technique, aimed at improvisers.
 
No improv experience necessary.
In English.
 
Booking a workshop includes participation in the entire symposium program on Saturday and Sunday, including lunch on Saturday.
 
Date:
March 23, 15:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Venue:
 
WS 2 - Rubbing the lamp: Activating Image Through Improv

At the heart of the matter, we are storytellers. Almost everything we take in, and offer to others is in story form. We tell ourselves inner stories that help us cope, survive and recover from our encounters with the world. There is a great deal of knowledge, insight, and wisdom contained in these images. The tools of improvisation can be used to unlock inner meanings, revelations, and details contained in the images from the stories we tell others and ourselves. We will explore through activities and learn through dialogue what lies within them. There is a genie inside our stories and images wanting to get out of the bottle. Let’s rub the lamp together and see how our wishes are granted. 

One year of improv experience necessary to participate.
In English.
 
Booking a workshop includes participation in the entire symposium program on Saturday and Sunday, including lunch on Saturday.
 
Datum:
March 23rd, 15:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Venue:
 
WS 3 - Just do it! Spontaneity and Making Experiences, Improv in therapy
This workshop is aimed at all those therapists, who have not yet experienced improvisation. The workshop will introduce bacis tools and techniques, that are used in improv theatre. The basic principle of »Yes,and...« can be practised in several playful situations. We will show exercises that support an attitude of acceptance and appreciation, while also expanding your own ability to make associations. The focus is on reacting to the moment. Trusting our ideas is an important ground for improvisation. We will train our attentiveness for our associations (in movement, sound and words, in the concrete and the abstract) and use it in our encounters. Being able to react spontaneously also means being able to let go of your own ideas in a flexible way.
 
No improv experience necessary.
In German.
 
Booking a workshop includes participation in the entire symposium program on Saturday and Sunday, including lunch on Saturday.
 
Date:
March 23rd, 15:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Venue:
 

BOOKING

Here you can register for the Symposium. Please choose one from the three workhops, and thus book for the whole Symposium.

Symposium Improv in Therapy 2019 + WS 1 - Dr. A.Romanelli: The Ninja Therapist
Symposium Improv in Therapy 2019 + WS 2 - R.Dixon: Rubbing the lamp
Symposium Improv in Therapy 2019 + Workshop 3 - R.Fabian & B.Klehr: Just do it

CONTACT

Do you have questions about the symposium or the workshops? Please contact Regina Fabian: