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Breaking Through Barriers To Change Through Applied Improvisation

Change - happens through a combination of will and skill. When the conditions are right and the timing is right the process of change cannot be stopped. But if the conditions and the timing are not right, the change process cannot be forced. The therapeutic process is, ideally, about making change that will improve a person's life or coming to terms with a change that has occurred. In many ways, growth and change can be viewed as a creative process. 
The barriers to change are sometimes conscious but often are not, and can be linked to the unknowable impact that one change can have. We can be ready for one kind of change only to discover there is a ripple effect to other areas of life for which we are not fully prepared. 

Researchers James Prochaska, John Norcross, and Carlo DiClemente — developers of the ground-breaking Transtheoretical Model of behavior change — share an astounding insight into a core dilemma in the fields of counseling and psychotherapy. Their studies found that …

The Power Of Story: Creativity, Craft, Communication Workshop Handout

Well-crafted stories can frame and explain important concepts as well as engage listeners in ways that add color, imagination and emotional significance to important information and in this way make the content memorable and meaningful. "The story is actually just a delivery system for the teller’s agenda," writes Jonathan Gotschall in Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon. "A story is a trick for sneaking a message into the fortified citadel of the human mind. Research shows that our attitudes, values, hopes and fears are strongly influenced by story...The more absorbed readers are in a story, the more the story changes them." 
The craft of storytelling is key to engaging listeners' rapt attention. "Studies shows that when people are presented with facts and figures, smaller areas of the brain are activated which indicates that information is being processed. However, when those same facts and figures are packaged in a story, the entire brain becomes en…

IMPROV RULES; Using Creative Experiences To Develop Social-Emotional Skills

"Intelligence is a brain-body-environment structure and function system...learning and change are grounded in the experience of discovery." Madrazzo and Motz,  “Brain Research: Implications For Diverse Learners” published in Science Educator
"The thinking part of our brain evolved through entanglement with older parts that we now know are involved in emotion and feelings. Emotion and thought are physically entangled— immensely so. This brings our body into the story because we feel our emotions in our body, and the way we feel always influences our brain.James Zull, "The Art Of Changing The Brain" Educational Leadership,

Our interactions with other people are constantly creating and reinforcing neural pathways and neural pathways are the "habits of mind" that we experience as thoughts, beliefs, identity and sense of self.During developmental years, having skills that promote relationships of reciprocity can form a foundation for shaping one's…

Transformative Storytelling: An Improvisational Approach To Developing Stories That Educate, Motivate and Inspire Workshop Handout

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” Robert McKee

On the intersection of improv - where we do not know what is going to happen and can only experience/create by giving up the need to know - and storytelling, where we know what has happened and seek to find meaning in it:
"Life can only be understood backward, but must be lived forward." Soren Kierkagaard
"Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense - they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on how just stories change our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.Why Your Brain Loves A Good Story, Harvard Business Review, Oct. 28, 2014
There have never been so many competing demands for attention at the same time there is so much essential knowledge to communicate to clients, colle…