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Workshop Handout - Strengthen Resilience Through Improvisation

"Words can introduce you to an idea,  but we think it takes an experience to transform you."  Alan Alda, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face

"We define resilience as 'the capacity to be resourceful and creative, to make choices, and to take effective action, no matter what is going on.'" Presence and Resilience

Resilient people share 3 common traits, according to research discussed in Harvard Business Review: 1) acceptance of reality; 2) deep belief that life is meaningful; 3) an uncanny ability to improvise. Training in improvisation is an engaging, imaginative way to power up all three of these traits. For therapists, educators and other professionals working with human development, the games and exercises that cultivate the skills for improvisation are remarkably effective tools. The "yes...and" principle at the heart of improvisation is built on acceptance of the reality created by others players or the director or group leader.…

Storytelling and Improvisation Intensive: The Creative Process of Attitude Change

Stories are what we make out of our experiences, and improvisation is the experience we make. Attitudes - defined by the American Psychological Association as "the cognitive and emotional tendencies to perceive the world in a certain way" and powerful determinants of the choices we feel are available to us and are an expression of the story we tell about ourselves and the way we view the world. Because behavior is so closely linked to attitudes, focusing on attitude change is much more likely to lead to successful behavior change. Attitudes change through experiences that can give rise to a new narrative about who we are, what we freely choose and our potential for transformation. The Will and The Skill Both attitudes and behavior are more likely to change when we have the will to navigate through the discomfort of going against ingrained mental and emotional patterns, and the skills we need to think and act in new ways. These games and exercises are important for working with…