How Does Improv Help Clinicians to Think on Their Feet? Part V-Jude Treder-Wolff

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Interview Series with Jude Treder-Wolff Part V

Jude Treder-Wolff, author of the book, Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life is a performer, trainer and creative arts psychotherapist Jude saying something in performancewho is doing some exciting work bridging expertise in  improvisation and emotional intelligence.  On September 21st she will be co-facilitating “Improvisation For Developing Emotional Intelligence: A Workshop for Clinicians and Educators” an experiential and discussion training workshop for therapists, counselors, health care professionals and educators that explores the relationship between the practice and philosophy of applied improvisation and the skills and mind set associated with emotional intelligence in Smithtown, NY.
Can you share more about how your upcoming workshop will help clinicians etc to think on their feet?
The workshop we are doing on Sept. 21 will feature improv games designed to reduce the sense of threat and self-consciousness so many people feel when they are not in control and don’t know what is going to happen next and then discuss with the group the value of this mind set in approaching the classroom or consulting room. We think we know what is going to happen next in life – we look at our schedules and it seems like we should know what the day will be like – but things may go in a very different way then we plan or expect. Theater games help to reduce the sense of threat posed by recognizing that uncertainty is just how things are, and to look at uncertainty as a necessary dimension to the creative process. We accept and embrace uncertainty so that we can create – a creative space is empathic, aware, building on what is given, and expansive.
  We will use Improvisational Theater as described above to work with scenarios we all face in the classroom or consulting room and collaborate on ways to explore and work them through. Having used the Improvisational Theater process in training situations for social workers, psychotherapists, physicians assistants, every discipline of creative arts therapy, employees at the New York Public Library where I regularly train staff, and in corporate settings, I have seen over and over again how empowering it is for people to engage in creating characters, allowing the characters to play out the offers that are given, and exploring all possible directions for change.
In addition to performing, Jude Treder-Wolff provides consulting for professional and personal development. Her book Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life and blog Lives In Progress explores the ways technology is changing 21st century relationships and the creative mind set for success in the networked world. Her storytelling-style show Crazytown: my first psychopath was selected for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the 2012 Chicago and San Francisco Fringe Festival and recently had 2 successful runs at Actors Theatre Workshop in New York. She has been interviewed for articles that appeared in national and local media, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Woman’s Day, and The Three Village Times.  She can be reached at:

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In addition to Jude there is a small group of experts providing similar training.  Whether you call it applied improv, medical improv or simply improv, the potential for building skill sets that help human beings grow and bring their bests selves to teams and organizations is profound!  

To learn more or schedule a workshop for your team, email   


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2 Responses to How Does Improv Help Clinicians to Think on Their Feet? Part V-Jude Treder-Wolff

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  2. Thank you for your wonderful insights and language around the value of Improv, Jude. In healthcare, we need a better balance of focus on what is measurable and predictable and what must emerge. The structure of our work as clinicians is, of course extremely important. Clinical knowledge, practice, skills, must be ongoing learning for nurses, physicians, etc. AND AND AND, we must also focus on the human ‘skills’ that contribute to creative thinking, relationship building, and self growth. IMPROV is so vital for the latter and I appreciate your work bringing this forward.


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