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Improv-ing Awkward Conversations: Communicating With Compassion and Clarity During The Tensions Of Change

May 14, 1 pm3 pm.


Change has a ripple effect. A shift in one area of life – a dietary change, new policies at work that impact our role and responsibilities, a health issue that forces us to recalibrate what we need or are able to manage – can generate a need for conversations about it in so many others. These conversations can be uncomfortable and it can seem easier to avoid them, but that leads to further tension that can have real and lasting impact on our business and professional life as well as interpersonal relationships.
This workshop will use improv and storytelling exercises that play with awkward dynamics and allow us to expand into seeing and trying a range of possible responses. Through deep listening, practicing the “yes…and” philosophy of accepting the realities we face, and experimenting with responses that are emotionally intelligent, we will practice a mind and skill set for navigating transitions with humanity and creativity.

Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP. CPAI has 30 years experience in clinical practice, is President of Lifestage, Inc, a training company based in Smithtown, NY specializing in creative approaches to personal and professional development, which is a NYS-approved provider of Continuing Education for Social Workers. She has studied improvisation continuously for the past 15 years, having completed the The Magnet Theater Training Program and The Peoples Improv Theater Training Program and in classes with improv teachers around the country. As chair of the 2019 Applied Improv Network World Conference in partnership with the Alan Alda Center For Communicating Science, she coordinated with her team to produce a 4-day meeting of professionals from around the world exploring the theme “Communicating Over Barriers And Boundaries.” She is published in the International Journal of Arts In Psychotherapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Recovery Press, writes about applications of improvisation and storytelling for medium.com, and has been interviewed for articles appearing in NBC News, VICE, Bustle, LI Pulse, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, LA Times, Women’s Day and many others.

Tina Bakehouse, MA is an executive communication coach, who develops and facilitates a wide-range of creative communication workshops for educators, managers, and other professionals in the Omaha-metro area, specializing in storytelling for professionals from diverse fields, including health care, business and not-for-profits. For 10 years, she taught at Creighton University Communication Studies Department, as spoken at TEDx and conferences throughout the midwest and performed in storytelling shows in Iowa and New York. Find out more at www.tinabakehouse.com

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