Improv theater involves a group of performers on stage without a script, interacting spontaneously, listening and responding to one another. When it goes well, something entertaining, brilliant and cathartic happens.
Group therapy involves a group of people sitting in a circle with a trained group leader, also without a script, interacting spontaneously, listening and responding to one another as they try to put their thoughts and feelings into words. When it goes well, members have an experience that is healing and deeply meaningful.
Obviously, there’s a lot in common here. Improv and group share a commitment to in-the-moment connection, emotional communication, and all the risks and vulnerabilities inherent in authentic relationship. Many of the skills that can make improv a powerful art form (focusing on the present moment, listening, validating others, give-and-take, working with whatever’s been started, and a willingness to take risks….), also can make process group a powerful healing modality.
So this year, the CGPS Fall Workshop welcomes Decoder Ring Improv, a triangle-based troupe whose members have been enlightening and entertaining us since 2008, to an exploration of the tools, techniques and attitudes that promote and encourage in-the-moment authentic interaction.
Throughout the weekend, attendees will experience and participate in improv performances, learn improv skills, and play improv games, and then have an opportunity to apply these skills in small experiential process groups. It’ll be fun, entertaining, and informative, and—who knows!—maybe personally and professionally meaningful as well!