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CGPS 2019 Fall Workshop

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Connecting in the Moment: Group Process and Improvisational Theater
Presented by CGPS with
Deborah Klinger, LMFT, CEDS and Decoder Ring Improv Comedy Troupe

October 18-19, 2019
Friday: 8:30am-5:15pm
Saturday: 8:30am-5:30pm
ERUUF 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707

October 18-19, 2019

Workshop Presenters:

Deborah Klinger

Deborah Klinger, M.A, LMFT, CEDS-S, is in private practice in Durham, NC. She was originally licensed in California in 1994, obtained her Eating Disorders Specialist certification in 1995 and became licensed in NC in 1996. Deborah has been treating eating disorders since 1990, and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner.


Decoder Ring Improv Comedy Troupe


Program Description:

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!


At the end of the workshop participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Review and describe their increased knowledge of group dynamics and process from participating in the small groups and observing the behavior of the group members, leader, and themselves.
  2. Describe and explain the parallels between improv and group process.
  3. Identify 9 tools of improv that, when applied to group process, can deepen and expand the efficacy of group process and the group therapy experience.
  4. Describe the use of principles of improv to increase awareness of and ability to address their own areas of challenge with respect to group process as both members and leaders.
  5. Discuss the ethical application of the theory and principles of improv to diverse group populations, in appreciation of age, nationality, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and religion.
  6. Describe the use of improv principles, concepts and tools in the understanding of their small group experience.


Friday: 8:30am – 5:15pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 5:305pm

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Continuing Education Credit:

1.2 CEUs and 12.0 Contact Hours credit will be awarded to participants who attend 100% of the program.
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Statement of CEU Credits Available
RENEW Membership

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