2010 Psychotherapy NetworkerLives In Progress
 e-newsletter published by Lifestage    March 2010
 
 
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I had learned as an actor at THE COMMITTEE the idea of doing in order to discover. It was an ass backwards approach that worked beautifully. Give yourself a task and discover the idea in retrospect. In other words, instead of executing an idea, execute and find out the idea."  Gary Austin,"The Greatest Groundling Scene
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2010
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2010 Psychotherapy Networker
 
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Sat Mar 20, 2010 11 a.m. -3 p.m. 
 Improvisation is the art of making the most out of everything that is offered. Practicing improv trains us to be more open, joyful, generous and inventive.
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   THE HEALING FORCE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
        by Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP
2010 Psychotherapy Networker
    A fantastic, food-centered fund-raiser I attended at Chelsea Piers last fall - the annual "A Second Helping of Life" event for SHARE, a not-for-profit organization that provides free support services for women with breast and ovarian cancer - turned into a mini-reunion with some remarkable women I was privileged to work with at Gracie Square Hospital in the 1980's. Reconnecting with this group to celebrate and champion our colleague and dear friend Kathy Hynes-Kadish, a metastatic breast cancer survivor and SHARE volunteer, combined with the "right-over-there" celebrity-sightings and nonstop samplings of some of New York's best food and drink made the evening a trifecta of good energy that was almost too much of a good thing. (When I spotted Judy Gold with a tray of canapés and called out her name 3 times as if she were an old college buddy I knew the wine-tasting portion of the evening was over for me.)

Kathy has been living with metastatic breast cancer since 1999, presently shows "no evidence of disease" and knows first-hand the experience of "Living With Uncertainty" - the name of a peer support group she facilitates for SHARE. "I was a participant in a support group for women with metastatic disease for about 5 years," she explains, "and it was the one place where I could talk to people who truly understood what I was going through because they had been through the experience. All sorts of women from every profession and walk of life were in the group -this disease knows no boundaries. They knew exactly what it was like to face the unknown and I learned so much from these women. You're getting
the emotional truth in a group like this, and that is a great healing force." READ MORE

                  NICK'S PICKS                                   Some ideas for making what's good in life even better 

 nick photoby Nicholas Wolff, LCSW, BCD, TEP - psychodrama trainer, educator and practitioner, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
 

In the days and months following the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, immersed in my role as a lead trauma counselor on a team working with survivors and family members of the missing, I felt the stirrings of change within myself that continues to this day. Tragedy feels darker, acts of kindness more transcendent. A heightened sensitivity to the effects of disaster on victims and the healers who rush to their side when things are at their worst are with me always now. An article by a physician doing relief work in Haiti after the recent earthquate published in last week's New England Journal of Medicine resonates to this and adds a haunting reminder of the humanizing power of music:

"After the January 12 earthquake, I traveled with a national disaster team from the Department of Health and Human Servicesto Haiti, where we set up a mobile tent hospital on the sitesof a devastated school and a nearby adolescent clinic. My 2-weekdeployment was marked by sensory overload. There was the hotsun, the humidity, and the swirling mosquitoes. The air wasfull of dust and smoke from burning bodies and burning tires.The smell of diesel fuel from our generator was mixed with thoseof decomposition, garbage, and unwashed bodies. The sound ofwomen and children weeping in sorrow and pain joined the noiseof roosters crowing from 4 in the morning until noon, the droneof the generator, and the throb of rescue helicopters. But at dusk, voices of the earthquake survivors rose in gospel song from the tent city next to our camp and seemed to weave a tapestryof solace."Annekathryn Goodman, M.D. "Ministry of Touch - Reflections on Disaster Work after the Haitian Earthquake" New England Journal of Medicine, March 3, 2010  

 

Improv is a work-out for the brain, a creativity-and-spontaneity generator and one of the best ways to spend an evening, either as a participant or an audience member. This article sheds some light on why skill-building activities that are hard (like improv and music, among other things) make us happier. I like it when research catches up to what artists, creatives and non-comformists already know. "No Pain, No Gain: Mastering A Skill Makes Us Stressed In The Moment, Happy Long Term"
       
Artistic New Directions is a not-for-profit laboratory for development of creative work - improv, stand-up, plays and other projects - with the support of first-class faculty. Learn about ANYTHING GOES on Wednesday nights for works-in-progress, their classes, workshops, retreats and more at  artisticnewdirections.org.
 

The Pit People's Improv Theater in NYC has drop-in improv ($20/session), economically-priced classes for everyone from beginners to sketch-writers for Saturday Night Live, and shows for $8. Check out their shows and class schedule at http://www.thepit-nyc.com/

 

 

Lifestage provides workshops, groups, and training seminars focused on creativity and the healing process, holistic approaches to personal health and well-being, and the intersection of individual and society
 
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things we should know
 
the rule of yes

With the rule of yes, we call upon our capacity to envision, to create new and positive

images. This yes invites us to find out what is right about the situation, what is good

about the offer, what is worthy in the proposal. Exercising the yes muscle builds

optimism. However, we sensibly understand that the practice of affirmation is not a

guarantee of outcomes. Saying yes to life will not banish problems or promise eternal

success. A positive perspective is a constructive one, however, and it is easier on those

around us. Patricia Ryan Madsen, Don't Prepare, Just Show Up (Bell Tower Books 2005)

the rule of listening

"Improvisation is an important aspect of patient-physician communication. The medical encounter, like most encounters involving communication, is typically unscripted and constructed "in the moment."Although physicians often follow biomedical patterns of inquiry,a patient-centered care ideal calls for adjustments to and departures from these patterns in response to concerns and perspectives voiced by the patient.In other words, physicians often need to improvise when they encounter patients' unique illness narratives. Improvisation guides a physician's process of making moment-to-moment communicative decisions (eg, what to say next, how to structure particular questions, which threads to follow, when to interrupt and when to letthe patient keep going." Jazz and the 'Art' of Medicine: Improvisation in the Medical Encounter" Annals of Family Medicine, March/April 2007  

 

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