In the Summer of 2017, the Center for Arts in Medicine invited world-renowned theatre group, Chicago’s Second City, facilitated a special two-day training in using improvisation techniques to address mental health conditions. Led by a licensed therapist trained in improvisation, this course engaged mental health clinicians, educators, and theatre facilitators in exercises that highlighted improvisation skills that translate into creating a supportive, creative, open-minded approach to therapy.
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For the past five years, Second City has offered Improv for Anxiety, a class that mixes improvisation and CBT inspired group therapy to assist participants in understanding and managing issues related to social anxiety. Mental health professionals have found that improvisation is an effective tool for breaking the cycle of avoidance and creating a safe space for clients to come face to face with anxiety.
For more information, contact the Center for Arts in Medicine at CAM@arts.ufl.edu or 352.733.0880