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Improv for Therapists is a dynamic course tailored to therapists seeking innovative approaches to enhance their therapeutic skills. Through the principles of improvisational theater, participants will learn to cultivate spontaneity, creativity, and flexibility in therapeutic interactions. This experiential course integrates theory with practical exercises, providing counselors with tools to navigate uncertainty, promote client engagement, and foster authentic connections in the therapeutic process.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to...


  • Understand the foundational principles of improvisational theater and their application to therapeutic practice.

  • Cultivate spontaneity and adaptability to respond effectively to unexpected situations and client needs.

  • Develop active listening skills to fully engage with clients and promote deeper therapeutic connections.

  • Utilize improvisational techniques, such as "yes, and..." and status play, to enhance communication and collaboration in therapy sessions.

  • Explore the role of humor and playfulness in therapeutic interventions and their potential benefits for client rapport and resilience.


These objectives equip therapists with practical tools to enhance their therapeutic repertoire, fostering a more dynamic and responsive approach to client care. Through experiential learning and reflection, participants will gain confidence in their ability to harness the power of improvisation to facilitate growth and healing in their clients.


Center for Creative Arts Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7460. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Creative Arts Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Drama Therapy Course  - 1 Credit Advanced Elective or Creative Drama

Expressive Arts Therapy Course - 1 Credit Advanced Elective

Improv for Therapists (15 CEs)

  • Drama Therapy & Expressive Arts Training: Advanced Elective

    (15 Hours/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, March 22-23, 2025, 9:00AM-5:30PM, at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 2600 Warrenville Rd., Suite 205, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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