October 3, 2020

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PT) 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 (ET) Check in begins at 8:45 am PT | 11:45 am ET 

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This is in an online event held via Zoom. 


Ingrid Ingerson
Director of Continuing Education and
Community Partnerships 

Email: iingerson@antioch.edu

 Therapeutic Uses of Improvisation 

and Improvised Storytelling (6 CE Credits) 


Course Description

This 6 CE credit workshop will ground participants in the process of integrating creative arts therapies into their professional settings. Whether treating clients online or on-site, active strategies promise innovative options. Participants will gain a new perspective on the use of play and particularly on improvisation and improvised storytelling as therapeutic tools that embody, express, reflect, and witness.

Who should Attend?

Designed for clinicians who want to add to their toolbox using improv and embodied movement. This workshop is appropriate for licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed social workers, and psychologists. 

Course Objectives

Engagement by Doing

1. Participants will demonstrate their increase in confidence and proficiency by engaging in scaffolded activities that will fulfill therapeutic purposes. 

Expanding Repertoire

2. Participants will demonstrate an openness to play and respectful interaction with others in warm-ups.

Deciphering Social Cues 

3. Participants will prepare effective encounter skills in identifying both verbal and nonverbal cues in themselves and others.

Social Interactions

4. Participants will apply skills in using social cues as they demonstrate the utility of improvisation’s “yes, and” in navigating the broader life contexts of interpersonal interactions.

Pretending for Real

5. Participants will demonstrate their ability to decipher social cues and create effective interpersonal communication as improvised role-taking is applied to rehearsal of new behaviors. 

Discussion and Reflection

6. Participants will demonstrate their learning through reflecting on and assessing the utility of improvisation and active strategies in their clinical and classroom settings. This is done through group discussion and noting specific ways to integrate what they are learning. 

Course Information

6 CE credits available to licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed social workers, and psychologists. Late arrivals or early departures will NOT receive CE credits. 

October 3, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT | 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET
Onlline sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. PT | 11:45 a.m. ET 

Workshop Fee:
Register before September 19 - $150.00 | Register after September 19 - $180.00

AUS Alumni: 
Register before September 19 - $120.00 | Register after September 19 - $150.00

AUS Clinical Staff, Faculty, and Clinical Students:
Register before September 19 - $90.00 | Register after September 19 - $120.00

About Our Presenters   

Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT/BCT (pictured left), is an educator, improviser, and drama therapist. She is author of the book, ImaginACTION: Activities that Allow Students to Get Up on Their Feet and Move!, a guide to using drama in classrooms and other settings.
Bobbi has led communication projects in schools, prisons, and treatment centers and worked with intergenerational groups in the US and internationally. She values improvisational skills and believes that having a clear understanding of the utility of imagination will promote a committed pursuit of its potential.


Vida Vasaitis, MA LMHC, is an Antioch University Seattle graduate with a specialization in Drama Therapy.  She is an experienced mental health professional with acting and improvisation experience. 


Course Requirements

All participants are expected to attend the full course in order to receive credit. Participants are required to sign in online at the beginning and conclusion of the course and participate fully in the Q&A, directly following the learning activities. 

Continuing Education Credits

Workshops offered by Antioch University Seattle are recognized as continuing education activities under the rules adopted by the Washington State Examining Board of Psychology ( WAC 246-924-240) and the Licensed Counselors Advisory Committee (WAC 246-809-620).

Outside of Washington State - CE credit policy can vary from state to state. Participants licensed outside of Washington state should check with their state licensing board and/or professional affiliation boards to determine if this workshop qualifies for CE credit. 

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellations and requests to withdraw from the course received in writing by noon (12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) on September 20 will be eligible for a full refund. Requests made by noon (12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) on September 30, 2020 are eligible for a partial refund totaling $50 USD. Requests made after September 30, 2020 are not eligible for a refund or any portion of a refund.

Cancellation and refund requests should be made in writing to Ingrid Ingerson, Director of Continuing Education and Community Partnerships, Antioch University Seattle: iingerson@antioch.edu.