Improv Therapy—You Gotta Be Kidding!
I’m thrilled to be presenting “Improv Therapy – You Gotta Be Kidding” on Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00-5:30 pm at the USTJ Training Institute on Addiction Studies in Clearwater, Florida. This is my 28th year on faculty with the USTJ.
Below is description of this fun-filled CE event for mental health providers, nurses and physicians.
Psychotherapists are recognizing the therapeutic benefits in applying life skills from Improv games to personal challenges. Improv Comedy is not about telling jokes or being funny. It is about being in the “here and now,” learning to listen and understanding that there is no “wrong way” to improvise. Everyone constantly needs to improvise when life throws curve balls. Improv Comedy techniques teach how to improvise in life, especially in dealing with daily anxieties. Although this is an experiential workshop, participants are free to observe or join the games.
Caregiver Support through Therapy in the News
Margot Escott was profiled in the Naples Daily News in Florida about the importance of offering a support system for people who take care of loved ones. The newspaper reported that Escott and her husband took care of her father when he was suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
“If I didn’t have the skills of a social worker, I couldn’t have done that, and I think the average person doesn’t have all those skills,” she was quoted saying.
After her father’s death, Escott came to lead the free Naples-based Peer Counseling Program, which is offered by the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. “It offers a place for unpaid caregivers to pull themselves out of this role for an hour a week and touch base with a volunteer counselor in person or over the phone,” the article stated. “The counselors can’t provide respite, but they can help a caregiver find a local organization that does.”
The program assists participants with the guardianship process and other concerns typically associated with caregivers. It is also provides a place to vent frustrations and exchange experiences.
Escott said the greatest need for caregivers is emotional support. “Caregivers are trapped in the home,” she said. “They can’t get out because of their loved ones.”
Escott said accepting help is a key to getting better, but she said for many it is difficult to do. She acknowledged that she and her husband didn’t reach out for counseling while taking care of her father.
“Looking back, I can see how much a peer counselor could have helped me with the myriad of feelings I went through, and perhaps give me advice on how to handle situations as his dementia worsened,” she said.
December 16, 2015
Anti-Bullying Workshop at Mike Davis Elementary School, Naples, Florida
Using improv to teach anti-bullying coping skills at Mike Davis Elementary School. A great group of kids!
October 29, 2015
Improv Comedy – Play for the Health!
Margot Escott, LCSW, has been studying, performing and teaching Improv Comedy for the past several years for healthcare organizations and community groups. Escott has had a private psychotherapy practice in Naples for over 30 years and is known for her workshops on “The Healing Power of Humor & Play.”
The basic rules of Improv Comedy can also be applied to life and the therapeutic process. The most important rule of Improv is to accept what other players give you and to have fun. With the help of other professional Improv Players at this workshop, participants will experience how these concepts can apply to their lives as well. Audience participation not required but suggested.
The workshop will include live Improv Comedy performance and audience participation in “win/win” Improv Games.
Presented in conjunction with:
The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida
2335 Tamiami Trail N
Naples FL 34103
The following are news items that are related to me, my practice, or my profession:
- “Social Work in the Public Eye,” National Association of Social Workers