Carrie Lobman comments on Improvisational Learning.org on Sunday’s New York Times feature, Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World , which tells the story of Justin Canha, a young artist diagnosed with autism at age three, who was helped to find his talents and place in the world using a community-based instruction approach. Notes Lobm
Institute faculty, Mary Fridley, attended one of the many events around the city that commemorated 9-11. This one was hosted by NPR’s Krista Tippett and entitled, “Who Do We Want to Become? Remembering Forward Ten Years After.” Panelists included The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg , author Pankaj Mishra (Temptations of the
The All Stars Project’s VP for Education Initiatives, Bonny Gildin, is in the third week of a new 14-week course she’s teaching at Montclair State University called “Innovations in After School Learning Environments.” On October 26, she will present to students at a conference on campus sponsored by the Family and Child Stud
2007-8 International Class alumnus, Miguel E. Cortés Vazquez, will present on his work at the Fred Newman Center for Social Therapy in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, at a conference on Community Praxis in Tijuana in October. The title of his presentation is La Terapia Social en Juárez: el Proceso Colectivo de Actuar la Resilecia. In addition, there will be
Social Therapy Group staff therapist, Bronx Community College and Institute faculty, Rafael Mendez, Ph.D., will be a featured speaker at the First International Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychology: Cross Cultural and Islamic Approach conference at the Islamic Azad University in Shiraz, Iran. The conference, which will honor Soviet developm
Performance of a Lifetime CEO, Cathy Rose Salit, will be a featured presenter at the Creativity in Business conference, planned for October 23, in Washington, D.C. Cathy’s talk is entitled: Performance of a Lifetime: Improvisation and Theater for Professional and Personal Growth. The conference is organized by Michelle James, CEO of the Ce
Carrie Lobman comments on a recent National Public Radio report, Improv for Alzheimer’s: A Sense of Accomplishment, which looks at an innovative research partnership between Chicago’s Northwestern Hospital and the Looking Glass Theatre. Can improv comedy improve the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s? What could be more fun or joyful f
Programs Coordinator Melissa Meyer organized a “farewell” evening-out at the Castillo Theatre for six interns who’ve been working with the Institute over recent months — producing events, conducting social media outreach, observing social therapy groups, attending study groups and performing presentations on some of what the
Institute and Social Therapy Group staff and volunteers joined Dr. Lenora Fulani at Harlem Week on Sunday. The team signed up 200 people interested in development and developing. Just down the block on 135th Street was the All Stars Project‘s Castillo Theatre booth, offering even more opportunities to perform and grow.
Applications for the 20-week, Social Therapeutics Online Certificate Program led by ESI faculty, Lois Holzman, Carrie Lobman and Christine Helm, are being accepted through November 20th. Find out more here. “Among the topics….human development and group creativity; the enhancement of sociality and engagement of alienation;
Carrie Lobman and Cathy L. Stewart welcomed about a dozen participants (author included) to their photography workshop to play with how we look at the world around us. They showed us shots taken by great photographers and deconstructed what worked well. Then they turned us loose and asked us to peer into some unusual places, play with visual ironie
The Social Therapy Group‘s, Community Therapist blog features a new piece by medical director Hugh Polk, M.D., writing on his experiences in doing therapy with men and the emotional prison that many live in…. Men are socialized in our culture to keep their feelings hidden. It is considered unmanly in our culture for men to express emoti
The Relational Medicine Foundation, founded by UCLA heart transplant cardiologist, Mario Deng, and his wife Dr. Frederica Raia, hosted an evening at Playwrights Horizons featuring two plays inspired by actual stories of patients who had undergone heart transplant surgery. The Catherine Wheel by Craig Lucas and Night Float by Lila Feinberg (both dir
Institute faculty, Susan Massad, M.D., comments on David J. Bearison‘s, When Treatment Fails: How medicine cares for dying children. Bearison has a great deal of insight into how messy and non-rule governed end-of-life decisions are….I couldn’t agree more with him that the reality of the end-of-life decision making process is nonl
Carrie Lobman posts a response to a recent New York Times oped — This is Your Brain on Summer, authored by Jeff Smink of the National Summer Learning Association, who bemoans the learning loss of elementary school students over summer vacation. An advocate of play- and performance-based learning, Carrie offers another take….