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Theater for Therapists

  • Amie Roe, LCSW 345 7th Avenue, Suite 1601 New York, NY 10001 (map)

Theater for Therapists

This is a workshop for clinicians exploring the use of theater skills in psychotherapeutic practice. The New York State Education Department has approved this workshop for 2.0 contact hours (CEUs) for NYS licensed LCATs, LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs.


Improvisational (“improv”) theater is rooted in collaboration and spontaneity. Improv training is perhaps best known for the many comedy superstars it has produced, including Tina Fey, Alan Arkin, Gilda Radner, and Joan Rivers. However, improv and improvised theater games have also been used widely as a tool for learning and leadership development. In fact, most of the improv games and techniques that are used today were first developed by a social worker in the 1920s. In this workshop, participants will be led in improv theater exercises in order to enhance their use of self as psychotherapists. Exercises will reinforce whole body listening skills, the spirit of collaborative work, as well as bring greater awareness to the use of our physical bodies in psychotherapy practice. Participants will engage in theater exercises in pairs or as a group. These exercises will be followed by discussion, in which participants share and process their experience in the exercises, as well as reflect on their connection to the practice of psychotherapy. 


Participants will

  • Learn theater exercises that promote physical self-awareness in order to enhance use of self in psychotherapy practice

  • Be able to approach conversation with another person in a way that affirms both their own perspective as well as the perspective of the other person

  • Become more attentive to non-verbal communication

  • Focus on verbal communication other than content being discussed, such as tone of voice


Amie Roe, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed postgraduate training at the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI). Amie has performed, taught, and directed improv comedy since 2007. As a performer, she has toured extensively, appearing on stage in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Chicago, Providence, Richmond, Austin, Seattle, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. Amie taught, directed, and produced improv at the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) and currently performs at the Magnet Theater in New York City. 


Magnet Theater Training Center, 22 W. 32nd Street, 10th Floor, New York City


Saturday, November 18, 2017. 3:00pm-5:00pm




To enroll in this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

*Please note: No on-site registration. Advance registration is required, as space is limited.
Refund Policy: 2 weeks prior to the workshop: 100% refund. 1 week prior to the event: 50% refund.


The New York State Education Department has approved this workshop for 2.0 contact hours (CEUs) for NYS licensed LCATs, LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs. Please allow 10 days for processing certificates of participation.

To enroll in this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

Later Event: November 3
Theater for Therapists