Webinar: Communicating with Compassion and Clarity During the Tensions of Change

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Webinar: Communicating with Compassion and Clarity During the Tensions of Change


This training was recorded live and is available as a webinar.

As agents of change in peoples’ lives, we know that charge has a ripple effect. A shift in one area of life can generate a need for conversations about it in so many others. These conversations can be so uncomfortable, it can seem easier to avoid them, but that leads to further tension that can have real and lasting impact on relationships. We can help clients prepare for these tensions through direct experiences that tap into what Carl Jung called the “play instinct” that increases the capacity to think and act in new ways that are adaptable to new situations and navigate difficult dynamics with emotional intelligence, kindness and creativity.

Improv is one of the most effective ways to lean into and explore the tensions of change because it directly engages with them. Applied Improvisation is the use of the communication and thinking skills that improvisers use to create together in situations of great tension and uncertainty. The exercises and games improvisers use to tell stories in real time together without a plan or script are next-level tools for finding common ground even when there are differing points of view or conflicting interests.

This training will be experiential, informative and grounded in research showing the practical effectiveness of improv exercises for empowering the change process and applications to work with clients and trainees.


Tina Bakehouse, MA is an executive communication coach, who develops and facilitates a wide-range of creative communication workshops for educators, managers, and other professionals in the Omaha-metro area, specializing in storytelling for professionals from diverse fields, including health care, business and not-for-profits. For 10 years, she taught at Creighton University Communication Studies Department, as spoken at TEDx and conferences throughout the midwest and performed in storytelling shows in Iowa and New York.

Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP. CPAI has 30 years experience in clinical practice, is President of Lifestage, Inc, a training company specializing in creative approaches to personal and professional development, which is a NYS-approved provider of Continuing Education for Social Workers. She has studied improvisation continuously for the past 15 years, having completed the The Magnet Theater Training Program and The Peoples Improv Theater Training Program and in classes with improv teachers around the country. As chair of the 2019 Applied Improv Network World Conference in partnership with the Alan Alda Center For Communicating Science, she coordinated with her team to produce a 4-day meeting of professionals from around the world exploring the theme “Communicating Over Barriers And Boundaries.” She is published in the International Journal of Arts In Psychotherapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Recovery Press, writes about applications of improvisation and storytelling for medium.com, and has been interviewed for articles appearing in NBC News, VICE, Bustle, LI Pulse, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, LA Times, Women’s Day and many others.