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Containment & Expression:

Customizing Theater Games for Behavior Management

December 5th, 4:30-7pm

630 9th Ave, NYC

Dec 5, 2018 Institute flier (2)

Participants in this fun, interactive workshop will utilize group dynamic understanding and developmental learning principles to learn customization techniques to respond to the emotional and physical energy needs of their groups or classrooms. Participants will walk away with replicable facilitation tools aimed at engagement, social and emotional skill building, and positive group climate building. Hands-on participation and detailed explanation will be used to model real-time adjustments to theater games and activities based on group energy levels, behavior managements needs, and strength-based practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to define the three main types of developmental interactions in group-based settings.
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast at least four interactive activities/games and their appropriate use with groups that need either containing or expressive guidance.
  • Participants will demonstrate understanding of energetic needs assessment within a group through participatory discussion and formulation of activity customization.

The Play’s the Thing!

The Developmental Use of Theater Games

March 14th, 4:30-7:00pm

39 W 19th Street, 5th Floor, NYC

CAT week 2018 Institute flier (3)Participants in this fun, interactive workshop will utilize drama therapy theory, group dynamic understanding, and developmental learning principles, in order to walk away with concrete and replicable facilitation tools aimed at student engagement, social and emotional skill building, and positive classroom/school climate building. Participants will learn empowerment exercises, strength-based vocabulary, and engaging games through fun hands-on participation, detailed explanation, and targeted small group skills practice.

Trauma & Resiliency

February 8th, 4:30-7:30pm

NYC, Times Square Area

Feb 8, 2018 Institute flier

Healthy student development is often hindered when a student has experienced neglect or trauma. The ability to reach students with a trauma-informed understanding is key to establishing a safe and effective learning environment. This workshop will use didactic and active means to explore the  basics of identifying  trauma, core concepts and definitions, and how to foster resilience in adolescents.

Learning Objectives. Participants will:

  • Discuss and identify specific examples of trauma and how they manifest in child and adolescent behavior
  • Define resilience and its role in adapting to life after trauma
  • Explain & experience how fun, play, and resiliency can be utilized in a strengths-based approach to working with adolescents with trauma histories

Behavioral Costumes: Bullying Manifestations*

February 9th, 4:30-7:30pm  &

February 10th, 10:00-4:00pm 

NYC, Times Square Area

*Please note: The following workshop will take place over two days. Content from Day 2 will build on topics explored during Day 1. While each workshop will be self-contained with specific objectives and take-away materials, it is highly recommended that participants attend both sections of the institute.

Feb 9-10, 2018 Institute flier

Behavioral Costumes: Bullying Manifestations (Part 1)

February 9th, 4:30-7:30pm 

NYC, Times Square Area

This didactic and interactive workshop will review the four major types of bullying and the latest research about their impacts on children and adolescents. Participants will explore how to better identify intimidation tactics and their after-effects through observation and caring inquiry. Using ENACT’s unique lens, participants will be introduced to the “Behavioral Costumes” that inform adults about the interplay between bullying and social aggression among adolescents.

Learning Objectives. Participants will:

  • Review the four major types of bullying.
  • Categorize examples of bullying from hypothetical and personal experiences in order to recognize and understand impact
  • Define ENACT’s “Behavioral Costume” and how it informs understanding of bullying and social aggression


Behavioral Costumes: Bullying Manifestations (Part 2)

February 10th, 10:00-4:00pm 

NYC, Times Square Area

In this mainly interactive workshop, participants will dive deeper into ENACT’s understanding of the “Behavioral Costume” and how it explains bullying, social combat and aggressive behavior in children and adolescents. Using this perspective and illustrative guides, participants will learn how to identify, categorize, and alter bullying defenses and manifestations.

Learning Objectives. Participants will:

  • Identify current bullying trends & terms
  • Distinguish aggressive behaviors and the potential underlying causes of behavioral manifestations
  • Dramatize interactions with children and adolescents in order to practice intervention and prevention skills.