In the continued effort to overcome tragedy produced by hatred, bigotry and ignorance, SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World will take place for the third year in the Greater Kansas City area Tuesday, April 18 through Monday, April 24, 2017. SevenDays® 2017 continues the healing journey following the murders that took the lives of Dr. William Corporon, his grandson Reat Underwood and Teresa LaManno outside of Jewish facilities in April 2014. "The more that we understand about one another, then friendships can form. And when friendships form then there's less room for fear and hate and evil. Through education, we can eliminate fear. When we eliminate fear, we break down barriers of communication. When we communicate, we can make a ripple and change the world." - Mindy Corporon

As part of the ongoing pursuit of these goals, a new activity has been added to this year's SevenDays® schedule of events entitled,

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Join us in a little silliness for mental health! Leap out of your comfort zone for a few hours to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of improvisation -- its Ripple Effect is unending. In addition to getting to know your creative side, improvisation used therapeutically can help develop confidence, self-acceptance and emotional/mental flexibility, as well as the ability to empathize, trust and be comfortable with uncertainty. The main tenets of improvisation-- awareness, acceptance, commitment and “Yes, And…”-- inherently create an environment where participants can feel free to be themselves in a less formal setting than traditional interventions. Realizing your capacity to be playful can enhance your connection to yourself and others.

This hands-on experience, will demonstrate a fun, non-threatening alternative to traditional therapies for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, that are conducive to the, often times, unique emotional needs of young people and can also be effective in a family setting. The workshop will be offered once for youth and later in the day for therapists, school counselors, other behavioral health professionals and any other adult dealing with anxiety issues and/or loss. The program was designed in part by Director, Mark Pfeffer and his colleague, Tom Herman from Improv for Anxiety in Chicago, a joint effort between The Second City improvisation enterprise and The Panic and Anxiety Recovery Center ( PARC). Bart Sumner with Healing Improv will provide the segments focused on grief and loss.

In order to assist prospective participants in understanding the nature and validity of this type of therapy, a clinical article written by Mark Pfeffer, and links to three videos below about the Improv for Anxiety program are included, in addition to the detailed program attachment with testimonials.

Join us on Saturday, April 22 in continuing to make a ripple within ourselves, in our relationships, our community and beyond.

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Click on Events in the upper right
Go to April and scroll down to the 22nd
The youth workshop is at 1:00pm Select here to register
The adult workshop is at 4:45pm Select here to register