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Saturday, August 10 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Non-verbal Strategies Enhance Relationships More Than You Think

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As a component of Applied Improvisation, non-verbal communication has universal applications. To be effective non-verbal communicators, we need to allow ourselves to rethink our conventional patterns of communication and behavior, take mild risks, learn alternatives, and work on our self-awareness. Often, non-verbal communication is underutilized in our emotional (reactive), communication (verbal), and cognitive (thinking) problem solving. Yet, learning more non-verbal communication strategies can provide better balance in our personal development. For example, parents and teachers tend to talk too much when problem solving and when in stressful situations with children and adolescents. Often, adults miss numerous opportunities to be more effective, have more fun, and prevent power struggles and behavior problems by talking less and replacing or supporting their words with non-verbals. This workshop helps participants gain awareness of their difficulties with non-verbal communication and examines its many dimensions – space, time, movement, visual, sensory-based activities, and props – everything that is part of improvisation, that we can develop in ourselves to become better communicators.  Participants will learn techniques from positive behavior shaping and Structured Teaching, and they will gain knowledge from evidence-based resources about improving interaction by enhancing non-verbal skills. They will examine and practice applications for parenting, interpersonal relationships, and work relationships. This will include strategies for creating more inclusive opportunities for individuals and groups – young and old – who may be overlooked, under-valued, or misunderstood when their communication is different from ours or more limited.


Catherine Faith Kappenberg, PhD., LCSW

Catherine Faith Kappenberg, PhD., LCSW has been a college professor, administrator, psychotherapist, and special education consultant for over 30 years. She is co-founder of Westbrook Preparatory School, Resource Specialist at Long Island University’s Family and Community Engagement... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
The Wang Center - Room 101