Improv games and exercises are immediate, in-the-moment experiences that give rise to something new. They are fun and fulfilling ways to “break set” with mental habits, explore “what if” thinking, and tap our potential for thinking in new ways. Research shows that improv expands creative thinking, boosts well-being, and strengthens the resilience we need to explore possibilities and cope with stress. This talk will demonstrate improv exercises that galvanize creative energy and discuss how we can apply these experiences to dealing with change and psychological expansion.   Improvisation exercises are grounded in a principle called “yes…and” which provides a readiness to step into the present moment, accept what we find there and to respond to it.  Join us as we explore ‘improv wisdom’ as we step into 2022! 

Jude Treder-Wolff

Jude Treder-Wolff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Certified Practitioner of Applied Improvisation, and creative arts therapist, with 30 years experience as a clinician and trainer working in the field of mental health, addiction and wellness. She is also a writer/performer, singer, storyteller creative arts psychotherapist and improviser who speaks and presents on topics related to creativity, creative/experiential methods, storytelling and Applied Improvisation in the process of learning and change for individuals, organizations, and communities. She is host/creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS, an improv game wrapped in a storytelling show, and creator of the solo musical storytelling show “This Isn’t Helping.” Find out more at and