Session 6: Quieting the Ego via Behavioral Improvisation
Self-preoccupation is rampant and even glorified in American society, where disorders linked to excessive self-focus have increased dramatically in recent decades. Empirical evidence suggests that egoic focus is a central source of personal and interpersonal distress. In response, scholars have begun to investigate traits and states that mitigate this over-emphasis on the self. Research has identified several characteristics of these so-called hypo-egoic phenomena: Present-centered awareness, an experiential focus, concrete self-conceptualization, and lessened attention to evaluation by others. These processes have been linked to mindfulness, flow, spontaneous self-regulation, empathy, compassion, and altruistic behavior. The leaders of this workshop will invite participants to explore a series of simple improvisational exercises as a means of promoting hypo-egoic experience. After an overview of current research and theory, the bulk of the week is devoted to engaging in and discussing these exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Brief traditional mindfulness practice will be included.
Monday Overview and definitions; Spiritual vs. secular practices; Mindfulness vs. meditation; Research on phenomenological, behavioral, and neuropsychological effects; Meditation for anxiety, depression, and PTSD; Principles of behavioral improvisation; Warm-up exercises
Tuesday Behavioral Improvisation I
Wednesday Behavioral Improvisation II
Thursday Behavioral Improvisation III
Friday Summary and conclusions; Wrap-up exercises
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) Define self, hypo-egoic phenomena, and compare how hypo- and hyper-egoic processes differ from each other
(2) Analyze links between hyper-egoicism and disorders such as depression, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety
(3) Assess hypo-egoic aspects of mindfulness, forgiveness, empathy, and mysticism
(4) Discuss how behavioral improvisation can be utilized hypo-egoically
Frederick Heide, PhD, is Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, where he has won both the Master Teacher and Teacher of the Year Awards. Dr. Heide received the Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy for his work on relaxation-induced anxiety. Dr. Heide is also co-founder of and performer with Door County’s Northern Sky Theater, which was the 2012 recipient of the WI Governor’s Award for Arts, Culture, and Heritage. He studied acting and created several shows with Paul Sills, founding director of Chicago’s Second City Theater.
Lee Becker began improvising over 30 years ago with ComedySportz while attending UW-Madison. He helped found ComedySportz NYC, and also worked with the group in Milwaukee, running workshops in all three locations. He is a core member of Northern Sky Theater where he is a performer, musician, and playwright. Lee was a founding member of Door Shakespeare and has also performed and written for First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee.
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The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
APA Credit for Psychologists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.
This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
- 15.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 15.00 APAAPA credit.
- 15.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.
Registration prior to May 17, 2019 = $565 after May 17, 2019 = $615.00
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Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.
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