Research Based and Trauma Informed:
Make Improv Your Own uses the One Rule Improv approach which has been use for over two decades in trauma informed environments and has been validated in a recently published study.
DeMichele, M., & Kuenneke, S. (2021). Short-form, comedy improv affects the functional connectivity in the brain of adolescents with complex developmental trauma as measured by qEEG: A single group pilot study. NeuroRegulation, 8(1), 2±13. https://doi.org/10.15540/nr.8.1.2
Reduce Turnover, Incidents, and Improve Student/Client Outcomes:
This research based approach, helps move your clients/students and staff from whatever mental/neurobiological state they are in to one where they are better able to engage in healthy interpersonal relationships, treatment and education.
Creative a supportive and positive culture when you use improv to facilitate discussions when meeting with employees, student, clients and families.
Save on Resources:
The practice of improv requires no equipment or materials. It can be implemented anywhere with small (two or more) or large groups, virtually or in person. And in residential settings, it can be done in the unit/home with the population.
Ideal Learning Interface:
Provide your staff with a training experience designed so they achieve a sense of ownership of this impactful tool. Designed specifically to simulate live training and enhance comprehension with video, exercises and downloadable tools, each Module is designed with respect to learning styles and structured to promote mastery of a specific skill set each week.
Monitor Progress & Record Training Hours:
Monitor your teams progress with timely reports. Log their training hours with Certificates of Completion.
Accessible anytime on any web-enabled device to accommodate individual schedules.
Mary is featured in the documentary, Act Social- Using YES AND to Save the World from Within, starring Collin Mochrie of the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway. There she discusses her work and research with teens with developmental trauma. This ground breaking study, Short-Form, Comedy Improv Affects the Functional Connectivity in the Brain of Adolescents with Complex Developmental Trauma, published by the Journal of NeuroRegulation, reveals the positive neurobiological impact of improv.
Will my staff really be able to learn improv?
Absolutely. The One Rule Improv approach, as it simplifies the process of learning and teaching improv, makes improv accessible to the beginner, whether they may be outgoing or introverted. It is carefully designed, so that each module is built off the one before, allowing you time to experience and apply what you learn before moving on to the next.
How long is the course? Is it manageable?
This course was designed with working professionals in mind. Each module is designed so you have the time to learn, practice and begin to apply how to learn, teach and apply improv each week before moving on to the next module. Each module presents new information in a single, focused, and concise video about the length of a Ted Talk (15-20 min). Exercises and Activities that will help you practice and apply that Module’s focus can be done in just a couple of minutes at a time, when your schedule allows throughout that week.
I am worried that when doing improv, a person might be emotionally triggered/upset.
There are many improvisational games and activities that utilize situational role-playing activities, are not framed by the rule of “Yes, and…” or don’t feature collaboration as a central theme. These are the types of activities that may trigger someone emotionally.
In contrast, this program uses collaborative short-form improv games framed by “Yes, and…” which are inherently collaborative and thus helps individuals achieve a more neurologically balanced state. Players move into a better mental state, are focused on the present and are highly unlikely to be emotionally triggered by the structure of the games.
How does enrollment work?
When you enroll in Make Improv Your Own you will receive immediate access to the course. An email providing you direction on how to set up your password and account.
What else will I need to purchase after I sign up?
Absolutely nothing. Everything you need will be provided.
If I have other questions, how do I ask them?
You can send us an email at [email protected] and someone from our team will be in contact within 24 hours.
Are there other resources available?
Yes. The Improv Video Library will be available with a membership after the completion of the Make Improv Your Own Online Course. This resources includes improv games presented in video format and supported with written resources that follow the One Rule Improv approach.