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History of Social Theatre
Growing up going to Music, Arts, and Drama camp, I loved taking the clowning workshop every summer. It was really a great experience just being able to be free and express yourself through play with others!
As a school social worker, I began a clown troupe that wrote their own plays about social skills and prevention issues. Our clown troupe evolved into a comedy troupe, and we began incorporating Social Thinking® concepts. Bringing the idea of Social Theatre to Colleen Hanson, the owner of CORE Connection Counseling in Lisle, IL, she allowed me to begin theatre groups to practice and teach social skills in the clinical setting.
What Sessions Look Like
Social Theatre occurs in a group therapy setting, where participants learn about social skills through script writing and improvisational theatre activities. Participants are taken through a collaborative writing process at the speed they are comfortable, then eventually perform their own skits in the community. Scripts are written about social fails and how to correct the situations. Their skits include strategies utilizing social emotional concepts from Social Thinking®, Assertiveness Training, Skillstreaming, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Actual sessions are 45-50 minutes with a parent briefing afterwards. The parent briefing includes a discussion of the activities, the rationale and teaching behind the activities, as well as an optional weekly family assignment. Moreover, during this time, we also brainstorm and plan outings where the participants can perform.
Because this is group therapy, CORE Connection Counseling accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. We also can submit billing for other insurance companies as a courtesy, but payment is due at time of service. For more information, see our website, CORE Connection Counseling.
Included in this blog…….
This blog contains some of the scripts we have written, improvisational games, and activities that teach and allow others to practice social skills. Feel free to use the ideas and plays written in my blog! Our ideas are meant to be shared. However, please give credit to Shawn Amador and the Social Theatre groups out of CORE Connection.
If Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® concepts are utilized, please give her credit as well.