Save The Date: 2019 Spring MAGPS Conference



Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, DC

Saturday and Sunday

March 30-31, 2019

Presenter:   Lisa Kays, LICSW, LCSW-C

Play with Me: The Role of Improvisation in Personal Growth, Relationships and Therapy

So much of therapy is helping clients say yes, when their habit is to say no. The principles of improvisation mirror this work, providing a safe space that inspires risk-taking; elicits unforeseen new options; unleashes different ways of being; and, honors fun as a valid aspect of decision-making.

Lisa Kays is a Social worker in Washington, DC,  who has been practicing psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups since 2013. She acquired additional training from the Washington School of Psychotherapy’s ISTDP First Year Program and from Rehearsals for Growth!, which trains psychotherapists in the use of improvisation.

Lisa has studied and performed as an improviser for more than seven years and was on the faculty of the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) from 2008-2017. While at WIT, she developed the theater’s first Improv for Mental Health Professionals class, which received press on NBC4 and in The Washington Post.

In addition to providing improv-informed training and team building for local agencies, companies, and organizations, she offers improv-informed group therapy and Improv for Therapists. She has partnered with Kate Symes to offer “Punching Up” workshops to local improvisers, focusing on the use of improvisation as a tool for empowerment, compassion and bridging cultural, racial, gender, ability-based and other differences that often involve imbalanced power dynamics. During this experiential workshop you’ll experience the exhilaration, liberation and authenticity that improv inspires! Please join us.

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