I offer CEU accredited classes for therapists, health professionals and others.


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Improvisation for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals

Alva Ackley and Rebecca Stockley, Facilitators

Playful improvisational warm-ups and games artfully enhance psychosocial growth, improve adaptability and support the integration of neural networks.  This class will provide techniques to increase awareness of body language and improve client outcomes.  This is an interactive and experiential course where we’ll explore the principles of improvisation--the power of saying “yes,” embracing "mistakes," and responding spontaneously--to evoke compassion and spark learning. The playful, contagious fun and life affirming laughter experienced by students of improvisation give additional value to this course.  Maximum of 10 participants.

Course meets the qualifications for 10 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists and BRN for  nurses provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this  program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the  program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS).  


If our openness is more than just a hope, a sentiment, a word, certain conditions must be met. The first of these we would call mutuality or trust. True playing will produce trust. – Viola Spolin


Contact Alva to schedule an individualized presentation for your group:

The Power of Creative Play

Tap into the power of the creative mind with social connection, mindful awareness and improvisational play. Improvisational techniques are currently being used with a number of therapy models— from the post-modern to the cognitive and behavioral approaches. These practices are used to reduce anxiety, to boost resilience and to enhance receptivity to change. Improvisational warm-ups and games bring attention into the now and provide the opportunity to venture into the unknown, to collaboratively create stories and to play. When done regularly, these practices can have profound positive effects upon our own lives and neurobiology as well as upon our clients.

Join us for a playdate! This interactive, experiential program will lead participants in a sampling of improvisational warm-ups and games. None of our activities will be strenuous. We will have a short time for participants to share their experience of the activities and to explore how these and similar practices might enhance therapeutic work. We can enjoy the magic of spontaneous connection with our colleagues while we bring more confidence, vitality and joy into our lives!  


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" This was one of the most fun and innovative CEUs I've attended.  It helped me learn creative ways of developing interventions for clients."    -John Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC
"An excellent presentation & exercises of creative play; I greatly appreciated the experience & the handouts.  I felt more energized and joyful as Alva proceeded.  Great for connecting and engaging."    -Seminar Participant
"Really a fine experience and extraordinary learning experience!  AND just down right fun!"      -Scott Nelson, Ph.D., LMFT
"I have been using the knowledge and skills learned in the workshop in my workshops. The exercises have been a huge hit and they have been amazing at helping the group bond, connect on a deeper level and mostly to help them shift states between sections. I look forward to the next class and the wonderful people I will meet there."
Merle Yost, LMFT, Making Sense of People Workshops
"Enjoying the weekend, learning applications of improv to health care with Alva Ackley and Rebecca Stockley.  Thank you, angels of insight! -Workshop Participant Registered Nurse
"Thanks Rebecca and Alva for creating such a safe, fun space to learn and create.  You are a great team and I had a blast!"– Kari Knutson-Bradac, LCSW; Co-Owner of Trillium Counseling and Consulting, Olympia WA.
"That was MAGIC!!! Beautiful, inspiring, playful, transformative, improvisational :).  Thank you for the wonderful gift, Alva Ackley and Rebecca Stockley!"    – Mindy Creson, MSW; Interim Life Enrichment Director, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, San Francisco Bay Area, CA.