The Panic / Anxiety Recovery Center (PARC) &
GET OUT THERE. GET STRONGER. GET BETTER.
8-WEEK IMPROV CLASS:
MAY 1ST to JUNE 19TH 2015
6:00PM - 8:30PM
AT THE SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER
8-WEEK TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP:
MAY 6TH to JUNE 24TH
6:30PM - 8:30PM
AT THE PARC OFFICE
6-WEEK IMPROV CLASS:
FRIDAYS, MAY 1ST @ 4:30PM (at The Second City)
6-WEEK TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP:
TBA (at PARC office)
| ABOUT IMPROV for ANXIETY |
You're not alone. It is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Yet, only a third or less get the right treatment. The vast majority either do nothing, or everything they try produces limited results. The “Improv for Anxiety” program may be the program and the time to begin the healing. See if the Improv for Anxiety class is right for you. Learn about the benefits of Improvisation.
This innovative class combines ensemble-based Improv with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The class is designed to help people with mild to moderate social anxiety and/or fear of public speaking overcome their symptoms and avoidance in social, school, work and family settings.
While "Improv for Anxiety" was developed for people with social anxiety disorder, individuals with other anxiety disorders like OCD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety and depression have completed the program and are welcome. Feel free to call Mark Pfeffer with any questions regarding eligibility and/or registration.
Mark Pfeffer, Director at Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center, is a Second City graduate himself, spending a year in their A-E Improvisation Training Program.
“If you always do what you've always done,
you'll always get what you've always gotten.”
| REGISTER NOW |
All new participants begin their journey in LEVEL A Improv class.
The assessment of your history and strengths will help customize the program to achieve your goals and vision - one size does not fit all. During the evaluation and planning session, you will meet with Mark Pfeffer M.S., Director of PARC and decide the services that work for you.
| INDIVIDUAL THERAPY |
Although the “Improv for Anxiety” is primarily a group experience, we recommend all participants be followed by a CBT therapist individually. Participants who see a therapist are more likely to do the work necessary to achieve their goals.
| SECOND CITY CHICAGO IMPROV CLASSES | 8 SESSIONS |
The purpose of this innovative, eight-week class is to provide an interactive opportunity for people with social anxiety disorders to use “improvisation” as part of their recovery.
What Is Improvisation?
Improvisation is an art form. It is a life-long journey of exploration and discovery. Although it is not something you ever master, its riches are constantly being unfolded as a reward for committing to and preserving with the art form. And most importantly, it is a fun way of traveling on the journey to self-actualization and feeling comfortable in one's own skin.
Improvisation sets up a safe and fun environment for a person to undergo experiential self-directed learning. This personal growth results in not only being a better improviser in group, but a person can transfer this learning to every area of their life, whether it's personal relationships, professional work or school. Improvisation is the wonderful vehicle for leadership development, whether it's self-leadership or leadership of others, as it imparts crucial life skills that every person needs.
A Second City instructor will facilitate the class. As members of The Second City, you become part of the community and get discounts at shows and events.
PARC staff will lead weekly treatment support group to facilitate the transfer of Improv principles to real-life challenges.
NOTE: After the initial A-level Improv class, you can advance to B-level training all the way up to E. Sometimes the “ensemble” stays together or joins other classes. Additional classes at Second City are optional and must registered separately.
| PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL TREATMENT GROUP | 8 SESSIONS |
Improv for Anxiety is neither easy, nor for everyone. The approach is helpful for those who tend to procrastinate or who jump into self-help books, yet neglect to “own” a program. We use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that focuses on helping people change their maladaptive thinking and behavior.
Motivation, accountability, and support are critical components of program success. Everyone in the group has anxiety, which makes for an ideal setting for sharing, practice, and support.
Participate in the process of learning by doing with others - that's the way humans learn to be unafraid. Neutralize toxic thinking and develop relaxation responses for a healthy body/mind connection. Create a written plan to face your fear on your terms. Practice strategies to change 'fight-flight-freeze' false alarm responses.
“TAKING IT ON THE ROAD”
Beginning to create a lifestyle that enhances recovery is one of the primary purposes of the class. Pushing for potential is never easy, especially when fear is in your way. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “I must do the things I think I cannot do.”
Proving to your brain that you can do those things is a giant step for recovery. Over time, risk-taking exposures increase confidence and support lifestyle change. This earned confidence helps achieve goals in the areas of employment, relationships, and education that may have been previously unattainable.
| IMPROV FOR ANXIETY FEE SUMMARY |
|Total Program Cost - Adults||$750.00|
Assessment for Program Services
|Improv Class @ Second City
8 Sessions, 2.5 hours each - Adults
|Support Group @ PARC
8 Sessions, 2 hours each - Adults
There will be a $3 per session rental charge for the use of the community rooms.
The support group portions for Levels A through E can be submitted to PPO insurance plans. PARC will provide the proper receipts.
FIRST-TIMERS AND PARC GRADUATES ARE WELCOME!
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|Non-Improv for Anxiety Optional Services @ PARC|
|Individual Sessions (30 minutes)||$85|
|Individual Sessions (60 minutes)||$165|
|Non-Improv support groups||$75|
| NOTES |
Next step: Schedule a mini phone consultation with Mark Pfeffer, Director of the Panic / Anxiety Recovery Center at no charge. Space is limited - Reserve yours now!
Phone: (312) 543-4793 / (312) 642-7952