Self Study Now Available!

For 14 CEU's and Your Opportunity to Learn

Therapeutic Methods Based on Improv

As we continue to ebb and flow, changing the way we work, and accommodate our clients I am excited to announce a new CAMFT approved 14-hour CEU opportunity for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs, that has the potential to create more flexibility, fluidity, and resilience in both you and your clients.

Introducing The Improv Method, learn therapeutic methods through the use of improv comedy. Led by Social and Emotional Learning Specialist and author of The Brain’s Playground, Maja Watkins, Dr. Ali Arena Ed.D, CCC-SLP, BCBA, and trauma specialist, Nicole Moore, M.A., LMFT. This course provides an overview of therapeutic interventions through the use of improv comedy games used for a variety of clinical settings such as family therapy, individual therapy, group, and classroom intervention.

This interactive workshop will provide you with the opportunity to diversify your therapeutic toolbox and experience how improv facilitates vulnerability and community when working with individuals on the autism spectrum, neurodiverse brains, and when treating anxiety and trauma.

You’ll be thinking on your feet, develop an improviser’s mindset, and learn actual improv games while laughing and having fun!

This is a virtual course and can be completed at your own pace.

This course uses research and activities found in The Brain’s Playground. Link for purchase below:




At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the four competencies of The Improv Method that foster interpersonal relationships, facilitate healing from trauma, and relates to neurodiverse minds.
  2. Identify three games that correlate with your specific therapeutic interventions.
  3. Identify the three core qualities of The Improv Method.

Meet Your Instructors

Maja Watkins

Maja Watkins

Through her work with children in various settings, and her experience growing up with a brother on the autism spectrum, Maja has developed an understanding of how powerful communication is for all people. Maja holds a degree in Child Development, and she is also a graduate of The Second City in Hollywood where she studied improvisation and sketch comedy. Maja works as a Social and Emotional Learning Specialist and creates inclusive opportunities where the curriculum is designed to allow children and young adults to reach their highest potential in whichever way they feel most comfortable.

Ali Arena

Dr. Ali Arena

Dr Ali Arena is passionate about social cognition, language processing, executive functioning, creating meaningful friendships & relationships for my clients. She has dedicated her education and career to finding the best communication patterns and behavior changes required to navigate the ever-changing social world. Ali’s background is unique as she is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Autism, Trauma-Informed Care, Level 1A Social Thinking Practitioner, UCLA Peers, and Neurodiverse Couples Counseling certifications. Lastly, Ali’s Doctorate focus was unique to say the least as it addressed the dating intricacies of those on the Autism Spectrum which lead her to develop unique coaching practices for individuals with social learning differences (including Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle in the social world). She believes that anyone who had trauma in their life can benefit from direct communication intervention to teach how to communicate what they want & need, to communicate boundaries, and learn the different ways your communication style can work for you or against you. Topics included: public speaking, adding try value to the conversation, receiving value, active listening, forming meaningful and lasting relationships.

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who works with families, couples, and adults. She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and depression. Using attachment theory, mindfulness, traditional and alternative modalities (including EMDR) to personalize every treatment plan, she strives to make a genuine connection with each individual to help inform her approach. Additionally, Nicole has an interest in comedy and completed the improv comedy program at Upright Citizens Brigade. While working with Maja through Zip Zap Zop Enrichment which uses improv to teach social and emotional learning (SEL) to children, Nicole experienced the value of the approach as a therapeutic intervention and how it can be applicable in a multitude of clinical settings.

CAMFT Approved Continuation Education Provider 1000038. This course meets the qualifications for 14 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

LA-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs. LA-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign-in/out form and must complete the form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE.

To receive CE certificate: Participants must sign in/sign out, and must complete an evaluation form and pass a quiz upon course completion. *For a Course Schedule, or for anyone requiring accommodations for special needs, please contact Course Organizer.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $25.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Nicole Moore, Course Organizer, at

Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Nicole Moore, Course Organizer, at

Grievances: Program Administrator, Nicole Moore, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at