It's been said that laughter is the best medicine, and a group of Midwestern University students are finding out just how true that statement can be. Students studying clinical psychology on the Downers Grove Campus learn improvisational theater techniques in order to make them better healthcare professionals upon graduation.
The improv exercises help students learn useful communication techniques and contribute to their development as clinicians by making them better listeners, teaching them how stay in the present moment, and by helping them tune into the nonverbal aspects of a conversation.
As a culmination of their improv studies, the students perform in an annual show. Community members can see the students in action at the Improv Intramurals on Saturday, May 4th on the Downers Grove Campus at 555 31st Ave. Doors open for this free event at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm. A free-will donation will benefit charitable organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Hesed House, and Giant Steps.