How We Work
Whether the audience is filled with social workers, nurses or psychiatrists, our goal is always the same. Make a meaningful difference in the professional life of each participant. Here’s how we do it: 

PRE-EVENT: Long before the first word of play dialogue is even spoken, we begin a dialogue with the sponsoring organization to determine the needs of the audience’s profession or discipline.  

We then utilize our distinctive knowhow and flexibility to customize the post-play workshop so that it will effectively relate the issues and dilemmas raised in the play to those specific needs of the audience.  

PERFORMANCE: Right before our professional actors begin to capture the imaginations of the audience with their dramatic reading of the play, we encourage the professionals in the audience to venture into a dimension that allows them to utilize their creativity as we explore the human condition. 

We suggest that they allow themselves to witness and slow their processing down so they can capture the subtleties of the ethical dilemmas and issues that will show up in the play. And finally, we tell them to just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. 

WORKSHOP: As fellow, working mental health care professionals, our talented workshop leaders are able to mix their peer-group understanding with our audience-customized workshops. This results in an electrically-charged learning environment that is as vibrant and challenging as it is supportive. 

POST-EVENT: At the end of the day, we want every audience member to walk out with more than just a CEU certificate. We want them to feel that they have grown as professionals, more energized and inspired than when they first walked in.   

And most of all, we want them to feel empowered with new tools and knowledge that will enable them to better understand and help the clients they serve. 

CEU CREDITS: For those event attendees seeking to fulfill their CEU requirements, we provide credit hours certified by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work. The number of hours depends on the training components and length of a specific day’s program. 
                                                            
LOGISTICS: Whatever their specific profession or discipline, we make it easy for you to make a meaningful difference in the lives and careers of your constituents:

-We hold the events at your facilities (or one that we organize for you). 
-We offer the option of a half day or full day program (contact us for more details).
-We customize the post-play workshop to fit the needs of your constituents. 
-We provide the play, actors and workshop leader (or we can coordinate with your facilitator).
-We provide CEU certification on the day of your event (if needed).
 

A DRAMATIC OPTION FOR SCHOOLS THAT OFFER DRAMA: For schools that offer both studies in mental health care and in drama, a good way to build excitement and generate more student involvement is to use students as actors in the play’s staged reading. Contact us to learn how we can help you and your school facilitate this.  
                                                           
HOW IT ALL BEGIN: The inspiration for offering staged play readings as a training tool for mental health care professionals occurred after a staged reading of Blake Levinson’s dramatic play “By Reason of Sanity”. Blake was approached by a member of the audience who just happened to be a social worker, as well as an administrator from a local university’s school of social work. He said: 

                        “Compared to all the many CEU lectures I’ve had to sit through, this 
                         play was the first time where I actually listened from start to finish.”
                                                                                              
It was this person’s belief that Blake’s play, complemented by a professionally-led, post-play workshop, would be a powerful alternative to the usual CEU lecture with its typical talking head. Subsequently, we have learned that by being engaged during the actual staged reading, audience members are more open to participating in and benefiting from the follow-up workshop.                             
  
WHO WE ARE
BLAKE LEVINSON is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. His drama By Reason of Sanity was selected for staged readings at Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series and Writer Bloc’s new play festival. In addition, it has been used as a training tool for mental health care professionals by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work, as well as the Department of Human Services & Social Work at College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. His psychological drama 3-Way Mirror had a staged reading as part of Three Cat Productions’ 2014 Festival of New Plays and his play Perverse Mortgage was also performed in a staged reading at Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series. Blake’s ongoing commitment to giving back includes having served as a board member for Cabrini Green Youth & Family Services where he founded and directed The Community-Unity Fest, a 2-day arts and music festival honoring the children and families of Cabrini.

JESSE MUNOZ (MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker has 35-years of social work practice in educational, medical, and mental health settings, as well as 8-years in management of psychiatric/medical facilities and employee assistance programs. He has extensive experience providing services to a diverse population from childhood to the elderly. As a Hispanic fluent in Spanish and English, he has developed a therapeutic use of one’s bicultural and bilingual experiences. Currently, he is Director of Field Education at Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work. He developed this program from the onset of graduate school in 2003. As a Licensed Clinical Social Work Practitioner at the McGrath Clinic in Orland Park, Illinois since 1992, he has focused most of his clinical practice on the monolingual Spanish speaking community.
 
DR. OLIVER WILLIAMS (MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker has served in the behavioral field for over three decades, and has assumed direct service and clinical management teaching, training, consultation, and director level in public and private sector organizations. He is a Registered Dual Disorder Professional, a Substance Abuse Professional, a Reiki master teacher, life enhancement coach, spiritual intuitive, transformational teacher, energy cultivator, visionary leader, and professional entertainer. He holds memberships in the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the Association of Humanistic Psychology, and the National Education and Sports Training Association. We are currently creating content for this section. In order to be able to keep up with our high standards of service, we need a little more time. Please stop by again. Thank you for your interest!