Lifestage Trainers

Jude Treder-Wolff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Certified Practitioner of Applied Improvisation and creative arts therapist, with 30 years experience as a clinician and trainer working in the field of mental health and addictions for 30 years. She is also a writer/performer, singer, storyteller creative arts psychotherapist and improviser who speaks and presents on topics related to creativity, creative/experiential methods, storytelling and Applied Improvisation in the process of learning and change for individuals, organizations and communities. Her book Possible Futures: Creative Thinking At The Speed Of Life explored the impact of the accelerated pace of change on mental and social health and the role that creativity training plays in navigating 21st century life, and she blogs on Host/creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS - an improv game wrapped in a storytelling show - which started in 2014 and has grown into a regular event on Long Island, in NYC, which also has special performances around the country, including a teen edition she has a new show MASHUP-Stories Into Song created in collaboration with Wells Hanley. Currently she is Chairperson for the 2019 Applied Improvisation Network World Conference which will be held in partnership with the Alan Alda Center For Communicating Science at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY.

Her solo storytelling show This Isn't Helping was selected for the Speak Up! Rise Up! storytelling festival and performed at The Connelly Theater in August 2017, The Tank in NYC, The Performing Arts Studio in Port Jefferson, NY and Whitefire Solo Theater Festival in Sherman Oaks, CA. She is active in the NY storytelling scene, recently featured on RISK! live show and podcast, Talk Therapy, guest monologist for The Armando Diaz Experience, Mortified, Take Two Storytelling, Bady House Storytelling Show, and many others. She speaks and presents on the topics of therapeutic benefits of improvisation and storytelling for organizations and conferences around the country. She is published in the International Journal of Arts & Psychotherapy Special Issue on HIV/AIDS and International Journal of Arts & Psychotherapy Special Issue on Addiction, Music Therapy Perspectives, Psychodrama Network News, as well as numerous websites, and has been interviewed for articles that appeared in local and national publications and websites, including NBC News,, VICE, Long Island Business News, LI Pulse, Newsday, Chicago Tribune,. Chicago Sun-Times, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel, Women's Day, and the New York Daily News. ***

Nicholas Wolff, LCSW, BCD, TEP, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomate, and Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy in full-time private practice, providing individual, group, family and marital therapy. He has conducted training in action methods and group psychotherapy for mental health, education, law enforcement, and business professionals for over 35 years, and currently trains addiction counselors, psychotherapists, mental health counselors and educators in experiential methods and group process at Lifestage, Inc. His professional training seminars have covered a full range of social issues, including small and large group process, social and gender roles in cultural context, family therapy, addiction, racism and trauma. He serves on the Suffolk County Trauma Response Team since 1990, and was the Senior Debriefer when the Response Team worked with survivors of the attack on the World Trade Center, and Senior Counselor in assisting the caregivers involved with survivors and rescue workers. He served as President of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama from 2005-2007 after 10 years on the Executive Council.