Uniting arts and healthcare to improve communication since 2008
Partners That Heal teams are trained in 250+ proven improvisation intervention techniques
Partners That Heal fundamentally believes improvisation is a universal tool that should be used to support those who are at their most vulnerable. Partners That Heal has developed 250+ proven improvisation interventions that improve communication and rapport between individuals and their caregivers. Partners That Heal techniques can also help strengthen care staff resiliency. Partners That Heal is exclusive programming, developed by The Phoenix Theatre Company through more than a decade of direct service to more than 70,000 patients.
Being a Partner: What it means to me
This is my twelfth year as a member of Partners That Heal; twelve years made up of hundreds of thousands of moments spent with children and their families. Some of my favorite moments are the times we’ve walked into a room having been told that a child is depressed or has a flat affect due to a recent diagnosis, loss, or procedure and by the time we leave their room, they are smiling and laughing. Our main goal, however, is not necessarily to make them smile or laugh (though that happens most every time), it is to engage their imagination and remind them how to be a kid again.