How Humor Can Lead to More Effective Therapeutic Outcomes

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2023
Time: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training and CE certificate: $100.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, NBCC Counseling, ASWB Social Work

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.


This workshop will show how professionals can effectively use humor to deepen therapeutic engagement and participation in treatment. It has long been established that having a sense of humor and being quick to laugh can have both psychological and physiological benefits. A 2021 study found that humor can be used to build solidarity within groups.

In this training, the presenters will review the science underlying humor and offer specific processes for implementing humor in treatment programs, including those in criminal justice settings. They will cover the use of humorous techniques, such as punchlines, the “comedy of complaints,” and apparent contradictions. Along the way, they will address how best to situate humor in difficult contexts and review professional boundaries and considerations to ensure that humor is indeed therapeutic and produces psychological safety. While the training doesn’t aim to make participants funnier people, it will help them find those moments when laughter with clients can help strengthen group cohesion.  

Topics to be covered include:
1) Empirical findings about the use of humor.
2) Methods of practicing humor.
3) Psychological safety and community.
4) Risks and benefits of humor.
5) Bringing jokes to life.

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Describe the empirical support for using humor in psychotherapy.
2) Analyze clients’ specific frustrations and ambivalences.
3) Apply laughter as a technique to reduce stress in difficult situations.
4) Create images that illustrate humorous narratives.
5) Utilize complaints in the construction of humorous responses.
6) Utilize humor to strengthen psychological safety and build community.

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $100. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

How Humor Can Lead to More Effective Therapeutic Outcomes has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4074.

How Humor Can Lead to More Effective Therapeutic Outcomes, #4557, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC. as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/02/2022 – 11/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155
Info@ContinuingExcellence.com
www.ContinuingExcellence.com


Lodge McCammon, PhD
Therapeutic Humorist and International Education Consultant

Dr. Lodge McCammon is a therapeutic humorist, instructional designer, author, musician, and international education consultant who provides professional services, including keynote speeches, workshops, curriculum development, and a variety of training programs. He works with school districts, universities, nonprofits, and businesses (e.g., Palm Beach Schools, University of the West Indies, Discovery Education, Microsoft, Amazon). Most recently, Lodge facilitated a month of therapeutic humor for the Nourished Teachers Community, which is a Facebook-funded initiative focused on helping educators cope with work stress and avoid burnout. He uses a program that he designed called “Laugh It Off!” to help his clients transform their daily frustrations into humor.


Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC
Licensed mental health counselor, an internationally certified prevention specialist, motivational interviewing trainer and a certified humor professional, Prevention Insights, School of Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington
Mallori DeSalle is a licensed mental health counselor, an internationally certified prevention specialist, motivational interviewing trainer and a certified humor professional. As a speaker and trainer, she has sparked curiosity in both the young and young-at-heart. Her passion for creating a lasting impact led her to the public health field and for the past 14 years she has worked at Prevention Insights, a center within the School of Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington. Mallori works with people all over the world. She served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and in 2021 became a TEDx speaker. Her credentials don’t impress her family, but occasionally her corny jokes do make them laugh.


Additional Information

Audience
This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
Intermediate

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