Hosted by: David Prescott
Guest Speakers: Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC, NCC, CMHC, MATS, CPS, CHP and Lodge McCammon, PhD
Recorded on: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Improve your outlook and reduce harmful stress through humor.
That’s the message of this seriously funny conversation about an applied therapeutic method you can practice every day to improve your wellbeing and the wellness of your clients and others around you.
Research has shown that humor and laughter directly after a stressful situation reduce stress hormones and creates lasting, positive feelings. Muscles relax, breathing changes, and the brain releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and happiness boosters. Having a sense of humor and being quick to laugh can have psychological and physiological benefits.
Frustrated by work? Troubled by feelings of insecurity? Angry at the guy who stole your parking space? Don’t let these frustrations pile up and push you toward burnout. These presenters will teach you how to laugh off difficult times, and as a result turn the negative impacts of stress into the positive biological benefits of humor. You can then use these approaches with your clients.
Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC, NCC, CMHC, MATS, CPS, CHP
Therapist, Trainer, Humorist, Indiana University
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.
Lodge McCammon, PhD
Humorist, Musician, Educator, Speaker, Private Practice
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.