Integrating Humor into Psychotherapy: Theory, Rationale & Research
Credits: 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce you to the “serious” nature of humor in the psychotherapeutic relationship. You will learn the essence of humor as a stimulus and how it activates physical, emotional, and cognitive changes in clients.
Course Level: Intermediate
Course by: Steven M. Sultanoff, PhD
Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D. is a psychologist, professional speaker and trainer, professor, and consultant. He has offered more than 300 live continuing education and training workshops as well as creating multi-media, online programs in a wide range of topics including cognitive behavioral therapy, clinical supervision, emotional intelligence, and his unusual specialty area of integrating humor into psychotherapy. Click here to learn more about Dr. Steven Sultanoff.
Course Delivery: Audio/Video, Self-Paced
This course is designed to introduce you to the “serious” nature of humor in the psychotherapeutic relationship. You will learn the essence of humor as a stimulus and how it activates physical, emotional, and cognitive changes in clients. You will discover the therapeutic impact of humor, its potency as a healthful intervention, the theory and rationale for its application in psychotherapy, and how it enhances communication and strengthens the therapeutic alliance.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the universal triggers of a humorous experience
2. Understand the rationale and underpinnings for using humor in therapeutic relationships
3. Identify the three core therapeutic impacts of humor
4. Identify the multiple therapeutic benefits of humor
5. Integrate a model of therapeutic humor with a fundamental model of health and wellness intervention
6. Differentiate between the experience of humor and the experience of laughter
7. Distinguish between the physical, emotional, and cognitive benefits of humor
8. Understand how humor relieves cognitive and emotional distress
9. Understand how humor memories can be used for therapeutic purposes
10. Identify fact and fiction related to the physiological benefits of humor