Humor in the serious realm of psychotherapy? In this lively presentation, filled with anecdotes and clinical illustrations, we will explore the rationale for and practical application of the conscious and purposeful use of humor in psychotherapy. Humor can create change in the central aspects of human experience—cognitions, emotions, behaviors, and physiology. We will explore how humor can be a powerful tool to build the relationship, diagnose, and treat, and we will differentiate between empathic and hostile styles of humor.
Explain the link between humor and feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and biochemistry.
Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and therapeutic humor-ist. As a professional speaker, he has presented his unique perspective on therapeutic humor to national, state, and local conferences, as well as, to numerous organizations and corporations. His programs are a blend of valuable information presented through cartoons, jokes, anecdotes, props, quotes, and experiences which illustrate how humor changes our feeling, thinking, behavior, and even our biochemistry in order to help us lead healthier and happier lives. He is the Past President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
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