Integrating therapeutic humor into psychotherapy is more than simply using humor with clients. This presentation will explore how and why integrating humor into clinical practice can be effective as well as assist clinicians to use humor with clinical awareness. Participants will learn a model of clinical humor that provides a foundation for the use of humor in psychotherapy and discover how humor (when purposely chosen as a clinical intervention) can be used as a relationship enhancing intervention, as well as a diagnostic and treatment tool.
Cloé Madanes (2009) Strategic Therapy with a Couple demonstrates with a young couple who is conflicted about holiday celebrations and vacations. The husband has wounds from his past that resonate with family holidays. He also wants to be more a part of his wife “inner circle” with her son from a previous marriage and vacations challenge him in this area. Madanes uses humor, insight and emotional connection to guide the couple to an accepting compromise.
In this video, Dr. Milton Erickson describes sexual development — from infancy to adulthood, with a focus on male sexual maturation. As Erickson’s describes sexual development, the viewer feels as if they are going through the process as well. Erickson also includes humorous anecdotes of his children as they grew into adults. At the end of the video Dr. Jeffrey Zeig comments on Erickson’s fascinating teaching methods and communication techniques.
This workshop will cover a broad range of problems presented by couples - from the most common to the most difficult, including such issues as violence and difficulties with money. The strategies presented will range from simple straightforward directives to paradoxical techniques and the use of humor.
EP09 Dialogue 16 – Humor in Therapy – Cloe Madanes, Lic. Psic and Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
Educational Objective: Given a topic, to describe the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
Because of the weight of clients difficulties, the employment of lighter areas of experience is often indicated, both for cathartic relief as well as for providing closure. The session will focus on joy, humor, tenderness.
I will present some views on my own development as a gestalt therapist, showing through demonstrations and discussion how simple human engagement-softness, humor, focused attention and respect for the ordinary-can, in concert with techniques, generate profound personal experience.