BT12 Short Course 28 Humor Matters Clinical Application of Humor in Psychotherapy Steve Sultanoff, PhD
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.
- Express how to consciously and purposefully use humor to build therapeutic relationship, treat, and diagnose.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*