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How Humor Helps: Using Therapeutic Humor to Support Clients (webinar)

Humor has long been recognized as a powerful tool in therapy, capable of breaking down barriers, fostering rapport, and promoting healing. This interactive session presented by Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC, NCC, CMHC, CHP delves into the art and science of using therapeutic humor to support clients in their therapeutic journey. Participants will explore the multifaceted benefits of humor in therapy, including its ability to reduce stress, enhance resilience, and facilitate emotional processing. Through case studies, role-playing exercises, and group discussions, attendees will learn practical strategies for incorporating humor into their therapeutic practice in a safe and ethical manner.

Whether you're a seasoned therapist looking to refresh your approach or a new practitioner eager to expand your therapeutic toolkit, this session offers valuable insights and practical techniques for harnessing the power of humor to support your clients on their path to healing and growth. Join us and discover how humor can be a transformative force in the therapeutic process.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to understand the psychological mechanisms behind humor and its therapeutic effects.
  2. Participants will be able to describe how to use humor to establish rapport, foster connection, and create a safe therapeutic environment.
  3. Participants will be able to identify potential challenges and risks associated with using humor in therapy.

About the presenter: 

Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC, NCC, CMHC, CHP is a licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor, 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 15 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 and even served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and in 2021 became a TEDx speaker. When she isn’t laughing, listening, or learning, she is eating oreos or taking pictures of her kids. Her credentials don’t impress her family, but occasionally her corny jokes do make them laugh.


Starts: Mar. 27, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 27, 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
March 27, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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