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The Use of Humor in Therapy

The Use of Humor in Therapy

The Use of Humor in Therapy

Dr Louis Franzini PhD
Dr Louis Franzini PhD

$49.00 $ 49.00 $ 49.00

$49.00 $ 49.00 $ 49.00

$ 49.00 $ 49.00 $ 49.00
$ 49.00 $ 49.00 $ 49.00
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Launch date: 01 Sep 2016
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Last updated: 21 Dec 2018

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Should therapists and counselors use humor as a therapeutic technique? If so, should they be formally trained in those procedures before their implementation? This course will review the risks and benefits of using humor in therapy and the relevant historical controversies of this proposal. The paucity of rigorous empirical research on the effectiveness of this form of clinical intervention is exceeded only by the absence of any training for those practitioners interested in applying humor techniques. In this course a representative sample of its many advocates' recommendations to incorporate humor in the practice of psychological therapies is reviewed. Therapeutic humor is defined, the role of therapists' personal qualities is discussed, and possible reasons for the profession's past resistance to promoting humor in therapy are described. Research perspectives for the evaluation of humor training are presented with illustrative examples of important empirical questions still needing to be answered.


Objective 1:
To define therapeutic humor.
Objective 2:
To list at least 7 specific benefits of using humor in therapy.
Objective 3:
To list at least 5 specific risks of using humor in therapy.
Objective 4:
To identify at least 3 pressing research needs regarding humor in therapy.
Objective 5:
To name at least 4 scientific problematic issues with much of the past and current research on humor in therapy.
Objective 6:
To name at least 3 major training issues regarding humor in therapy.
Dr Louis Franzini PhD

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Dr Louis Franzini PhD

Louis R. Franzini, PhD, received his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toledo, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavior Modification at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University). Following the postdoctoral program, Dr. Franzini joined the Psychology Department at San Diego State University where he spent his entire academic career. He retired as Emeritus Professor of Psychology. His international academic experience included a number of appointments as Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Dr. Franzini is licensed as a psychologist in Florida and in California.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Association of Social Work Boards
  • 2.00 Units -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • 2.00 Units
  • American Psychotherapy Association (APA)
  • 2.00 Units

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