The role of humor in psychotherapy: a workshop for therapists

by Edahn Small

Institution: California State University – Northridge
Department: Department of Educational Psychology & Couns
Degree: MS
Year: 2014
Keywords: Healing; Dissertations, Academic  – CSUN  – Education  – Educational Psychology and Counseling  – Marriage and Family Therapy.
Record ID: 2044266
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/121996


The purpose of this thesis project is to create an introductory workshop for psychotherapists who are interested in learning about and incorporating humor into psychotherapy. The curriculum covers a survey of contemporary and classical theories of humor, the ways in which humor can be used to benefit clients, and the ways in which humor can harm clients. It looks at the research and issues surrounding therapist education and training in using humor, and presents specific exercises and examples for therapists to practice using and avoiding humor at different stages of psychotherapy. The workshop is intended to provide a starting point for therapists interested in expanding their understanding of humor and its role and to empower them to take measured risks in therapy for the benefit of their clients.