During this interactive workshop, participants complete activities and exercises designed to increase their practice of therapeutic and healthy humor in the workplace. Exploration of the positive physical, emotional and healing effects of humor on patients will be covered. We will also discuss how scientific research is being used to inform current professional theories and models about humor. Participants will be given an opportunity to inventory their own sense of humor and humor practice. Active engagement in group exercises and role plays will allow participants to develop an action plan to include therapeutic humor practice in their own workplaces. Demonstrated strategies for infusing healthy humor in their personal and or professional practice will be included as well.
At the end of this program participants will be able to:
1. Define healthy therapeutic humor.
2. Discuss the history of humor.
3. Explain the beneficial physical and emotional effects of humor.
4. List 3 current scientific theories or models used in humor research.
5. Inventory their practice of humor.
6. Cite examples of how applied humor can impact health and healing personally and in the workplace.
7. Describe a plan for increasing humor in their workplace and demonstrate strategies for infusing healthy humor into their personal and/or professional practice.
CNAs, RNs and other healthcare professionals