The Role of Humor in Therapy - 2nd Edition (Live)

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 12-2pm (EDT)


Unlock the healing power of laughter with our course on "The Role of Humor in Therapy." Delve into the therapeutic benefits of humor and discover how it can enhance the therapeutic process. Learn practical strategies for incorporating humor into your therapeutic approach and promoting emotional resilience in clients. Explore the science behind laughter and its positive effects on mental health. Whether you're a seasoned therapist or new to the field, this course offers valuable insights and techniques to elevate your practice. Join us and discover how laughter can be the best medicine in therapy.

Learn and Earn CE credits!

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Time: 12-2pm (EDT)

CEUs: 2

Online via Zoom

Humor can serve as a powerful tool in therapy, fostering connection, relieving tension, and promoting emotional well-being. When used appropriately, humor can create a sense of rapport between therapist and client, helping to establish trust and openness. It can also serve as a coping mechanism, allowing clients to explore difficult emotions in a safe and supportive environment.

In therapy, humor can help to shift perspective, providing clients with a new lens through which to view their challenges. It can break down barriers, making it easier for clients to engage in self-reflection and explore sensitive topics. Additionally, humor has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, leading to improved mood and overall psychological resilience.

By incorporating humor into therapy sessions, therapists can create a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, facilitating deeper exploration and insight. However, it's essential to use humor judiciously and respectfully, taking into account cultural sensitivities and individual preferences. With the right approach, humor can be a valuable therapeutic tool, enhancing the therapeutic process and supporting clients on their journey toward healing and growth.

What will you learn from this seminar

  1. Explore the therapeutic benefits of humor in the counseling process.
  2. Understand the role of humor in building rapport and fostering a therapeutic alliance between therapist and client.
  3. Learn how to integrate humor into therapy sessions effectively and ethically.
  4. Examine different types of humor and their potential applications in various therapeutic contexts.
  5. Discuss strategies for using humor to address sensitive or challenging topics with clients.
  6. Identify potential risks and limitations associated with using humor in therapy and develop strategies for mitigating them.
  7. Enhance clinical skills in using humor as a therapeutic intervention to promote emotional regulation, stress reduction, and resilience.
  8. Foster creativity and spontaneity in therapeutic interactions through the use of humor.
  9. Provide practical tools and techniques for incorporating humor into treatment plans and interventions.
  10. Reflect on personal attitudes and beliefs about humor in therapy and its impact on the therapeutic process.

During this 2-hour seminar, we will guide you through an experiential learning process where you will be learning what it takes to help your clients, and how to implement that in daily practice.

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Who is this for?

This course is for any clinician invested in learning new or honing existing skills to be able to use in dynamic ways to support their patients and clients and to end suffering.


This course is eligible for 2 CEUs for social workers through the NASW National CE Approval Program in 48 states (EXCLUDING: New Jersey and West Virginia).

This course is eligible for 2 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Psychologists in New York State

For more information about CEU approval, please click here.

Format: Live Online Seminar

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 12-2pm (EDT)

Here's what attendees have been saying about SWEET seminars:

"I have had to deal with this topic several times since the beginning of the COVID pandemic and found this material to be helpful. I really like the ability to pause and rewind when I need to go over the material multiple times." - Chauncey, LMSW

"I would recommend this seminar because of its relevant content, the accessible teaching style, and the class engagement." - Anne-Elizabeth, LCSW-R

"This was very helpful and relevant to today and what is happening in our culture. It was professional, yet very engaging and enjoyable." - Danielle, LCSW

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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD, is a Harvard-trained Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, School of Physicians and Surgeons, trained in and taught all major psychotherapeutic modalities, including and not limited to CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is also the author of 11 books including Journey to Empowerment, Discovering Your Worth, The Power of Faith. and, The Art of Living. Dr. Sidor has worked both as a primary care physician and Medical Director in three different settings, including a Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). He is a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute. His 11th book, entitled, NLP for Clinicians is now available to the public.

Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW, is a Columbia-trained Social Worker with wide clinical, teaching, and supervision experience. She also has a background in management, mentorship, and leadership that spans more than 20 years. Her added passion is in advocacy and coaching. She has previously held Executive level positions, and two other directorships in different organizations. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She also maintains a private practice, provides supervision, and clinical and management training. She is also a personal and executive-level coach. She is a main facilitator for the SWEET Institute.

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