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Humor Matters: Clinical Applications of Humor in Treatment, A CDTC Event
Providence Portland Medical Center - Social Room
Portland, OR
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Humor Matters: Clinical Applications of Humor in Treatment, A CDTC Event
Hosted by Providence Health and Services

Who should attend?
Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Providers, Administrators, program directors, supervisors, counselors, case managers, social workers, interns and probation officers.

NAADAC CEUs are accepted by a majority of credentialing boards.

Goal of Training
Humor in therapy? Integrating therapeutic humor into treatment is more than simply using humor with clients. While most clinicians report utilizing humor within the therapy relationship, few do so with conscious and purposeful intent. This presentation will explore how and why using humor can be effective.

All treatment requires interventions that target feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and/or biochemistry. Each theoretical approach targets one or more of these aspects of human process (humanistic - emotions; behavioral - behaviors; cognitive/RET - thoughts; psychodynamic - thoughts/feelings; and psychopharmacology - biochemistry). Humor activates change in all four of these areas making it a powerful tool for clinical intervention.

Participants will learn a model of clinical humor that provides a foundation for the use of humor in therapy and discover how humor (when purposefully chosen as a clinical intervention) can be used as a relationship enhancing intervention, as well as a diagnostic and treatment tool. Participants will also learn to differentiate empathic versus hostile humor and discover the core therapist qualities essential of the use of therapeutic humor.

Behavioral Objectives
Attendees will be able to:
- Explain the link between humor and feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and biochemistry,
- Express how to consciously and purposefully use humor to build therapeutic relationship, treat, and diagnose,
- Differentiate between therapeutic and non-therapeutic humor,
- Identify moments during therapy where humor might be useful, and
- Address negative client reactions to humor.

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.        Registration ~ Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.The Therapeutic Power of Humor
9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.Defining Moments and The Model of Therapeutic Humor
9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.Integrating Humor into Therapy
10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Intervention Strategies
11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.Expanding your "Comic" Vision
12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.Integration of Humor in Treatment
12:50 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Wrap Up

Dr. Steven Sultanoff, is a psychologist, professor (Pepperdine University), professional speaker, past president of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) and internationally recognized expert on therapeutic humor. He has authored many innovative articles and has written a pioneering chapter on Humor in Psychotherapy. Dr. Sultanoff has appeared on The Morning Show, STARZ, Lifetime, and PBS and is frequently quoted in publications such as Prevention, USA Today, Forbes, etc., and is a AATH "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient. He provides live and online therapeutic humor continuing education, and his web site (humor offers a wealth of information on therapeutic humor.

Course No:01-19 Student $50 *Proof of Enrollment Required
01-19 Member $50 (See Member Agency Listing)
01-19 Non-Member $75
Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

CDTC Member Agencies as of September 2018:
Affinity Counseling, LLC
Cowlitz Tribal Treatment
Crest view Recovery
Lifeline Connections
Providence Health and Services
Recovery Village at Ridgefield
Western Psychological & Counseling Services P.C.

This course has been approved by CDTC as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100385. CDTC is responsible for all aspects of their programing.

This training is approved for 6 contact hours through NAADAC. Those participating in educational programs offered by NAADAC Approved Education Providers are assured that the continuing education (CE) credits provided for each course will be accepted toward national credentialing by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), as well as many of the individual state licensing/certification bodies in the addiction and other helping professionals.

The CDTC Refund/Cancellation Policy: For full refund, cancellation of attendance must be received by the CDTC at least 3 days prior to the event.

Cancellations made in less than 3 days of the event are subject to a $15 handling charge. Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability or unforeseen circumstances. The CDTC will send out an email announcement to the registration contact and provide an update on our website.

If we are aware of bad weather in the area, the CDTC will extend the full refund deadline to include the morning of the training. The CDTC still must receive notice of cancellation of attendance prior to 10 a.m.

Lunch: Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please notify us if vegetarian or gluten free is needed.
Date: Friday, January 18th, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Providence Portland Medical Center - Social Room (View)
4805 NE Glisan St.,
Portland, OR 97213
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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