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Presenter: Linda Thomson, MSN, APRN, ABMH, ABNH
Incorporating Humor and Laughter into the Treatment Relationship
Rapport is the single most important variable in the success of hypnosis. Incorporating humor and laughter
into the relationship can have a beneficial effect on the therapeutic alliance between clinician and patient.
Humor therapy promotes spontaneous therapeutic patient laughter. Laughter has positive, quantifiable
effects on certain aspects of health. Scientific research has shown that laughter may have both preventive
and therapeutic value both physiologically and psychologically. This workshop will include a discussion of the
theories of the function of humor and the benefits of laughter. The beneficence of mirth in our own self-care
will also be addressed. Participatory laughter will be encouraged.