The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor for Behavioral Health and Medical Professionals


The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this presentation for behavioral health providers in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Norman Cousins was in pain 24 hours per day and doctors predicted that he would die soon. Cousins self-prescribed comedy tapes as his medicine. He discovered that for every 10 minutes he laughed, he had two hours of pain free sleep. He lived 16 years longer than his doctored predicted. This presentation focuses on the therapeutic benefits of humor for mental health and medical professionals and promises to be a fun learning experience.

Learning Objectives

  • How to use humor to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • The use of humor to increase organizational morale.
  • The positive impact of humor on physical and mental health.
  • How humor can reduce stigma.
  • How to use humor to increase rapport with clients and patients.



Mark SandersMark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is the Illinois project manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. Mark is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands. He is the author of 5 books and has had two stories published in the New York Times bestselling book series, Chicken Soup For The Soul. He has lectured at the University of Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago Schools of Social Work.

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