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ERIC Number: ED411491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-4
Pages: 23
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Consultation and Positive Responses: Empowering School Psychologists with Healing Humor.
Hook, Anita
The school psychologist is asked to consult and advise in situations involving diverse needs, diverse cultural implications, and diverse choices. In the challenge of counseling, humor can ease tension by promoting rapport, relaxation, and shared insight between the counselor and the client. Humor, it is claimed, not only relieves physical and emotional stress, it also boosts the immune system. Some discussion on the nature of humor is presented here, such as the use of humor in ancient medicine, along with research and practical applications. Specific tips on how school psychologists can use humor are outlined, including ways in which it can be used with special education students. It is not suggested that psychologists must entertain their clients, but that they practice using humor in their personal perspectives. Humor is presented not only as healthful, but as an effective approach which empowers the counselor and alters client perceptions toward the desired consultation outcomes. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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