ERIC Number: EJ857783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Humor: A Therapeutic Intervention for Child Counseling
Berg, Rachelle G.; Parr, Gerald; Bradley, Loretta J.; Berry, Jeremy J.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v4 n3 p225-236 2009
Counselors utilize many strategies, techniques, and tools when building a therapeutic alliance or addressing children's issues. Due to the serious nature of discussing problems or perhaps because of the fear of seeming insensitive, counselors often overlook humor as a means to enhance therapy. Whether deliberate or spontaneous, humor can add creativity and insight to counseling sessions. Humor is a valuable therapeutic adjunct in making assessments, forming a therapeutic bond, helping children develop social skills, encouraging catharsis, addressing resistance, reframing maladaptive beliefs, and replacing rigid, self-absorbed perspectives. This article discusses several types and examples of humor and uses case studies to illustrate interventions.
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Humor, Therapy, Counseling Effectiveness, Children, Child Health, Mental Health, Case Studies, Counselor Client Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Group Counseling
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