'PRESCRIBING HUMOR IN HEALTH CARE: AND I AIN’T KIDDIN!'

October – November 2011

Course description

Prescribing humor

Dates

5 October

12 October

19 October

26 October

2 November

16 November

23 November

30 November

 

Venue

Mater Dei Hospital, Malta

Registration

 

€100

     

Completion of the course will enhance participant’s ability to:

n      Understand the experience of humor and the experience of laughter
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      Identify the three core therapeutic impacts of humor
n      Distinguish between the physical, emotional, and cognitive benefits of humor
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      Understand the different types of laughter and the impact of humor
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      Attempt using the 8-Step Humor Development Training Program
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      Understand the universal triggers of a humorous experience
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      Outline the philosophical literature on humor throughout history
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      Understand the development of humor in children
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      Describe linguistic humor and language play:  Irony, Paradox, Parody and, Satire
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      Understand the therapeutic use of humor
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      Distinguish between fact & fiction related to physiological benefits of humor
n      Identify appropriate and inappropriate targets of humor
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      Enhance development of sense of humor, to increase one’s ‘humor quotient’
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      Identify how humor can be used as a treatment tool
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      Understand how to develop and expand one’s humor interventions
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      Integrate a model of therapeutic humor at work.

About the speaker

Dr JOSEPH G. AGIUS, M.Sc. (Dublin), Ed.D. (Sheffield), is a registered Speech Language Pathologist with special interest in fluency disorders and humour research. He holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College, University of Dublin and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sheffield. As partner expert nominated by the University of Malta, Dr. Agius collaborates with experts from eight European Universities on the development and delivery of the ‘European Clinical Specialization Course in Fluency Disorders’. He has an extensive background in training, lecturing, evaluation, facilitation and programme management. Dr. Agius has experience working with diverse populations around Europe helping to develop skills in communication, leadership and public speaking, and conflict management. He is Senior Principal of the Speech Language Department and employed by the Health Division, Government of Malta. Dr. Agius is reviewer for the Journal of Fluency Disorders and lectures at the University of Malta on ‘Fluency Disorders’, ‘Language and Psychiatry’ and ‘Creativity, Humour and Communication’. He is member on the Board of Studies of the Communication Therapy Division, University of Malta.  Dr. Agius has been a state-appointed family mediator since the very inception of the Family Court in 2003 and Civil and Commercial Mediator in 2008.

 

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