The use of humour in psychotherapy has been developed and documented by Frank Farrelly of Madison, Wisconsin, in his book published 30 odd years ago entitled PROVOCATIVE THERAPY by Farrelly and Brandsma. Farrelly continues to teach this approach, coming to Europe every year to run workshops. I believe this approach is invaluable in many situations, and the clients certainly learn to laugh at their own predicaments and improve their levels of functioning, together with more insight and understanding. Since attending some workshops, I have become more confident in using humour appropriately with clients, and have begun to document this work on the use of humour in art therapy. There is a day workshop on Provocative Therapy in London on 27 October. Details on website www.provocativetherapy.co.uk
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