New Zealand was lucky to have a visit from John-Paul Bell talking about humour as a therapy.
Humour Therapy- is it directed at “quality of life, saving money, more jokes - fewer drugs”? The answer, all of these and more.
This is real therapy (there is an improvement in the subject’s state) that has been validated by research. There is a moving video report about this research from the University of New South Wales.
We found this all rather heartening because we are aiming at the same effects with very similar methods in drama therapy. We have also observed similar ‘dose effects’ with engagement increase with each session of a programme and slow tail off of effect afterwards.