Clinical Practice, EBP & Research, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, Mental Health, OTalk, Professionalism

#OTalk 31st January – The Therapeutic use of humour

This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “The therapeutic use of humour” and will be hosted by Alice Hortop (@LaughingOT).

My name is Alice Hortop and I am a Senior Occupational Therapy Lecture at The University of the West of England. I’ve been studying humour, laughter and smiling with their therapeutic applications for nearly two decades both in theory and practice. I won an award for the 6 week laughter workshop I developed for initially use in adult mental health services, however since then it has been widely adapted. I am a proud laughter anorak and addict! Further I do occasional stand up, publish/present a fair bit and initiated the ‘Humour4OT’ group within the OT4OT face book suite of specialist sub groups. In the session I will be happy to go in the direction of the people engaging in the tweets as I am happy to talk about the evidence base, my experience, potential applications, cautions and the use of theory to generate great occupational therapy interventions e.g. occupational therapy models.

People often quote Mary Poppins when they begin to talk about the therapeutic use of humour, “just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down”. For me though I prefer Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory, (careful googling this), the Gene Wilder version, obviously! It goes:

“Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three…

Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination,

Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination…

We’ll begin with a spin, travelling in the world of my creation,

what we’ll see will defy explanation…

If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it, anything you want to, do it.

Wanta change the world? There’s nothing to it!

There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination,

living there you’ll be free if you truly wish to be…”

Humour therapy isn’t as simple as covering something unpleasant in glucose and hoping it’ll stick and that everyone has the same sweet tooth. It requires deep thought on the complexities of the use of humour, careful consideration of its application using creativity and imagination with a fair amount of courage in your conviction.

I really look forward to meeting you in the twittersphere, I am a tweeting novice so please go easy on me!

Keep smiling, Alice.

Post Chat

Online Transcript

The Numbers

1,630,952 Impressions
608 Tweets
62 Participants
486 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants



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