Humor in Care
Training in Communication for Health-Care Professionals
Emotional, physical and psychological stress are major accompanying negative factors in serious illness. These can cause fear, resistance, misunderstanding and even aggression. Skill in communicating is one of the most effective ways for health care professionals to build compliance with their patients and clients, put people at ease, create incentive and hope, as well as positively impacting one’s own work-environment and effectiveness.
Forming trust, bridging the gap, alleviating undue discomfort, creating lightness – these are a few of the salient characteristics powerfully attributed to using humor in care. Paradoxically, it is humor that creates that modicum of healthy distance which in turn connects people more quickly and brings them closer together than any other form of contact. It is this innate human resource and sensibility which we intend to validate and strengthen through Humor-Training. “The shortest distance between two people is a smile.”
- Forming trust
- Bridging gaps
- Creating lightness
- Alleviating undue discomfort
These are a few of the salient charachteristics attributed to using humor in care.
For a print-out of my lecture on this topic for the 2018 international Humor Convention in Vienna (go here).
For an english summary of helpful tools and tactics for humor in care (go here).
For my hand-out on Humor-Trainings for healtcare professionals (go here).
Paul Kustermann, Co-Founder of ROTE NASEN Clowns in Hospitals Germany
Clown Coach Trainer Author Teacher & Guide / www.paulkustermann.de/humor-in-care
For more information or booking: sekretariat(a)paulkustermann.de