Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing

Develop your practice and promote mental health and wellbeing through humour and laughter-related therapies and techniques.

Become a laughter, resilience and wellbeing facilitator. Learn how to incorporate humour, laughter therapies and positive psychology into your practice in clinical, educational, and training environments. This online program is suitable for health professionals, therapists, and educators.

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Location Online
Date/s TBC
Time/s TBC
Duration 7½ hours
Registrations close TBC
Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certification Certificate of Participation
Fee/s Standard price: $383.90 inc. GST
Group bookings of 5 or more: $345.50 inc. GST
La Trobe staff price: $345.50 inc. GST

Drawing on Ros Ben-Moshe’s rich research expertise and her experience in this emerging field, La Trobe’s Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing short course is the first of its kind in Australia.

In this 7½ hour online program you will explore evidence-based practice and gain techniques to enhance resilience, positivity and wellbeing in patient care, education and other settings. You will also acquire practical skills to become a Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing facilitator in your workplace.

Over 5 x 90 minute Zoom workshops, you’ll:

  • Explore the physiology of laughter and humour and how this positively effects day-to-day personal and professional life
  • Gain insight into the empirical research in humour and non-humour-based laughter therapies as well as Positive Psychology
  • Discover diverse applications of laughter for wellbeing in education, training and clinical settings
  • Learn about the two main non-humour-based laughter therapies: Laughter wellness and Laughter Yoga
  • Develop strategies to cultivate a laughter mindset and how this relates to improved health, resilience, increased happiness and client satisfaction.
  • Complete Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing facilitator training.

The techniques and theory you learn will support your day-to-day practice, enhancing client/staff communication, morale and cohesion, assist in addressing precursors to burnout, whilst promoting positivity, creativity and productivity. Skills gained will enable you to better respond to stress, enhancing personal and organisational resilience.

As a Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing (LRW) facilitator you will be able to deliver laughter and humour-based programs for individuals and groups and develop a LRW strategy to meet the needs of your organisation.

Open to people from varied backgrounds and designed for people working in health and other people-focused areas, this course offers you the chance to enhance your own personal wellbeing. You’ll develop a range of “laugh skills” to integrate into patient care, education and other organisational settings.

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  • The science and neuroscience of laughter, humour and play
  • Basic physiology of humour and non-humour-based laughter therapy – including its effect on psychological, emotional, mental and social health
  • Laughter and Humour for Wellbeing in diverse settings – from paediatric wards (Clown Doctors) to dialysis wards (laughter yoga facilitators), Aged care facilities (Elder Clowns), to refugee camps (Clowns without Borders), the corporate world (Positivity Resilience) and schools (Laughter Wellness).
  • Laughter wellness – a mind-body philosophy that expands beyond physical laughter into new realms, to accentuate positivity and promote overall wellbeing
  • Laughter yoga – its beginnings and growth into a burgeoning world-wide movement to create community and promote world peace
  • Essential “laugh skills” – to integrate into your personal and professional daily practice, including positive reframing with levity and joyful journaling
  • Practical training – to become a Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing facilitator in your workplace.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software)
  3. A sense of humour is recommended although not essential.

Your facilitator

Ros Ben-Moshe is Adjunct lecturer in the School of Public Health and Psychology, La Trobe University, where for many years she lectured in health promotion and public health. She is Director of LaughLife Wellbeing programs and author of “Laughing at cancer – How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness.” She has conducted laughter therapy research in patients receiving dialysis, residents and staff in aged care facilities and tertiary students.

Ros has been published in and appeared widely in Australian media including The Canberra Times.  Radio interviews include RN’s Life Matters about unmasking your smile during a pandemic and Dr Norman Swan’s Health Report on whether laughter is the best medicine. Her laughter research has been published in academic journals. She is a member of the Applied Therapeutic Association of Humor (AATH) and the International Association of Positive Psychology, and a Global Laughter Ambassador and Ambassador for the digital CancerAid app.

Further information

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Organiser's phone: 1300 135 045