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4 Mar 2023 | Dare we Laugh with Clients? | Zoom online | 2pm – 5pm

There is much written about jokes and their relationship to the unconscious; humour as a defence, avoidance, collusion and more.

What happens if you find yourself amused by a client and can’t help smiling?

Do you ever dare make a joke? How about using humour and therapeutic provocation as a specifically selected approach to activate change?

Developed from the work of Frank Farrelly in the 1970s, this CPD workshop will introduce the key concepts, principles and protocols around using humour within the therapeutic encounter. We shall look at therapeutic objectives and identify the various different strategies to activate change. We shall learn how to choose the right approach and work with this safely for the benefit of our clients.


This workshop will be jointly facilitated by Dr. Brian Kaplan – author and provocative therapist and Hephzibah Kaplan, art psychotherapist, supervisor and director of London Art Therapy Centre. For more information see

Next Workshop

Date: 4 Mar 2023 details
Time: 2pm – 5pm UK-time
Fee:  £75 (or £120 if you enrol In both “Dare we Laugh Online Workshops.)

Where:  Zoom

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