Now retired from private practice, psychologist Wilson, age 75, is an internationally recognized authority on applied and therapeutic humor and laughter,having won the Golden Laughter Award from the French School of Laughter as well as the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic humor.
The stellar 15-point therapeutic laughter curriculumCapitalizes on evidence for the healing and strengthening properties of the psychology of humor, the science of laughter, and the experience of mirth. It is backed by a cadre of eminent scientists, researchers, and practitioners. According to Wilson, the substantive curriculum and highly enjoyable workshop has earned several distinctions.“It is the only course of its kind,” he says proudly, “to be incorporated into college level coursework, and the only course of its kind to have earned approval as continuing education of Nurses, Social Workers, Activity Professional, and Case managers.”
Humor, laughter, and mirth have remarkable benefits of human beings for repair of health and prevention of illness. “In addition to being the most cost-effective stress-reduction therapy eve discovered,” says Wilson, “laughter therapy promotes values and attitudes for harmonious living and peace. Far from being trivial or juvenile, laughter holds benefits for people at every age.” He points out that this is especially important for the millions of baby-boomers who are living longer and in need of specialized senior services more than any previous generation.
Wilson cites reports of benefits with the aging population, but also in schools and workplaces, and in special unusual circumstance such as disabled veterans, acquired brain injury, and bereavement. He says empathically, “We need to get the whole world laughing!”
Included with the tuition, following the workshop, attendees participate in a full year of online follow-up coaching and consulting.