Humour is Serious Business: using humour to engage students and promote health and well-being

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
‘Humour is Serious Business’ (HiSB) is a proven 6-day training programme that demonstrates the power of humour as a medium for engaging students whilst taking participants on an intense learning journey, a process that also offers participants tools that they can replicate with their students.
‘Humour is Serious Business’ works on what’s known as the ‘H-Factor Model, i.e., ‘Heart, Head and Hand’ model of practice. The Heart refers to developing the caring side of a participant’s nature, the Head refers to being able to better understand and analyse the use of humour whilst the Hand focuses on the application of skills.

Learning outcomes:

  • increase their knowledge of various humour-related tools and techniques
  • increase their knowledge of the many different types of humour (we work from a list of more than 30)
  • learn how to use humour in their work (or other) settings by taking into consideration a number of factors including target group, context, environment, the type of humour to be used, how to apply the humour including confidence, tone, communication, message and deli
  • understand much better how culture impacts upon humour, cultural differences in the types of humour that exist and also cultural differences across countries
  • better understand their own humour, how they use it, it’s strengths and weaknesses
  • develop greater self-awareness including sensitivity, care and foresight and being better able to manage decision-making and exercising self-control
  • increase their confidence of their capacity for and ability to develop their resourcefulness in humour
  • develop a stronger ‘grasp’ of how they can use humour in their work setting and/or through follow-up activities with other participants by introducing ideas to the Action Planning phase of the training programme.

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : Minimum of conversational English
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Teachers with a classroom remit for both children and/or young students.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 24
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 06.03.2022 - 13.03.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 10.04.2022 - 17.04.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 09.10.2022 - 16.10.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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