The Use of Humor in Counseling and Therapy

Facilitator: Peter Wong

Course Overview

Humor has existed since the beginning of humankind. If used appropriately, humor can enhance the effectiveness of counseling and therapy. We will begin with exploring the basic theories related to humor and its functions in counseling and therapy. Then we will discuss on how to go about using humor, including the types of humor that are appropriate for counseling and therapy. Among other things, we will discuss about ethical and practical issues on the use of humor in counseling and therapy.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be able:

  1. To describe the basic functions of humor in counseling/therapy;
  2. To apply some basic skills in counseling/therapy; and
  3. To identify the types of humor which are inappropriate for counseling/therapy.


Peter Wong is a Registered Counselor with the Board of Counselors, Malaysia. He earned his BA in Sociology from Manhattan College in the Big Apple and his Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from University of Malaya. After his retirement in 2019 as a senior lecturer from University Malaysia Terengganu, Peter continues to work as a child and family therapist. He and his wife live in Malaysia.

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