Jefferson University Hospitals

Healing Through Humor Series

Join us for our monthly sessions of Healing Through Humor. Each month we will learn a new improv skill and explore how this can help us in everyday situations. Laughter sometimes begets the best lessons. Sign on for an hour of play.

Participants are encouraged to leave their judgment and inner critics at the door and reap the benefits of a bit of silliness. As the old adage says "laughter is the best medicine."

October 4: Relationships and Communication (teaching YES AND rule)

Focusing on the cardinal rule of improvisation, “Yes, and…” as an intervention. During this session we’ll explore where collaboration and reflective listening leads, with the goal to foster improved communication skills.

October 11: Trying on New Roles for Size

We will explore trying on different roles or archetypes utilizing character exercises and games,.  We will make note of characters that foster feelings of strength or confidence.

October 18: Storytelling & Letting go

Letting go, making peace with what we can't control. We will focus on group work and storytelling.  Improvisation calls on the ability to release control. By letting go of how one thinks things should go, it makes room for colleagues or caregivers to offer an idea or suggestion.

October 25 : Playing with our Past and Present Selves  

We will explore communicating with our "past selves." What might you communicate if you could go back in time? What have you learned? What ways have you grown? We will also explore ways to visualize our "future selves," tapping into the ways hope can help us think about the road ahead.

November 1: Object Work and Incorporating Strengths

We will re-visit what we have learned and hope to take into our daily lives with us. We will explore ways to keep these lessons with us in our space and heart even after the workshop is done.

November 8: Tying it all together: Circle of Strengths

Our concluding session will focus on what we have taken away and contributed to the ensemble.

Facilitated by: Caroline Rhoads, MSW and Jenna Wasserman, MD Candidate 2024

Registration Instructions:

To register for this event, click here.

For any questions, please contact the Cancer Support and Welcome Center at 215-955-1800 or CancerSupportCenter@Jefferson.edu

Disclaimer: Please read our Zoom Terms of Service for Community Sessions.



Dates Offered:


Monday, October 4, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Topic: Relationships and Communication (teaching YES AND rule)

Delivered via Zoom video link

Monday, October 11, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Topic: Trying on New Roles for Size

Delivered via Zoom video link

Monday, October 18, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Topic: Storytelling & Letting Go

Delivered via Zoom video link

Monday, October 25, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Topic: Playing with our Past and Present Selves

Delivered via Zoom video link

Monday, November 1, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Topic: Object Work and Incorporating Strengths

Delivered via Zoom video link

Monday, November 8, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Topic: Tying it all together: Circle of Strengths

Delivered via Zoom video link