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Program Name: Laughter Bridges Leader Certification Training
Year the Program was Started: 2008
Public Contact Person: Grace Karen Sweet
Address: 3700 Dean Drive #801
Ventura, CA 93003
Telephone #: 805-876-6367
Email Address: grace@averagemiracles.org
Website URL: www.averagemiracles.org
Program Category: Advocacy, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Mobile/Transitional
Annual Program Budget: None
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 1-2
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: The Vision and Primary Goal of the Laughter Bridges Leader Certification Program is to uplift and cultivate inspiration among the people who work in the Mental Health System. Training as Group Leaders and One-on-One Coaches in Laughter is offered to Mental Health Care Givers and Workers on all levels, as well as stakeholders and volunteers. A certificate as a “Laughter Yoga Leader” is awarded upon completion of the training. Another prime goal is to further the applicable use of therapeutic laughter in the Mental Health System, both for the overall effect it has on the cultivation of good humor with the health care facility, and for the ultimate recovery of the clients. As a result of Laughter Bridges Leader Certification Training, Laughter is now being used in the System as direct intervention, individually and in groups by graduates of the program who are now Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders. Laughter work transforms attitudes and enlivens people. It is also used to promote the highest morale of mental health care staff. Another result of such intervention is clients’ ultimately receive more conscientious care. Employee retention has been shown to increase and absenteeism decreases as a result of the practice or laughter, because of the reduction in stress in the workplace, which over time creates resilence.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: A U.S. Laughter Study on unconditional laughter and workplace efficacy was published in the 2007 Journal for Primary Prevention. The Summary of the study as well as the Author's Full Text are available at www.averagemiracles.org/laughterphenomenon The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com/home/main.mpx
Program Mission Statement: The public awareness of alternative methods of healing is growing broader and wider every year. Laughter Yoga therapy is one of the most effective ways to create well-being, especially for recovery from mental illness. The Average Miracles Foundation's mission is to cultivate risibility within the mental health system, through offering the practical experience of this and other alternative methods of healing as a practical, valuable and effective means to create health and well-being on all levels. Our further intention is to cultivate continued awareness of progressive thought in connection with the integration of body/mind/spirit for total health, which is of central importance for general well-being.
Additional Information: The Laughter Bridges Leader Certification Training is a 14 hour training program including a full curriculum. Grace Karen Sweet is a NASMHPD trainer. This training can be offered at little or no cost to the requesting agency. Contact Grace or visit www.averagemiracles.org for more information about arranging a training in your area.

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