Education Program Coordinator Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts
Description: Healthcare providers, particularly critical care and emergency healthcare providers, are infamous for having a dark sense of humor. This session will explore what qualifies as dark humor, why we practice it, and most importantly, when it is therapeutic and where the line is that crosses over to unprofessional behavior.
This session is included in the virtual live stream.
. . . define what constitutes dark or gallows humor.
. . . understand the therapeutic nature of the expression of dark humor and the psychological principles behind it.
. . . describe the scaffolding developed by healthcare ethicists that determine how to judge appropriate use of dark humor and when its use has crossed over to unprofessional conduct.
. . . clarify the demographic of people that should not be exposed to dark humor.