APRIL 5, 2019 • 6:30-9:30 PM

DoubleTree Chicago/Oak Brook
1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523


Join the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor members and conference attendees to celebrate the role of healthy humor in building resilience for caregivers, and providing another level of support for those we serve. You will have fun and learn tips for using healthy humor in your own life and work.

Joyce Saltman, CHP

Intermittently referred to as the Guru of Laughter, and The Chubby Broad from Brooklyn, Joyce Saltman helps people lighten up wherever she goes! A Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University, Joyce’s innovative teaching style has led to the development of a graduate course “The Enhancement of Learning Through Humor,” as well as a summer institute called, Healing, Education Laughter and Play (HELP).

Joyce’s dynamic seminars and articles address such topics as dealing with difficult people, laughter as therapy, parenting, and relationships. As a result of her speaking engagements, she has been able to donate over one million dollars to her favorite charities.

The Therapy Players

How many psychotherapists does it take to make a crowd laugh? Come find out when the Therapy Players take the stage! Professional psychotherapists by day, they’ve been performing together as a comedy improv troupe since 2013, and were the winners of the 2015 Chicago Collider Improv competition. Their revue “Phobia Shmobia” won a standing ovation at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and they brought down the house at the International Society for the Study of Self Injury, where they performed at the happy hour. The troupe also regularly performs, usually to sellout crowds, at theaters and clubs throughout the Chicago area.

Comedy Dance Chicago

Comedy Dance Chicago (AKA CDC*) is a group of current, former, and almost dancers. They combine sketch comedy, improvisation, physical comedy, and dance to tell stories in feel-good and visually-hilarious ways. From TRexes to tutus, CDC* will delight you with their goofiness!

The goal of Comedy Dance Chicago is to tell stories, inspire laughter, and bring joy through comedy and movement. We aim to have fun and funny in all that we do.

Cole Thomas

Cole Thomas takes a look at what recovery looks like through a patient’s eyes and how your ability to adjust to a patients’ attitudes, demeanors, and humorous (sometimes inappropriate) comments, can allow a patient to flourish and make their work towards recovery just a little easier knowing that they have a comforting, jokeable, easy going, yet caring personal caregiver while they are going through what may be the worst tragedy in their life. Cole has faced tragedy and adversity head on through positivity, humor, and laughter. In September 2016, a motor vehicle accident left Cole paralyzed from the waist down, with doctors telling him he would never walk again. Find out how he was able to overcome such a devastating blow not only to him, but his family!


There is no cost to attend Comedy for Caregivers, but reservations are required as seating may be limited.
Call 815-708-6587 with questions.

Sponsor a Caregiver

We are raising funds to help cover the additional costs to provide the space and livestream the event to those who are unable to attend in person. Each donation of $25 will sponsor a seat for a caregiver to enjoy a free night out (or night in if they need to live stream the event while they continue to provide care). 100% of your funds will be used to cover location and programming costs for the Comedy for Caregivers event, and are tax deductible.