Humor, Laughter & Well-Being

Jane Fischer, MA, CAS Creative Change Facilitator

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Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC)

Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) is offering a workshop for community members and professionals, entitled “Humor, Laughter & Well-being.” Jane Fischer, MA, CAS, Creative Change Facilitator, will present this session on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Salvation Army, 83 South Main Street, Jamestown, NY from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
As a Creative Change Facilitator, Jane works with individuals and groups to discover new things about themselves, their team, their environment, and the possibilities before them. Her work focuses on the tools of applied improvisation and creativity, allowing participants to fully apprehend new ways of thinking and responding. Through these highly active exercises, participants experience ways to enhance collaboration, adaptability, communication, resilience, and other elements that bring the best out of people and teams.
Jane has over twenty years’ experience and leadership in health and human services, and is also an Adjunct Instructor with the Workforce Readiness division of Jamestown Community College. She holds a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, as well as a Masters in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College. Over the past 10 years, she has presented workshops, keynotes, and trainings for numerous colleges/universities, businesses, and organizations through her business, Improv Connections. She has also been a leader/instructor at the Creative Problem Solving Institute for the past five years.
Additionally, Jane was the co-founder of The Unexpected Guests Improv Comedy Group in Jamestown, where she performed from 2002-2017. She currently performs as a member of ComedySportz Buffalo.
Resilience isn’t about resisting stress and negativity in our work and life; it’s about the ability to bounce back and move forward when these things happen. Self-care requires the competency and willingness to adapt to change, to respond creatively and effectively under stress, and to reemerge from challenges that may help us feel greater satisfaction, accomplishment, and empowerment. We can boost our capacity to thrive when we make time for joy and laughter, focus on positive thinking and action, and use our imagination.
The session is designed primarily for the helping professional to promote self-care and resilience. Expect a highly interactive, experiential workshop. You deserve the opportunity to boost your bounce-back through activities centered in play, laughter, connection, collaboration, and celebration.
This course is also suitable for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS). The 3 CPP/CPS (Section 3) hours are approved for initial credit hours and for CPP/CPS/CASAC renewal by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. CASAC training offerings are suitable for community members that are aspiring to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others. This course work is also recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.
The fee for this workshop is $55.00. Pre-registration is required. To register for the course contact CASAC or Kathleen Colby, Director of Training Services, 664-3608, visit, website: or on-line
CASAC offers a number of community and professional educational opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed as an in-service training, conference or workshop.
Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), a United Way partner agency, has been providing prevention education and community awareness on alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623 or visit our website: