Lisa Wessan, Co-Chair of the NASW's Northeast Region
Private Practice Shared Interest Group



How to Improve Your Interpersonal Effectiveness (and prevent compassion fatigue)
December 4, 2017, by Lisa Wessan.


Empire Radio, New York, New York,  12/20/16
Interviewed by radio host Stephanie Mitchell (8 min) about some of my creative approaches to encourage therapeutic transformation.


The art of living is in the art of waiting.
Pulse, January 13, 2016, by Lisa Wessan. First World challenges of long lines and heavy traffic bring new cognitive insights during recent vacation.



Make glorious, amazing mistakes
Pulse, January 1, 2016, by Lisa Wessan. An exploration of the advantages of taking risks and allowing yourself to fail once in a while.


'Tis the season to connect with the Numinous!
Pulse, December 12, 2015, by Lisa Wessan.
How psychospiritual awareness can alleviate mental challenges and improve outlook.



Alternative therapies can enrich practice.
NASW NEWS, Washington DC, Volume 60, No. 2, February 2015, by Renai Malai. Excellent exploration of alternative modalities to blend with traditional treatment process, featuring Wessan for therapeutic laughter and grief work.


Social Worker Self Care - The Overlooked Core Competency.  By Kate Jackson, published in Social Work Today, May/June 2014 Issue. Vol. 14, No. 3, p. 14. Wessan interviewed  (with other clinicians) in an insightful review of caregiving resources.



Deconstructing the Hoarding Spectrum: A Holistic Approach (Part I of II)
By Lisa Wessan. FOCUS. National Association of Social Workers.  April  2014, Vol. 41, No. 4.



Deconstructing the Hoarding Spectrum: A Holistic Approach (Part II of II)
By Lisa Wessan. FOCUS. National Association of Social Workers.  May 2014. Vol. 41, No. 5.



Compassion fatigue a growing concern.

By Paul R. Pace.

NASW News. January 2014, Vol. 59, No. 1.


Preventing Compassion Fatigue

by Lisa Wessan.
FOCUS, September 2013. Published by the National  Association of Social Workers (NASW), Vol. 40, No. 6.



Have you had your Daily Ecstatic Seizure today? by Dr. Karen McCally.

Rochester Review. August 2013.


Using Humor and Laughter in Therapy, 
by Lisa Wessan.

Published by the National  Association of Social Workers (NASW),  April 2013. Vol. 40, No. 4.
See pages 3 and 11 (please be prepared to wait a few minutes while this document loads, because NASW posts the entire journal on one PDF. Worth waiting for!)


Lisa Wessan Brings Team Building with Laughter to Rhode Island.
PR LOG, March 10, 2013.

Chelmsford's Lisa Wessan laughs it up.
by Molly Loughman in the CHELMSFORD INDEPENDENT, February 14, 2013.


Got Clutter? Cleaning out your closet can lead to a happier life. by Krista Perry in THE CHELMSFORD PATCH, July 10, 2012.

Lisa Wessan “The Shamebuster” Speaks on Clutter in Chelmsford.
PRLOG, July 3, 2012.


November 3, 2011 – THE CONCORD JOURNAL – Reiki Master to present workshop.

December 17, 2010 – THE NORTH ANDOVER CITIZEN – Inspirational humorist speaks at St. Gregory’s.

September 14, 2010
Lisa Wessan presents Laughter Therapy for Neuropathy Association, Weston, MA, PR LOG.

September 7, 2010 -  THE CHELMSFORD PATCH - Laughing with the Joys and Troubles of Life Leads to Growth. By Julia Gavin.

September 6, 2010 – THE PR LOG - Lisa Wessan invited to be Ambassador for National Speakers Association (NSA)

AUGUST 2010 – NEWS FROM A SPACIOUS PLACE – S.H.A.M.E. = Should have already mastered everything....Nay, Nay I say....read more here.

June 7, 2010, THE LOWELL SUN, Spirit of cooperation: Jewish congregation in Chelmsford and Muslim congregation in Billerica join forces to reach out to community.
By Debbie Hovanasian, Lowell Sun Correspondent

June 3, 2010,  THE JEWISH JOURNAL,  The Qutbi Masjid and Congregation Shalom Team Up for a Community Health Fair.

Television and radio interviews with Chris Findlen on laughter therapy, team building with laughter, laughter meditation.

May 16, 2010, THE BOSTON GLOBE
Seriously, folks, he argues, laughter the best medicine: The gelotologist is in, pitching a cure for stress.
by Gail Waterhouse.

January 3, 2010, The Boston Globe, "Life, Free from Clutter" by Cindy Cantrell.

June 25, 2009, The Chelmsford Independent, "Lisa Wessan is Recycling Champion of Chelmsford" by Bonnie Rankin.

April 19, 2009, The Boston Globe, "Decluttering Life" by Cindy Cantrell.

April 9, 2009, THE BOSTON GLOBE, "Laughter is the best medicine, so here's to your health" by Denise Taylor.

The Society for Ladies Who Laugh Out Loud. "First Ladies of Laughter" article, Vol. 4:7.

VIDEO: August 29, 2008 - Suncast program, 4 minutes - Laughter Therapy with staff of Lowell Sun.

What Makes a Strong Woman?: 101 Insights from Some Remarkable Women. By Helene Lerner (2005), Wessan featured  on page 33.

 New York Daily News, October 27, 2004, "The Laugh that Heals," by Carol Forget.

November, 2008 - NASW NEWS (National Association of Social Workers), "Social Work in the Public Eye" by Paul R. Pace.

 October 14, 2008 - 30 minute radio interview with host Bob Ellis on The Sunrise Show.

August 31, 2008 - Feature article in The Lowell Sun,"Make 'em laugh: Chelmsford counselor is dedicated to the healing power of mirth" By Nancye Tuttle.

May 28, 2008 - One hour radio interview with host Elizabeth Foley on The Phoenix Hour (scroll down to The Phoenix Hour, 5/28/08).

May 12, 2008 - One hour radio Interview - Declutter Your Heart & Home - with host Debby Hoffman on WKLX 1450’s Community Business Connection. Aired multiple times throughout the Concord NH area. Hear it on http://www.wkxl1450.com.

April 29, 2008 - Radio Interview - The Ways to Harmony - Inside and Out,
with Boston host Jordan Rich, guest Jay Uhler cites helpful tips from Lisa's workshops. Read the transcript here.     

February 20, 2008 - 30 minute radio Interview - What is Laughter Therapy? With host Dean Johnson on
The Merrimack Magazine Talk Radio Show , WCAP-AM (980 AM). Hear it on

January 4, 2008 - The Lowell Sun
"Giggle, chuckle, cackle or snicker -- it's all good" By Rita Savard.

Shrink Rap, January 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 2008, "From Clutter to Clarity with Lisa Wessan" with host Edna M. Lezotte, D.Min., LICSW and Szifra Birke, M.S.

The Boston Globe, September 23, 2007
"Laughter is the Best Medicine" by Cindy Cantrell


Somerville Journal News, Somerville, MA, July 11, 2007, "From Clutter to Clarity"

www.jimsullivanink.com, June 12, 2007
"Clutter: What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing." by Jim Sullivan.

Merrimack Valley Happenings, the newsletter of the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, June 6, 2007, "From Clutter to Clarity"

Upstate Update (newsletter of SUNY Upstate Medical University),
Syracuse, NY, November 1, 2006
"National Pastoral Care Week celebrated with series of events Oct. 22-28"

IRC Newsletter (InterReligious Council of Central New York), Syracuse, NY, September 2006,"Pastoral Care Day Explores 'Healing Humor' "

The Journal News (Westchester, NY) September 25, 2005
Hospital and Health Update, "The Science Behind the Smile"

CNN News, "Paula Zahn Now," March 10, 2005, "Laughter is the Best Medicine."




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