We are David M. Jacobson, LCSW, C.H.P.
C.H.P stands for Certified Humor Professional. This designation is bestowed after completing all the requirements of the three year graduate level Humor Academy of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Humor Horizons is the professional speaking website of David Jacobson. Dedicated to spreading the word about the benefits of Therapeutic Humor in healthcare and for leadership.
David Jacobson is a professional speaker on leadership, team building, humor and health and overcoming trauma. He is the former Chief of Social Work of the Phoenix VA where he assisted in improving their mental health system. He also is the former Social Work Manager at University Medical Center who worked with the patients and families of trauma’s including the tragic shooting event in Tucson that happened on January 8th, 2011 which resulted in a personal thank you from the President for his work with the shooting survivors and their families.
Some of David’s roles included: Executive National Sales Director, GS-14 VA Government Chief, Physician Instructor, Behavioral Health Director, Arizona Governor appointment as Children’s Justice Task Force member, Integrated Ethics Program Officer for two healthcare systems, Inspector for the Governmental Office of Mental Health Operations, Arthritis Foundation Chapter Board Chair and President, National Association of Social Workers AZ Chapter Board Member, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Board member, President of HOA, Crisis Prevention Instructor, Psychiatric Evaluator, ER level 1 trauma social worker, Volunteer Service manager, Empire State Games participant, VISTA volunteer and graduate of a driving school course.
For over 30 years David, has provided his expertise on leadership, humor and health related topics to audiences around the country and served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. He has been featured internationally by various media outlets, including magazines, journals and television from London to Seoul, Korea. He is the award winning author of “The 7 ½ Habits of Highly Humorous People.”
David Jacobson suffered many losses early in his life including a diagnosis with a severe form of arthritis at 22 in 1980. Since then, he has become a living example that you can accomplish anything if you truly believe in yourself. Through his years of struggling with chronic pain, he developed humor techniques that got him through the hard times. He now teaches these skills to audiences around the country in his keynotes and workshops which are as entertaining as they are educational.
For the past twenty years, Mr. Jacobson has worked as a hospital administrator in addition to his writing, speaking and consulting career. He is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Case Management at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.
Honors and Awards
Joy Mask presented to David by the Korean Broadcasting System for his contribution to their international documentary on humor and stress.
National Hero Overcoming Arthritis Award
The CONQUISTADOR TROPHY is the PBAA’s most prestigious symbol and is presented to a select few.
David received not one, but Two El Conquistador Trophy’s. The first he received (on the left) after getting a silver medal in the 115 mile version of the El Tour. This was the Jim Elliot Award, presented to an individual whom society often considers to be unable to participate in an event such as El Tour due to disability. This award acknowledges the courage, discipline and determination of the recipient. The second (on the right) he received was the “Most Unique Bicycle” trophy for completing the 50 mile version of the El Tour on his unicycle.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Crystal Award for David’s presentation during the EPA’s National Disability Awareness Month
University of Arizona: College of Medicine Instructor
For several years David was an Instructor in the U of A College of Medicine teaching communication skills to medical students and interns with his medical interviewing courses
Wayne Washburn Memorial Award
FlashNet’s President’s Award
For outstanding training results in Marketing and Sales.