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AATH Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to Kathleen Passanisi in 2003 at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (formerly known as The American Association For Therapeutic Humor). The award is presented to an individual for his/her unique and special contributions to further the field of therapeutic humor through research and/or practice, and for their significant contribution to AATH. (www.aath.org)

THERAPEUTIC HUMOR:
Any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations. This intervention may enhance health or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social, or spiritual.
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NSA CPAE Award (Speaker Hall of Fame)

In Feb. 1977, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (Speaker Hall of Fame) to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Kathy was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame July 20, 2004.

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NSA CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

The CSP is the highest earned designation through the National Speakers Association, requiring the speaker to meet very challenging criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker's name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who understands what is required and knows how to deliver client satisfaction.

Kathleen Passanisi has held this designation since 1995.

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Outstanding Alumni Award - 2005

School of Health Professionals

University of Missouri

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Helen May Bradley Achievement Award - 2006

School of Health Professionals

Maryville University