Funny TreatmentPosted: September 23, 2012 | |
Hospitals are not supposed to be the places of fun or entertainment. However, if the patients are very young and their disease is serious, certain exceptions are made to make the process of their treatment or rehabilitation a little bit brighter. One of the most famous methods which have already proved its efficiency is the clown therapy.
The whole process has started in New York, USA, where the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit was founded in 1986. Nowadays this program became very popular and is widely used in hospitals all over the world. Professional clowns as well as volunteers visit hospitals and show bright performances to cheer the patients up. Originally they worked with kids, but adult patients sometimes need this kind of therapy, too. In the beginning of this movement clowns were viewed just as some additional help meant to bring some fun in the grey hospital routine. However, some physicians consider that clown therapy plays not the last role in the process of healing as well.
Everybody has an opportunity to join the movement. For instance, it can be done with the help of Medical Clown Internship program. After undertaking a course of training you can work in one of the medical centers, situated in Israel.
Such projects as the ones connected with clown therapy, prove that you can contribute to the society in any suitable for oyu manner. To become a hospital clown, nothing special is required – just some artistic talent, compassion and the desired to make other people a bit happier. There are cases, however, when the patients get scared of clowns or generally dislike them, so oyu should be equipped with patience as well in order to treat their desires with maximum respect. This project is also a chance to receive wide recognition as Clown Care U nit was awarded with a Challenge Grant provided by the National Endowment of the Arts and a number of other prizes.