As MeDi Clowns, we interrupt, change and help to transform perceptions of situations that are challenging, painful, frightening or unknown. Hence, we are affecting the physical, mental, emotional and psychological state of the individuals and communities we are working with.
MeDi Clowning is all about empowering the patient and everyone concerned. When the MeDi Clown gets the permission to enter room, they will first observe who is here, for what reason, what is happening and what needs attention. They will use various techniques to bring joy, laughter and hope. It is the patient who decides if he/she wants to interact with the MeDi Clowns or not. Being able to say “no” in an otherwise powerless situation is therapeutic in itself.
In the process, we use numerous effective tools and strategies which reduce stress, anxiety and promote wellbeing. Applying a variety of innovative techniques, which could include play, imagination, improvisation, music, puppetry, magic, dance, juggling, the patients or clients engage with what needs to be dealt with and the concerned participants in the room. This therapeutic intervention may also include role-play, communication exercises, games, and physical activities.
At times it may be more appropriate to sit and listen deeply or engage quietly. MeDi Clowns might stimulate patients’ imagination to create stories and empower them to become actors of their own healing process. Whatever approach they sense is required, MeDi Clowns create an empowering atmosphere with patients, families and staff.
The difference between a clown and a MeDi Clown is that they both start with a similar foundation, which includes improvisation, theatre and clowning techniques. But the range of action of the MeDi Clown goes beyond just laughter and entertainment, depending on the context: healthcare, education or organisations. The intensive training is multidisciplinary and includes, among other things, psychology, sociology and medical anthropology. In addition, their listening and empathic skills are sharpened through theatrical exercises. They also receive continued mentoring and supervision in the fields of healthcare, education and organisation.
It is well documented how organisations and communities experience the benefit by changing old beliefs, worn out customs or attitudes that may not serve the individuals any longer.
The essence of the MeDi Clown work, and the range of action goes beyond just laughter and entertainment, depending on the context. The intensive training is multidisciplinary and includes, among other things, psychology, sociology and medical anthropology. In addition, listening and empathic skills are sharpened through theatrical exercises. MeDi Clowns also receive continued mentoring and supervision in the fields of healthcare, education and organisation
MeDi Clowns visit inpatient and outpatient wards, including Intensive Care, Neo-Natal Intensive Care, Haematology/Oncology, Emergency Department, Physical Therapy, Burn, Bone Marrow Transplant, AIDS, Nephrology, Neurology, Cardiology and Palliative Care. MeDi Clowns also offer individual and group homecare visits.
We at the MeDi Clown Academy work by invitation in India and as well as internationally to consult, network, speak and deliver at conferences to conduct workshops and trainings.