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Humor Therapy: Bring in the Clowns — Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Venue

How can you entertain in a place like this?

“The question often comes up. In fact, it seems only natural that folks would wonder how in the world anyone could entertain — let alone “clown” in the midst of sickness, sadness, sometimes even dying. Not an unusual query at all.

Even as the seasoned hospital/caring clown that I am (13 years, at this writing), I must admit if I stop to ponder this thought long enough — it makes me consider as well. But then, I know I have been doing this for many years and seen the joy and wonderment in the faces and eyes of so many. I guess that is how I can do this type of entertaining.

However, performing in the hospital does require special training. By their very nature, pediatrics, cancer wards and also hospice settings require extra  preparation for entertainers. Many special situations and particular needs take entertaining in these venues well out of the norm or mainstream of performing even as compared to other healthcare settings.

Clowns who perform for patients usually agree the experience is humbling. The audience is not at their best, yet they usually welcome us in and thank us for our presence in the sweetest of ways. Our meager performances – no matter how grand, are dwarfed by the incredible strength and courage we appear in the face of, room after room, patient-by-patient. Sometimes the patients join in the celebration, sometimes quietly or just casually observing. I have even seen a patient or two take in our performance with all the energy they could muster — with eyes closed. They were there — right there with us, all along, I assure you.

The truth is, this kind of performing is very serious business. Hospital/caring clowns and healthcare entertainers may appear to be colorful and full of light, but a gentleness must pervade their spirits, as they wait and watch their audience watching them, adjusting, tweaking and fine-tuning their performance accordingly.”

ABOVE is partial excerpt from: Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting: Entertaining Effectively in the Healthcare Venue (page 18), by Becky Cortino 

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Clown Soup Healthcare Humor Training Video

There's a Clown in My Soup! Best Practices Edutrainment Video for Clown Rounds by Becky Cortino

There’s a Clown in My Soup! Best Practices Edutrainment Video for Clown Rounds by Becky Cortino

There’s a Clown in My Soup video is a Best Practices EduTrainment Clown Rounds program is especially for Hospital Clowns, Caring Clowns and Healthcare Family Entertainers… Presented to integrate universal concepts for performers in the healthcare venue, this program makes effective learning enjoyable in a fresh, fun and colorful, new, memorable way.

No more talking heads, drab, dull or boring training sessions with this program! Instead, a sugar-coated, humorous presentation of 21 Key Questions Every Healthcare Family Entertainer should be able to answer. Developed by Becky Cortino, hospital clown who injected healing humor in the healthcare setting for nearly 14 years, served as coordinator of one of the oldest all-volunteer hospital clown programs in the world, founder and director of FRMC Charlie’s Chaplains’ now-infamous “Skool” in which she trained 245 hospital clowns.

This innovative and inspiring training program includes a “Clown Soup” Facilitator Guide, and printable Participant 21 Key Questions Booklet. [Video and all materials are in color.]

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Funny Smile Makerz Kit

Funny Smile Makerz Kit by Becky Cortino

Funny Smile Makerz Kit by Becky Cortino

Create Endless Smiles ‘n Memories with Funny Smile Makerz Kit!

Designed especially for those who want to spread laughter and cheer, make happy memories for others.

Always a hit with all ages, Funny Smile Makerz Smiles communicate clearly in all languages! Share Smiles everywhere — anytime! Once purchased, print as many as you want, as often as you need. Just for FUN — share Funny Smiles wherever you go!

 

Create a simple, special leave-behind for patients or residents of a healthcare facility or nursing home, humor programs, events and venues, humanitarian purposes, and outreach events. One size fits all! Great FUN for everyone!

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Creative Arts Ministry

Gift of Heart: Impacting Lives Through Christian Creative Arts by Becky Cortino

Gift of Heart: Impacting Lives Through Christian Creative Arts by Becky Cortino

Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve? Christian creative arts ministry provides a means to touch hearts with ideas, lessons and uplifting messages. In today’s entertainment-driven society, this ministry form is viable, with endless opportunities.

 

Fear not! Although the name may imply requiring great creativity — it does not. Simply, a heart to serve is essential. This inspiring guide is presented as a springboard to spark imagination by Becky Cortino, based on her experience as a family entertainer since 1997.

 

Learn what Christian creative arts ministry is, and why it is important. Discover possibilities surrounding all of us daily. Explore easily-implemented special event ideas, proven appropriate for varied venues and situations, along with four popular ministries to consider. You will benefit from tried-and-true insight and professional tips. A personal view presented from the trenches will help you know the positive impact made through simple gifts of the heart.

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Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting

 

Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting by Becky Cortino

Injecting Healing Humor
in the Healthcare Setting
by Becky Cortino

 

An inspiring guide filled with ideas and savvy solutions for Hospital Clowns, Healthcare Family Entertainers, Applied Humor Therapists, and SmileMakers, by Becky Cortino, based on nearly 14 years of hospital clowning experience, beginning in 1997.

 

Insightfully written to encourage those in the trenches desiring to generously inject Healing Humor in the healthcare setting, through effectively entertaining, touching hearts, spreading a contagious epidemic of laughter and cheer through lavish doses of Joy and Wonder!

 

This book includes:

*Pointers and Tips for Entertaining in Healthcare Setting *Inspirations and Ideas for Putting Your Best Foot Forward *Actionable Steps to be an Effective Healthcare Family Entertainer *Journaling and List-keeping Section *Special Reader BONUS Gifts ($45 Value)

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Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting

 

 

From the Heart: Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting by Becky Cortino

From the Heart: Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting by Becky Cortino

From the Heart: Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting by Becky Cortino

While it is said the longest journey begins with a single step, the adventures of a hospital or caring clown into the Great Clown Unknown may comprise the most incredible experience of a lifetime, in every step taken by those funny shoes and in the true heart behind that nose.

 

This book is written based upon personal experience, explorations and interest-directed research serving in the trenches, as a hospital or caring clown since 1997.

 

Presented as an inspiring collage from my clown heart as a grassroots volunteer community-based hospital clown creative ministry coordinator, this book is well-seasoned with insight, served up with the purpose of providing a dose of encouragement to active healthcare venue performers and creative arts entertainers; those with a heartfelt desire to inject healing humor into the healthcare setting; or those simply interested in taking a peek into the joy-full existence, a part of the blessed journey of hospital/caring clowns and creative arts family entertainers!

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How To Establish A Hospital Humor Program

A Heart 4 Clowning How to Establish a Hospital Clown or Creative Ministry Guide by Becky Cortino

A Heart 4 Clowning How to Establish a Hospital Clown or Creative Ministry Guide by Becky Cortino

Are you all Dressed Up with No Place to go? Have you had Hospital Clown, Caring Clown or Healthcare Family Entertainer training — or a big desire to do this — but no established hospital or healthcare facility program where you can apply it? Do you need a dose of encouragement?

 

There are many preliminaries and considerations that need to be addressed in setting up a hospital or healthcare facility humor program. The nuts ‘n bolts to help you build a group is provided in the 131 pages of this ‘how-to’ guide for injecting healing humor in the healthcare setting through creative arts.

 

This book provides: Experienced insight, ideas and inspirations to encourage unique ministry. Considerations in setting up a hospital clown, caring clown or healthcare family entertainer group, troupe or creative ministry. How to present your idea to a hospital or healthcare facility. Organization, team-building and training ideas. Case Studies and Printable Forms to encourage and support efforts.

 

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