Medical Clowning Program at Haifa University in Haifa , Israel

Source: Atlas Obscura

Medical Clowning Program at Haifa University

While Americans most frequently associate clowns in hospitals with the film Patch Adams starring comedian Robin Williams, at Israel’s Haifa University, the art and methodology of medical clowning is no laughing matter.  

Beginning in 2006 the medical clowning program began being offered through Haifa University’s drama school, although the focus is just as much on psychology and healing as it is on theatrical skills. Treating the field as a serious area of study requiring training and critical thought, the school looks for students who might naturally have an affinity for medical clowning and provides them with a course of ...

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