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Therapeutic Clowning

Photo of A. Leboo and Soleil

Interested in being a therapeutic clown?

The Creative Arts Therapy Program at SickKids is searching for a new therapeutic clown to join A. Leboo and Soleil’s family.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please attend an information session on Wednesday July 11, 2018 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at SickKids in Toronto.

At this information session, you will learn about our unique child life solo therapeutic clown approach. You’ll learn how we use gentle play, friendship and humour to ease the stress of hospitalization for patients and their families.

Do I need to be a professional clown performer to apply?  

You might be surprised to learn, the answer is no.  

SickKids has always cast a wide net when hiring therapeutic clowns. Some formal clown and performance training is necessary, but we equally value training in health sciences and experience working or playing with children in a health-care setting. SickKids therapeutic clowns have come from a variety of fields, including nursing, circus arts, acting and the media. Across Canada, therapeutic clowns come from backgrounds such as social work, nursing, music, child life, “birthday party” entertainment and professional theatre. 

We believe the main role of the SickKids therapeutic clown is to engage children in play and therapeutic friendships. Humour and performance skills are some of our tools, as are sensitivity, openness and listening.  We believe if you love to play and can connect with children and their families, you have the potential to be a therapeutic clown at SickKids! Once hired, training is provided to help you adapt your skills and clown character to the hospital setting.

At this time, SickKids is looking to hire a therapeutic clown three to five days a week on a one year contract.

While it would be a ton of fun to have a gaggle of clowns show up that night, we do ask that you leave your noses at home for this information session. There will be opportunities during the hiring process for candidates to introduce us to their clowns.

Contact us at creativearts.therapy@sickkids.ca to reserve your spot.

Who are our therapeutic clowns?

Soleil

Photo of Therapeutic Clown Soleil

Soleil has travelled across the ocean from the sunflower fields in France to join us here at SickKids! She loves adventures with her best friend, Bébé the bumblebee. Soleil likes the sun so much that she sleeps in a hammock in the sunniest parts of the hospital. She celebrates her birthday twice a year, on the summer and winter solstices! Soleil comes to play Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A. Leboo

Photo of Therapeutic Clown A Leboo

A. Leboo loves to play and make friends! You can spot him around SickKids having a blast on Story Time and Child Life TV, happily greeting everyone he meets, and making the hospital a more fun place to be! He loves magic, music and bubbles, and comes to play Tuesday to Saturday.

Want to learn more about therapeutic clowning?

Questions about Creative Arts Therapy and Referrals?

Please contact: creativearts.therapy@sickkids.ca
Kimberly O’Leary, Professional Practice Lead, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy