As one can imagine, with such an important service that clown doctoring provides, there certainly are training centers quickly opening up: they help provide clowns with the type of training and expertise they need to present their skills before this very special audience. Some of the programs that are being offered begin their focus on the type of artistic skills that are needed in order for a clown doctor to be successful.
Throughout the progression of their clown doctoring training the clowns are encouraged to take on a specific characteristic of their own and give themselves a unique doctor title. This helps young patients to be able to identify quickly with the clown. Then when being told the clown’s name they know immediately what to expect.
The training should also include the emotional aspects of what the clown is going to be faced with. They are going to be dealing with sick people on a daily basis, some of them extremely young. After a while this can have a negative impact on the clown, which in turn can be detrimental to the way in which they are able to perform. This sometimes requires special counseling in order to prepare the new clown that is going to go out into the medical field.
There is nothing specifically put in place in most areas that specify that a medical clown has to have certain credentials. They certainly do not have to be doctors although there are some doctors who do take on this additional role. What they have to do is have a commitment and an impeccable background to be allowed into the hospital and deal with the personnel there, as well as of course the relative of the patient.
They have to have a plan designed that allows them to schedule their visits to be carried out within a specific time, and a variety of skits and entertainment that they are capable of offering: hospitals as well as the sick and in need rely on their professionalism, especially at this time.