Compassionate Care through Play
Caring for someone with dementia is emotionally demanding work that can lead to exhaustion and burnout. To maintain your caring energy, to be “resilient” in the face of daily challenge it helps to remain emotionally attuned, looking after yourself and, importantly, maintaining your sense of humour.
In this introductory workshop we will give you a taster of the playfulness and emotional connection that arises through warm-up games, physical and vocal exercises leading to improvised play in the safe supported setting of a group of about twelve. This work, with its origins in the European clown-theatre tradition, encourages us to be more physically present, empathic and authentic in relating to others, which participants have found very uplifting. No prior theatre experience is needed.
This course is suitable for family and formal caregivers, psychologists, therapists, support workers or anyone working with people with dementia or acquired brain injury.
Renew positive emotional energy and optimism
Be more emotionally present in the moment, responding from the heart
Enhance a healing, helpful relationship between carer and person with dementia
Discover an alternative, creative way of being with others
Find lightness through laughter
By the end of the course, participants will have:
Learned the value of letting go of conditioned thought
Experienced and valued being creative in the moment
Learned the importance of “staying with a problem” in order to promote emotional connection and creativity
Learned how stillness can foster emotional self-awareness
Through humour felt liberated from everyday concerns and stress
Learned to be playful and optimistic in their everyday lives
This is an introductory physical theatre workshop in which we give you a taster of the playfulness and emotional connection that arises through warm-up games, physical and vocal exercises, leading to improvised play in the safe supported setting of a group of about twelve participants.
This is essentially an introductory day to clown-theatre improvisation, a novel and creative way of experiencing in the moment one’s own emotional state in relationship to others in a playful and fun way. Participants who enjoyed discovering something of their “inner clown” can take it further by attending courses run by Nose to Nose (see www.nosetonose.info/)
For articles about clown improvisation supporting resilience, seewww.clowndoctor.co.uk
Trainers: David Wheeler and Laura Knobloch
David is a GP in Greenwich since 1988. He is a trainer of junior doctors and a teacher of supervision skills. He has trained in clown improvisation with Nose to Nose since 1993 and published an article on the benefits of this work on doctors’ communication skills in the British Medical Journal in 2008. Links to this and other articles on clowning may be found at www.clowndoctor.co.uk or on the Nose to Nose website: www.nosetonose.info/
Laura has trained with Vivian Gladwell (Nose to Nose) and Didier Danthois (Sacred Clowning). She is a State regd. + HPC registered Art psychotherapist (BAAT) and a Hatha Yoga teacher (British Wheel of Yoga).