Ebtisama
Ibtissama Clown Doctors undergo ongoing training all through their career life. Ibtissama program offers 3 types of mandatory training:


Practical Training
Theoretical Training
Psychological Training
   
Practical Training
Practical training includes the overall expressive, technical and artistic education required to become a Clown Doctor. For Ibtissama, it is being provided by Rodrigo Morganti - Dr. Strettoscopio, the lead trainer for Theodora Italy and an international trainer with the Theodora group of foundations.

Practical training takes place both onsite (inside hospitals) and offsite (outside hospital premises).

Onsite training starts with observation of clown doctors at work, where candidates actively observe their fellow “Clown Doctors”. This allows novice and junior “Clown Doctors” to gain knowledge by critically observing their colleagues. Onsite training gradually incorporates active performance by “Clown Doctors” under the supervision and appraisal of an authorized trainer. Offsite training takes place in a calm space away from the hospital, where the coach guides “Clown Doctors” in practicing technical skills, proposals and artistic talent. During these sessions the floor is open for exchange of ideas, sharing experiences, self critique and raising suggestions.
Theoretical Training
Theoretical training includes a custom-made educational course that is being provided by professors and instructors from the Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut.

This training course introduces candidates to the therapeutic environment of hospitals in addition to a general overview of children’s common illnesses that “Clown Doctors” are likely to meet in any pediatric ward.

Theoretical training essentially includes extensive exercise on both standard and case-specific precautions for infection control, on top of which is safe hand hygiene practice, and safety measures for the children with low immunity.

Course topics include: Health Care Environment, Child’s Day Routine, Child’s Cardiac Illness, Child’s Respiratory Illness, Child’s Gastrointestinal Illness, The Surgical Experience & Anesthesia, Nosocomial Infection (Description and Impact), and Protective Asepsis among other basic yet essential concepts.
Psychological Training
Psychological training of Ibtissama “Clown Doctors” is being provided by the renowned psychotherapist, Dr. Marwan Gharzedin.

This type of training aims at familiarizing the “Clown Doctors” with the psychological development stages of humans in general and children in specific. It also includes an extensive education about the psychology of hospitalization, and how sick children and their families experience illness and hospital stay. Psychological training also gives “Clown Doctors” the opportunity for insight and reflection.

In addition to educational preparation, psychological training carries on with all “Clown Doctors” in the form of psychological counseling and sharing of hospital work experiences. For that reason, “Clown Doctors” pay monthly visits to Dr. Gharzedin seeking continuous psychological guidance.