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Don’t Die Broke

I spoke last week at a retreat for the Financial Planning Association in Georgia, and told them this wasn’t a great time to be in their business. The recent recklessness, and some frankly criminal behavior of bankers, Wall Street financiers, and “institutions to big-to-fail”, nearly sank the world’s economy, and besmirched the entire financial services […]

Clown therapy is community psychiatry in disguise

Publish date: October 14, 2016 By: Carl A. Hammerschlag, MDFrontline Medical News Ever had a patient who not only got better but used the insights she gained from talking with you to help others in distress? I have just such a patient in the Peruvian Amazon.I’ve previously written about an annual clown trip to Peru […]

Clown therapy is community psychiatry in disguise

Ever had a patient who not only got better but used the insights she gained from talking with you to help others in distress? I have just such a patient in the Peruvian Amazon. I’ve previously written about an annual clown trip to Peru that I make with my friend Patch Adams, MD, and 100 […]

Clown therapy helps people find answers within

The inaugural Clown Town Healing Fest, a visionary health care festival, proved to be a practical demonstration of the future of health care. One of its many innovative aspects is the promotion of the shift from the current model of intervention to one focused on prediction and prevention. Humanitarian clowns mobilized the community’s healing resources: All […]

Clown therapy in Peru: Maria returns

For the last 7 years, I have been traveling with Dr. Patch Adams, the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown, and 100 other clowns from around the world, to participate in the Belén Festival. This is a community health project that educates people, promotes wellness, and brings joy, hope, and healing to this impoverished community in Iquitos, […]

Using clown therapy to deliver mental health care

From CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY NEWS, OCTOBER 2014 The clown/fool/jester is a recognizable fgure in every culture. The clown is an archetype, a universal image that’s embedded in the brain. These images dwell in the unconscious mind. They can be animals, people, gods/goddesses, or objects (a tree, a house, a cross, or mandala) that are a staple […]

What is Clown Therapy?

The Clown/Fool/Jester is a recognizable figure in every culture in recorded history. The clown is an archetype, a human characteristic that’s biologically embedded in the mind, universally present in the human psyche. There are many archetypes; Kings, Warriors, Princesses, Wizards, and Demons, and they are all pieces of ourselves that all reflect unconscious patterns and […]

Native Americans: A Story of Transgenerational Resilience

Arizona Psychiatric Society Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2014 I appreciate the invitation to address my Arizona colleagues on the psychiatric care of Native Americans. Generally, when we hear the words psychiatric care and Native Americans, it immediately conjures up a symptomatic population rife with substance abuse, domestic violence, high suicide rates among the young, […]

Global outreach project is not your ordinary mental health clinic

Clinical Psychiatry News, Nov. 2013 We are in the midst of enormous changes in health care delivery. Implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make health care accessible to more people than ever before, and ushers in a cultural shift from a prohibitively expensive interventional health care model to one based […]

Psychiatry and the Art of Listening

NOVEMBER 2012 • CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY NEWS It’s becoming the exception for a psychiatrist to spend more than 15 minutes speaking face-to-face with patients. This is the unfortunate concomitant of a medical culture that reimburses us more for 15minute medication reviews than for talking to patients for an hour. Yet, we know that connecting with patients […]

Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., CPAE is a psychiatrist, author, and professional keynote speaker. He is an authority in the science of psychoneuroimmunology mind, body, spirit medicine and speaks about health and wellness, healing, leadership and authenticity . He has delivered motivational keynote speeches to corporate and business clients around the world.