Art and Social Therapy

Social therapy is a form of group psychotherapy, in which clients work together with therapists, to create a therapeutic environment that facilitates social-emotional growth. It is a collaborative, creative and non-medical approach, designed to help people who are in emotional pain, experiencing relationship or family difficulties, or just feeling stuck in their lives.

The group, often made up of people of different ages and backgrounds, creates an environment that will benefit all its members, through collaboration and improvisation. Together, participants create the conditions of their own therapy, where the group is the therapeutic unit. This allows group members to continue supporting each other after the workshop leader leaves.

In Clown Me In’s social therapy workshops, we use music, theatre, poetry, community projects, sports, and storytelling to enable people to experience life in new ways. We do not seek to solve problems, but to help participants accept life’s difficulties and create practical, positive ways to deal with them.

Our art and social therapy workshops help people to:

  • Deal with their personal and social traumas and find a way to express them through art
  • Develop practical, positive ways to deal with challenges and grow more resilient
  • Laugh again

CATCH

“Creative Arts for CHange” is a project implemented by Clown Me In (Beirut DC) and Clowns Without Borders Sweden over two years, from 2017-2019. It involves training 24 artists in social therapy, game therapy, clowning, improv and puppetry. These artists then go to refugee camps and disadvantaged communities around the country to give workshops to … Continue reading CATCH

CAPE

As a continuation of our previous project, CATCH (Creative Arts for Change), we followed it up this year with CAPE (Creative Arts for Peace and Equality), bringing ten female artists from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan for ten intensive days of workshops in different artistic practices and their uses in social therapy. The ladies spent … Continue reading CAPE

IOM Trainings

We are very happy to be working with the International Organization for Migration on a community-based and focused psychosocial support project for displaced and hosting communities in Lebanon. 7 of our trainers are working in Baysrieh, Tripoli and Baalback with 80 participants of different age groups who will acquire an improved skill set, tools and … Continue reading IOM Trainings

Digital storytelling

The Digital Storytelling workshop is based on the social therapy process (click here to find out more), but with an emphasis on exploring personal stories and turning them into short movies. All movies are shown within the group, and some go on to be screened in the participants’ home communities or at film festivals. Click … Continue reading Digital storytelling

Social therapy

Social therapy is group psychotherapy in which clients work together with therapists to create a therapeutic environment that facilitates social-emotional growth. It is a collaborative, creative and non-medical approach designed to help people who are in emotional pain, experiencing relationship or family difficulties or just feeling stuck in their lives.