Training for Health Care Professionals If you are a physician, nurse, or other allied health professional and are interested in learning how child life and expressive arts could aid in your patients coping please contact me. Areas of speciality include:
-Adults with chronic or terminal illness with children in the home -Adult ICU and critical care consultation when children are in the home -Consultation for community resources after palliative care has been established -Unit debriefing of sudden or traumatic patient losses
Services for School Professionals When a student has been diagnosed with a chronic or life limiting condition, experienced the death of a sibling or parent, or the class has experienced the death of a peer, the transition back to school can be difficult. I can assist you in answering questions your students may have, using group activities that focus on emotional coping and provide opportunities for exploring difficult emotions. I also provide trainings to educators and school staff on topics of grief and loss and supporting children with chronic illness.
Self-Care Workshops/Retreats No matter what setting you work in, self-care is a practice that everyone needs support in cultivating. Especially in healthcare, the pressure to find time for self-care can be daunting. With experience developing and implementing self-care retreats, support groups, and workshops I can work with you and your organization to create a 1 hour, 3 hour, all day, or on-going programs with an emphasis on self-care and combating compassion fatigue.
Presentations & Trainings I have had the honor of being a guest speaker at various healthcare related conferences and trainings. Specifically for healthcare professionals, topics of grief and loss, compassion fatigue, and supportive interventions for children are topics I create presentations in. Other topics include:
- Supporting children when a parent has a serious illness -Coping with death and loss: Tools for the physician - Pediatric palliative care: Children and spirituality -Creating sacred space: Integrating ritual into child life practice
Support Group Facilitation Meeting together on a consistent basis, with others that are experiencing a similar crisis can be powerfully supportive and healing. I offer a variety of support group opportunities, however there must be at least 4 people to commit for the group to he held. Examples of support groups include
- Grief & Bereavement for adults, adolescents, and/or children - Expressive Arts for chronic pain - Chronic Illness - Self Care for healthcare workers
Child Life Supervision For many child life specialists, especially those in smaller programs, there are not ample opportunities to have on-site supervision. As such, I offer both individual and group supervision. For the early career child life specialist, outside supervision can provide additional support in the beginning years of your career. The benefits of supervision include:
- Aiding in your self-growth as a clinician - Managing stress - Developing skills for self-care practices - Enhancing communication - Growing skills for effective leadership