Camp Noah 2018

Despite all this cold weather, believe it or not it is time to start planning for summer!  We are eager to get Certified Child Life Specialists and child life students involved with our partner Camp Noah.  To learn more about our partnership, check out our previous blog post “Partnership with Camp Noah.”  Camp logistics are still […]

Prayers for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Our deepest condolences go out to the victims, students, school personnel, families, first responders, and hospital personnel affected by the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, FL.  We also recognize the impact such incidents have on those near and far and offer some quick tips for supporting your children: Be […]

Register Now for Spring Trainings!

There are still spots open for the upcoming Children’s Disaster Services trainings – register now to secure your spot! CDS offers two types of training workshops – a standard CDS training and a child life specific training. Child life specialist and students are welcome to attend either training for CDS certification eligibility; only one training […]

Training Opportunities in Spring 2018!

We are excited to announce additional Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) training opportunities.  CDS is a partner of Child Life Disaster Relief for national deployments to large-scale disasters.  There are two training formats.  One is a 2-day overnight and the other option is a 7-hour one day training. Child life specialists and students are encouraged and […]

Online course on Trauma

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children is offering a course titled: “Healing the Experience of Trauma”.  The learning objectives sound quite relevant to our work.  Take a look: Understand the psychophysiology of trauma. Name at least three ways stress and trauma influence changes in the central nervous system. Identify the components of […]

Kick back, relax, and READ

We at CLDR love a good book to read, especially when it is cold outside!  This winter, our board has compiled a list of favorite books that have taught us about serving children and families in crisis.  Enjoy! The Boy that was Raised as a Dog (Dr. Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz) Childhood Disrupted (Donna […]

CDS Critical Response Team Responded to Amtrak Incident

Sending positive thoughts, healing, and strength to all those involved and affected by the Amtrak incident in Washington this week.  Incidents, such as these, require specialized volunteers who are trained in “Critical Response” as the needs of those impacted vary from natural disasters.  Our partner, Children’s Disaster Services, responded quickly with a Critical Response Team […]

California & Puerto Rico

We are grateful for Allene Osborne and Charity Vasquez, for deploying with the Children’s Disaster Services team to the southern California wildfires.  Local child life specialist, Debi Hulitt has been a life saver, organizing efforts to provide the CDS team with much-needed supplies to meet the needs of the children and families.   In addition to […]