Category Archives: Training

Trauma Training Opportunity!

Addressing Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes:  Pediatric Trauma Informed Care Symposium

ADENA: PACCAR Medical Education Center

Saturday, April 29, 2017

7:55a-12:30p EDT

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how trauma affects individuals and recognize psychological aspects
  • Recognize how trauma may impact the lifespan of a child
  • Implement trauma informed care within a system

Sessions include: 

  • Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes (Crystal Gilliam, mother)
  • What is Trauma Informed Care (Brian Bethel, Child Protection Center)
  • Psychological Aspects of Trauma (Alyse Klupenger, LISW-S and Julie Oates, LPCC-S)
  • School to Prison Pipeline (Nubia Pena, Education and Prevention Specialist, UCASA)

To register, visit:  and select the calendar date to access the registration portal or call 740-542-3976 by April 22,2017.

Available via Live Broadcast to registered participants:

For more information visit:

Upcoming Events in Boston and NYC

Happy Child Life Month!

Child life specialists in the Boston and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to learn more about CLDR at the New England Child Life Professionals‘ Annual Child Life Month Event on April 3rd.  Click here for more information.

Also, SAVE -THE-DATE for the Spring one-day Children’s Disaster Services training in New York City for child life specialists and students!  This training will be hosted by Bank Street College and Child Life of Greater New York on September 16th.  Stay tuned for registration information.

Registration Open! Fort Worth, TX Child Life – Children’s Disaster Services Training

Fort Worth
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the one-day Children’s Disaster Services training hosted by Cook Children’s Hospital Child Life Department in Fort Worth, Texas.  This training will be on March 25th and is open to child life specialists**.   Space is limited and we expect the spots to fill quickly, so register soon if you’d like to attend this event.   Email us with any questions or for more information.

Click here to register.

** UPDATE:  Due to the high volume of interest for this training, we are needing to amend this announcement to allow only certified child life specialists to register at this time.  We plan to open the registration to students and art/rec/music therapists as promised at a later date:  March 1st.   Sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.   Feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.  Read more about the difference between the one-day CDS training for child life specialists and the full CDS training here.

14 CLDR Members Attend CDS Training in MO

CLDR Independence

We are so excited to have these (pictured) child life specialists and students joining the CLDR movement from the recent Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) training in Independence, Missouri!

Participants at this training spent 27 hours together preparing to work with kids in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. We want to thank all those who made the trip to Independence for this event.

If you are interested in becoming CDS Certified for local and national deployments please visit our training page and sign up!

Critical Response Training

4 CCLSs and 1 CL student

We were excited to be a part of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) Critical Response Training this past week in Maryland.   This two day training focused on specialized deployments including acts of terrorism, man-made disasters, and aviation/transportation disasters.  We heard from the American Red Cross, FEMA, NTSB as well as others.  Katie Nees (child life specialist) also had the privilege of presenting at this training.  There are so many innovative and energizing things happening with our partnership with CDS!

A Great Training in Kalamazoo!

The Children’s Disaster Services Training in Kalamazoo, Michigan last weekend was a terrific mix of child life specialists, teachers, social workers, emergency management employees, and others with a wide variety of backgrounds and a common love for kids.  Take a look at these faces- you might see them on a future deployment!

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CDS Training Workshop a.k.a. “Superhero Training” – Tampa

We can’t thank the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals (FACLP) enough for hosting the Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) training in Tampa last weekend!  We are receiving the final paperwork for participants as we type this and CDS certifications are in process.  What a great group of 40 enthusiastic people ready to serve vulnerable kids after disasters!  As one participant’s husband put it, “So, you guys are like Superheroes?”



Training in Tampa, FL this September!

Don’t forget to register for our child life specific Children’s Disaster Services training in Tampa, FL on September 10th sponsored by the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals.  The seven hour training will include:

  • Children’s Disaster Services overview–nurturing children, equipping volunteers, supporting families, communities, and partners (especially Red Cross, FEMA, and local agencies)
  • Creating a picture of disaster–phases of disaster, response agencies and organizations, impact on survivors o Responding to children after disaster–using our Kit of Comfort; working with volunteers with a common workshop experience, while at the same time having diverse educational background and life experience
  • Working as part of a CDS team–setting up a center in a MARC or shelter; policies, procedures, and best practices; logistics of travel, expenses, in-processing/out-processing; certification; self care/team care
  • Leadership opportunities with Children’s Disaster Services: Critical Response Child Care, Project Manager, Rapid Response leadership

For more information and to register visit: , click on the PDF link for “mail in registration“, and follow instructions for payment.

We look forward to seeing you there!
The Child Life Disaster Relief team