Child Life Disaster Relief (CLDR) is in partnership with Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) for national and local deployments. CDS offered their first volunteer training in 1980 and they have been training volunteers to work with children in the immediate aftermath of disasters ever since. CLDR has the privilege of joining their mission to continue to meet the needs of children and families post-disaster. CDS offers two types of training workshops – a standard CDS training and a child life specific training.

Child life specialists are encouraged to attend either the standard CDS training or the child life specific training for CDS certification eligibility; only one training is required.

Child life students are encouraged to attend the standard CDS training.

Upcoming CDS Trainings & Locations:

February 22 – 23, 2019 Washington, PA Register Now
March 1 – 2, 2019 Redding, CA Register Now
March 23 – 24, 2019 LaVerne, CA Register Now
April 10 – 11, 2019 Chicago, IL Register Now
April 12 -13, 2019 North Manchester, IN Register Now

All trainings include an overnight shelter simulation as a valuable part of the learning experience.  Participants will sleep on cots as typical for many disaster situations.


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Workshop Costs for Participants:

  • Registration cost is between $45 and $60 depending on training logistics

Child Life PDU’s:

PDU’s are available for child life specialists.  We will send out PDU’s after the training has been completed, however feel free to contact us at to request PDU’s if you have not received them.

Hosting a Training

If you are interested in more information about hosting a training in your area, please fill out the contact form below and we will be in contact with you shortly with more information.