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.
Larger version of CDS 2019 Training Workshops.
Upcoming CDS Trainings & Locations:
|February 22-23, 2019||Oakdale, PA FULL||Registration Closed||FULL – Waitlist requests – Schastain@brethren.org||United Presbyterian Church|
|March 1-2, 2019||Redding, CA||Register Here||Standard Training||St James Lutheran Church|
|March 23-24, 2019||LaVerne, CA||Register Here||Standard Training||LaVerne Church of the Brethren|
|April 12-13, 2019||North Manchester, IN||Registration Closed||FULL – Waitlist requests – Schastain@brethren.org||Manchester University|
|April 10-11, 2019||Chicago, IL||Registration Closed||Child Life Specific Training||
Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church
|May 2nd, 2019||New York City, NY||Register Here||One Day Intensive||NYDIS Offices|
|September 20-21, 2019||Roanoke, VA||Registration opening later Spring 2019 – check back||Standard Training||Oak Grove Church of the Brethren|
|September 20-21, 2019||Fort Lupton, CO||Registraion opening later Spring 2019 – check back||Standard Training||Fourway Baptist Church|
|October 11-12, 2019||Tampa, FL||Registration opening later Spring 2019 – check back||Child Life Specific Training||TBD|
|October 11-12, 2019||Portland, OR||Registration opening later Spring 2019 – check back||Standard Training||Fruit and Flower Child Care Center|
|October 18-19, 2019||Omaha, NE||Registration opening later Spring 2019 – check back||Standard Training||TBD
All trainings include an overnight shelter simulation as a valuable part of the learning experience *unless indicated as a “One Day Intensive”. Since shelters and cots are typical for many disaster situations, participants will sleep on cots for experiential learning during the training.
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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 email@example.com to request PDU’s if you have not received them.
Hosting a Training
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