Disaster Relief

Noah

Volunteer at Camp Noah this Summer

Wondering what it’s like to volunteer with our partner Camp Noah? Read on to learn from Claire Humphreys, a Child Life Disaster Relief member and child life student who volunteered with Camp Noah last summer. We expect to have specific dates/locations for Camp Noah summer 2020 soon, in the meantime, we are recruiting volunteers in …

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Child Life Disaster Relief is headed to Puerto Rico

On January 7, Puerto Rico was struck by its strongest earthquake since 1918 and has since experienced over 1,000 aftershocks. It has been just over two years since Hurricane Maria devastated the island and Puerto Ricans are struggling with the effects of another natural disaster. It’s yet another crisis that reminds us of the growing …

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UPDATE and REQUEST FOR CCLS RESPONDERS for POTENTIAL DEPLOYMENT – PUERTO RICO

We are continuing to pursue a potential deployment opportunity in Puerto Rico for CCLSs to work directly with children affected by the recent earthquake. Please indicate your interest and potential availability HERE. There is possibility of sending individuals who do not speak Spanish since most of the people are bilingual in the environments we are …

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Thank you Child Life Specialists for deploying to the Bahamas!

The last month has been a wild and amazing ride for Child Life Disaster Relief. The Bahamas Ministry of Health and US Coalition of Physicians requested Certified Child Life Specialists deploy to the Bahamas to provide support following Hurricane Dorian, and several volunteers answered the call.  These deployments would not have been possible without the …

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Teachers, Vital Team Members in the Wake of Disasters

Many people have heard the saying “it takes a village” when it comes to raising a family.  For many families, that “village” provides support, guidance, resources, ideas, and respite, and can include anyone from neighbors, to relatives, to friends, and others whom they see fit for the job.  Teachers play a large role in that …

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Post Traumatic Growth & Resiliency

Many are aware of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). A lesser known concept, Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) is more common and very real. Dr. Gretchen M. Miller, a Certified Art Therapist and Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, describes what Post-Traumatic Growth is and how it, “has strong, long-term positive effects for survivors of trauma.” View this fascinating article at: …

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Working with Children after Disasters

Texas Border Crisis. Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Thousand Oaks and Pittsburgh shootings. California Camp Fire. The heaviness of these tragic situations is impossible to miss. Regardless of your awareness of the all the details (or lack thereof), you are probably like me: you feel the urgency that these disasters create, and you simply cannot avoid …

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