Children's Disaster Services - Registration Required
Equipping volunteers - Workshop details
Participants in the 27-hour workshop learn to provide comfort and encouragement to children by offering the healing young children need in traumatic situations. They learn to create a safe, friendly environment that gives children the chance to engage in therapeutic play activities designed to relieve stress and calm fears.
This workshop includes a simulated shelter experience (an overnight stay) and will be provided to any one over the age of 18 interested in working with children after a disaster. Participants completing the course will have the opportunity to become certified Children’s Disaster Services volunteers.
Because children can experience personal disasters (when a friend moves away, a pet dies, etc.) people who come in contact with a distressed child can benefit from this workshop. Many of the concepts taught in the workshop are appropriate to use at those times as well as after disasters.
Children’s Disaster Services 27-hour workshop utilizes a variety of hands-on activities that the participants put into action when caring for children after a disaster. Topics include:
- shelter simulation (includes an overnight stay)
- disasters (types and phases)
- needs after a disaster
- how to respond to children in a healing manner
- the role of play after a disaster
- how to use play to start recovery in children
- Children’s Disaster Services Centers
- set up
- safety procedures
- volunteers’ roles
- Self-care onsite and after returning home
What to bring
- An openness to new experiences.
- Clothing for active participation and sitting on the floor.
- Camping gear (sleeping bag or blankets, pillow, air mattress, flashlight)
- Personal items (towel, washcloth, toiletries, soap, devotional books)
If you register and attend this workshop all costs to attend will be covered by funds raised through THE CONNECTICUT PROJECT. (thectproject/facebook.com). As all funds for this workshop are a result of fundraising, we will need to charge the normal $45 registration to anyone that registers and does not attend.