Workshop & Training Information

The Children’s Treehouse Foundation presents a special training workshop for professionals interested in launching CLIMB®, a psychosocial intervention, group-support program for children whose parents have cancer, at their cancer center. 

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CLIMB® – Psychosocial Intervention Training Workshop Information and Registration:

Dates: TBD, online options are anticipated for fall 2020


COVID 19 – Training Workshops are suspended until further notice.  Online options are projected for fall 2020.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.                                7/7/20


Location: TBD, look for online options in fall 2020

{The next training will be held in TBD.}

The CLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) program is based on principles of mental health promotion, not psychotherapy. Intended for children ages 6-18, the aim is to build upon the child’s strengths and increase his/her ability to cope with stress associated with the parent’s illness. The new Teen CLIMB® curriculum adapts the best of the children’s program for use with teenagers.

In the course of one night per week for six weeks, the children have cancer demystified, lose a sense of isolation, learn to communicate their feelings with others, and learn how to cope with feelings such as sadness, anger and confusion.

The companion Parent Program helps parents take full advantage of the skills and activities their children are learning in CLIMB® and gives them tools to better understand their children’s feelings and keep communication with their children open.

Who Should Attend, and Why: Social Workers, Nurses, Clergy, Psychologists, Child Life Specialists, and Oncology support personnel such as art, music and dance therapists interested in launching a psychosocial intervention, group-support program at their respective cancer center for children whose parents have cancer. Cancer affects the entire family; and the parent’s cancer-related stress is reduced when there is a professional support program to help their children cope while also improving communications between the parents and children.

Principle Workshop Presenters:  Nan Bethmann, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse, and Marcy Elwood, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C Clinical Oncology Social Worker from Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire, WI and Denis M. Murray, MA, Executive Director, The Children’s Treehouse Foundation.

Agenda: June 12 – 14, 2020 in Raleigh, NC: Friday evening, cocktail reception: 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Workshop starts Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: Workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 5 pm. 

Continuing Education Credits: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recognizes 12.0 contact hours toward continuing education for the CLIMB® Workshop.

Costs: The workshop fee includes the formal training sessions, a comprehensive training/programming manual, a copy of our book, Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer, A Guide For Parents and Families, copies of our children’s activity book, Talking With My Treehouse Friends About Cancer, in English and Spanish; a cocktail welcome reception, two breakfasts, two lunches, and one off-site dinner. The fee is $695.00 for the first person from a cancer center/organization; $595.00 for each additional person from the same center. We recommend two people be trained from each center and at least one person be licensed. Please Register Online or make checks payable to The Children’s Treehouse Foundation, 3333 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit D318, Lakewood, Colorado 80227-5165.

Registration Deadline is:

Hotel Reservation:  Trainees make their reservations directly with the hotel of their choice.

A special CLIMB® workshop rate has been negotiated ….  The link to register with the hotel will be posted soon.

A shuttle will be provided from the AOSW hotel to the training site.

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