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.

CLIMB® – Psychosocial Intervention Training Workshop Information and Registration:

Dates: Thursday – Sunday, June 1-3, 2018 after the AOSW Conference in Atlanta

Location: TBD {we are currently in discussion with Emory Winship Cancer Center about hosting our training.}

The next training after Atlanta will be held in Denver, CO in October 2018.

The CLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) program is based on principles of mental health promotion, not psychotherapy. Intended for children ages 6-11, 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. 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.

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: Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN; College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Marisa Nowitz, MSW, LCSW, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; and Denis M. Murray, MA, Executive Director, The Children’s Treehouse Foundation.

Agenda: June 1- 3, 2018.  Friday evening, cocktail reception: 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Workshop starts Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: Workshop starts at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 3 pm.

Continuing Education Credits: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recognizes 11.0 contact hours toward continuing education for the CLIMB® Workshop.  The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has approved 10 contact hours toward continuing education. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Oncology Nursing Society, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Costs: The workshop fee includes the formal training sessions, a comprehensive training/programming manual, a power-point presentation and handouts, a marketing DVD, activity materials, 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, three coffee breaks, one luncheon, and one off-site dinner. The fee is $625.00 for the first person from a cancer center/organization; $525.00 for each additional person from the same center. We recommend at least one person be licensed. Please Register Online or make checks payable to The Children’s Treehouse Foundation, 7500 W Mississippi Ave, Suite A230, Lakewood, Colorado 80226.

Hotel Reservation: A special CLIMB® workshop rate has been negotiated with the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.  The rate is $129/night plus tax.   Trainees make their reservations directly with the hotel. The link to register with the Marriott will be available soon. The discounted rate will be available until May 18, 2018, so plan to make your reservations before then.

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