The Journey Back, Making School Reentry Easier for Young Survivors

By Amy Clark

Helping children regain a sense of normalcy to their lives after burn injury and a reconnection with their peer community prompted the development of The Journey Back school re-entry program several years ago. When I was a child life specialist, I had been asked several times to present a school re-entry program on very short notice and without much preparation on how to implement such a program. School re-entry programs can be instrumental to a child’s transition in healing and after learning that many other colleagues were challenged with the same task -- and many schools and families were desperately searching for help -- it motivated me to figure out how we could make this process easier.

One of the wonderful benefits of Phoenix Society’s support is the national collaborative spirit that is an integral part of their program development and delivery models. The initial draft of The Journey Back was distributed to a wide range of experts from education to burn care. Each contributor took time to lend their expertise and perspective to this valuable tool. Their input insured that the materials were developed with both the survivor’s recovery needs and the professional’s application needs in mind.  

Now, after seven years in circulation, we are excited to adapt this tool to utilize current technology and delivery platforms. Users can easily access the most current materials anywhere, anytime, online and free of charge. This new platform allows every child, whether close to the hospital or hours away, access to this supportive and informative back to school curriculum tools. Learn more about The Journey Back school re-entry program

Join over 100 hospitals and over 300 users that are currently accessing The Journey Back and support a child or teen to getting back to living their lives at school!


Amy Clark, BS, CTS, has worked for the Phoenix Society since 2002 and is currently our Program Consultant. Prior to working at Phoenix Society she coordinated the child life program at The Children's Hospital at Bronson and later took a role as child life specialist at Spectrum Health Regional Burn Center. Amy has worked with camps, prevention groups, and other organizations across the nation to provide support services to children and families. She has collaborated with numerous professionals across the nation to develop resources and services to support families and children who have been affected by burn injury.


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