Last year, the Phoenix UBelong Young Adult program created an internship opportunity intended to provide professional development in the area of therapeutic programming. This opportunity was open to all students and young professionals seeking to broaden their skills in the area of service to burn survivors and family members. Out of dozens of applications, Taylor Sherwood was the applicant chosen for this unique and impactful experience.
How often do we take the time to appreciate ourselves as individuals? To explore how we got where we are and which experiences and people have shaped us? Phoenix UBelong participants had the opportunity to find the answers to all these questions this year.
Providence, RI – A severe burn can be one of the most devastating injuries that a human body can suffer, both physically and emotionally. Medical advancements have improved survival rates over 96% (American Burn Association) in U.S. Burn Centers. But survival is not enough. There is a growing need and a demand to provide emotional support and recovery resources for burn survivors and their families as they endure the reality of lifelong healing from a burn injury. This is the message that more than 900 burn survivors and their families, caregivers, burn care professionals and firefighters will share with the world at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivor’s 28th annual Phoenix World Burn Congress on October 19 to 22 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.
A powerful social media video challenge by our generous supporter, Bio Oil, and their ensuing gift motivated another first-time donor, Brian Stevens, to initiate further excitement and generous giving - Brian challenged the crowd at the Phoenix WBC 2015 banquet to participate in an exciting, 1:1 gift match - and make a difference in the lives of burn survivors everywhere. A true example of how "Nothing Heals People Like Other People," read how our attendees rose to the occasion and created an evening to remember!
Last night’s Phoenix World Burn Congress Talent Show participants inspired the audience with a show of amazing talent! We would like to thank all the participants for their efforts and willingness to share their performances with their fellow attendees and the show emcee,Jen Carmack, for providing her talent as well. Our special thanks to our friends at Bio Oil for sponsoring the talent show event!
Imagination! Exploration! Learning! Phoenix UBelong supports family-centered care and has purposefully set up our programming so that it is transitional in nature: UBelong Childcare—> UBelong Youth and Teen—> UBelong Young Adults—> UBelong Parents. Read more about our childcare programming offered at Phoenix World Burn Congress...
Social skills and peer mentorship are two of the Phoenix Society’s main platforms. Sometimes a mentor comes along at just the right moment to support us. Read more about how the Phoenix UBelong Youth and Teen participants were able to practice and learn these social skills!
"Did you know that the way you breathe can change the way your mind and body feel?" Jill Clark enthusiastically said to the UBelong crowd as she led the kids through a series of yoga moves and techniques. Jill is a volunteer with the Phoenix UBelong program and a certified yoga instructor, and she offers the following thoughts to all the participants at the UBelong Yoga sessions:
Successful advocacy requires effective tools and messaging to make a difference. That's why the Phoenix Society is offering our newly updated advocacy training course at Phoenix World Burn Congress. We know that by bringing together the individual stories of burn survivors and raising our voice as a burn community, we can increase understanding of burn issues, improve burn prevention efforts, and reach more burn survivors. This powerful advocacy training is also available through our NEW online training course. Read more about the training and how YOU can get involved! You can be trained as a Phoenix Advocate through our NEW online training course - or experience the training onsite at Phoenix World Burn Congress.
The burn survivor community united in a Walk of Remembrance at Phoenix World Burn Congress 2015 to honor those lost to burn injury and to raise awareness within our communities that burns are a leading cause of accidental death and injury. Read more about our efforts to raise awareness, improve quality of care, and prevent burn injuries...
It was an ordinary day, and what should have been an ordinary family event. The family was barbecuing at home when the propane tank exploded. As a result, Eddie Cardenas, who was 15 years old, suffered burns over 50% of his body and spent the next seven months in the hospital. For months the family’s routine was thrown off-balance. Eddie’s parents, Liz and Eduardo, spent their days at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA, more than an hour away from their home. Finally, Eddie was released from the hospital. The family attended their first Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress in 2013. There, they found a place among a community they didn’t know existed. We invite you to read how the power of peer support and the resources of Phoenix World Burn Congress brought support and healing to an entire family.
Recovery for the burn survivor and their family does not stop when they are discharged from the hospital, it extends beyond that. For some it begins with the first step back into the community, back into their life outside of the hospital. The first step in anything can be moving, fulfilling and exciting. But for a burn survivor and their family it can also be intimidating and stressful. However, with support and the right tools it can be successful for all involved. One way to help overcome the uncertainty is by participating in a community reentry outing. We have been learning about these social skill tools throughout our week in Phoenix UBelong and our oldest groups of adolescents went to Joe's Italian Ice to practice what they have learned and support each other through the process.
Music Therapy: “Friday at UBelong we were joined by a drummer who taught us how to use drumming to express individuality and come together as a group”… Music Therapy involves children in singing, listening, playing and creative activities. We wanted to include this activity at Phoenix World Burn Congress because its goals support the Phoenix UBelong program by finding ways to express ourselves, build confidence, and heal. By Rebecca Parmenter MS, CCLS and Christen Bradbury MS, CCLS, Phoenix UBelong volunteers
Michael Bergeron hosted a Phoenix World Burn Congress workshop today regarding pain, misery, and happiness. Michael shared for us his findings and expertise on the topic of choosing happiness in the face of life's events.
Young Adult Workshop at Phoenix World Burn Congress is all about finding your focus (on who you are, and where you’re going), and having fun while you find fulfillment. It’s about finding comfort in who you are, and having support to get to where you want to go (as a person and in the world). This workshop brings together 18-25 year olds who are ready to support one another, have fun, and talk about where they’re going next.
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