Discovering The Journey Back has benefited me in my role as a trainer for an "after the crisis" program (TECIP) as well as a Director of Student Services for a small school district. While I would never wish a traumatic event on anyone, we have learned that crisis does not discriminate. When I hear about a student who has suffered from a fire, I feel like The Journey Back has provided me a gift to deliver to that student and his/her family.
Growing up is hard work and every child copes differently with the social, emotional, and academic rigors of attending school. After a burn injury or traumatic loss, day-to-day challenges are compounded by additional stressors. Helping a child regain a sense of normalcy to their lives after burn injury and reconnect with their peer community is critical. School reentry is an important part of that process. Parents, teachers, guidance counselors or caring adults can get the information from The Journey Back to offer support.
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.
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