Pre-Congress Workshops

(Requires pre-registration and a fee of $40 applies to each workshop)

Body Image, Sexuality, + Intimacy After a Burn Injury

Cindy Rutter, BSN, MFTI; Ruth B. Rimmer, PhD, CLCP; Radha Holavanahalli, PhD

Full Day Workshop: 9:00am – 12:00pm; lunch on your own; 2:00pm – 5:00pm

 In the immediate aftermath of a burn injury, the focus is survival. But what happens next? Body image, sexuality, and intimacy aren’t talked about until much later – if they’re talked about at all. Sexuality is important to your quality of life, encompassing how you feel about yourself and how you relate to others.


Most likely, you look different and your body has permanently changed. As you recover, you may have a lot of questions:

  1. Will my life ever be normal?
  2. Will my relationships with others be different?
  3. Will my significant other still want to be with me?
  4. Will anyone be attracted to me?

Will anyone ever want to touch me?

After a burn, it’s essential to reconnect to people, take risks, and reach out—but this can be a challenge. This full day workshop will help you understand and face many of the issues related to body image, sexuality, and intimacy after a burn injury.


Young Adult Workshop: Taking Chances, Enjoying the Ride

Jessica Irven, MS, CCLS, LRT/CTRS; Douglass Clapp, RN, BSN; Alexi Pyles

Full Day Workshop: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Learn new skills through discussions, support groups, breakout sessions and the opportunity to take a chance. For burn survivors and their loved ones, 18-25 years old.


Please commit to ALL of the following workshop times:

  • Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday 4:30pm – 6:00pm 
  • Saturday 10:15am – 11:30am

Taking a chance can be scary, like that first drop in a roller coaster or coming to a workshop for the first time. At Knott’s Berry Farm, we’ll look at roller coasters as an opportunity to take a chance in fun, supported, and healthy ways. 

The first drop can kind of be a shock, but as the roller coaster of life continues, we can become more confident in whatever we face: opening up to a group for the first time, starting a new job, building or ending relationships, or graduating from college. 

Whether you’re a roller coaster veteran or this will be your first time, we’ll help you find the right ride to launch your Phoenix World Burn Congress experience and develop new ways to challenge yourself when you return home. Let’s enjoy the ride together!



Facing the Future: Tools + Steps to Social Confidence + Control

Barbara Kammerer Quayle, MA; Mona Kreuger, MA, MSW; Tony Gonzalez

2:00pm – 5:00pm

 This power-packed workshop provides the tools for survivors and families to get back to living after a burn injury. It enables you to feel comfortable and confident in any social, work, or school setting. You will learn simple, specific, and smart ways to manage stares, startled glances, abrupt questions, and whispers from three burn survivors who use these tools in their daily lives. This workshop is designed for survivors, family, friends, and burn care professionals. Everyone leaves with crucial, easy-to-use tools to build social control, social comfort, and social competence!



[Family Workshop] Caregiver Self Care: Simple Strategies to use Every Day

Kristen Quinn, CMHC, CCLS; Linda Garcia, MA, CCLS; Jillian Clark, PT

2:00pm – 5:00pm

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn strategies to identify and address compassion fatigue in others and in yourself. You’ll identify what you already do to take care of yourself and other simple everyday self-care strategies. Learn several techniques to use in your personal or professional life. Finally, learn how to tell when self-care isn’t working and how you can ask for help.



Exploring Land and Sea: Resources for Water Activity + Outdoor Recreation 

Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS; Casey Connell, PADI Course Director

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Whether you’re an avid adventurer, an inexperienced swimmer, or just someone who wants to explore the outdoors, you’ll find the information and resources you need to play. You’ll learn the benefits of water activity and outdoor recreation, and gain an introduction to terminology and equipment for scuba diving, adaptive kayaking, adaptive cycling, and other outdoor adventures. You will take away knowledge and resources to continue your adventures on land or at sea.


Presenting and Preserving Our Journey Toward the New Normal

Scott A. Krohn; Benita Alioth

2:00pm – 5:00pm

In this supportive atmosphere, you’ll voice your passions, your hopes, your obstacles, your dreams, and your stories. After responding to prompts including photos, phrases, tastes, and scents, you’ll have the opportunity to share your writing in small groups and receive encouraging feedback from facilitators and other group members. Based on the Write Around Portland model, this program de-emphasizes spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other things associated with high school English class. Sharpen your pencil and get ready to dive into supportive community of writers and survivors.