Online Program Offers Resources to Assist in School Re-entry after Burn Injury or Traumatic Loss

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Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors has launched an online version of its school re-entry program, The Journey Back. The program allows for teachers, school professionals, parents, and peers to quickly access information to assist a child in the school re-entry process after a burn injury or traumatic loss.

The Journey Back Book Cover

The Journey Back Book Cover

Often we get calls from desperate professionals that have a child coming back to school on only a couple days notice and they need information as soon as possible... Now they can have instant access and can offer more support."

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors has launched an online version of its school re-entry program, The Journey Back. The program, already in over 106 hospitals across the country, was developed in collaboration with experts in burn care, education, trauma, child development, mental health, fire prevention and families who have been through a traumatic burn or loss, to consider all aspects of a successful return to school. The online program allows for teachers, school professionals, parents, and peers to quickly access information to assist a child in the school re-entry process after a burn injury or traumatic loss.

“One of my favorite aspects of the new format is that it can be available as soon as the planner needs the information. Often we get calls from desperate professionals that have a child coming back to school on only a couple days notice. They need information as soon as possible to help support a student that often is the first of its kind in their helping role. Now they can have instant access and can offer more support to the kids, their families, fellow students and the school community for a smooth transition back to school after burn injury or traumatic loss”, said Amy Clark, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.

Phoenix Society worked closely with a national multidisciplinary team of experts to ensure the inclusion of all necessary tools to support any child going back to school whether recovering from a burn injury or faced with the challenges of returning after a traumatic loss in their family. The program offers flexible, high quality materials and information for the novice presenter to confidently support a child’s return to school or augment a seasoned presenters current program. The Journey Back provides user-friendly, practical information that is based upon a sound trauma-informed and child-focused foundation.

The online version of The Journey Back includes:

  • Added content on supporting a child returning to school after a traumatic loss
  • Online templates for program planning
  • Assessment tools
  • Downloadable templates for letters, presentations and correspondence
  • A narrated tutorial overview
  • A convenient e-book format available virtually anywhere

Phoenix Society encourages burn care professionals, mental health professionals, fire safety educators, teachers and family members to use The Journey Back Program and offer it as an option when any child returns to school after a burn injury or traumatic loss. The complete program can be accessed online at no cost. http://www.phoenix-society.org/our-programs/kids/school-reentry

About Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
Founded in 1977, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury. Phoenix Society works with survivors, families, healthcare professionals, the fire industry and donors to support burn recovery, improve the quality of burn care, and prevent burn injuries. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the organization takes its name from the legendary bird that is consumed by flame but rises again, more vibrant than before. To learn more, visit http://www.phoenix-society.org

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since: 04/2010
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