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Coping Kit For Everyday Life

Rechelle and Genevieve share stories from their work as Child Life Specialists helping families cope with hospitalization and illness. Together they think about how those same tools can be applied to both the ordinary and the extraordinary challenges of everyday life.

Genevieve Lowry is faculty at Bank Street College of Education in New York City.  She has been a child life specialist since 1990 working in both hospital and community settings. She is also the founder of The Convenient Classroom and the co-creator of the only online Child Life Certification Test Preparation Course. She is a Reiki Teacher, Certified Educator of Infant Massage, and is an End of Life Doula.  She writes, presents, and provides consultation to a variety of organizations both locally and nationally on topics of social justice, child life in the community, trauma and grief and loss.
Rechelle Porter is the Director of Child Life Services and Creative Art Therapies in New York City.  She has been a Child Life Specialist for 29 years in both inpatient pediatric general medicine and oncology units, Ambulatory Surgery and outpatient Hematology and Oncology.  Rechelle is a licensed social work and  certified fearless living life coach. Founder of RDP Life Coaching LLC. 

Connect with us:

copingkitforeverydaylife@gmail.com

Connect with Rechelle

Rdplifecoaching@yahoo.com

To follow Genevieve

Instagram: genevievelowry3

Twitter: GenevieveLowry

http://www.theconvenientclassroom.com

Episode 1: Introductions

In their first episode of Coping Kit for Everyday Life Rechelle and Genevieve share their personal journey of becoming a certified child life specialist. We hope our podcast supports others in discovering tools to create their own coping kit for everyday life.

Resources:

Steps to become a CCLS

Colleges we mention in our podcast that offer degrees in child life

Boston University (Formerly Wheelock College) 

Utica College 

Bank Street College of Education 

Episode 2: Gratitude

This week Rechelle and Genevieve will be talking about gratitude. They share how gratitude practices can impact how we see ourselves and experience the world around us.

Reflection/journal exercise:

Start your own gratitude practice

Ex: Journaling daily 5 things you are grateful for.

Resources

Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to be Happier

The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How it Affects Anxiety and Grief

5 Ways to Practice Gratitude with Kids

How make a Gratitude Jar with your Child

Episode 3: Covid Continues

In episode 3, recorded in November of 2021, Rechelle and Genevieve talk how they both coped with covid professionally and personally. They share what they learned from the experience and how they are applying that learning to their life now.   

Reflection/Journal Exercises:
Create a list of what you have control over and what you don’t have control over with your experience since Covid started.

Resources:
Resources from ACLP In Action – Genevieve 

How to support your child and self during pandemic 

Covid Vaccine Tip Sheet and Talking to Children about Covid-19

Grief resources 

Tapping App

Meditation App 
Episode 4: Reframing Resolutions 

Did you create a New Year’s Resolution? Have you been able to keep it or are you berating yourself about it? Rechelle and Genevieve talk about ways to emphasize process over product and examine the use of affirmations and intentions in child life work with children and families as well as in their own lives as a tool for self care, motivation, and mindfulness. 

Reflection/Journal
Prompts to consider:
Create an Intention statement 
What am I hoping or wishing  for this year?
What do I want more of less of this  year 
What is my willingness to do …
What am I willing to practice in order to live out my intention 
Create cards or post Affirmations or your intention in a place where you can see it regularly. 

Resources:

The Why What How and What if of Affirmations
Setting the Intention for the New Year
Self Awareness and Setting Intentions
Episode 5: You Got to Have Friends

Rechelle and Genevieve talk with special guest Toni Crowell-Petrungaro child life leader, previous co-worker, and friend. Together they share how friendships are a virtual source of support and a necessary tool to have your coping kit.

Reflection / Journal Exercises

Evaluate your source of support this week Make a new friend this week

Resources:

Friendships Enrich your Life and Improve your Health Importance of Friendships
Why Friendships are Important for Health and Well-being

Episode 6: Finding the Funny!

There is nothing funny about life-threatening illness or chronic disease… Or is there? In this episode, Rechelle and Genevieve talk about the power of humor and how to use this as a tool for supporting children and families as well as ourselves.

Reflection/Takeaway:

Reflect on what makes you laugh?
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
How can you bring more laughter into your life?
Look up and attend a Laughter Yoga class in your own community.

Resources:

University of Michigan: Healing through Humor
Laugh off Life
Patch Adams Gesundheit Institute
TEDMED Live Talk by Dr. Madan Kataria at the other song Mayo Clinic Stress Relief

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