Undoing Racism: Child Life Professional Development Workshop

Child Life of Greater NY is sponsoring an Undoing Racism workshop of Oct. 25 & 26 in New York City.

Join us for the workshop Undoing Racism. This workshop, using the lens of healthcare and its intersection with race will support Child Life Specialists as they examine their own bias, provide tools for dismantling and disrupting policies that diminish the very voices we aim to amplify.

The Undoing Racism​TM​/Community Organizing workshop is an intensive 2-day workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically constructed and that it can be “undone” when people understand where it comes from, how it functions, why it is perpetuated, and what we can do to dismantle it.

The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. Since its founding in 1980, The People’s Institute has trained over 1 million people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and internationally. It is recognized as one of the most effective anti-racist training and organizing institutions in the nation. ​www.pisab.org

The workshop addresses the following areas:
Analyzing power – ​Effective organizing requires an accurate analysis of the systems that keep racism in place. The training examines why people are poor, how institutions and organizations perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who benefits from the maintenance of the status quo.

Recognizing the internalized manifestations of racial oppression – ​The training explores how internalized racial oppression manifests itself both as Internalized Racial ​Inferiority and Internalized Racial ​Superiority​.

Defining racism – ​To undo racism, organizers and educators must understand what racism is, and how and why it was constructed. The training explores how the idea of “race” was created to implement systems that benefit some people and oppress and disadvantage others.

Understanding the manifestations of racism – ​Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings. The training examines the dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism.

Learning from history – ​Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the histories of people of color and white people as well. The training demonstrates that a full knowledge of history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and collective empowerment.

Sharing culture – ​The training process demonstrates that even as racism divides people, sharing culture unites us. Cultural sharing is a critical organizing tool and is central to the training.

Organizing to “Undo Racism​TM​”​ – ​The training explores principles of effective organizing, strategic techniques for supporting Poor communities getting a sense of their own power, the importance of accountability to community, and the internal dynamics of leadership development.

When: Event will be held on both Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th from 9 am-5 pm. Lunch will be provided.
Where: Please note that the event will be held in two locations: The Interchurch Center and Bank Street College of Education- more information provided after sign up.

Limited spots available for this event. Please contact us at CLGNYconference@gmail with questions.

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5 Benefits of Working in a Children’s Hospital

Guest Blogger, Adela Ellis

As a healthcare provider, you have a lot of opportunities in terms of where to work. You could work at a hospital, a long-term care facility, a rehab center, a private practice … the list goes on and on. For many people, however, working in a children’s hospital is the most appealing option. Whether you are a doctor, a nurse, or any other type of healthcare worker, working in a children’s hospital means that you will be spending your days caring for sick and injured children. You’ll work with kids who are suffering from terminal illnesses and life-threatening injuries as well as those who are visiting for routine screenings, less significant illnesses, and injuries.

The work is physically and emotionally draining, but it is also incredibly rewarding. You can get to make a real impact on the lives of kids and their families, and that is just one of the perks. If you want to dedicate your career to working with kids, keep reading to discover a few of the many benefits of working in a children’s hospital.

Working with Kids and Improving Their Health

Most people who choose to work in children’s hospitals do so because they want to help kids. As an employee in one of these facilities, you will get to work closely with children on a daily basis. You’ll be there during one of the scariest times in their young lives, and you’ll have the opportunity to reassure them and provide some much-needed comfort.

As a children’s hospital employee, you’ll also play a major role in improving kids’ health. While there are always, sadly, terminal cases in which little can be done, there are also plenty of situations in which your care and recommendations can get a second chance at life. Providing treatment to help a sick or injured child recover is incredibly rewarding.

Developing a Sense of Pride

As a healthcare provider, you should have a sense of pride every day when you go to work. When you work in a children’s hospital, though, that sense of pride tends to be even greater. You get to spend your days making a real difference in peoples’ lives. You are there for kids and their parents during some of the most difficult times of their lives, and you could be instrumental in helping ensure that a seriously ill or injured child has the opportunity of having a future.

Wearing Fun Scrubs

On a slightly less serious note, working in a children’s hospital often means that you are able to wear fun scrubs. When you work with adults, there is more likely to be a dress code that only allows you to wear scrubs in a certain color or style. When you’re working with kids, though, you tend to have a lot more freedom.

Being in the hospital is a scary experience for a child. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers can be quite frightening. By wearing fun scrubs, however, you can make yourself a lot less intimidating to your young patients. Something like a colorful butterfly scrub top will make you seem more approachable, and it will give something for little eyes to focus on rather than a needle or another scary medical instrument or device.

Scrubs emblazoned with popular children’s characters are great choices, too, especially if you spend most of your time working with toddlers or young children. Figure out which characters your kids and their classmates love most and look for scrubs featuring them. If you don’t have kids of your own, check out this page for some character inspiration!

Plenty of Opportunities for Growth

Children’s hospitals are massive facilities with all sorts of different job opportunities. Even if you start out as, say, a nurse’s aide, you will have the opportunity to continue learning and working your way up toward higher positions. Many facilities will even help you pay for your education if you are an employee. They can also work with you when you need to do an internship or participate in another form of on-the-job training.

If you are just starting out in your healthcare career, working in a children’s hospital means that you can explore many different departments. You may find that you love working with infants, but treating older kids isn’t something that you are quite as passionate about. Or you may find that you love the fast-paced emergency department but can’t handle working in pediatric oncology. As an employee at a children’s hospital, you’ll likely have a chance to work in different departments and move to different areas if you find that one isn’t “right” for you.

Job Stability

As much as everyone would love it if there was no need for children’s hospitals, that simply isn’t the case. There will always be sick and injured kids who are in need of medical attention. For this reason, there will always be a need for children’s hospitals and the people who work in them. These facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they are vital in the cities in which they are located. If you work at a children’s hospital, the odds of it simply closing are extremely low. Chances are, you will have a job for as long as you want to have one.

The Bottom Line

There are a lot of great reasons to work in a children’s hospital. The benefits listed above are just a few of the many. If you want to work directly with kids and make a difference in the world, getting hired at a children’s hospital is a good way to achieve both goals.

Author Bio

Adela Ellis is a full-time nurse and part-time ambassador for Infinity Scrubs. Adela attended the University of Arizona and has been a pediatric nurse for the last 6 years. In her free time, she loves true-crime podcasts and cooking for friends and family.