How to start Rainbows
Rainbows is an international not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis such as a death of a loved one, deployment of a family member, divorce, incarceration of a parent, or a myriad of other loses that our kids are facing today. We have developed specific program objectives and organizational goals that will result in immediate and long-term benefits. They are:
• To develop and strengthen problem-solving and coping skills and appropriate behavior and anger management
• To improve school attendance and academic performance
• To alleviate depression and anxiety
• To reduce emotional pain and suffering of children and youth
• To help children and youth who have experienced traumatic changes in their families improve communication in their family and peer relationships
• To prevent destructive behaviors such as involvement with gangs, alcohol and drug abuse, and unwanted pregnancies
Rainbows offers training and curricula to establish community-based grief peer support groups in schools, faith communities, hospitals, and social service agencies. These support groups provide those who are grieving an opportunity to deal with and resolve their feelings in an accepting environment facilitated by a staff member or a chosen volunteer trained by Rainbows. Our Facilitator Training is now available online 24/7.
There are a variety of ways Rainbows can be implemented:
1) invite the school personnel or hand chosen volunteers to be trained so as to offer the program to a larger number of children and teens; and/or
2) the clinician(s) can facilitate the support groups to any number of children they choose to per week.
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