BucharestChild life program

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BUCHARESTDetails

The Child Life Program was initiated in Bucharest in 1990 in collaboration with several hospitals and universities in the United States, including Boston Children’s Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Wheelock College. Now, the Inocenti Child Life program’s active partner for both education and knowledge exchange is Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, USA. 

In 2016, the program was also opened at “Dr. Victor Gomoiu” Children’s Hospital in Bucharest. 

In 2017, the existing program within the National Institute for Mother and Child Health “Alessandrescu-Rusescu” was accredited, thus creating the Counseling and Support Center for Children and Parents “Child Life”

Emotional support

Art therapy

Dedicated specialists

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  • Stronger together!

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  • OBJECTIVES
  • ACTIVITIES
  • BENEFICIARIES

We aim to prevent and remedy the negative effects of hospitalization on children and their families, focusing on:

  • decreasing the level of anxiety in children and parents;
  • decreasing hospital psycho-social trauma;
  • facilitating faster and more effective medical recovery;
  • adaptive processing of the hospital experience.
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  • We explain the purpose of their treatment to children in a child-friendly way and help them become familiar with the hospital environment.
  • We provide emotional support before and after medical procedures and during the hospital stay.
  • We encourage individual and group medical play and games.
  • We offer art therapy and recreational activities in the playroom and/or the child’s ward.
  • We help get children ready for various medical procedures.
  • We provide emotional support to siblings and family.
  • We teach children interactive relaxation and pain management techniques.
  • We provide parents with relevant information about the child’s development.
  • We offer psychological support in the event of bereavement or loss.
  • We provide online supportive psychological counseling as well as personal development activities with chronically ill adolescents, targeting emotional, cognitive and behavioral areas.
  • We organize special events (Christmas event, Easter, special visits, Children’s Day etc).
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  1. The Counseling and Support Center for Children and Parents – Child Life operates within the National Institute for Mother and Child Health “Alessandrescu-Rusescu”.

Contact:

  1. Children’s Clinical Hospital “Dr. Victor Gomoiu”

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During 2021, the team of Inocenti specialists provided support to:

  • 810 children
  • 626 parents and legal guardians

WHO WE AREMeet our specialists

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Iuliana Tudor

Psychologist and CSCCP coordinator

Mirabela-Stoinoiu

Mirabela Stoinoiu

Psychologist

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Cristina Frățilă

Psychologist

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Teodora Strejaru

Psychologist & CSCCP Intervention Officer

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Alina Costea

Psychologist

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EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Resources

The Child Life Program includes:

Prevention sessions on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Mental Health Literacy Sessions
Workshops in high schools
Therapeutic Stories for Hospitalized Children and their Families
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BucharestCollaborators

An important component of the Child Life program is the involvement of volunteers selected and trained to carry out therapeutic and play activities with children.

Our official collaborators are: Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”, Spiru Haret University, Buchares.

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MEDIAMoments from the program

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