Several hospitals participate in Phoenix Society SOAR trainings

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Whew, what a busy past few weeks for the Phoenix Society’s SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program!

In May, Phoenix Society staff members and SOAR coordinators held peer support trainings at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

The training covers such topics as how to work in a hospital setting, the role of the peer supporter, boundaries, do’s and don’ts, communication skills, and the process of psychosocial recovery for patients and families. The training is taught through lecture, discussion, case studies and role-playing.

At the annual American Burn Association meeting in late April, several hospitals participated in SOAR trainings, including Shands (University of Florida), Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, MI), Foothills Family Medical Centre (Calgary – Alberta, Canada), Via Christi Health (Wichita, KS), Brigham And Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA), Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Santa Clara, CA), and The Edward G. Hirschman Burn Center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (Colton, CA).

“It’s exciting because those involved in the training sessions are either adding to their existing SOAR programs or starting new programs in areas previously not served,” said Pam Peterson, Program Director of the Phoenix Society. “Becoming involved in SOAR broadens the community of support for burn survivors and their families”

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