Franciscan Hospital for Children CBAT Unit
Volunteers at the Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) unit are in a unique position. They are there to provide individual attention and friendship as a non-disciplinarian. Most of the residents need to rebuild trust in adults and learn how to develop healthy relationships. Through games, bedtime stories, and reliability, volunteers can contribute to the assessment and healing that occurs on the unit. There are two mandatory training sessions which volunteers must attend before volunteering at the CBAT (ask the council member if you need more information). In addition, there is a mandatory hospital supervision meeting every other week. This is a time for volunteers to check in, and it can often be used as the group's reflection time. Commitment to the 4Boston CBAT placement is a commitment to attend those meetings.
Volunteers play with and mentor children who have been temporary hospitalized due to emotional and behavioral difficulties. A typical shift begins at dinner time, when volunteers get to eat with the kids and mirror a family dinner. SkipBo, coloring, and pickup basketball games will be had by all. Due to the nature of the unit and the experiences of the children, volunteers are required to attend an orientation to the hospital policy and work closely with the staff on the unit to promote a therapeutic environment and respond to the needs of each child.
30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA
Council Member 2012-13
Teddy Raddell - email@example.com
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