Registered Provider Program

General Information

Wonders & Worries is an Austin-based non-profit providing psychosocial support services for children impacted by an adult’s illness. Our curriculum has been validated both qualitatively and quantitatively, and is backed by many years of experience. It is available as a training opportunity for clinicians wishing to broaden their skill set with this population.

The Registered Wonders & Worries Provider program provides training, consultation, and ongoing support to clinicians who wish to become part of our network and support families within their hospitals or communities. In addition to the Registered Provider program, Wonders & Worries also offers training through webinars and online continuing education courses.
  • In-person trainings will be held in Austin, Texas in late April and early November.

  • We now offer a virtual on-demand, self-paced training option as well.

  • For organizations with more than 3 providers, please ask us about potential on-site training for your team.
  • Who Benefits

    • Child life specialists and licensed mental health professionals who want to enhance their clinical skills with this particular population (i.e. children 2-18 with parents or a primary caregiver with a serious or life-threatening illness) using an intervention proven to be clinically effective.

    • Child life specialists and licensed mental health professionals in private practice wishing to increase their client scope.

    • Child life specialists and licensed mental health professionals being consulted to provide services in adult areas of their healthcare institution.

    • Organizations interested in offering a comprehensive support program for children and teens impacted by an adult's illness.

    Data-Driven Validation of Effectiveness

    The Wonders & Worries model of support is the only formal curriculum-based intervention that has been validated by a randomized clinical trial.  In addition, it has been subject to an evaluative process that anecdotally has proven its value to families confronting an adult’s illness.  This evaluative and anecdotal information was received through a formalized evaluation process. Further, in 2019, The Association of Child Life Professionals published a Position Statement supporting child life specialists and their work with the children of adult patients.  This position paper coupled with the clinically-validated Wonders & Worries curriculum will be valuable tools for any clinician seeking to propose services to their organization.

    Ongoing Support to Promote Program Success

    Registration will allow for use of a validated intervention as well as ongoing support, consultation, and access to newly created resources to serve the families in your community. 

    A partnership with Wonders & Worries will not only afford you access to all our current leading-edge curriculum and materials, but also provide you access to support from our program team, both in group format as well as in the form of an individual consultation.  In addition, your organization will benefit from our ongoing significant investments in curriculum development, clinical research, product development, and branding – all included in your registration fees.

    Connection to a Professional Network

    Being engaged with our dynamic organization will provide a network of professionals working in similar roles and help decrease any potential sense of professional isolation. 
    Wonders & Worries offers two unique models for possible engagement:

    Individual Credential Level

    For both certified child life specialists and licensed mental health practitioners

    Organizational Credential Level

    For medical institutions or support organizations interested in delivering the Wonders & Worries curriculum to their patients/clients

    Requirements

    • Must be a currently certified child life specialist or licensed mental health professional with additional prescribed training criteria
     
    • Application completed
     
    • Complete 3-day training course either at Wonders & Worries in Austin (travel covered by registrant) or through the on-demand training option
     
    • Commitment to participate in one complimentary individualized clinical consultation hour within the first three years of registration
     
    • Commitment to participate in at least four group consultation hours per year within the first three years of registration
     
    • Changes to status reported to Wonders & Worries within two weeks of change
     
    • Registration renewal due every three years and will require updated information, evaluation of the RWWP program and a nominal fee

    Individual Clinicians

    For Individual clinicians, the registration fee includes:

    1. Start-up materials, including a complete digital copy of the validated program manual
    2. Supporting information regarding startup supplies needed, forms, space layout,
    3. Three-day initial training for the child life specialist (travel to live training in Austin to be covered by individual) or access to the on-demand training program.
    4. Listing as a Wonders & Worries registered provider on the Wonders & Worries website.
    5. Permission to deliver the Wonders & Worries curriculum/program as a therapeutic tool at your place of employment
    6. One (1) complimentary hour of individualized clinical consultation to be used within the first three *
    7. Group consultation sessions offered 6 times each year. (Two of these will be training hours focused on additional curriculum or new program offerings)
    8. Invitation to the Wonders & Worries Registration Program conference annually. (travel expenses covered by the attendee, CE verification offered by Wonders & Worries)
    9. Access to shared drive of therapeutic activities, templates & forms for use while a registered
    10. Access to any additional materials developed after initial
    11. Discount on mission related products sold by Wonders &
    12. Continuing Education hours offered for initial
    13. Free PDUs offered for
      * Additional individual consultation hours may be purchased upon request. RWWPs can purchase this at a rate of $60/hour or 10 sessions for $500.

    Organizations

    For organizations, in addition to the individual benefits per clinician outlined above, the following benefits are also provided:

    1. Use of the program name for co-branding and advertising initiatives.
    2. Exclusive opportunities to participate in ongoing Wonders & Worries clinical research.
    3. Listing as a Wonders & Worries registered organization on the Wonders & Worries website.
    4. Discounts on the purchase of non-program related Wonders & Worries products.
    *Additional consultation hours and a site visit may be purchased upon request.

    Upcoming Trainings

    The next in-person training will be held in Austin, Texas on November 8-10, 2021.   The typical cadence of training offerings will be in-person in Austin, Texas in late April and early November of each year. 

    An on-line, on demand training option is available for those who would like to work at their own pace.  This will always be available on an ongoing basis to start as individuals are interested.

    For organizations with more than 3 providers, please ask us about potential on-site training for your team.

    Continuing Education Hours

    Wonders & Worries has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7106. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Wonders & Worries is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

    TX Social Work Hours: 20 (TX State Board of Social Workers Provider # 6299)

    Child Life PDU Hours: 20

    NBCC Hours: 17   Please note: ONLY the On Demand Training is approved for NBCC hours.

    How to Register

    We are currently accepting applications for the Registered Provider program.  

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Apply today!

    1. Complete & Submit Online Application 
    2. Application reviewed by Wonders & Worries Staff
    3. Phone meetings, as needed, with Wonders & Worries Staff
    4. Fees paid
    5. Formal agreement signed (will include attestation statements, requirement acknowledgements, etc.)
    6. Complete pre-requisite training (only applies to master level mental health professionals that are not certified child life specialists)
    7. Complete 3 day training session

    FAQs

    Certified child life specialists and licensed mental health providers. Due to varying educational backgrounds and training, there may be a pre-requisite requirement for mental health providers that includes information related to the developmental impact of illness on children and youth.
    The Illness Education Curriculum has been validated both qualitatively and quantitatively. The quantitative validation is a result of a randomized clinical trial done in partnership with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas.
    • Start-up materials, including a complete digital copy of the validated program manual
    • Supporting information regarding startup supplies needed, forms, space layout,
    • Three-day initial training for the child life specialist (travel to live training in Austin to be covered by individual) or access to the on-demand training program.
    • Listing as a Wonders & Worries registered provider on the Wonders & Worries website.
    • Permission to deliver the Wonders & Worries curriculum/program as a therapeutic tool at your place of employment
    • One (1) complimentary hour of individualized clinical consultation to be used within the first three *
    • Group consultation sessions offered 6 times each year. (Two of these will be training hours focused on additional curriculum or new program offerings)
    • Invitation to the Wonders & Worries Registration Program conference annually. (travel expenses covered by the attendee, CE verification offered by Wonders & Worries)
    • Access to shared drive of therapeutic activities, templates & forms for use while a registered
    • Access to any additional materials developed after initial
    • Discount on mission related products sold by Wonders &
    • Continuing Education hours offered for initial
    • Free PDUs offered for WonderChats
    Wonders & Worries felt it was important to offer the options to complete training in person or online to increase accessibility for clinicians. Presented in an engaging and participatory manner, the training will consist of didactic education, role modeling, group processing and practice.

    In order to maintain the practical pieces in the online asynchronous offering, the training will have required synchronous (i.e. live) virtual sessions to interact with clinicians and practice particular skills. These will be placed at certain intervals and the participant will need to complete them prior to moving to the next training modules.
  • Verify contact information, submit any necessary changes and renewal fee
  • 8 more group consultation sessions to be used over the three years
  • RWWP networking event invitation
  • Continued Registered Wonders & Worries Provider Portal access to resources
  • Use of name and logo
  • Free PDUs for WonderChats
  • Group consultation calls will be scheduled every other month. Registered Wonders & Worries Providers may join any of these calls that align with their schedule.
    Each provider will meet with an experienced certified child life specialist consultant for their one complementary consulting session.

    A tip sheet will be shared highlighting ways to make the most of this consultation time. Additional optional individual consultation is available for an additional fee.
    Our certified child life specialist clinical consultants have an extensive amount of experience working with children of adult patients and their families. They can provide consultation related to the clinical aspects of your work with clients/patients and are available to process cases with you.

    Additionally, they have longevity in the field and can also focus on self-care and work/life balance, if desired. Wonders & Worries is fortunate to have additional staff members with expertise in the business-related aspects of service delivery. We are able to tap into these resources for consultation related to programmatic needs.
    As a Registered Wonders & Worries Provider, you are able to run your business in the manner you see fit. You are able to charge for services if that is your business model.

    Additionally, one could contract with an organization or school to provide the services for their participants. If those organizations choose to charge those participants that is permitted also. The possibilities are endless to reach as many families as possible to provide support through an adult’s illness.
    As an organizational provider, each clinician registered receives the benefits of an individual registered provider. In addition, organizations will receive four additional consultation hours.

    Organizations are also afforded the benefit and highly encouraged to participate in the ongoing research carried out by Wonders & Worries. Finally, the organization will have the benefit of advertising that they are a Registered Wonders & Worries Provider.
    The RWWP credential remains with the organization, and they would need to have someone else trained to facilitate the program (i.e. the organization would need to pay for the initial training cost of a new clinician).

    If you would like to maintain your credential on an individual level, you would be assessed a fee of $400 for three years to convert to an individual Registered Wonders & Worries Provider. You would not need to complete the initial training again but would have access to the benefits of a renewal as listed above.
    Yes, if they would like to add additional providers an organization would be charged a per clinician fee for the initial training and consultation for the additional providers.
  • Organizational Providers will get preferential treatment for participation and inclusion in any studies that are initiated through Wonders & Worries.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to research proposals from registered organizational partners wishing to use the Wonders & Worries Curriculum, data and resources.
  • Wonders & Worries will not provide funding for proposed projects.
  • As a Registered Wonders & Worries Provider, you are considered a partner of ours with the ability to deliver our curriculum through your own practice or organization. You will also have access to our resources.

    However, you are not considered an employee of the Wonders & Worries non-profit organization and are not permitted to represent yourself as such.
    You are not permitted to use the name Wonders & Worries or its designated 501c3 to raise funds for your own program. In grant applications, you are able to say you are requesting funding to provide the Wonders & Worries curriculum.
    As an individual, you can advertise you are able to deliver the Wonders & Worries curriculum and that you are a Registered Wonders & Worries Provider.

    Organizations will be permitted to use the name and Registered Provider logo for co-branding, marketing and advertising materials.
    There are many advantages to becoming a Registered Wonders & Worries Organizational Provider.

    Being trained to deliver a clinically validated support program to patients & clients could set your organization apart from others and increase patient satisfaction.

    Partnering with Wonders & Worries could allow for participation in a multi-site research study, thus highlighting the organization’s contributions in this practice arena. This may be an additional way to promote the organization to the community.
    Yes, there will be an annual minimal requirement of data reporting. A form will be provided and will focus primarily on the number of client contacts utilizing the Wonders & Worries curriculum.

    If there is a change in status of a Registered RWWP, that change needs to be reported as soon as possible.
    You can listen to the informational webinar if you have not already done so. If you are ready to sign up for the next training in Austin or our virtual training, please click here to apply. You will be contacted to do a phone discussion after your application is submitted and receive further instructions on moving forward during the call.

    Apply Today!

    Contact us at [email protected] to schedule a meeting to discuss your application or answer any additional questions you might have.