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.
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.
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.
For individual clinicians, a registration fee of $1,200 (financing available) will be required to become a Wonders & Worries Registered Provider. After the first three years, a renewal fee of $400 is then required every three additional years for use of curriculum and resources. If registration is not renewed the provider will no longer have access to the curriculum, updates, resources, and use of name. Organizational pricing is dependent on the number of providers that will be registered. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a customized quote.
What does the registration fee include?
For individual clinicians, the registration fee includes:
Start-up materials, including a complete validated program manual
Supporting information regarding startup supplies needed, forms, space layout, etc.
Three days of initial training for the child life specialist (travel to live training in Austin to be covered by individual)
Listing as a Wonders & Worries registered provider on the Wonders & Worries website
Discounts on the purchase of non-program related Wonders & Worries products
Permission to deliver the Wonders & Worries curriculum/program as a therapeutic tool at your place of employment
Eight (8) hours of individualized clinical consultation to be used within the first two years
Eight (8) hours of group program consultation to be used within the first three years
Invitation to the Wonders & Worries Registration Program networking event annually. (travel expenses covered by the attendee, CEUs offered by Wonders & Worries)
Access to shared drive of therapeutic activities, templates & forms for use while a registered clinician
Access to any additional materials developed after initial registration
CEUs offered for initial training
Waived fees for WonderChat webinar PDUs * Additional consultation hours may be purchased upon request. Contact us for specific rates.
For organizations, in addition to the individual benefits per clinician outlined above, the following benefits are also provided:
Use of the program name for co-branding and advertising initiatives
Access to marketing materials and marketing templates to help publicize the program
Listing as a Wonders & Worries registered organizational provider on the Wonders & Worries web site
Discounts on the purchase of non-program related Wonders & Worries products
Two days of on-site consultation to be used during the first year of the program
Four additional hours of phone consultation per year, usable as the organization sees fit
Exclusive opportunities to participate in ongoing Wonders & Worries clinical research * Additional consultation hours may be purchased upon request. Contact us for specific rates.
Learn More from Our Program Director
The next RWWP training will take place on April 26-28, 2021 in a synchronous virtual format. The training content will be presented in its entirety virtually over these three days.
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.
How to Register
We are currently accepting applications for the Registered Provider program.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Apply today!
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.
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.
Group consultation calls will be scheduled quarterly on a consistent basis. Registered Wonders & Worries Providers may join any of these calls that align with their schedule. You will be able to participate in 8 of the 12 offered over three years.
Each provider will be assigned an experienced certified child life specialist consultant. Many on our team hold additional mental health professional credentials but will not be providing supervision to meet licensure requirements through this program. Individual sessions will be scheduled directly with that consultant. A tip sheet will be shared highlighting ways to make the most of this consultation time.
Group consultation will be offered quarterly and can be attended by any RWWP wishing to attend that particular scheduled session. The group sessions will offer both a check in and content delivery based on the assessed needs and requests of the attendees.
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 and a site visit for consultation (travel and lodging expenses are billed separately). 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.
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.