HPC to expand ‘Hospitalized Child Course’ for child-life workers

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HPC to expand ‘Hospitalized Child Course’ for child-life workers, and
support group for families through grant from Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation

Aug. 9, 2023

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development (HPC) received a generous grant from The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation to expand the continuing education course, The Hospitalized Child. The grant will be used to increase availability of the course, provide supplemental course material, and offer additional support for parents and caregivers of children who are hospitalized.

The substantive course is designed for child life specialists, who are health-care providers trained and certified to work with families on the special challenges for children who have conditions that require extended hospital stays or frequent outpatient visits. The grant will provide stipends for young psychoanalytic professionals to shadow HPC therapists while developing their own skills.

“This grant allows us to add facilitated therapeutic journaling to strengthen the support system within each cohort, and triple the number of courses offered during each of the next two years,” said Karen Baer, HPC’s Chief Executive Officer.

Therapeutic journaling is a modality that constructively promotes awareness, insight, perspective, change and growth, as well as a method of communication between a child-life worker and the therapist.

Together, clinical therapist Devra Adelstein, LISW, of HPC’s Hadden Clinic and School Services; and Pam Millar, HPC Director of Community Engagement & School Programs will create an additional support group for parents and caregivers that will launch during the 2024-2025 school year.

The course and support group are available through Hanna Perkins’ institutional partners, and are offered online throughout the year at

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation is a charitable trust dedicated to the support and advancement of healthcare in greater Cleveland.

 About Hanna Perkins

Since 1951, Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has been a partner with parents and professionals to help children understand, communicate and manage their feelings for success in school and life. Located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights, Hanna Perkins provides these services:

  • Hanna Perkins School:State-chartered kindergarten, preschool, parent/toddler program.
  • Hadden Clinic for Children & Families:Mental health counseling and therapy specifically for children from birth through adolescence, and for new moms struggling with postpartum depression.
  • Bullying Prevention: My Mad Feelings, an educational curriculum for young children, provides age-appropriate social-emotional lessons that head off bullying as they grow older.
  • Consultation and trainingwith other schools and early learning centers.
  • Continuing educationfor early learning educators, childcare workers, social workers, and others who work with children on a daily basis.
  • Child psychoanalytic training: An official training program of the American Psychoanalytic Association, conducted in cooperation with the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.



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