Rainbows Facilitator Training

Rainbows™ is an internationally acclaimed peer-support program offered by a variety of community agencies free of charge to children and families, to help them cope with grief due to divorce, separation, death or abandonment. Rainbows™ promotes emotional healing by giving participants the opportunity to share their feelings and grieve their loss within a safe, caring setting, with peers who are experiencing a similar transition. The program, started by Suzy Yehl-Marta in 1983, has helped millions of children in 18 countries.

Facilitator Training Information – Next Session February 29th 9am – 4pm ONLINE

The Next Chapter Society proudly offers our online training workshops for Rainbows™ Facilitators and Coordinators, now accessible to participants across Alberta. Our virtual workshops are throughout the year by certified Rainbows™ Registered Directors, aimed at empowering agencies across the province with the tools needed to establish and sustain Rainbows™ sites.

Our comprehensive 8-hour Facilitator Workshop is designed for online delivery, allowing facilitators across Alberta to participate from their own locations. The workshop, priced at $149 per person, covers essential aspects of the Rainbows™ program for groups ranging from preschoolers to adults, including:

  • Insights into understanding grief
  • Development of facilitation skills to help children express their feelings
  • Enhancement of active listening skills
  • Strategies for managing difficult behaviours
  • Guidelines for maintaining confidentiality and handling disclosures
  • Hands-on sessions in small online groups for practical experience

Important: This training is specifically for individuals committed to facilitating Rainbows™ groups at a registered site.

For more information and to register for our next online training session on February 29th, 2024 from 9 AM to 4 PM, please visit our Registration Page. This is your opportunity to join a province-wide effort from the comfort of your home, contributing to a network dedicated to supporting children and adults through their grief with empathy and understanding.

Register Here!

Next Chapter Society and Rainbows

The Next Chapter Society is at the forefront of supporting Rainbows™ programs across Alberta, currently partnering with 110 sites in 30 communities and reaching over 1,000 children annually in schools, churches, and various agencies. In an exciting expansion of our support, Next Chapter is now offering Rainbows programs online, making our compassionate guidance and expertise accessible from anywhere in Alberta.

While we continue to assist new Rainbows™ sites with startup and provide ongoing support and training for coordinators and facilitators within communities, our direct online program ensures even broader access to our services. This dual approach ensures every child facing life transitions can find support, whether through our community partners or directly through our online program.

Looking for Rainbows™ in your community or interested in accessing our online support? Please reach out to us. We’re eager to assist with setting up a Rainbows site or guiding you to our online program, aiming to make a significant impact in the lives of children. Together, we can bring hope and healing to more children navigating life’s challenges.

The Rainbows Programs

When a change takes place in the family, whether it is death, divorce, separation or abandonment, it has a profound effect on all its members. Grief is both an expression of love, and a normal human reaction to a significant loss. If it isn’t healed at the appropriate time, its impact can be destructive.

The aim of Rainbows™ is to assist these grieving children, adolescents and adults to develop a belief in their own goodness and the value of their family. It teaches that each change in life is an occasion for a new beginning. The goal of the support group, which is led by trained volunteers, is to assist participants in expressing and understanding their feelings, accepting what has happened, and experiencing a sense of belonging and love.

Evaluations received from Rainbows™ participants and parents have shown a 53% increase in the children’s self-esteem, a positive correlation with academic achievement and a 75% decrease in absenteeism from school.

Rainbows™ includes several programs to meet the
needs of various age groups.

The four currently offered in Alberta are:

SunBeams
13 week or 10 week program for pre-schoolers
Rainbows
13 week or 10 week program for elementary-age children
Spectrum
13 week or 10 week program for adolescents
Prism
13 week or 10 week program for single parents and step-parents
Note: It is recommended that parents and children take Rainbows and Prism concurrently, when available.

Each of the programs cover the
same twelve core topics:

– Self
– Feelings
– Divorce/Death/Loss/Grief
– Transitions and Changes
– Angers and Hurts
– Fears and Worries
– Family
– Belonging
– Step-family
– Acceptance
– Coping Tools
– Reaching Out

For further information about the Rainbows™ Program and Curriculum, learn more by visiting Rainbows Canada or Rainbows International.

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