How Can We Prevent and Treat Homesickness? Five Ways to Promote Adjustment
Join host: Dr. Chris Thurber and special guests: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon for 30-minutes of enlightening discussion as well as live Q & A.
FREE to EOT subscribers; $20 for non-subscribers.
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2020
Time: 1:00pm ET
Length: 45 minutes
If a 25-minute video lowered the intensity of first-year campers’ homesickness by 50%, why wouldn’t you give a copy to every new family? Chris and Sarah don’t know either, but they do know the ingredients of an effective homesickness prevention program, including how to soothe parental anxiety and teach campers effective coping a month before camp.
Nearly all people miss things about home when they’re away. Left untreated, intense homesickness can ruin a child’s stay and soak up staff time. Here in Part I of this series you’ll find the essential tools for recognizing homesickness and treating it effectively in any setting. Build confidence that you can help campers cope and have a great time away from home.
Well-meaning staff commonly make the mistake of extending conversations about homesickness to an unhealthy duration. Part II of this module series contains an entire, unedited conversation with an actual homesick camper. Although every supportive conversation with a homesick boy or girl is different, the format in this compelling module serves as a valuable template.