What’s it like to stay in the hospital for a week? A month? What’s it like to visit the hospital once a week for a year in order to receive treatment? What would it be like to do all of this as a kid?
No matter the duration, no matter the treatment and no matter the age, a prolonged stay, or repeated visits to the hospital take a toll. At Children’s, we wanted to help the kids we serve further process their individual healing journeys, beyond simple follow up visits.
That’s why, in partnership with The Guthrie Theater, Children’s has created a program called A Hero’s Journey. We think of the kids that come to us not just as patients, but as heroes. They are young people who show great courage as they face health challenges and the challenges that come from having their “normal life” interrupted with healthcare visits.
Part of our Arts and Healing initiative, A Hero’s Journey workshops offers Children’s patients a unique opportunity to explore their health care experiences. Kids can let their creative juices flow under the guidance of Guthrie artists and teachers, who will use theatre games, music, storytelling, and movement to explore and affirm each child’s inner strengths – the hero inside each one of them!
A Hero’s Journey workshops are open to children and teens ages 8 to 14. The workshops will be held one Saturday per month starting in March, with two workshops each Saturday (one morning, one afternoon), each 2-1/2 hours long. Patients with chronic conditions, repeated hospitalizations or appointments, and those who have been hospitalized for at least three days are prime candidates. Children may be patients at any of Children’s locations, including outpatient clinics and our main hospitals.
The first A Hero’s Journey workshops will be Saturday, March 24. Families interested in participating can learn more from primary care providers at Children’s or by calling the Child Life Department at 612-813-6259. Children’s and the Guthrie are excited to help patients discover their inner hero!