En Familia

Familias Fuertes Sessions

These seven comprehensive training sessions help community-based organizations equip promotores de salud (promotores) with the knowledge and skills to support a Latino family with a child who has pediatric cancer or who has a close family member (e.g., parent, sibling) with cancer. The Familias Fuertes training guide is bilingual English/Spanish.

Session 1: Introductions

Session 1 helps facilitators set respectful ground rules for the Familias Fuertes training; allows participants to get to know each other and share past experiences on the topic; provides an introduction to working with children coping with cancer; lists child developmental stages and how to communicate with children at an age- and developmentally-appropriate level; and reviews key promotora attributes.

Session 2: Cancer and Its Impact on Children

Session 2 provides an overview of human anatomy, including organ names in Spanish and English; lists the basic facts about cancer; and concludes with a review of the emotional, physical, and social impact of cancer on children.

Session 3: Overcoming Barriers and Understanding Client Needs

Session 3 orients promotoras to the types of challenges their clients may experience; teaches promotoras to think about their clients' cultural beliefs; provides an opportunity for promotoras to brainstorm ways to establish themselves in the community; and guides promotoras through a needs assessment to gauge the needs of their client.

Session 4: Resources for Children Coping With Cancer

Session 4 provides a review of common resources which children with cancer need and how to locate the resources; and helps promotoras gain the skills to assess the reliability of information they find before passing it along to their clients.

Session 5: Communicating With Children, Families, and Schools

Session 5 describes how a child’s comprehension of disease changes as he or she ages and the types of questions children may ask; provides tips for promotoras to encourage open communication between among the child’s family; and teaches promotoras how to serve as a liaison with the child’s school on behalf of the family.

Session 6: Assistance During Treatment

Session 6 teaches promotoras how to familiarize themselves and their clients with the treatment center; provides an overview of clinical trials and how to find an appropriate clinical trials for their clients, if necessary; and helps promotoras gain the skills to assess stress in their clients and encourage open discussion about death and dying.

Session 7: Remission and Beyond

Sessions 7 encourages promotoras to develop a plan to help a child coping with cancer through remission and resume his or her life; allows promotoras to reflect on the lessons learned during the program; and concludes with a short course evaluation and certificates of completion.