Custom logo beads ($750/500 beads). These beads have BoC logo on one side, and a custom logo on the other and include an intention card with customized mission statement or encouragement note from the sponsor. Logo beads are used to honor the chosen sponsor/donor and will accompany each child’s strand upon enrollment. This is a great way to highlight to Beads of Courage members, and anyone who views their beads, the caring people who sponsor their program.
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Beads of Courage, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and teens coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them through our Arts-in-Medicine Programs. We believe in creating a context for caring transactions to transpire through our community and encouragement programs. Since 2005, Beads of Courage, Inc. has established collaborative partnerships in caring with over 200 hospitals nationally and internationally, and worked with several community organizations to make healing happen through the use of beads as a historical art form.
Our Mission: To provide innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the clinicians who care for them.
Our Vision: To advance the science of caring. Beads of Courage, Inc. is proud of to be affiliated with the Watson Science Caring Institute and in 2013, we established the Center for Arts-in-Nursing to boldly pursue our vision.
Our Goals: 1. To transform the bedside experience of caring for children and teens with serious illness through innovative Arts-in-Medicine Programs; 2. To model collaborative strategies to strengthen human connectedness through the gift of beads that bestow honor and express human caring; 3. To contribute to the science, practice and implementation of evidence-based interventions.
Our Programs: Every Beads of Courage® program integrates the use of beads, the earliest art form known to humans, as visible, tangible symbols of human experiences that need and deserve to be expressed. Every time a bead is given courage is honored, suffering is alleviated, resilience is strengthened, and the experience of human caring is affirmed.
Bead Courageous: For Children and Teens in Active Treatment
Beads of Courage® is our flagship program and an evidence-based intervention that supports the psychosocial and emotional care of children and teens coping with serious illness and their families. It is the standard of care in more than 260 children’s hospitals worldwide and is intended to be implemented in a clinical setting. Beads are given based on the Beads of Courage® bead prescription that serves as a clinical protocol. The beads are transformed into a form of narrative medicine that allows children and teens to RECORD, OWN, and TELL their story of courage.
Cost to establish a new program: $5500 with an average cost of $3000-$5000 to maintain the program annually.
BEad Caring: Beads of Courage for Clinicians Clinicians are on the frontlines of caring for children coping with serious illness and their families. We know how important it is to prevent or alleviate compassion fatigue to keep each clinician strong and competent in extending their caring presence.
Beads of Courage® BEad Mindful was created for clinicians to create a consistent practice of personal reflection and rejuvenation. This program is designed to be implemented on a monthly basis and combines mindfulness with supportive intentional statements, mantras, meditations and a focal bead. BEad Mindful provides an object-focused intention with a broad goal of decreasing stress and enhancing the experience of caring.
$250 to provide mindfulness-based support for 10 staff for a full year ($25 per staff member/$2.10 a month for support/includes 4 handmade glass beads per staff member valued at $20).
To order, click here: http://www.beadsofcourage.org/machform/view.php?id=66 BEad Supportive: Beads of Courage for Parents, Caregivers and Siblings The family is the immediate source of support for a child or teen receiving treatment for a serious illness. The support for parents, caregivers, and siblings is just as important as the support for their loved one who is ill.
The Beads of Courage® Sibling Program was designed to honor, support and acknowledge siblings who have a brother or sister with a serious illness. The Beads of Courage® Sibling Program provides encouragement to the sibling who needs to know they are not alone during a very challenging time for their family, and an experience where parents, caregivers and/or clinicians can foster opportunities for communication and emotional support. Each kit includes a colorful program book with 25 unique beads and 25 collector cards that promote sibling self-reflection, encouragement, communication, and emotional support.
$500 to provide psychosocial and emotional support for 20 siblings To order the Sibling Program, click here: http://www.beadsofcourage.org/machform/view.php?id=34
BEad Connected: Beads of Courage for everyone Our arts-in-medicine workshops are designed for people
of all ages and were developed by Beads of Courage over the years to provide an opportunity for more people to experience the important reflective work that a bead can facilitate.
Beads of Courage® BEad Strong activities encourage participants to BEad Strong in mind, body, and spirit by teaching children in treatment, their families and friends, as well as the clinicians who support them, how mindfulness can be an important life skill that can serve them in their daily life. Each unique Bead Strong activity provides an opportunity to use three components that are grounded in mindfulness: a mantra, a mindful art activity, and a basic breathing technique. The experience promotes mindfulness, self-reflection, communication and creative expression. Several Bead Strong activities are available for use as a therapeutic support for various settings: one-on-one with clinicians, groups, workshops, support groups, staff support and events. Includes a therapeutic art activity paired with a one-of-a-kind pewter bead
per person. $75 to support 10 people | $375 to support 50 people
To order, click here: http://www.beadsofcourage.org/machform/view.php?id=145
Beads of Courage® Camp Workshop is designed to support the camp experience. Beads are provided to acknowledge and celebrate the courage to try new things, to be away from home (often for the first time), and to make new friends at camp.
(Additional camp beads and custom camp logo beads are available).
To order the Camp Program, click here: http://www.beadsofcourage.org/machform/view.php?id=31
“We appreciate this program and the ability to offer it to our PICU families in a smaller, more intimate setting which allows our families to feel more comfortable opening up where they can share their bereavement journey with us through the use of beads in the Strand of Strength Workshop. They can tell a story of their bereavement journey through the beads they select and have a symbol to keep and share with others. Thank you!”
–Diamond Children’s Hospital Staff
Beads of Courage® Strand for Strength and Remembrance is an arts-in-medicine workshop for compassion and courage created for families who are coping with the death of a loved one. The program is a bead stringing experience for bereaved families, created to honor the legacy of a loved one in a very meaningful way. This program is suitable for children (5 yrs+), teens and adults.BEad Compassionate: Support for children, families and communities coping with grief and Bereavement Since the beginning of human history, beads have been transformed into material representations of emotions, physical connections, thoughts and desires. Our Arts-in-Medicine Workshops for Compassion and Courage honor and remember a loved one by transforming beads into metaphors of remembrance and memory.
(includes 3 artist-made glass beads valued at $25 per person).
For more information on any of our programs or for assistance in securing donor support to use these programs, please contact us at email@example.com *Donation amounts to use each program may change at Beads of Courage discretion.
A: Beads of Courage, Inc. is a non-profit organization that depends on donations from the public to pursue our mission. We work with every hospital to find donors in their community to help cover related program costs. This is the essence of community-based program partnerships and we are very proud of the many program partners in caring we have established worldwide that make our programs a success.
A: The program start-up cost includes the initial program materials and set up, program beads, on-site staff training, and reflection and renewal bead stringing workshop for training attendees. Please note that the training can be an opportunity for staff professional development by contributing toward CEU credits, but more importantly, the value of the Beads of Courage® Program lies in its success as a program that directly supports the quality of life, sense of well- being for children and families and a strong therapeutic alliance among clinicians, patients, and families.
A: Program supplies can be ordered on the Beads of Courage, Inc. website and are paid for as stated in the Services and Payment Terms, a part of the Program Participation Agreement. The bead refill costs vary depending on the size of the patient population, the number of Beads of Courage Programs used and how they are used, but average $3000-5000 annually. BoC provides options for refill order payment and requires payment before materials are shipped. (See Payment Options Q&A document).
A: The Annual Licensing fee is collected annually and is paid for by the hospital or as stated in the Program Agreement. This licensing fee allows the program to be licensed to the hospital as per the terms in the Agreement and is an investment in the Beads of Courage, Inc. organization that is used to cover related program costs that are above and beyond the actual costs of beads required for program outreach and availability (i.e. program management and support, bead order and inventory processing). Additionally, a portion of the annual membership dues are used to maintain clinical advisory committees dedicated to ongoing program research and evaluation and direct outreach to Beads of Courage® members, all of which are necessary to advance the science and practice of caring for people across the lifespan through innovative Arts-in-Medicine Programs. There is no separate annual licensing fee for use of the BoC Complimentary Programs and implementation of these programs is strongly encouraged to further strengthen and build a full Arts-in-Medicine Program at your hospital.
Q: Why does my hospital need to complete a Program Participation Agreement before starting the program? A: The Program Participation Agreement is a legal document that licenses the hospital the use of the program.
Embedded in the agreement is information about patient safety, use of the trademark, terms and conditions, approved content for communications, and payment terms. Protection of the Beads of Courage trademark is important for long- term stability of the program and the honor it bestows upon those children who are members.