Empowering Kids When They Get Vaccinated

How many of us were scared of going to the doctor’s office when we were kids? How often was it because we were worried about getting a shot?

Anyone who’s been to a clinic where childhood immunizations are given knows the difference between a clinic that understands children’s needs for safety, comfort, and autonomy and one that doesn’t.  The former clinic is quiet and serene; the latter is full of anxious, cowering, crying, screaming, running-down-the-halls and hiding-under-the-table children.

Now we know how to transform any pediatric clinic into a place where children feel competent and successful at mastering their ability to get a vaccination. Medical clinicians who care for children, and our allies in Child and Family Life Services, Nursing, and Mental Health, can attend a workshop with NPHTI to learn how to make their practice not just kid-friendly and patient/family-centered, but moreover how to help kids grow on the inside.

See how well this works in the real world here at the UCSF School of Nursing page, featuring the work of primary care pediatrician F. Ralph Berberich, MD,  an esteemed alumnus of all 3 levels of NPHTI training (IntroductoryIntermediate & Advanced). He and his colleagues have already conducted randomized controlled trials that show how effectively children can deal with shots using the skills that we practice in NPHTI workshops — self-control, confidence, and comfort.

We hope that soon you, too, will join us as we use our skills in clinical hypnosis to improve the health and well being of children worldwide!


4 Responses to Empowering Kids When They Get Vaccinated

  1. anemkiikwa March 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    This is a great technique! Andy thanks for sharing! I have passed it along to several coworkers

  2. Pamela Kaiser March 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Last weekend the Bay Area Pediatric Hypnosis Society got to see this exciting video demonstrating children’s adaptive responses to Ralph’s thoughtful intervention of a simultaneous competing sensory stimuli during immunizations. Congrats to Ralph!
    Pamela Kaiser, PhD, CPNP

  3. Lisa Lombard, Ph.D. March 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    This is another excellent resource that NPHTI clinicians have put together for parents, families, and practitioners!! Thanks so much.

    • Christine Siegel MA, LP March 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      Such elegant wisdom! So glad to see the science catching up with what we’ve suspected intuitively for so long. Congrats to Dr’s Berberich and colleagues!

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