COVID-19: Doc Wayne Updates

Effective March 12, 2020 at 5PM: Temporary Suspension of Face-to-Face Programming. As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve and affect each and every member of our community, Doc Wayne leadership has been meeting daily (virtually) to assess appropriate responses and next steps. The facts are changing every minute, but our top priority will always be the health and safety of the entire Doc Wayne community, including our youth, families, supporters, partners, and friends.

At this time, and until further notice, Doc Wayne has suspended all face-to-face programming, but will continue to provide services remotely. Please see below for most the most up to date Doc Wayne news. We will be updating this page regularly. Thank you!

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to adapt quickly to a new, virtual way of life. The school closures, social distancing requirements, and the seemingly abrupt transition to working remotely caused by the pandemic challenged Doc Wayne both programmatically and financially. Adapting quickly to Telehealth systems required a new level of creativity and patience on our team’s behalf, but the success of our virtual programming is an indication of Doc Wayne’s greater impact. Since the beginning of March, Doc Wayne has successfully completed over 1600 Telehealth sessions with youth and families.

In addition to providing virtual sessions for youth, Doc Wayne has used this time to develop and launch a new training platform: The Champions NetworkThe Champions Network is a virtual training portal created for coaches, clinicians, and teachers to harness the power of sport to improve mental health for all. Trainings related to trauma-informed sport and Doc Wayne’s innovative Creating Champions curriculum are available for individuals and organizations.

   

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#BlackLivesMatter

Doc Wayne is committed to creating safe spaces for students to process and persevere through adversity, trauma, and injustice. Making culturally competent support more available to vulnerable populations is essential…But it is not enough.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery…these names are just the most recent on a long, disturbing list reflecting systemic racism in our country. These names represent the ongoing injustice, traumatization, and violence which targets communities of color. Like anything, righting the wrongs in this nation will require a TEAM effort.

Doc Wayne is committed to standing – and acting – in solidarity with our entire roster of athletes, ambassadors, and global community to demand justice, reform, and equality. Please consider joining us in taking peaceful action to support communities of color. A list of suggested actions can be found below. Lastly, if you or someone you know is seeking mental health support in response to these tragic events, please contact support@docwayne.org today.

Start With Yourself: Self-reflection and understanding of your own biases is the first step. Ask questions and seek trainings – We can always learn more. You may feel uncomfortable, but that is to be expected in self-discovery. Suggested resource: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Own Your Power: Your actions, and inactions, have power. Be mindful of how your actions impact others and can either support or deflate a cause. Use your power to create and inspire change. Suggested resource: https://civilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/Toolkit.pdf

Coach for Change: Lead by example. Be a role-model for youth, your peers, and the community by exemplifying inclusion, compassion, teamwork, and advocacy. It’s never too early to talk about race. Suggested resource: https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2018/05/talking-with-young-children-0-5-about-race/

Be A Teammate: Being a good teammate means being an ally and an advocate. Do not be a bystander. Check in on your neighbors and hold others accountable. Suggested resource: https://guidetoallyship.com

Doc Wayne is committed to anti-racist efforts and will continue to advocate for communities of color – especially youth of color. This statement is a reflection of our values and an invitation to join the movement. We all need to do better and be better. #BlackLivesMatter

Kids & COVID-19: Episodes from our new “Kids & COVID-19” webinar series will be shared on YouTube. Doc Wayne coaches are teaming up with other talented professionals to share tips, tricks, and resources. If you have any suggestions or questions, please email support@docwayne.org. Our most recent “Parent Chat” episode is below:

 

Additional Resources:

10-Minute Trauma-Informed Yoga Session

Why We Stay Home – Digital Book for Children

PDF – Resources for Caregivers

Kids & COVID-19: Doc Wayne launched a new webinar series called “Kids & COVID-19.” Over the next few weeks our coaches will be teaming up with other talented professionals to share tips, tricks, and resources to better support youth through this pandemic. In our first session, which was hosted in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we acknowledged that sport inherently teaches coaches and athletes resilience and perseverance. But similarly to how we train our bodies, we all need to continue building our mental skills and tending to our mental health. Click here to watch the full webinar.

Championship Language: One of the most notable ways Doc Wayne fuses sport with therapy is by using sport-based language and references to connect with youth. National and local sports leagues may have postponed play, but sport continues to be a common language that bonds our communities and helps kids understand the world around them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to rely on sport-based language to connect with students. Click here to view some sport-based tips for speaking with youth.

General Resources: If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline offers free, comprehensive statewide food assistance to all Massachusetts residents. Call the FoodSource Hotline at 800.645.8333 or visit www.projectbread.org/gethelp for support.

The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic can cause extra anxiety. To help manage or overcome your anxiety, check out these 20 tools for the mind and body.

Looking for more activities to do with the kids while stuck at home? Many of our coaches turn to this site for activity ideas and inspiration: 101 Things To Do With Kids at Home.

As always, if you or someone you know is seeking mental health support please email support@docwayne.org or call our main line at 617.504.1284.

The video below is dedicated to all those looking for someone to lean on during these challenging times. If you or someone you know is seeking support, please email support@docwayne.org.

Mental Health & Trauma Support: Doc Wayne coaches are continuing to provide individual therapy services and Therapeutic Mentoring sessions through virtual platforms. All face-to-face programming is suspended until further notice.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your coach/mentor directly, email support@docwayne.org, or call our main line at 617.504.1284

  • Our team is making calls to every family we serve to check in, provide COVID-19 updates, and share available resources
  • We are now offering Telehealth, virtual therapy sessions to youth and their families, because we know many have a deep trust for their Doc Wayne coach and could use the support at this time
  • We are expanding our Therapeutic Mentoring program by providing virtual sessions for our mentees, youth ages 5-18
  • We plan to use our social media channels to engage kids, parents, caregivers and the broader community to offer suggestions for self-care, connection, and well-being while at home

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March 12th, 2020 – Doc Wayne Youth Services has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving public health situation in Massachusetts as well as the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) regarding COVID-19.

Doc Wayne will be temporarily suspending all programs beginning at 5PM on March 12, 2020. 

Our focus has always been and continues to be on the wellness and safety of our staff, youth and families, partners, stakeholders, and the broader community. As a team-oriented organization, we recognize that we have a role to play in keeping the larger community safe, healthy, and vibrant.

Doc Wayne takes our commitment to “Creating Champions” in our community seriously and considers it a great responsibility to partner with schools, community centers, and residential treatment centers. It’s with a heavy heart and a great deal of disappointment that we take these necessary steps. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates on an ongoing basis.

We acknowledge that while COVID-19 is a physical illness, it has significant mental health implications. The uncertainty can cause stress and anxiety among many individuals. As with any less than ideal situation, we ask for you to remain hopeful and optimistic about the bright future we have ahead.

While our face-to-face programming is suspended, we are working diligently to provide ongoing support to our Doc Wayne youth and families. Doc Wayne staff are also available over the phone or via video conference for the communities we serve. Please reach out to your child’s clinician, coach, or mentor, or to support@docwayne.org to receive mental health guidance or services during this challenging time.

Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Our team will greatly miss seeing our partners and our Doc Wayne athletes in our groups each and every day. We look forward to restarting programming and wish you health and happiness. 

All My Best,

David S. Cohen, CEO

info@docwayne.org

617-504-1284