Chai means “life” in Hebrew; her mother was a Jewish hippy with Polish origin. She is the oldest of four children, three girls and one boy, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to Michigan at 15 years old as her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She continued to live with her father on an island (Drummond Island) in Michigan after her mother died of breast cancer.
After receiving her Bachelors of Art in psychology from University of Michigan, Chai went to Purdue to obtain a Masters of science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her main interest at that time was working with families with small children in a brief, solution-focused, present and future oriented style of therapy.
Now she is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern working towards an MFT license in the state of California. She worked for Early Head Start for two years as the Mental Health and Disabilities Manager, and fell in love with child development focusing on infants/toddlers. Currently, Chai is enrolled in a postgraduate program in Napa for Infant-Parent Mental Health and slowly developing a specialty in working with new and expecting parents. She currently works in Long Beach and Torrance, CA in private practice. She facilitates two groups on postpartum depression and is preparing to start two anger management groups.
Chai attended the Certified Infant Massage Teacher training last spring from the Liddle Kidz Foundation and became very interested in the importance and healing powers of touch on parent attachment and infant mental well being. She has since facilitated workshops on infant massage and worked with parents in private one-on-one settings. She has lived in Long Beach for the last 3 years and loves being near the ocean. She is a member of an amateur belly dancing troupe, enjoys yoga, cooking and going camping and hiking with her boyfriend Devon. Chai has studied abroad in England and traveled around Europe, Canada and Israel. She has yet to travel to Asia and Vietnam.
- Traveled to Mississippi with a group of therapists to aid Hurricane Katrina victims 2005
- Head Start Preschool volunteer for Chippewa County in Michigan 2007
Presentations and workshops for pregnant and parenting teens for the National Health Foundation 2009-present
- Organized and facilitated infant massage workshops for parenting teens in Early Head Start 2009
- Provide infant mental health and developmental screenings for domestic violence shelter 2010
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
Even before I received my certification to teach Infant Massage, I preferred working with families of children with infants and toddlers during graduate school. I am open minded and creative in my learning and teaching strategies but also feel that I have a lot to learn from other team members. I am a balance between young passion that is open to learning, and experienced wisdom that has already learned so much.
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Ambassador!