Assessment

  • Child Life Care of Gender-Expansive Children and Youth

    Includes a Live Web Event on 08/17/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Transgender and gender-expansive individuals are increasingly visible in society. Recent estimates indicate that approximately 0.7% of youth 13-17 years of age (150,000 individuals) and 0.6 % of adults (1.4 million individuals) in the United States identify as transgender. Recognizing their unique medical and psychosocial needs, clinical care programs for transgender and gender-expansive children and youth are now present in many children’s hospitals across the country. Child life specialists working with transgender and gender-expansive children and youth have the opportunity to create safe and affirming environments, provide comfort and support, and foster communication and connectedness with parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers. This webinar reviews terminology and describes clinical guidelines for gender-affirming interventions. Additionally, it describes affirmative, trauma-informed, culturally humble, and strength-based approaches in caring for the population, grounded in core child life principles. The session will draw upon the experience of Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Gender Support Program and include patient and parent perspectives. Suggested Domain: Assessment This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

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    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs. Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.

  • 2020 Emerging Professional Subscription

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Emerging Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs. Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.

  • Playing with Grief: Perspectives from Two Child Life Specialists in Palliative Care

    Includes a Live Web Event on 08/10/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Child life specialists interact with children in multiple settings for a multitude of reasons. Many of the assessments and interventions performed by child life specialists are efficient evaluations of a child’s present coping and their ability to apply these coping mechanisms to a new experience. This is also true when assessing and working with children experiencing grief. We often need to make quick assessments about a child’s grief and their understanding of its trigger. Child life specialists observe and assess how grief manifests and then find ways to support healthy coping and redirect maladaptive coping. This webinar will explore grief through different professional lenses, introduce participants to novel grief assessment techniques, and discuss how the information obtained in assessment may be practically translated into meaningful interventions. This discussion will review how grief is a dynamic process in which the individual’s grief informs and shapes play-based interventions. Suggested domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming.

  • Meta-parenting Among Parents of Hospitalized Children

    This webinar will explore the family systems perspective and parenting practices. We will discuss the concept of meta-parenting (how parents think about their parenting), and further investigate how parenting practices or meta-parenting might be different for the parents of children in the hospital. We will explore what factors might contribute to parenting differences and what the implications of parenting differences might be for children and families. We will conclude by discussing how child life can potentially educate, or play a role in supporting families, parents and children. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.

  • Child Life Services From Afar: An Educational and Resource-based Program to Support Adult Units in Supporting Children of Adult Patients at End of Life

    Children of adult patients at end of life is a growing area for child life services. This presentation explains the process and benefits of a program implemented to support children of adult patients at end of life without a child life position. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment

  • Easy as ABC: Creating a Policy for Non-Pharmacological Pain Management in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    Research focuses on the value of providing non-pharmacological pain management for comfort during procedures in the NICU. This presentation describes the way one NICU team collaborated, researched, and implemented an adaptation of a system-wide policy based on the known needs of their specific neonatal and infant population. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment

  • Establishing the Role of Child Life as the Stem Cell Transplant Donor Advocate for Donors of Pediatric and Adult Patients

    ​Research has shown pediatric patients serving as donors for stem cell transplants often lack preparation, express fears about the transplant process, and almost all experience a lack of choice in the donation process (Pentz et al., 2014). SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment

  • Putting Our Pieces Together: An Inter-Professional Approach to Becoming a Sensory-Friendly Hospital

    ​In a country with a rising prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) diagnoses, health care facilities need to evolve their approach in caring for these patients. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: ASSESSMENT

  • The Power of the Assessment Phone Call

    In order to reduce stress and promote positive coping, early and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s needs is vital. Child life specialists have the opportunity to enhance the family's experience by completing assessment phone calls prior to planned medical events. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment