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  • Difficult Conversations: How to "Address" for Success in the Professional World

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 02/20/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    A leader’s ability to successfully navigate difficult conversations in the workplace contributes to an environment of trust, respect, and overall clearer communication. Though these benefits are often named by employees when describing an "ideal" workplace, opportunities for open and honest engagement are frequently missed due to a lack of comfort. Mastering difficult conversations is a critical component of managing teams and modeling transparency in a professional setting. This webinar will challenge participants to consider their level of comfort with difficult conversations, and provide takeaways aimed at increasing their confidence, as well as competence, in this vital professional communication skill. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming.

    A leader’s ability to successfully navigate difficult conversations in the workplace contributes to an environment of trust, respect, and overall clearer communication. Though these benefits are often named by employees when describing an "ideal" workplace, opportunities for open and honest engagement are frequently missed due to a lack of comfort. Mastering difficult conversations is a critical component of managing teams and modeling transparency in a professional setting. This webinar will challenge participants to consider their level of comfort with difficult conversations, and provide takeaways aimed at increasing their confidence, as well as competence, in this vital professional communication skill.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Identify barriers to approaching difficult conversations in the workplace. 

    -Explore factors that contribute to success in managing behaviors and setting expectations through difficult conversations. 

    -Examine practical techniques to use in identifying the "when, where, why, and how?" of engaging staff in difficult conversations.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming. 

    Cristie Suzukawa Clancy, MS, CCLS

    Cristie holds a BA in child development and an MS in child life. As a child life supervisor at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Cristie leads a team of 10 Certified Child Life Specialists and provides oversight for the department’s education programming, including the child life internship. Cristie is an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, and is also working to develop courses for Concordia University Ann Arbor's new child life master's program. Cristie currently serves on the ACLP Focus Review Board and Abstract Review Committee.

  • Incorporating a Technology Professional Within Your Child Life Team

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 01/22/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    This webinar will elaborate on the impact of incorporating a technology-based staff position into a child life team and how this approach can increase our ability to address the needs of pediatric patients. Technology activities are modern, non-threatening opportunities for play, creative expression, and communication that can serve as a medium for mastery, reflection, and learning. A technology member on the team can add value in attaining clinically-relevant departmental goals. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is a part of our Established Professional programming.

    This webinar will elaborate on the impact of incorporating a technology-based staff position into a child life team and how this approach can increase our ability to address the needs of pediatric patients. Technology activities are modern, non-threatening opportunities for play, creative expression, and communication that can serve as a medium for mastery, reflection, and learning. A technology member on the team can add value in attaining clinically-relevant departmental goals. 

    Participants will be able to:

    -Increase their knowledge of the desired requirements and experiences of a technology specialist.

    -Gain understanding of therapeutic patient activities that require a high level of technological competency and how these can be addressed by a technology specialist.

    -Learn how the proper clinically-based supervision of a technology specialist can guide programming in a clinically sound direction.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Diane Rode MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS; Luis Borges BFA

    Diane Rode is the director of the child life department at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in New York City. A Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Ms. Rode has nearly 34 years of experience in the design and development of creative arts modalities and interventions in a children’s hospital, and she consults nationally and internationally with an expertise in clinical supervision, reflective practice, and creative arts and media interventions for children and families in healthcare.

    Luis Borges is the patient technology and media coordinator at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital. He has over 18 years of experience working in a hospital setting with child life specialists, creative arts therapists, and their pediatric patients and families. Working with department leadership and the child life team, he identifies, tests, and implements emergent technologies that can be applied in clinically sound and meaningful ways to meet the therapeutic goals of staff interventions. Mr. Borges is also the KidZone TV production supervisor, where he helps to lead studio staff in finding the best therapeutic value in this convergence of patient and family care, medical education, creativity, and technology.

  • Gaming for Good: How to incorporate video games and digital technology into your therapeutic practice

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 01/14/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will discuss how to integrate current popular gaming technologies into your child life practice. Using photos, videos, and case studies the presenter will demonstrate how to successfully assess and implement therapeutic interventions that include procedural support, rapport building, peer to peer social interaction, chronic pain management, self empowerment, legacy building, and coping . The presenter will also discuss best practices when using gaming technology and how to identify what technology is best for your hospital needs. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming.

    This webinar will discuss how to integrate current popular gaming technologies into your child life practice. Using photos, videos, and case studies the presenter will demonstrate how to successfully assess and implement therapeutic interventions that include procedural support, rapport building, peer to peer social interaction, chronic pain management, self empowerment, legacy building, and coping . The presenter will also discuss best practices when using gaming technology and how to identify what technology is best for your hospital needs.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Identify at least two gaming technologies that they can integrate into their current therapeutic practice. 

    -Identify at least two gaming technologies that would be compatible with their current hospital environment.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 

    J.J. Bouchard

    BS, CCLS, CTRS

    J.J. Bouchard is a certified child life specialist, certified therapeutic recreation specialist and the patient technology coordinator at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan. He has over ten years of experience integrating gaming technology into his child life practice. In 2015 J.J. founded the Patient Technology Program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. This program was the first in the world to bring recreational virtual reality to the patient bedside on a daily basis. The program gained international fame for its integration of the AR app Pokemon Go into the hospitals therapeutic environment. J.J.'s work has been featured on NBC nightly news, USA Today, and Tech Crunch. He has spoken at numerous conferences including South By South West, Pediatric Academic Society Annual Conference, The Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals and Penny Arcade Expo.

  • Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy Clinicians

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 12/11/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    The Association of Child Life Professionals’ Strategic Framework identifies research as a vital aspect to strengthening the perceived value and awareness of child life. More child life specialists are being inspired to conduct their own research to contribute to the field’s growing evidence base. In this session, through demonstration and case examples, attendees will learn research methods that are clinically feasible to implement and relevant to child life practice. Participants will be provided with easy-to-follow resources that break down the process of conducting a clinical research study from start to finish.

    The Association of Child Life Professionals’ Strategic Framework identifies research as a vital aspect to strengthening the perceived value and awareness of child life. More child life specialists are being inspired to conduct their own research to contribute to the field’s growing evidence base. In this session, through demonstration and case examples, attendees will learn research methods that are clinically feasible to implement and relevant to child life practice. Participants will be provided with easy-to-follow resources that break down the process of conducting a clinical research study from start to finish.


    Learning Objectives:

    1.) Attendees will be able to recite the main approaches for conducting clinical research.

    2.) Attendees will be able to identify a research approach that is most suitable for use in their own setting. 

    3.) Attendees will be able to access resources that assist in implementing clinical research into their practice.

    Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Kathryn Cantrell

    PhD, CCLS

    Kathryn Cantrell, PhD, CCLS, is a child psychologist and child life specialist on faculty at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Kathryn volunteers for the Association of Child Life Professionals and is the executive editor of the ACLP Bulletin and Child Life Focus. Her social justice research explores narrative interventions for youth who experience both societal oppression and chronic illness. She has published her research in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented at many international conferences.

  • Supporting Patients, Families and Staff at End of Life: A Framework for Success

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 12/09/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    Evidence-based research suggests the importance of appropriate interventions to support patients, families and staff through these unique and challenging situations. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a bereavement committee within a medium sized child life department at a free-standing children’s hospital. Participants will be educated and empowered to enhance and advocate for bereavement services and support to staff.

    Evidence-based research suggests the importance of appropriate interventions to support patients, families and staff through these unique and challenging situations. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a bereavement committee within a medium sized child life department at a free-standing children’s hospital. Participants will be educated and empowered to enhance and advocate for bereavement services and support to staff.

    Learning Objectives:

    -Participants will be able to state rationale for varied psychosocial interventions for pediatric patients and their families at end of life through evidence-based research.
    -Participants will be able to learn strategies for advocating for varied psychosocial interventions for pediatric patients and their families at end of life in a hospital setting.

    -Participants will be able to describe various bereavement interventions used with patients and families at this institution. 

    -Participants will be able to identify and implement opportunities for staff education surrounding bereavement programming to increase comfort level in providing these interventions.

    -Participants will be able to identify and implement opportunities for staff support following bereavement interventions.

    Domain: Professional  Responsibility 

    Jana Teagle

    CTRS, CCLS, CBIS

    Jana Teagle has been a certified child life specialist for 13 years working primarily in both a PICU and rehab setting. She has been a part of the development and ongoing work of a bereavement committee in the child life department since 2014. She has planned and implemented therapeutic activities at a sibling bereavement camp.

    Jennifer Kelley

    CCLS

    Jennifer Kelley has been a certified child life specialist for 8 years and has spent the last four years working with oncology patients. She has been a part of the development and ongoing work of a bereavement committee in the child life department since 2014. She has planned and implemented therapeutic activities at a sibling bereavement camp.

  • 2019 Internship Application Process Guide Live Webinar for Students

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/13/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The ACLP Education and Training Committee (E&T) is excited to provide this live webinar for students to receive advice to use during the internship application process as well as updates made to the ACLP Common Internship Application. This webinar is based on the Internship Application Process Guide that was updated and posted on the website in fall 2018.

    The ACLP Education and Training Committee (E&T) is excited to provide this live webinar for students to receive advice to use during the internship application process as well as updates made to the ACLP Common Internship Application. This webinar is based on the Internship Application Process Guide that was updated and posted on the website in fall 2018.

    The chair of the E&T Committee and a committee member will present the webinar slide show for the first 20-30 minutes and then will leave the remaining 30 minutes for panel Q&A with the chairs of the E&T committee as well as chairs of the Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee (IAOC) and Academic Review Committee (ARC). We hope you can join us this day to learn more about the application process and get your questions answered. Those unable to join us can always watch the recorded webinar and access the Internship Application Process Guide Tip Sheet from www.childlife.org.

  • Process improvements: applying “Elf” teamwork to manage holiday donations

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 11/04/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    This presentation will discuss the creation of a process to accept holiday donations and process improvement efforts to optimize that process. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.

    This presentation will discuss the creation of a process to accept holiday donations and process improvement efforts to optimize that process. 

    This webinar is derived from a Focus article. 

    Learning Objectives:

    -Identify concepts in Process Improvement: understand how they were employed to create an effective holiday donations reviewing system 

    -Explore ways to partner with varied disciplines to execute a complex interdisciplinary project to meet multiple outcomes

    Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Michael Campbell

    Michael's background is in hospital administration, clinical social work and evidence based approaches to caring for children and their families. 


    Samantha Klaff

    Samantha has an extensive history in the field of child life as a clinician and lead and was instrumental in partnering to craft the elf workshop.

  • Proactive and Preventative Strategies for Use with Patients with Behavioral Health Needs

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 11/04/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors that will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings, and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors that will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings, and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Discuss reasons why patients may exhibit behavior problems in health care settings 

    -Understand the difference between being proactive versus being reactive, and why proactive strategies are more effective at reducing behavior problems 

    -Identify proactive strategies that can be done used to address behavioral issues exhibited by patients in hospital settings 

    -What do you have in your Build a "back pocket" to turn to when a behavioral crisis occurs and i; Identify which "in the moment" strategies are more ideal to ensure patient and staff safety while reducing the likelihood that behavior problems will occur again 

    -Briefly reviewDiscuss the ideal state for addressing behavior problems in hospital settings to improve patient and staff safety

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Jill Fodstad, PhD, HSPP, BCBA-D

    Dr. Jill Fodstad is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana where she is the Clinical Director of the Simon Skjodt Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with over 15 year experience in providing diagnostic services and psychological care to children with severe behavioral health and psychiatric needs in a variety of settings including state hospitals, outpatient psychology clinics, inpatient psychiatric units, residential group homes, intensive Applied Behavior Analysis programs, and hospitals. Dr. Fodstad's clinical practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe behavior disorders in individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Her research is focused on the development of appropriate models of assessment and treatment of early forms of self-injurious behavior, behavioral assessment and treatment techniques for psychiatric disorders in children with developmental disabilities, and identifying strategies to increase the fidelity of behavioral intervention implementation by caregivers. She provides supervision and training to medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows, psychology graduate students, as well as other types of learners, and enjoys teaching and training others to feel confident in their skills to provide evidenced-based and compassionate patient/family-centered care.

  • Ethical Concerns Regarding Diagnosis Disclosure: A Case Study Discussion

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Disclosure of any medical diagnosis often includes numerous challenges. In the world of HIV, stigma and discrimination play a significant role in determining the appropriate time to share the diagnosis with a child. This presentation will utilize a case study to discuss overall ethical concerns regarding youth disclosure.

    Disclosure of any medical diagnosis often includes numerous challenges.  In the world of HIV, stigma and discrimination play a significant role in determining the appropriate time to share the diagnosis with a child.  This presentation will utilize a case study to discuss overall ethical concerns regarding youth disclosure. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1. Participants will gain an understanding of human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) and how youth of today are affected.
    • 2. Participants will have an understanding of the stigma related to HIV and the numerous adversities faced by those who are HIV positive. 
    • 3. Participants will engage in discussion related to the ethical concerns of HIV disclosure with youth.

    Domain: Ethics

    Lauren McCann

    Lauren McCann began her career as a Certified Child Life Specialist in 2004 at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. After serving in the Emergency Department and Radiology Department, Lauren assumed the role of Manager of Child Life Services in 2009. Along with her management role, Lauren also provided child life services to the Le Bonheur Fetal Center. In 2015, Lauren moved out of Le Bonheur’s hospital setting and into community outreach services as Director of Community Programs. With a focus on teen pregnancy prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention/care, Lauren’s current role allows her to combine her love of child life, social work and the Memphis community.
    Certified Child Life Specialist (14 years)
    Licensed Masters Social Worker (10 years)
    Leadership in Child Life (6 years)
    Leadership in Community Outreach (3 years)

  • A Call for Culture Change and Re-prioritization of Our Most Vulnerable Patient: Establishing Neurodevelopmental Protection for the Neonate

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    At this institution prioritization is often given to patients who are three to seven years old. This has led to a disparity in providing appropriate care for the neonatal population. New research on the short and long term consequences of common procedures and interventions performed on hospitalized infants led this hospital to implement evidence-based guidelines utilizing multi-modal strategies for neonatal pain management and promotion of healthy neurodevelopment. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    At this institution prioritization is often given to patients who are three to seven years old. This has led to a disparity in providing appropriate care for the neonatal population. New research on the short and long term consequences of common procedures and interventions performed on hospitalized infants led this hospital to implement evidence-based guidelines utilizing multi-modal strategies for neonatal pain management and promotion of healthy neurodevelopment.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Integrate evidenced based practices to support the neurodevelopment of the hospitalized infant 2. Identify pharmacological and nonpharmacological ways to decrease pain in infants and articulate a strategic plan for rolling out new guidelines for treating stress and pain in infants
    3. Consider ethical implications and implement methods to protect infants from the morbidities associated with long-term hospitalization, trauma and stress.
    4. Assess and identify signs/symptoms of pain, stress, under-, and over-stimulation 5. Utilize methods for implementing culture change in terms of neurodevelopmental protection strategies

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Katrena Froh

    CCLS, CEIM, CPST

    Katrena Froh worked as a child life specialist in the NICU and participated in educational information sessions for NICU staff members. Since her time in the NICU Katrena has continued to present this information in other venues and throughout the hospital. Katrena is infant massage certified.

    Robert Froh

    RN, MSN, CPNP-AC

    Robert Froh is a critical care pediatric nurse practitioner working in the PICU at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Rob attended the pediatric pain master class at Minnesota Children’s Hospital and has since been working on implementing an institution wide quality improvement project regarding pain management.