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  • Incorporating a Technology Professional Within Your Child Life Team

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web 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

    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, BFA

    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

    This webinar will discuss techniques 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 techniques 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:

    • -Articulate ways that technology can enhance child life practice
    • -Identify at least two gaming technologies and ways to integrate them into their current therapeutic practice
    • -Identify at least two gaming technologies that would be compatible with their current hospital environment
    • -Describe best practices for the use of gaming technology in the hospital setting


    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, 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 hospital’s 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 Southwest, the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, the Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, and Penny Arcade Expo. 

  • Selfcare as Stewardship: sustaining wellness through challenge, uncertainty and change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar addresses the needs of established professionals in relation to the development of self and self-care practices. Excellent self-care needs to be integrated into our lives to be able to sustain a quality of professional functioning over time. Experienced child life specialists are often in a position of mentorship or leadership to others and have a responsibility to model balance and meaningful wellness promoting practices. We will explore self-care solidarity and how to integrate wellness practices and increase equanimity personally and professionally. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar addresses the needs of established professionals in relation to the development of self and self-care practices. Excellent self-care needs to be integrated into our lives to be able to sustain a quality of professional functioning over time. Experienced child life specialists are often in a position of mentorship or leadership to others and have a responsibility to model balance and meaningful wellness promoting practices. We will explore self-care solidarity and how to integrate wellness practices and increase equanimity personally and professionally.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    After this presentation, participants will have:
    -Knowledge of the theoretical foundations of trauma stewardship, mindfulness-based practice, self-care solidarity and stress reduction strategies
    -Information about current evidenced-based research that supports mindfulness-based practices as a health benefit personally and professionally
    -Experienced 2 mindfulness-based practices and a self-care solidarity activity
    -Access to tools and resources to sustain their practice and share with others

    Christine Slavik

    CCLS, Associate Professor

    Christine is an Associate Professor, and Department Head of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. She has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for 35 years, and has been presenting at our conferences for the same period of time, first with ACCH and CLC and now ACLP. Christine has participated on numerous committees and has served on the CLC board as the Canadian Liaison. She proudly participated in CLC’s Vision-to-Action initiative. Previously she was the Director of Child Life at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, and has been employed as a Child and Youth Care Counselor, and as a nurse in psychiatry/mental health. Christine teaches the Child Life and Community Health course as the foundation for the Child Life Specialization and is faculty liaison for the Child Life Internship. Most recently she created a Graduate Certificate Program in Child Life and Community Health. Christine holds a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation and is a Certified Trainer of the Appreciative Leadership Development Program. She is skilled in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Christine developed and teaches the Wellness and Mindfulness-Based Practices course which is required in the CYC degree program and is open to students across the university. She completed a series of research projects exploring mindfulness-based practices and contemplative pedagogy in both the K-12 and university settings, and teaches the Introduction to MBSR and neurobiology of mindfulness regularly on campus and in the community. Christine has completed the Labyrinth Facilitator training through Veriditas and hosts labyrinth workshops for children, youth and adults across diverse settings.

  • Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy Clinicians

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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: Intervention

    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)

    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 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

  • 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.

  • Suicide: Meeting the Unique Needs of Families in the Aftermath

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will focus on the role that the Child Life Specialist can play in supporting families after a suicide has occurred. Risk factors and prevention will be reviewed, but the emphasis of the presentation will be on providing grief support unique to situations in which a suicide has occurred.

    This presentation will focus on the role that the Child Life Specialist can play in supporting families after a suicide has occurred.  Risk factors and prevention will be reviewed, but the emphasis of the presentation will be on providing grief support unique to situations in which a suicide has occurred.  


    Participants will be able to list risk factors for suicide and develop an initial approach to the assessment of the suicide survivor.
    Participants will be able to identify the unique characteristics of complicated and disenfranchised grief.
    Participants will be able to provide effective and appropriate child life interventions for the patient’s family after a suicide occurs, as they grieve.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention


    Jenna Teso, DBH, LCSW, CCTS-I and Bridgette Werner, CCLS

    Dr. Jenna Teso was previously a CCLS and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She has been the Director of Behavioral Health at a juvenile detention center, Manager of School Counseling at 2 charter high schools for at-risk youth, and Supervisor at a crisis call center. She obtained her Master's in Social Work in 2011 and Doctorate in Behavioral Health in 2015.
    Bridgette Werner is a CCLS and Social Worker. She currently provides services in hospice, inpatient psychiatric, and the Emergency Department settings. Previously, she was a CCLS serving Surgery and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.