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  • “Not Your Typical Death Talk”: Beyond Textbook Death Disclosure

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Children impacted by death will likely experience intense grief and mourning. Child life specialists are able to assist children, families, and the community throughout the bereavement process. A review of death disclosure strategies, and tools to extend child life services in bereavement support in the pediatric hospital, adult hospital, and the school setting.

    Children impacted by death will likely experience intense grief and mourning. Child life specialists are able to assist children, families, and the community throughout the bereavement process. A review of death disclosure strategies, and tools to extend child life services in bereavement support in the pediatric hospital, adult hospital, and the school setting.

  • What's Your LGBTQ IQ?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The role of child life specialists requires current information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patient population and their families.  Reflection on personal and institutional practices will help create actions steps through hands-on activities, small groups, and large group discussions.

    The role of child life specialists requires current information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patient population and their families.  Reflection on personal and institutional practices will help create actions steps through hands-on activities, small groups, and large group discussions.

  • Building Up Superheroes: Supporting Pediatric Patients through Radiation Therapy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Radiation therapy can be an overwhelming experience for pediatric patients and families. This presentation will validate child life services in pediatric radiation oncology and will offer valuable tools to support pediatric patients receiving radiation therapy. Case study examples will highlight challenges and successes of children’s experiences throughout the treatment process.

    Radiation therapy can be an overwhelming experience for pediatric patients and families.  This presentation will validate child life services in pediatric radiation oncology and will offer valuable tools to support pediatric patients receiving radiation therapy. Case study examples will highlight challenges and successes of children’s experiences throughout the treatment process.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    ■ Identify successful child life support in a pediatric radiation oncology setting.
    ■ Identify key factors for assessing the need for child life support in radiation oncology.
    ■ Discuss approaches to assessing and providing effective interventions for children and teens undergoing radiation therapy.
    ■ Describe key strategies for collaborating with a multidisciplinary team providing services for patients receiving radiation therapy.

  • But When Can I Compete Again?: Psychosocial Issues Concerning Adolescent Athletes Following an Injury or Extended Illness

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Adolescent athletes have a distinct set of stressors when it comes to injuries, chronic illnesses, and pain perception. Child life specialists team up with patients to aid recovery in the medical setting, utilizing unique skills learned from athletics to drive athletes’ optimal coping.

    Adolescent athletes have a distinct set of stressors when it comes to injuries, chronic illnesses, and pain perception. Child life specialists team up with patients to aid recovery in the medical setting, utilizing unique skills learned from athletics to drive athletes’ optimal coping.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    ■ Understand the mindset and culture of adolescents involved with athletics.
    ■ Gain understanding of adolescent athletes’ coping responses to an injury or extended illness.
    ■ Utilize applicable intervention techniques to support adolescent athletes through injuries/illness

  • A New Training and Education Method and How It Was Used in Initiating a Standard of Care in the Emergency Department.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This multidisciplinary emergency department panel will discuss the implementation of the cognitive social process, communal sharing, and how it was used to initiate comfort positioning as a standard of care. Members of an emergency department team will discuss what made this approach work and why they plan on continuing to use it.

    This multidisciplinary emergency department panel will discuss the implementation of the cognitive social process, communal sharing, and how it was used to initiate comfort positioning as a standard of care. Members of an emergency department team will discuss what made this approach work and why they plan on continuing to use it.

  • Do Interdisciplinary Pre-Operative Education Classes For Patients and Families Positively Impact The Postoperative Period?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    While pre-operative classes for adults undergoing surgery is becoming a widespread norm in the healthcare setting, this is not necessarily the case for the pediatric patient population. Research design and implementation of an interdisciplinary staff-led approach to pre-operative education, includes lliterature review, IRB application, consent process, survey design, staff involvement, current class model, class impact, and future growth/research.

    While pre-operative classes for adults undergoing surgery is becoming a widespread norm in the healthcare setting, this is not necessarily the case for the pediatric patient population. Research design and implementation of an interdisciplinary staff-led approach to pre-operative education, includes lliterature review, IRB application, consent process, survey design, staff involvement, current class model, class impact, and future growth/research.

  • Preparation, Integration and Instrumentation: Child Life and Music Therapy Research in the Pediatric Emergency Department

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation explores innovative work in child life practice involving collaboration with music therapy to minimize distress and promote empowerment in the emergency department setting. Attendees will gain insight into a research study investigating the efficacy of a co-treatment preparation and procedural support model that addressed pain and anxiety in school-age patients receiving intravenous (IV) placement.

    This presentation explores innovative work in child life practice involving collaboration with music therapy to minimize distress and promote empowerment in the emergency department setting. Attendees will gain insight into a research study investigating the efficacy of a co-treatment preparation and procedural support model that addressed pain and anxiety in school-age patients receiving intravenous (IV) placement.

  • Developing A Culture of Servant Leadership in the Field of Child Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Participants will be introduced to the servant leadership model, instructed on the key characteristics of servant leaders, and learn about how it has been successfully integrated into one academic institution’s child life curriculum. Participants will then have opportunity to reflect upon their own servant leaderships skills and brainstorm in groups methods of integrating these ethical principles into their own clinical practice.

    Participants will be introduced to the servant leadership model, instructed on the key characteristics of servant leaders, and learn about how it has been successfully integrated into one academic institution’s child life curriculum. Participants will then have opportunity to reflect upon their own servant leaderships skills and brainstorm in groups methods of integrating these ethical principles into their own clinical practice.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

    ■ Define the term ‘servant leader’ and identify key characteristics of servant leadership.
    ■ Integrate concepts related to servant leadership with the guiding ethical principles of the child life council.
    ■ Recognize the need for integrating servant leadership principles in child life education and clinical practice.
    ■ Theorize ways to integrate these principles into his or her own professional identity.

  • Supervision Tool For the Child Life Specialist

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Clinical supervision is a professional relationship and a working alliance where a student’s work is reviewed and reflected upon to ensure that the quality of services and care provided to children and their families are being met. A supervision tool would document the student’s progression and help them develop a greater sense of self-awareness in a clinical setting as well as enhance the supervisor’s skills and professional development.

    Clinical supervision is a professional relationship and a working alliance where a student’s work is reviewed and reflected upon to ensure that the quality of services and care provided to children and their families are being met. A supervision tool would document the student’s progression and help them develop a greater sense of self-awareness in a clinical setting as well as enhance the supervisor’s skills and professional development.

  • Let’s Talk About SEX Baby: Sexuality and Relationship Teaching for Patients with Brain Injuries

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Youth with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) need support and education when discussing healthy sexuality and relationships. A program was developed to meet the specific learning needs of patients with ABI while including current trends in internet and social media for youth.

    Youth with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) need support and education when discussing healthy sexuality and relationships. A program was developed to meet the specific learning needs of patients with ABI while including current trends in internet and social media
    for youth.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    ■ Discuss the role child life provides to explore and educate youth with brain injuries about sexuality and relationships.
    ■ Identify the framework/model of a successful sexuality-focused child life program for brain injured youth.
    ■ Discuss the impact of brain injury on a child/youth’s sexuality, social interactions and relationships.
    ■ Learn strategies for advocating for the inclusion of similar child life programs for youth with brain injuries in diverse healthcare settings.