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  • 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.

  • To Sleep or Not to Sleep? That is the Question: Working with a Pediatric Sedation Team to Successfully Evaluate and Prepare Children to Complete Radiology Imaging without Sedation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    It is often thought that many children need to be sedated in order to obtain clear diagnostic images for medical purposes. This presentation will identify strategies on how to provide coping mechanisms to prepare select candidates for long scans without sedation.

    It is often thought that many children need to be sedated in order to obtain clear diagnostic images for medical purposes. This presentation will identify strategies on how to provide coping mechanisms to prepare select candidates for long scans without sedation.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    ■ Identify characteristics that lead to a child being able to successfully complete scans in the radiology department without sedation.
    ■ Discuss what unique information should be communicated to children prior to scans.
    ■ Identity the tools to coach children with coping mechanisms that will lead to successful imagessuccessful images.
    ■ Discuss the importance of identifying roles within the interdisciplinary team, building relationships and communicating effectively to support the patient.

  • The Punitive Nature of Rewards: A Controversial Assessment of Popular Behavior Modification

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Research shows that extrinsic rewards in behavior modification reduce intrinsic motivation to accomplish tasks. Children are manipulated by reward systems into behaving desirably without addressing the reason for the desired behavior or giving opportunities for autonomy. Developing lasting value-building skills can motivate patients without being undermined by rewards.

    Research shows that extrinsic rewards in behavior modification reduce intrinsic motivation to accomplish tasks. Children are manipulated by reward systems into behaving desirably without addressing the reason for the desired behavior or giving opportunities for autonomy. Developing lasting value-building skills can motivate patients without being undermined by rewards.

  • Kaizen: No, It’s Not a New toy But a tool For Driving Meaningful Change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Child life plays an important role in patient and family experiences.  Quantifying the importance of child life is difficult and can be overlooked as impactful on cost of care.  Kaizen provides a proven tool to quantify its impact on the patient and family experience and overall cost of care.  This tool also provides credibility to child life services and helps drive meaningful change.

    Child life plays an important role in patient and family experiences.  Quantifying the importance of child life is difficult and can be overlooked as impactful on cost of care.  Kaizen provides a proven tool to quantify its impact on the patient and family experience and overall cost of care.  This tool also provides credibility to child life services and helps drive meaningful change.

  • Part of Play Is Putting Away: Overview of “Test of Change” Initiative Utilized to Promote Playroom Safety & Security

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Playrooms that are open/accessible 24 hours a day cannot always be supervised after child life staff leave the unit. Without consistent supervision, the playroom has the potential to become an unsafe environment for patients and families. Data gathered through the development and implementation of this test of change, will show hot to improve program safety and security while increasing operational efficiency of child life staff.

    Playrooms that are open/accessible 24 hours a day cannot always be supervised after child life staff leave the unit. Without consistent supervision, the playroom has the potential to become an unsafe environment for patients and families. Data gathered through the development and implementation of this test of change, will show hot to improve program safety and security while increasing operational efficiency of child life staff.

  • A Visual Journey: the Therapeutic Nature of Photography

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Photography is often a key part of celebrating milestones, documenting and celebrating various aspects in the journey of life. As child life specialists, we employ various strategies, techniques and modalities in our work with patients and families. This presentation outlines an integrative health photography program facilitated by Certified Child Life Specialists that incorporates photography into the daily life of a hospitalized child.

    Photography is often a key part of celebrating milestones, documenting and celebrating various aspects in the journey of life. As child life specialists, we employ various strategies, techniques and modalities in our work with patients and families. This presentation outlines an integrative health photography program facilitated by Certified Child Life Specialists that incorporates photography into the daily life of a hospitalized child.

  • Cultivating the Supervisor Identity: Connecting a Developmental Approach with Child Life Students

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Becoming a supervisor is a shift in identity. We meet the required hours and we are eligible to take interns, but we may not feel completely confident or qualified to take on this new role. This presentation explores the use of a developmental theory approach to guide child life specialists in developing their supervisor identity and provide purposeful and productive supervision to child life students.

    Becoming a supervisor is a shift in identity. We meet the required hours and we are eligible to take interns, but we may not feel completely confident or qualified to take on this new role. This presentation explores the use of a developmental theory approach to guide child life specialists in developing their supervisor identity and provide purposeful and productive supervision to child life students.

  • Making a Good Impression: How to Confidently Create Meaningful Memories

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this presentation five different memory making techniques will be discussed, including pros and cons to each and ways they have been improved. Participants will leave feeling more confident in their ability to utilize memory making techniques with grieving families.

    In this presentation five different memory making techniques will be discussed, including pros and cons to each and ways they have been improved.  Participants will leave feeling more confident in their ability to utilize memory making techniques with grieving families. 

  • Creating a Journal Club to Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Studies have proven that journal clubs are an effective means to promote evidence based practice (EBP). Through the lens of adult learning theory, this workshop will provide valuable hands-on information and tools for the establishment, process, and evaluation of effective journal clubs. The clinical impact and possibilities for the growth of journal clubs will also be discussed.

    Studies have proven that journal clubs are an effective means to promote evidence based practice (EBP). Through the lens of adult learning theory, this workshop will provide valuable hands-on information and tools for the establishment, process, and evaluation of effective journal clubs. The clinical impact and possibilities for the growth of journal clubs will also be discussed.

  • Bridging the Gap Between Generations in the Healthcare Setting to Build Synergy and Strong Teams

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This workshop will explore five generations currently in the workplace and implications for interaction. Misunderstandings can occur from different mindsets and styles of communication of people born in different eras. Characteristics of each generation and their impact on staff and patient interactions will be explored. This presentation will focus on how employees learn from each other to build collaborative relationships as well as provide strategies to build stronger teams.

    This workshop will explore five generations currently in the workplace and implications for interaction. Misunderstandings can occur from different mindsets and styles of communication of people born in different eras. Characteristics of each generation and their impact on staff and patient interactions will be explored. This presentation will focus on how employees learn from each other to build collaborative relationships as well as provide strategies to build stronger teams.