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  • Supporting Hospitalized Adolescents Through Self-Expressive Interventions

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    “I’m fine.” “I don’t want to talk about it.” Silence. These are the responses child life specialists may hear when working with hospitalized adolescents. In this presentation, attendees will gain knowledge about the benefits of self-expressive interventions for adolescents based on current research. Through discussion and hands-on opportunities, participants will learn a variety of interventions to incorporate into clinical practice.

    “I’m fine.” “I don’t want to talk about it.” Silence. These are the responses child life specialists may hear when working with hospitalized adolescents. In this presentation, attendees will gain knowledge about the benefits of self-expressive interventions for adolescents based on current research. Through discussion and hands-on opportunities, participants will learn a variety of interventions to incorporate into clinical practice.

  • Clinical Ethics: Truth Telling in the Pediatric Hospice Population

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Little study has been made of how child life specialists cope with their challenging daily work. This presentation will allow the participant to explore resilience through the lenses of gratitude, validation, mindfulness, playfulness and optimism.

    Little study has been made of how child life specialists cope with their challenging daily work. This presentation will allow the participant to explore resilience through the lenses of gratitude, validation, mindfulness, playfulness and optimism. 

  • Current Research Findings on Child and Parent Communication Preferences for Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis Disclosure

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Child life specialists foster trust by communicating with children in a developmentally appropriate way throughout the treatment trajectory. Developmental theory underscores the necessity of trust for communication, yet limited research supports the facilitation of intentional conversations related to diagnosis and prognosis. This presentation will report research findings on child and parent communication preferences, which will empower child life specialists to advocate for honest developmentally appropriate information throughout a patient’s treatment.

    Child life specialists foster trust by communicating with children in a developmentally appropriate way throughout the treatment trajectory. Developmental theory underscores the necessity of trust for communication, yet limited research supports the facilitation of intentional conversations related to diagnosis and prognosis. This presentation will report research findings on child and parent communication preferences, which will empower child life specialists to advocate for honest developmentally appropriate information throughout a patient’s treatment.

  • A Labor of Love: Achievements in Program Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Based on three years of program expansion in the NICU and family birth center, this workshop will equip participants with tools to enhance patient experience and implement innovative clinical interventions. The presentation will address acquisition of funds for program development, staff education, and implementation of strategies to improve patient experience and staff engagement. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity to explore an intervention for application within their program.

    Based on three years of program expansion in the NICU and family birth center, this workshop will equip participants with tools to enhance patient experience and implement innovative clinical interventions. The presentation will address acquisition of funds for program development, staff education, and implementation of strategies to improve patient experience and staff engagement. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity to explore an intervention for application within their program.

  • Surrounded by Guilt: Unpacking and Unloading the Guilt Carried by Professional Caregivers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Child life professionals experience situations in both their professional and personal worlds that can lead to feelings of guilt. As part of self-care, it is important to channel appropriate guilt into positive attitudinal and behavioral changes while letting go of unnecessary guilt that can become exhausting to carry. This presentation reviews types and purposes of guilt, leadership implications for guilt-prone individuals and strategies for coping with guilt.

    Child life professionals experience situations in both their professional and personal worlds that can lead to feelings of guilt. As part of self-care, it is important to channel appropriate guilt into positive attitudinal and behavioral changes while letting go of unnecessary guilt that can become exhausting to carry. This presentation reviews types and purposes of guilt, leadership implications for guilt-prone individuals and strategies for coping with guilt.

  • Change Can Be Good: Making The Switch To A Pod-Based Staffing Model

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    A team-based approach to child life practice can lead to increased efficiency, communication, and staff satisfaction. Participants will learn how a pod-based staffing model was implemented in a medium size child life department in a free standing children’s hospital. Presenters will share benefits of the new staffing model, as well as challenges faced during implementation. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion.

    A team-based approach to child life practice can lead to increased efficiency, communication, and staff satisfaction. Participants will learn how a pod-based staffing model was implemented in a medium size child life department in a free standing children’s hospital. Presenters will share benefits of the new staffing model, as well as challenges faced during implementation. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion.

  • Child Life: Moving into New Settings and New Roles

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Child life practice settings outside of the hospital have grown exponentially in recent years. Child life skills and competencies are easily transferred to other settings supporting children and families impacted by crisis, challenge or change. This facilitated panel will share examples of non-traditional settings in which child life skills have successfully been utilized and hightlight the pathway to delivery of such services.

    Child life practice settings outside of the hospital have grown exponentially in recent years.  Child life skills and competencies are easily transferred to other settings supporting children and families impacted by crisis, challenge or change.  This facilitated panel will share examples of non-traditional settings in which child life skills have successfully been utilized and hightlight the pathway to delivery of such services.

  • Exploring the Known: A Child Life Professional Exchange Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    The Child Life Professional Exchange Program gives experienced specialists the opportunity to spend a week embedded in another child life program in an effort to enhance personal and professional practice, learn new and innovative approaches to care and bring information back to their own hospital and clinical area. This unique model initially began with two hospitals and has since expanded over the last four years to include six hospitals as part of the annual professional exchange.

    The Child Life Professional Exchange Program gives experienced specialists the opportunity to spend a week embedded in another child life program in an effort to enhance personal and professional practice, learn new and innovative approaches to care and bring information back to their own hospital and clinical area.  This unique model initially began with two hospitals and has since expanded over the last four years to include six hospitals as part of the annual professional exchange.

  • Assessing Children with Special Health Care Needs Perceptions of Health Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Children with special health care needs (CSHCN)are a vulnerable population with complex medical needs requiring many different services. The purpose of this research was to assess children with special health care needs perceptions of their health care experiences. Child-centered data collection methods enhanced the participants’ expression of health care perceptions. This research offers child life specialists evidence based yet practical assessment strategies for this vulnerable population.

    Children with special health care needs (CSHCN)are a vulnerable population with complex medical needs requiring many different services. The purpose of this research was to assess children with special health care needs perceptions of their health care experiences. Child-centered data collection methods enhanced the participants’ expression of health care perceptions. This research offers child life specialists evidence based yet practical assessment strategies for this vulnerable population.

  • Making the Most of Medical Play

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Medical play is considered to be a core component of child life programming and is frequently utilized to aid in providing preparation for medical experiences. Medical play also incorporates a variety of additional modalities such as medical art, role rehearsal/role reversal and needle play. This presentation will explore all aspects of medical play with an emphasis on the lesser implemented types of medical play.

    Medical play is considered to be a core component of child life programming and is frequently utilized to aid in providing preparation for medical experiences. Medical play also incorporates a variety of additional modalities such as medical art, role rehearsal/role reversal and needle play. This presentation will explore all aspects of medical play with an emphasis on the lesser implemented types of medical play.