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  • Integrating Child Life Services in Clinical Research

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    This hospital developed a program for the first sponsored Cystic Fibrosis (CF) oral drug trial with 2-5 year old patients with an extensive research protocol. In response to the challenging protocol and young age group, the CF research team integrated child life services for study visits. This multi-disciplinary team developed materials to support learning and reduce anxiety for children. This relationship was integral to successfully enroll and retain subjects in a complicated trial.

    This hospital developed a program for the first sponsored Cystic Fibrosis (CF) oral drug trial with 2-5 year old patients with an extensive research protocol. In response to the challenging protocol and young age group, the CF research team integrated child life services for study visits. This multi-disciplinary team developed materials to support learning and reduce anxiety for children. This relationship was integral to successfully enroll and retain subjects in a complicated trial.

  • Social Media and Self-exploration: Perspectives From Adolescent Oncology Patients on Navigating Illness and Identity in a Digital Era

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    While social interaction facilitates identity formation, today’s teens are embedded in a digital landscape that expands the foundation for social exploration and reflection. Trends in adolescent social media use suggest that selfies and status updates offer valuable information about self-concept and coping. In this presentation, adolescent oncology patients describe their experiences with social media and identity throughout chronic illness, which has implications for both child life assessment and intervention.

    While social interaction facilitates identity formation, today’s teens are embedded in a digital landscape that expands the foundation for social exploration and reflection. Trends in adolescent social media use suggest that selfies and status updates offer valuable information about self-concept and coping. In this presentation, adolescent oncology patients describe their experiences with social media and identity throughout chronic illness, which has implications for both child life assessment and intervention.

  • All Teach, All Learn: The Ins and Outs of Psychosocial Simulation Training

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    This presentation will describe how one pediatric hospital implemented psychosocial simulations with staff from the Child Life, Chaplaincy, and Social Work Departments. Research findings will be presented in regards to the simulations impact on staff understanding, confidence and competence in collaborating and communicating within the psychosocial team.

    This presentation will describe how one pediatric hospital implemented psychosocial simulations with staff from the Child Life, Chaplaincy, and Social Work Departments. Research findings will be presented in regards to the simulations impact on staff understanding, confidence and competence in collaborating and communicating within the psychosocial team.

  • Retreat of Renewal: Collaborating to Support Bereaved Families in a Camp Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    A small weekend camp for families who recently lost a child due to a cancer diagnosis includes traditional camp activities as well as therapeutic elements. An interdisciplinary team collaborates to develop intentional programming to guide individualized efforts in supporting these grieving families.

    A small weekend camp for families who recently lost a child due to a cancer diagnosis includes traditional camp activities as well as therapeutic elements. An interdisciplinary team collaborates to develop intentional programming to guide individualized efforts in supporting these grieving families.

  • Stepping It Up: The Development of a Clinical Ladder Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    A clinical ladder is a structure of salary progressions and professional levels that provide advancement from novice to expert (Wall, 2007). The goal of this session is to inspire, educate, and provide tools to guide participants to creating or enhancing their own child life clinical ladder program. Presenters will examine evidence and give a comprehensive depiction of the evolution of this hospital’s clinical ladder program.

    A clinical ladder is a structure of salary progressions and professional levels that provide advancement from novice to expert (Wall, 2007). The goal of this session is to inspire, educate, and provide tools to guide participants to creating or enhancing their own child life clinical ladder program. Presenters will examine evidence and give a comprehensive depiction of the evolution of this hospital’s clinical ladder program.

  • Are we there yet?' Finding joy in YOUR journey.

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    “Are we there yet?!”…the dreaded words heard during a long journey, when the destination seems out of reach. How often do child life professionals lose sight of their journey? The career path of each child life professional is unique, but at times, may seem stagnant. Inspiration and a renewed sense of the journey will be shared through this interactive presentation.

    “Are we there yet?!”…the dreaded words heard during a long journey, when the destination seems out of reach. How often do child life professionals lose sight of their journey? The career path of each child life professional is unique, but at times, may seem stagnant. Inspiration and a renewed sense of the journey will be shared through this interactive presentation.

  • Beyond the Prep Book: Creating a Social Narrative Collection for Patient Preparation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Meeting the preparatory needs of children with diverse developmental profiles poses challenges for child life specialists. Limits of language, comprehension, and sensory-focused needs may limit the appropriateness of using traditional prep books to prepare patients for a procedure or admission. After learning how one hospital uses social narratives, participants will design and create their own narrative, and leave with tools to launch a library for their institution.

    Meeting the preparatory needs of children with diverse developmental profiles poses challenges for child life specialists. Limits of language, comprehension, and sensory-focused needs may limit the appropriateness of using traditional prep books to prepare patients for a procedure or admission. After learning how one hospital uses social narratives, participants will design and create their own narrative, and leave with tools to launch a library for their institution.

  • So Many Variables, So Little Experience: Learning to Assess the Patient with Psychiatric Concerns

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    As the number of patients with psychiatric concerns continues to rise, child life specialists are urgently asking, “Where do I start?” This session will prepare professionals who have little experience with this population to form assessments to guide them in caring for these patients. Attendees will learn what variables to include in their assessment and how to work alongside the interdisciplinary team to form a plan of care.

    As the number of patients with psychiatric concerns continues to rise, child life specialists are urgently asking, “Where do I start?” This session will prepare professionals who have little experience with this population to form assessments to guide them in caring for these patients. Attendees will learn what variables to include in their assessment and how to work alongside the interdisciplinary team to form a plan of care.

  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Creative Solutions to Annual Competency Assessment

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Competency assessment is mandatory for employees in the healthcare setting. While first year competencies for a new hire should be essential core competencies, the competencies identified for subsequent years should be more reflective of the crucial knowledge and skills needed for experienced child life professionals. Making those competencies relevant, and the validation method creative, is important for continued professional development.

    Competency assessment is mandatory for employees in the healthcare setting. While first year competencies for a new hire should be essential core competencies, the competencies identified for subsequent years should be more reflective of the crucial knowledge and skills needed for experienced child life professionals. Making those competencies relevant, and the validation method creative, is important for continued professional development.

  • Training and Retaining Reliable College Student Volunteers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This presentation describes a hospital program that creates an opportunity for pediatric patients and their families to receive consistent emotional support during extended or recurring hospitalization. The program introduces a qualified, trained, and committed college student volunteer base to provide fun, friendship, and support to children and their families.

    This presentation describes a hospital program that creates an opportunity for pediatric patients and their families to receive consistent emotional support during extended or recurring hospitalization. The program introduces a qualified, trained, and committed college student volunteer base to provide fun, friendship, and support to children and their families.