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  • The ABC's of Understanding Emotional Responses: Attunement, Brain State, and Connection

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/11/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Child life specialists are often called upon to help children in the midst of upset. How can we better understand what’s behind these emotional responses? This presentation will examine the three brain states and how to interpret children’s emotional responses and employ new skills which strengthen attunement and build connection.

    Child life specialists are often called upon to help children in the midst of upset. How can we better understand what’s behind these emotional responses? This presentation will examine the three brain states and how to interpret children’s emotional responses and employ new skills which strengthen attunement and build connection. Practical skills that demonstrate positive intent, composure, empathy, and encouragement will help participants build strong connections and attunement with children and families by applying knowledge of the brain state model.

    Participants will be able to:

    - Define the three basic states of brain function and behavioral characteristics of each state (survival, emotional, and executive state).Apply the brain state model to behaviors encountered in child life practice.
    - Recognize skills to use with children when we want to help them gain composure during moments of upset.
    - Examine ways in which to build attunement and connection with children in stressful situations.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming. 

    Ruthie Davis

    MA, CCLS

    Ruthie Davis has been an adjunct instructor at Baylor University since 2013, teaching multiple child and family courses including: Child Development, Parenting, Individual Development & Family Relationships, and Child Life Theory & Practice. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Studies from Baylor University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Ruthie has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2003 and has worked in pediatric hospitals in both Dallas, TX and Temple, TX. She has leadership experience as both a child life supervisor and child life manager. Her clinical experiences include a variety of patient populations, including intensive care, emergency medicine, trauma, hematology/oncology, and with children of adult patients. She continues on staff as a child life specialist, working weekends at Children's Health in Dallas. Ruthie also worked as a preschool teacher at Baylor's Piper Center for Child Development & Family Studies from 2017-2018

    Joyce Nuner

    Ph.D

    Joyce Nuner has been an associate professor at Baylor University since 2006 in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, teaching multiple child and family courses including Prenatal & Infant Development, Children & Families with Special Needs, The Preschool Child, and Child Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Ph.D. from Texas Women's University. She is largely involved with Baylor University's lab school, the Piper Center for Human Development & Family Studies. Joyce's interests include perinatal bereavement, early childhood education, and children with special needs. 

  • Proactive and Preventative Strategies for Use with Patients with Behavioral Health Needs

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes.

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors.


    Participants will be able to:

    -Discuss reasons patients may exhibit behavior problems in health care settings

    -Understand the difference between being proactive versus being reactive, and why proactive strategies are more effective at reducing behavior problems

    -Identify basic proactive strategies that can be used to address behavioral issues exhibited by patients in hospital settings

    -Build a "back pocket" to turn to when a behavioral crisis occurs and identify which "in the moment" strategies are more ideal to ensure patient and staff safety while reducing the likelihood that behavior problems will occur again

    -Discuss the ideal state for addressing behavior problems in hospital settings to improve patient and staff safety


    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Jill Fodstad, PhD, HSPP, BCBA-D

    Dr. Jill Fodstad is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana where she is the Clinical Director of the Simon Skjodt Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with over 15 year experience in providing diagnostic services and psychological care to children with severe behavioral health and psychiatric needs in a variety of settings including state hospitals, outpatient psychology clinics, inpatient psychiatric units, residential group homes, intensive Applied Behavior Analysis programs, and hospitals. Dr. Fodstad's clinical practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe behavior disorders in individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Her research is focused on the development of appropriate models of assessment and treatment of early forms of self-injurious behavior, behavioral assessment and treatment techniques for psychiatric disorders in children with developmental disabilities, and identifying strategies to increase the fidelity of behavioral intervention implementation by caregivers. She provides supervision and training to medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows, psychology graduate students, as well as other types of learners, and enjoys teaching and training others to feel confident in their skills to provide evidenced-based and compassionate patient/family-centered care.

  • You're From Where? Supporting Children from Diverse Cultures

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    As patient populations become increasingly diverse, specialists work to understand the unique needs of children from different cultures. This session aims to identify the impact of culture on providers’, parents’ and children’s coping during healthcare experiences.

    As patient populations become increasingly diverse, specialists work to understand the unique needs of children from different cultures. This session aims to identify the impact of culture on providers’, parents’ and children’s coping during healthcare experiences.

    1. Outline common coping themes in different cultures
    2. Examine how cultural differences in parenting influences their child’s healthcare experience
    3. Identify how to help families navigate healthcare overseas
    4. Analyze how a provider’s culture influences a patient’s healthcare experiences

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Deirdrea A. Goltz

    Child Life Supervisor

    Child life specialist for 14 years, living and practicing abroad for 5 years, certified infant massage instructor, bachelor's in psychology, master's in clinical social work focusing on health, mental health and disability

    Katelyn Kieleszewski

    MA, CCLS

    Child life specialist for 5 years, living and practicing abroad for 2 years, special education teacher and early intervention specialist; master’s in learning disabilities, bachelor’s in psychology

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor: Diversity in the Workplace

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships

    Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Diversity, beyond observable differences, triggers emotional labor on both the individual and team level. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships

    Participants will be able to:
    -Define diversity and explore how it impacts key concepts such as trust and performance in the workplace 

    -Define emotional labor and interpersonal trust as they relate to diversity 

    -Define Emotion Regulation Theory and apply it to their own role performance and satisfaction 

    -Reflect on personal characteristics that impact individual contributions to and experiences of diversity 

    -Explore the impact of interpersonal diversity on workplace performance and satisfaction

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Julia Goff, MS, MA, CCLS, RMHCI

    Julia Goff has been a child life specialist since 2014. She completed a B.S. in human development and family science and a B.A. in Spanish linguistics at the Ohio State University. She completed an M.S. in human development and family science with an emphasis in child life from the University of Georgia in 2014 and an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling with a play therapy certificate from the University of Central Florida in 2019. Julia has provided child life services in the emergency department, NICU, acute pediatrics, and inpatient hematology/oncology.

    Haley Messmore, BS, CCLS

    Haley Messmore has been a child life specialist since 2014. She completed her B.S. in child development at the University of Iowa. Haley did a child life practicum abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and her child life internship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Haley currently works at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando and has provided child life services in acute pediatrics and an ICU step-down unit. In the community, Haley serves on the board of directors of Michelee Puppets, a non-profit organization that uses puppetry to enhance the lives of children.

  • 2020 Professional Development Subscription

    Contains 19 Product(s)

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs.

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs. 

    Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants  will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • 2020 Emerging Professional Subscription

    Contains 11 Product(s)

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Emerging Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs.

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Emerging Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs. 

    Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants  will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • 2020 Established Professional Subscription

    Contains 12 Product(s)

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Established Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Established Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs.

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Established Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Established Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs. 

    Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants  will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 Established Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • Promoting Social Inclusion for Children in Healthcare: Implications for Child Life Practice

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will explore current understandings, pediatric terms, and concepts associated with social inclusion and children within healthcare populations. Research conducted by the presenters will provide additional information about what we currently know about social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and disabilities.

    The provision of psychosocial care for children in healthcare is the primary goal of the child life specialist. Given that children with chronic illnesses and special healthcare needs are more likely to experience social exclusion in comparison to their healthy peers, a critical assessment of child life practice in this regard is merited. This webinar will explore current understandings, pediatric terms, and concepts associated with social inclusion and children within healthcare populations. Research conducted by the presenters will provide additional information about what we currently know about social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and disabilities. This discussion will provide the basis upon which to examine child life goals and practices. At the end of the presentation, we will invite attendees to share their thoughts and clinical experiences regarding efforts that can promote greater social inclusion for these children. 

    Participants will be able to:
    -Identify emerging and current terminology for populations of children in healthcare and how the concept of inclusion is understood
    -Examine more specifically the notion of social inclusion for children in healthcare 

    -Share research findings pertaining to social inclusion of children in healthcare 

    -Promote and identify ways of expanding clinical practice to ensure greater social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and their families

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Donna Koller, Ph.D.

    Dr. Donna Koller is a Professor within the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has a doctoral degree in child development and applied psychology from the University of Toronto and has worked in three pediatric settings (US and Canada), both in clinical and research capacities. Currently, she holds an adjunct scientist position with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute. Previously, she was employed as the first academic and clinical specialist in child life at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada. As a strong advocate for the child life profession, Dr. Koller wrote the first evidence-based practice statements for the Child Life Council. Her research interests include psychosocial care in pediatrics and children's participation rights in healthcare decision-making. Presently, she is principal investigator on two projects involving the social inclusion of children with chronic medical conditions and disabilities. As an outcome of a previous study, she helped create a psychoeducational tool called 'My Diabetes Playbox' to help young children with diabetes learn more about their disease; a newly created app based on the playbox is available in American and Canadian versions. Internationally, she has presented at several conferences and consulted on psychosocial care issues with pediatric health care providers in the Middle East and across North America.

    Cara Sisk, Ph.D., CCLS

    Cara Sisk, Ph.D., CCLS, currently works as an assistant professor, but has clinical experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist working with children and families in pediatric healthcare. Her work as a psychosocial practitioner was critical in her professional development and foundational to her academic interests. As the child llfe program director at Tennessee Technological University, Cara enjoys her role in higher education preparing future child life specialists. She is dedicated to doing research to positively impact the healthcare of children. Her dissertation research focused on the healthcare experiences of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. This research integrated her interests of children in healthcare with therapeutic tools she used in her practice as a child life specialist.

  • ACLP Town Hall - October 1, 2020

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/01/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for the upcoming ACLP Town Hall!

    Join us for the upcoming ACLP Town Hall. Hear about the state of the association, updates, and get your questions answered during the Q&A.

  • Supporting Staff and Patients Through the Holidays

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will address the key components to leading a group of professionals through the stresses inherent in the holidays. Coping with stress, supporting the team while supporting patient needs, creative donation management, finding moments of respite, and shining as a team will all be considered. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    This webinar will address the key components to leading a group of professionals through the stresses inherent in the holidays. Coping with stress, supporting the team while supporting patient needs, creative donation management, finding moments of respite, and shining as a team will all be considered. 

    Participants will be able to:

    -Learn ways to support their team as they juggle the many conflicting priorities inherent with the holidays 

    -Learn creative approaches to making the holidays fun in spite of the "organized chaos" that is expected 

    -Learn creative scheduling and ways to find opportunities for autonomy and respite within the team 

    -Learn ways to help the team shine, both individually and together, as they manage the holidays.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Kristin Maier MS, CCLS, CPXP

    MS, CCLS, CPXP

    Kristin is currently working as the director of child life at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she began her career as a child life specialist. She received her undergraduate degree in child development with a specialization in child life from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, followed by her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis. She was a founding member of the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals and served on the conference planning committee and the board of directors for several years. Kristin continued her engagement with the profession by participating on many committees for the Association of Child Life Professionals, both as a member and a leader, serving on the board of directors as secretary and president. Recently, to support her work, she has received her certification as Patient Experience Professional (CPXP). Kristin speaks on topics ranging from child life-specific skill development to communicating with children, family-centered care, professionalism, leadership, teamwork, communication, and resilience. Her passion for the field of child life and ACLP is rich and deep and matched only by the joy of partnering with her husband Eddie to raise their three boys…almost men. Walking on the beach and taking in the sun and salt are where she finds balance and purpose in all she does.