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  • Child Life and Telemedicine: Using Technology to Promote Family-Centered Care and Increased Family Involvement at Bedside

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Child life specialists are champions for family-centered care and advocate for family involvement throughout admissions. Due to advancements in technology, advocating for family presence and engatement at bedside is made possible even if families are not able to be physically present. Attendees will gain insight into the use of telemedicine and its ability to increase family presence during extended hospitalization.

    Child life specialists are champions for family-centered care and advocate for family involvement throughout admissions. Due to advancements in technology, advocating for family presence and engatement at bedside is made possible even if families are not able to be physically present. Attendees will gain insight into the use of telemedicine and its ability to increase family presence during extended hospitalization.

  • Child Life in Action: Building Community Together with Hospital and Museum Partnerships

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will provide the audience with insights about child life partnership opportunities with nearby community resources while building strategic community throughout their institutions. Basics of starting and sustaining collaborations between science centers, museums and children’s hospitals will be shared. This will include how to identify partners, adapt education programs for diverse populations and recruit and train community/hospital volunteers. Participants will be provided with examples of public programs that can be delivered at museums to foster family preparedness and coping.

    This session will provide the audience with insights about child life partnership opportunities with nearby community resources while building strategic community throughout their institutions. Basics of starting and sustaining collaborations between science centers, museums and children’s hospitals will be shared. This will include how to identify partners, adapt education programs for diverse populations and recruit and train community/hospital volunteers. Participants will be provided with examples of public programs that can be delivered at museums to foster family preparedness and coping.

  • Developing Engaging Activities to Educate New Nurses on Child Life Services

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the hospital setting most education is provided via formal presentations. Activity based education such as simulation, in which medical scenarios are acted out, has been shown to increase knowledge and skill retention. In this session, attendees will learn about an activity based education session created to help new graduate nurses gain an understanding of and see the value in child life interventions.

    In the hospital setting most education is provided via formal presentations. Activity based education such as simulation, in which medical scenarios are acted out, has been shown to increase knowledge and skill retention. In this session, attendees will learn about an activity based education session created to help new graduate nurses gain an understanding of and see the value in child life interventions.

  • Helping Children of Adult Patients: A Proactive Interdisciplinary Team Approach

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, participants will gain knowledge about an interdisciplinary team that provides consultation and guidance to families facing a new diagnosis, trauma, or the anticipated death of a child’s adult family member. This team equips families with the tools needed to provide honest, age-appropriate communication and support in order to help children understand the medical situation.

    In this session, participants will gain knowledge about an interdisciplinary team that provides consultation and guidance to families facing a new diagnosis, trauma, or the anticipated death of a child’s adult family member. This team equips families with the tools needed to provide honest, age-appropriate communication and support in order to help children understand the medical situation.

  • Simulation in Child Life Practice: The Next Generation of Preparation, Education, and Interprofessional Collaboration

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This panel presentation will explore pathways through which child life specialists have engaged in the rapidly growing practice of simulation. Panelists will describe frameworks for developing simulation-based programs for both patient preparation and interprofessional team training. Through discussion and small group work, participants will apply these frameworks to their own practice and plan simulation programming for implementation in clinical and educational environments.

    This panel presentation will explore pathways through which child life specialists have engaged in the rapidly growing practice of simulation. Panelists will describe frameworks for developing simulation-based programs for both patient preparation and interprofessional team training. Through discussion and small group work, participants will apply these frameworks to their own practice and plan simulation programming for implementation in clinical and educational environments.

  • A Multihospital Perspective on Integrating Facility Dogs and Animal Assisted Therapy into Clinical Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This panel will examine differing facility dog program structures among hospitals. Presenters will share the unique values, individual challenges and noteworthy successes in their respective programs. Presenters will demonstrate the myriad of ways that facility dog programming has cultivated multidisciplinary collaboration, improved measurable outcomes and provided quality psychosocial support for patients, families and staff. Presenters will demonstrate examples of how facility dogs are utilized using live demonstrations and videos.

    This panel will examine differing facility dog program structures among hospitals. Presenters will share the unique values, individual challenges and noteworthy successes in their respective programs. Presenters will demonstrate the myriad of ways that facility dog programming has cultivated multidisciplinary collaboration, improved measurable outcomes and provided quality psychosocial support for patients, families and staff. Presenters will demonstrate examples of how facility dogs are utilized using live demonstrations and videos.

  • It’s a Small World After All: How Two Child Life Specialists are Working to Expand the World of Child Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This interactive workshop tells the story of how two child life specialists developed their individual programs and why they connected to bring students the unique experience of working with children through an international practicum program. Each program will be explored from inception to current achievements. Goals for future expansion will be discussed.

    This interactive workshop tells the story of how two child life specialists developed their individual programs and why they connected to bring students the unique experience of working with children through an international practicum program. Each program will be explored from inception to current achievements. Goals for future expansion will be discussed. 

  • Child Life in a Politically Charged Environment: A Public Policy Panel Discussion

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide ground level information to help participants learn the lingo of public policy and will explore macro-and mico-level examples of how policy issues directly impact patients, hospitals and child life specialists. Additionally, participants will gain an understand of how they might become personally involved in policy work and presenters will speak to their own experience in the public policy arena.

    This presentation will provide ground level information to help participants learn the lingo of public policy and will explore macro-and mico-level examples of how policy issues directly impact patients, hospitals and child life specialists.  Additionally, participants will gain an understand of how they might become personally involved in policy work and presenters will speak to their own experience in the public policy arena.

  • Supporting Patients at Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Escalation in a Primary Care Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A quality improvement initiative in a large primary care network was created to help improve the safety and outcomes for identified patients and their families. This presentation will describe how a child life specialist was integrated into the initiative, resource development and program impact.

    A quality improvement initiative in a large primary care network was created to help improve the safety and outcomes for identified patients and their families. This presentation will describe how a child life specialist was integrated into the initiative, resource development and program impact.

  • Early Childhood Clinic: An Opportunity to Collaborate and Improve Early Intervention Services for Young Patients

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will explore one hospital’s initiation of a multidisciplinary clinic developed to help promote early intervention services during a child’s treatment for chronic illness. During the development and implementation of this clinic, interdisciplinary relationships were strengthened, coordination of care for patients and families was improved, and optimal services during this critical stage in a child’s development were provided.

    This presentation will explore one hospital’s initiation of a multidisciplinary clinic developed to help promote early intervention services during a child’s treatment for chronic illness. During the development and implementation of this clinic, interdisciplinary relationships were strengthened, coordination of care for patients and families was improved, and optimal services during this critical stage in a child’s development were provided.