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  • Let’s Play with Art: Using the Creative Process as an Assessment and Intervention Tool in Child Life Practice.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This workshop is designed to encourage a playful attitude toward viewing and using art that is backed by theory and technique. Assessing development and coping, how stress manifests in artwork, and a neurobiological perspective in the event of trauma will be explored. The relationship between symbolic process, early attachment, and spiritual and somatic aspects of illness in artwork will be discussed. Simple art interventions for the child life tool kit will be shared.

    This workshop is designed to encourage a playful attitude toward viewing and using art that is backed by theory and technique. Assessing development and coping, how stress manifests in artwork, and a neurobiological perspective in the event of trauma will be explored. The relationship between symbolic process, early attachment, and spiritual and somatic aspects of illness in artwork will be discussed. Simple art interventions for the child life tool kit will be shared.

  • Wake Me Up When My Wound Vac Ends: A Case Study of Ongoing Assessments and Collaboration

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This case study explores ongoing assessments and collaboration between child life and music therapy while promoted positive coping and psychosocial outcomes for an adolescent patient with a complex condition. The presentation will include information about the types of assessments, the interdisciplinary plan of care, interventions to address the patient’s psychosocial and developmental issues, and specific patient outcomes.

    This case study explores ongoing assessments and collaboration between child life and music therapy while promoted positive coping and psychosocial outcomes for an adolescent patient with a complex condition. The presentation will include information about the types of assessments, the interdisciplinary plan of care, interventions to address the patient’s psychosocial and developmental issues, and specific patient outcomes.

  • A Therapeutic Camp Experience for Adolescent Cancer Survivors

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The present study utilizes a phenomenological approach to explore the meaning of the lived social experience for adolescent cancer survivors (ACS) attending a week-long summer oncology camp. This presentation will discuss the experiences of 16 ACS campers, who were interviewed about their social experiences and reasons why they attend an oncology camp, as well as the presenter’s experience as a researcher and observatory participant at camp.

    The present study utilizes a phenomenological approach to explore the meaning of the lived social experience for adolescent cancer survivors (ACS) attending a week-long summer oncology camp. This presentation will discuss the experiences of 16 ACS campers, who were interviewed about their social experiences and reasons why they attend an oncology camp, as well as the presenter’s experience as a researcher and observatory participant at camp.

  • Developing a Path to a Non-Intubated Scoliosis Cast Change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Cast correction for progressive infantile scoliosis is a non-surgical procedure that requires repeated intubation, spinal manipulation and cast application. This writer will discuss an initiative to eliminate frequent general anesthesia by assessing and preparing a patient to remain awake during this procedure, including facilitating parental support in the operating room. Video commentary from the surgeon, anesthesiologist and families will give insight into this complicated process and challenges will be discussed.

    Cast correction for progressive infantile scoliosis is a non-surgical procedure that requires repeated intubation, spinal manipulation and cast application. This writer will discuss an initiative to eliminate frequent general anesthesia by assessing and preparing a patient to remain awake during this procedure, including facilitating parental support in the operating room. Video commentary from the surgeon, anesthesiologist and families will give insight into this complicated process and challenges will be discussed.

  • Connecting Clinical and Academic Worlds: Cultivating Future Child Life Specialists

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Certified Child Life Specialists are preparing for the certification eligibility transitions that lie ahead. Some clinicians are thinking of shifting to an academic role, others are preparing to mentor master’s level students, and academics are striving to add clinical skills to their teaching. This session is designed to offer knowledge, guidance, and connections to prepare for such transitions.

    Certified Child Life Specialists are preparing for the certification eligibility transitions that lie ahead. Some clinicians are thinking of shifting to an academic role, others are preparing to mentor master’s level students, and academics are striving to add clinical skills to their teaching. This session is designed to offer knowledge, guidance, and connections to prepare for such transitions.

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Providing Interventions to Decrease Length of Treatment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs when an infant has prenatal exposure to certain drugs or medications. This presentation offers insight into an NAS support program at an urban hospital, and discusses symptoms and treatments of NAS, as well as interventions that promote positive coping for patients and families and that have been shown to decrease the length of treatment.

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs when an infant has prenatal exposure to certain drugs or medications. This presentation offers insight into an NAS support program at an urban hospital, and discusses symptoms and treatments of NAS, as well as interventions that promote positive coping for patients and families and that have been shown to decrease the length of treatment.

  • Supporting the Mental Health Population on an Inpatient Pediatric Medical Unit

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will analyze the obstacles a medical unit met when working with the mental health population, including patient interventions and staff self-care. The presenters will discuss multidisciplianary collaboration and adapting services to better support this patient population as well as the medical team.

    This presentation will analyze the obstacles a medical unit met when working with the mental health population, including patient interventions and staff self-care. The presenters will discuss multidisciplianary collaboration and adapting services to better support this patient population as well as the medical team.

  • A Psychosocially Inclusive Resident Education Model

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Psychosocial education for medical residents is identified as an ongoing need. Increased awareness in practice early in physicians’ careers has the potential to significantly impact psychosocially inclusive pediatric health care. Attendees will gain insight into the development of an existing child life/medical resident education collaboration and explore how such a program can be implemented.

    Psychosocial education for medical residents is identified as an ongoing need. Increased awareness in practice early in physicians’ careers has the potential to significantly impact psychosocially inclusive pediatric health care. Attendees will gain insight into the development of an existing child life/medical resident education collaboration and explore how such a program can be implemented.

  • Giving Voice to the Front Line: Creating a Child Life and Creative Arts Therapies Shared Governance Model

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The concept of shared governance and its role in a healthcare setting will be introduced. The theories supporting the need for and information to enable a child life team member to start shared governance will be presented. All aspects of creating and maintaining shared governance model will be discussed, including utilizing current shared governance trends within an institution, creating relevant documents, planning for and structuring meetings.

    The concept of shared governance and its role in a healthcare setting will be introduced. The theories supporting the need for and information to enable a child life team member to start shared governance will be presented. All aspects of creating and maintaining shared governance model will be discussed, including utilizing current shared governance trends within an institution, creating relevant documents, planning for and structuring meetings.

  • Designed to Heal: Collaborating with Facilities to Enhance Hospital Environments and Create Custom Play Equipment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A child’s first impression of a healthcare setting sets the stage for how the rest of their experience will unfold. A health care environment that promotes positivity and playfulness through use of color, art, murals and play equipment, provides a sense of familiarity and can promote the healing process. Attendees will gain insight into a collaborative and innovative approach to creating custom environments designed just for children.

    A child’s first impression of a healthcare setting sets the stage for how the rest of their experience will unfold. A health care environment that promotes positivity and playfulness through use of color, art, murals and play equipment, provides a sense of familiarity and can promote the healing process. Attendees will gain insight into a collaborative and innovative approach to creating custom environments designed just for children.