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  • Tragedy, Trauma, or Typical: the ethical impact of coping with the stressors of clinical healthcare delivery via personal creative exploration

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Regardless of the environment, healthcare clinicians partner with patients and families during their most intimate and vulnerable experiences. Some of these interactions fall under what most would consider typical or routine, but for many, healthcare experiences are filled with unexpected procedures, language barriers, mistrust, and anxiety. In the most extreme cases, patients receive life alternating diagnoses, experience trauma, or have their assumptions and expectations challenged by disease or injury. During this presentation, participants explore and challenge traditional definitions of creativity and identify potential methods of personal self-expression for the purpose of developing resiliency. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Regardless of the environment, healthcare clinicians partner with patients and families during their most intimate and vulnerable experiences. Some of these interactions fall under what most would consider typical or routine, but for many, healthcare experiences are filled with unexpected procedures, language barriers, mistrust, and anxiety. In the most extreme cases, patients receive life alternating diagnoses, experience trauma, or have their assumptions and expectations challenged by disease or injury. During this presentation, participants explore and challenge traditional definitions of creativity and identify potential methods of personal self-expression for the purpose of developing resiliency. 

    Objectives:

    Participants will be able to identify risk factors to practicing medicine with the physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of burnout and compassion fatigue. 

    Participants will be able to identify personal outlets of creativity including an expansion of traditional definitions of creativity. 

    Participants will be able to develop a plan to practice and reflect on these creative processes with an intention to develop courageous coping strategies to counteract burnout and compassion fatigue

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Ann Hannan

    MT-BC

    Ann Hannan is a board-certified music therapist with over 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience. She is affiliate faculty with the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics and completed her medical ethics fellowship with the FCME in 2016. Ann has presented on clinical ethics at the local, national, and international level and has written on ethics topics for the ACLP Bulletin.

  • All of Me: The Impact of Intersectionality on Work as a Child Life Specialist

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Intersectionality is a term that was first used by professor Kimberlѐ Crenshaw in an article published in 1989. Intersectionality is used to describe how race, class, gender and other personal characteristics overlap within a person’s personality. These identities can create both advantages and disadvantages, or discrimination versus privilege. The history of the word intersectionality will be discussed, along with the evolution of the term. This webinar will include a panel of diverse child life specialists who will discuss the ways in which their individual aspects of intersectionality impact their work as child life specialists. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Intersectionality is a term that was first used by professor Kimberlѐ Crenshaw in an article published in 1989. Intersectionality is used to describe how race, class, gender and other personal characteristics overlap within a person’s personality. These identities can create both advantages and disadvantages, or discrimination versus privilege. The history of the word intersectionality will be discussed, along with the evolution of the term. This webinar will include a panel of diverse child life specialists who will discuss the ways in which their individual aspects of intersectionality impact their work as child life specialists.

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will gain an understanding of intersectionality, including the history of the term and current usage 

    2. Participants will learn how various child life specialists view intersectionality within their child life work 

    3. Participants will examine aspects of their own intersectionality and the impact that has on their work within the child life profession

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Nikki Orkoskey

    MA, CCLS

    Nikki Orkoskey, MA, CCLS (she/her/hers) has been a child life specialist for more than 21 years. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of supporting patients who identify as LGBTQ+, with a focus on youth who identify as gender diverse. She has a professional interest in diversity and how aspects of our diversity play out in our personal and professional lives.

  • Behavioral Health Youth-In-Crisis in the PED: Child Life & Digital Art Therapy Collaboration

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how Child Life and Art Therapy collaborated to create a digital art therapy program for patients. Hear the results and how this program could be implemented at other sites. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Learn how Child Life and Art Therapy collaborated to create a digital art therapy program for patients. Hear the results and how this program could be implemented at other sites.

    In this hospital’s PED, a number of psychiatric illness-related visits continues an upward trend. Youth with behavioral issues experience long waits before mental health evaluation and treatment placement. In collaboration with Child Life and Art Therapy, pediatric patients with psycho-emotional needs are offered digital art therapy as a nonthreatening format for emotion regulation, self-expression, increased communication and receptivity to treatment. A study was conducted with 100 patients diagnosed with mood disorders, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Patients, utilizing a secure laptop computer, expressed what their journey looks like. The multidisciplinary collaboration in this hospital’s PED resulted in an increase of services and patient-centered care for this difficult population. The use of digital art therapy and mood assessment gave Child Life and PED staff a better understanding of the patients’ journey and affect states. The program provides pediatric patients with coping skills to decrease their anxiety, encourage self-expression, and lower the need for chemical and medical restraints, resulting in reduced stress in the healthcare team and a more supportive care environment

    Objectives:

    Describe the multi-disciplinary collaborative components, benefits and challenges of Child Life and Digital Art Therapy in the PED.

    Identify the effective communication and intervention strategies utilized to meet the needs of behavioral health youth in crisis.

    Report the outcomes achieved through PED child life specialist’s assessment and referrals for effective digital art therapy sessions.

    Review and discuss the efficacy of the digital modality of art therapy as viewed through the eyes of patients via their consented self-expressions and associated mood outcomes.

    Demonstrate and explain uses of a mood meter application for behavioral health patients and healthcare providers; including its function as an emotional change tool and its strategic role for emotional regulation.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Christin Haughton

    MS, CCLS

    Christin Haughton, MS, CCLS : Child Life Specialist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Christin’s eleven-year experience as a CCLS includes nine years in a Level 1 Trauma center, seeing patients from newborn to age 24, treated and evaluated for medical illnesses and injuries, traumas, and behavioral health crises.

    Kendra Carlson

    MAAT, ATR-BC

    Art Therapist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Springfield College Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program. Kendra’s fourteen-year experience includes lifespan populations with a focus on adolescents and experience in chronic physical and mental illness. Developed and implements a grant-based digital art therapy program for behavioral health patients in crisis as well as hospitalized adolescents and children with co-morbidity diagnoses and trauma. Kendra supervises post-graduate students for art therapy registration and instructs courses including family art therapy, research, and substance use population.

  • Foundational Interventions of Child Life Practice: Using Theory and Assessment to Differentiate the Tools

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation will revisit literature of child life theoretical framework and practice to distinguish the defining qualities and goals of medical play, psychosocial preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus. Discussion will include considerations for assessment of individual situations to encourage developmentally appropriate care and help identify clear rationale behind choices made. In addition, reviewing seminal writings and comparing them with current literature, practice, and more recent understanding of brain development will aim to support student supervisors and academicians as they teach students, perpetuating clarity and confidence in the work of a child life specialist. The author will discuss the fine, but important, difference between operationalized definitions of concepts often used in research settings and reconciling those definitions with individuals in everyday practice. Experiences of the author on a multidisciplinary research team and within the context of teaching students in the classroom and in clinical training will provide examples for attendees to consider and discuss. Finally, professional conversation regarding perspectives, experiences, and challenges will be prompted to encourage professional growth, understanding, and reflection surrounding these concepts. Suggested Domain: Assessment

    This presentation will revisit literature of child life theoretical framework and practice to distinguish the defining qualities and goals of medical play, psychosocial preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus. Discussion will include considerations for assessment of individual situations to encourage developmentally appropriate care and help identify clear rationale behind choices made. In addition, reviewing seminal writings and comparing them with current literature, practice, and more recent understanding of brain development will aim to support student supervisors and academicians as they teach students, perpetuating clarity and confidence in the work of a child life specialist. The author will discuss the fine, but important, difference between operationalized definitions of concepts often used in research settings and reconciling those definitions with individuals in everyday practice. Experiences of the author on a multidisciplinary research team and within the context of teaching students in the classroom and in clinical training will provide examples for attendees to consider and discuss. Finally, professional conversation regarding perspectives, experiences, and challenges will be prompted to encourage professional growth, understanding, and reflection surrounding these concepts.

    Objective 1 Participants will be able to review, examine, and discuss literature describing the differences and similarities between medical play and psychological preparation.
    Objective 2 Participants will be able to review, examine, and discuss literature describing the differences and similarities between distraction and alternative focus.
    Objective 3 Participants will be able to consider and practice assessing situations in which these interventions could be most appropriate and needed.
    Objective 4 Participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated group discussion about perspectives and questions related to differentiating medical play, psychological preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    Katherine Bennett

    MEd, CCLS

    Katherine Bennett, MEd, CCLS has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital since 2001. She has worked with children and families in the areas of operative surgery, community outreach/education, PICC, inpatient medicine with all age groups, and in the burn center. Currently, she serves as the educator for Child Life & Volunteer Services, planning and coordinating the clinical training experiences for emerging child life professionals, onboarding new employees, working with the department's clinical advancement program and providing education about the needs of children in healthcare settings to colleagues both in and outside the Vanderbilt community. She has written and presented at international conferences and in several published outlets about such topics as medical play and its impact, developmental theory applied to hospitalized children, and teaching child life in the clinical and university settings.

  • Applying Ethical Principles to Everyday Situations

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Assisting child life professionals with applying ethical principles to common situations that occur frequently in the work of a CCLS. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Assisting child life professionals with applying ethical principles to common situations that occur frequently in the work of a CCLS.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Lucy Raab

    MA, CCLS, Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics

    Leslie Daniels

    BS, CCLS, Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics

  • Leveraging Extended Reality to Shape the Future of Patient Experience

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/16/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how health care institutions can leverage technology to improve patient experience and other important outcomes. Learn from a Child Life department that pioneered the effort to integrate technology as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention throughout their hospital. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Our hospital’s Child Life Department pioneered the effort to integrate technology as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention throughout the hospital. We developed an interdisciplinary committee and partnered our hospital’s innovation center and community partners to develop a program to champion this work. We obtained a substantial inventory of relevant technology for clinical practice and implemented a training program for our child life staff. We used a quality improvement methodology to evaluate the program and determine best practices. Jennifer Staab is leading research initiatives aimed at evaluating the efficacy and best practices associated with integrating extended reality programming to supplement and augment child life services. Abe Homer has worked as a gaming and technology specialist for three years and has pioneered best practices and innovation in this sector.

    Objectives:

    1) Participants will be able to summarize how healthcare institutions can leverage technology to improve patient experience and other important outcomes 

    2) Participants will be able to discuss strategies for successfully implementing and integrating technology into the patient experience. 

    3) Participants will be able to identify potential barriers to implementing technology into practice and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Jennifer Staab

    Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Manager and Research and Quality Improvement Specialist for the Child Life Department. She served as the chair of the Evidenced-Based Practice Committee for the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) (2011-2013), the Research and Scholarship Committee for the ACLP (2015-2016), and the Proposal Subcommittee for the ACLP’s Scientific Advancement of Professional Practice (2016-2018). Jennifer has given numerous professional presentations. She has presented at ACLP’s Annual Conference for Professional Issues (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, & 2019) and the Children’s Hospital Associations Annual Conference (2013 & 2018). Her research interests include identifying the factors associated with children experiencing elevated distress in a healthcare setting and evaluating the efficacy of child life services.

    Abraham Homer

    BA

    Abe Homer has worked as a gaming and technology specialist for three years and has pioneered best practices and innovation in this sector.

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families: The Role of Child Life

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Exploration of the role of child life when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. A comprehensive look at the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity, mental health, and overall healthcare experiences. Presenter will focus on developmental theory, language, cultural competency, and gender affirmative healthcare. Presenter will offer tools to anticipate and identify psychosocial stressors, developmental needs, and co-occurring mental health issues. Information on how child life can mitigate such stressors through awareness and advocacy, and help patients and families become more resilient. Finally, the webinar will discuss the importance of connection in terms of promoting health and wellness for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Exploration of the role of child life when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. A comprehensive look at the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity, mental health, and overall healthcare experiences. Presenter will focus on developmental theory, language, cultural competency, and gender affirmative healthcare. Presenter will offer tools to anticipate and identify psychosocial stressors, developmental needs, and co-occurring mental health issues. Information on how child life can mitigate such stressors through awareness and advocacy, and help patients and families become more resilient. Finally, the webinar will discuss the importance of connection in terms of promoting health and wellness for LGBTQ+ youth and families.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Participants will be able to identify the psychosocial, developmental needs of LGBTQ+ youth and families. 

    Participants will be able to apply developmental theory to their work with LGBTQ+ youth and families, understand the importance of language when working with LGBTQ+ populations, gain a clear understanding of the role of cultural competency plays in working with LGBTQ+ youth and families, and recognize the importance of building connections. 

    Participants will be equip to develop stronger, therapeutic relationships with LGBTQ+ youth and families. 

    Participants will understand their ethical responsibility as certified child life specialists, in terms of working with diverse populations and continued education. Presenter will share a variety of resources, including her own website.

    Christy French

    I have a master's in early childhood/elementary education and a masters in child life, both from Bank Street College of Education. I received my BA in French from Hamilton College. I have been passionate about issues related to LGBTQ+ populations for several years. I am a member of HRC and The Gender Spectrum.

  • Emotional Safety: Staff Communication, Education, and Training Pillar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar explores the fourth pillar in creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: Staff communication, education, and training. Strategies will be discussed for implementing communication and education plans throughout medical systems. Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar explores the fourth pillar in creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: Staff communication, education, and training. Strategies will be discussed for implementing communication and education plans throughout medical systems.

    Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    Objectives: 

    Explore ways to collect institutional baseline emotional safety data

    Examine options for communication methods with outcomes that are reportable for concerns.

    Discuss different ways the initiative can be shared within individual organizations and beyond.

    Jenaya Gordon

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the Manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. Prior to becoming manager, she worked clinically on the inpatient trauma unit, in the emergency department, and in the pediatric intensive care unit. Jenaya uses her expertise to train child life specialists in providing trauma support to patients and families and on educating medical caregivers on trauma-informed care and emotional safety. She is a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life, focusing her chapter on trauma-focused medical play. Jenaya currently serves as secretary for the ACLP Board of Directors.

  • Connecting the Dots: Race and Pediatrics and the Role of Child Life

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, participants will develop an understanding of how race impacts the patient experience of families of color and the role of child life in supporting and advocating for equitable healthcare and patient experience. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    In this webinar, participants will develop an understanding of how race impacts the patient experience of families of color and the role of child life in supporting and advocating for equitable healthcare and patient experience.

    1. Participants will understand how race impacts the lives of patients and families.
    2. Participants will learn how healthcare has and has not supported communities of color.
    3. Participants will discuss how child life can mitigate the damage of racism in pediatrics.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale

    MA, CCLS

    Troy is a Certified Child Life Specialist for and has over 25 years of experience in the field of Child Life, including directing several child life programs in the tri-state area. She has served as the Director of the Child Life Masters Program at Bank Street College since 2004, and has taught the following courses: Child Development, Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood, Child Life in Health Care Settings, Children with Special Health Care Needs, and Child Life Administration.

    Troy has been an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals and has held several leadership positions. Patient and Family Centered Care has been an integral part of her work with children, youth and their families for the last 30 years. She is committed to working with families. During her career, she has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, Special Educator and as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Throughout her career she remains committed to and advocating for the diverse and unique needs of all patients and their family, supporting their growth and development.

  • Emotional Safety: Environment Pillar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar delves into the third pillar focused on creating systemic change with emotional safety: Environment. Concrete examples will be given on making the physical environment conducive with socialization and healing. The ways staff values and culture can enhance the environment of healing will also be explored. Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar delves into the third pillar focused on creating systemic change with emotional safety: Environment. Concrete examples will be given on making the physical environment conducive with socialization and healing. The ways staff values and culture can enhance the environment of healing will also be explored.

    Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    Objectives: 

    Review literature discussing how the environment impacts patients and families.
    Explore current practices that create socially and physically healing environments.
    Examine ways to utilize team culture to positively influence emotional safety and family-centered care.

    Jenaya Gordon

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the Manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. Prior to becoming manager, she worked clinically on the inpatient trauma unit, in the emergency department, and in the pediatric intensive care unit. Jenaya uses her expertise to train child life specialists in providing trauma support to patients and families and on educating medical caregivers on trauma-informed care and emotional safety. She is a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life, focusing her chapter on trauma-focused medical play. Jenaya currently serves as secretary for the ACLP Board of Directors.