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  • Helping Kids Succeed: Communication between Home and School when Children have a Chronic Illness

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Chronic illness interferes with all areas of child development and growing numbers of children with chronic illness are attending school. Educators need to understand the child’s condition, including treatments and medications, and potential effects these may reasonably be expected to have on academic and behavioral functioning of the student in the classroom. Effective communication between parents and teachers is essential to understand the impact of chronic illness on a child’s development and school experiences so appropriate supports and instruction can be provided. This research supports the need for increased advocacy to support parents of a child with chronic illness in communicating their child’s needs. With the expanding world of healthcare and child life, child life specialists may find new roles in advocating for and assisting with meeting the needs of children with chronic illness in educational settings.

    Chronic illness interferes with all areas of child development and growing numbers of children with chronic illness are attending school. Educators need to understand the child’s condition, including treatments and medications, and potential effects these may reasonably be expected to have on academic and behavioral functioning of the student in the classroom. Effective communication between parents and teachers is essential to understand the impact of chronic illness on a child’s development and school experiences so appropriate supports and instruction can be provided. This research supports the need for increased advocacy to support parents of a child with chronic illness in communicating their child’s needs. With the expanding world of healthcare and child life, child life specialists may find new roles in advocating for and assisting with meeting the needs of children with chronic illness in educational settings.

    Learning  Objectives:

    1) Participants will be able to clearly articulate the impact of chronic illness on a child’s development.
    2) Participants will be able to explain the value of communication and collaboration between the parent of a child with a chronic illness and the child’s teacher.
    3) Participants will be able to identify parental expectations for their child chronic illness.
    4) Participants will be able to advocate for supports for children with chronic illness to be successful in school.

    Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Keri Edwards

    EdD, CCLS

    Keri worked clinically as a Certified Child Life Specialist for 10 years before becoming a full-time academic. As an academic, Keri serves as the Child Life Program Director and has recently completed her doctorate in Special Education. This presentation is based on her dissertation research.

  • Supporting Infants at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A 2-Generation Care Model

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As a consequence of the opioid crisis, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has continued to rise. Recent research has highlighted the importance of supportive, non-pharmacological care, ideally provided through rooming-in of the family, as the first line of treatment for all infants with in utero opioid exposure and NAS. This presentation will offer insight from one hospital’s experience in caring for mother and baby together, using a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based strategies, and the child life role in this collaborative care model. The goals and outcomes of this quality improvement initiative will be shared, including data on reducing length of stay and need for medication and improving patient experience.

    As a consequence of the opioid crisis, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has continued to rise. Recent research has highlighted the importance of supportive, non-pharmacological care, ideally provided through rooming-in of the family, as the first line of treatment for all infants with in utero opioid exposure and NAS. This presentation will offer insight from one hospital’s experience in caring for mother and baby together, using a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based strategies, and the child life role in this collaborative care model. The goals and outcomes of this quality improvement initiative will be shared, including data on reducing length of stay and need for medication and improving patient experience.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define relevant terms and consider causes and social factors associated with in utero opioid exposure
    • Identify the range of symptoms associated with neonatal withdrawal and non-pharmacological care strategies as first line of treatment
    • Describe the approach of one hospital program in caring for baby and mother together and the child life role in this collaborative care model
    • Acquire knowledge about trauma-informed care and the importance of its application with this patient population.

    Domain: Intervention

    Erin Munn

    CCLS

    For the past year, Erin has worked full-time in the child life component of a quality improvement initiative with infants at risk for NAS and their families. The team's goal has been to formalize an interdisciplinary program for providing carefully coordinated, evidence-based care to this growing patient population and their families, from outpatient prenatal and medication treatment for the mothers, to delivery and inpatient admission of the infants for monitoring and NAS treatment when indicated, to follow-up outpatient post-partum care for up to 1 year. Erin earned her Master of Science degree in human development and family studies in 1995 and have been a Certified Child Life Specialist for over 20 years.

  • You Can't Pour from an Empty Bucket: Stress & Self-Care in the Child Life Profession

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will explore the stressors and personal risks inherent in the child life profession and other caring professions, will discuss the research & current theory and practice surrounding compassion fatigue, burnout, & stress, and will discuss research and best practices for self-care in the child life profession.

    This webinar will explore the stressors and personal risks inherent in the child life profession and other caring professions, will discuss the research & current theory and practice surrounding compassion fatigue, burnout, & stress, and will discuss research and best practices for self-care in the child life profession.

    Participants in this webinar will gain the ability to: 1. Define key terms related to stress and self-care, including compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care.
    2. Identify types of self-care that have been shown effective at reducing negative effects of working in a caring profession.
    3. Identify stressors in their own work or environment that may be risk factors for developing compassion fatigue and burnout.
    4. Create realistic goals for self-care for themselves.
    5. Advocate for self-care at a departmental or organizational level.

    Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Katherine Baxley

    M.Ed., CCLS

    Katie has a bachelor's degree in Spanish as well as a master's of education in child studies with a concentration in pediatric health care, both from Vanderbilt University. She completed her internship at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN, then completed a one-year fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She currently works as a PRN child life specialist at Beacon Children's Hospital in South Bend, IN, and has been a certified child life specialist since 2016. Katie also has experience working as a mental health case manager for children and adolescents, and is certified in youth mental health first aid.

  • Webinar Series: Keeping Your Balance While Climbing the Ladder of Cultural Competence

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    In this two part webinar series, attendees will utilize frameworks of cultural competence and dimensions of diversity to enhance their understanding and ability to work effectively in multicultural settings. Participants will be challenged to evaluate their worldview and understand how their biases impact clinical work with families. Information and activities during this session will provide participants with tools to nurture skills of change agency and allyship. Group Registration is available for this webinar series. Please see updated group registration rates below: -Group 3-5 members: $375 -Group 6-9 members: $500 -Group 10+ members: $750 To register your group, please email webinars@childlife.org with the names of your participants.

    In this two part webinar series, attendees will utilize frameworks of cultural competence and dimensions of diversity to enhance their understanding and ability to work effectively in multicultural settings. Participants will be challenged to evaluate their worldview and understand how their biases impact clinical work with families. Information and activities during this session will provide participants with tools to nurture skills of change agency and allyship.

    Session 1 Learning Objectives:

    • Identify and describe regulatory, legal and ethical reasons for becoming culturally competent providers and organizations
    • Understand the Importance of Self Work
    • Understand your own worldview and how it contributes to interactions with patients, families, and other staff
    • Understand Health Disparities and Change Agency
    • Assist in Educating Future Child Life Professionals

    Session 2 Learning Objectives:

    • Gain skills to understand ethical dimension of healthcare and the power of interactions throughout the medical center
    • Understand various Dimensions of Diversity: Power, Privilege, Oppression, and Self-Awareness


      Group Registration is available for this webinar series. Please see updated group registration rates below:
      -Group 3-5 members: $375
      -Group 6-9 members: $500
      -Group 10+ members: $750

      To register your group, please email webinars@childlife.org with the names of your participants. 

    • Ethical Foundations in Child Life Practice

      Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

      This webinar will provide an overview of ethical foundations relevant to Child Life practice and will gain knowledge related to making ethical decisions in Child Life practice

      This webinar will provide an overview of ethical foundations relevant to Child Life practice and will gain knowledge related to making ethical decisions in Child Life practice

      • At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be familiar with the code of ethical responsibility for all ACLP members.
      • At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to recognize ethical dilemmas in their work with children and families.
      • At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to articulate the rationale for why proficiency in ethics is essential in child life practice.

      This webinar falls into the Ethics domain. 

    • Pushing our Professional Paradigm: Developing Data-Driven Teams and Practices

      Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

      High quality healthcare practices are derived from the careful and conscientious application of evidence to improve patients and family experiences and outcomes. However, in the child life profession, the demands of clinical responsibilities, student and employee supervision, and program administration can seem to leave little time in the day for systematic data collection, evaluation, and application. Therefore, this webinar will explore the importance of efficiently integrating data collection and analysis opportunities into existing child life programming to achieve clinical, academic, administrative, and research goals. Through inquiry and case examples, participants will identify opportunities for integrating intentional data acquisition and management practices to cultivate a data-driven culture of child life practice.

      High quality healthcare practices are derived from the careful and conscientious application of evidence to improve patients and family experiences and outcomes. However, in the child life profession, the demands of clinical responsibilities, student and employee supervision, and program administration can seem to leave little time in the day for systematic data collection, evaluation, and application. Therefore, this webinar will explore the importance of efficiently integrating data collection and analysis opportunities into existing child life programming to achieve clinical, academic, administrative, and research goals. Through inquiry and case examples, participants will identify opportunities for integrating intentional data acquisition and management practices to cultivate a data-driven culture of child life practice.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Participants will explore the importance of data-driven care-planning and program administration for improving patient and family outcomes, clinical training programs, and employee satisfaction.
      2. Participants will identify characteristics of effective data-driven healthcare teams.
      3. Participants will explore case examples of clinical, empirical, academic, and administrative implementations of collaborative data collection and analysis.
      4. Participants will identify opportunities for integrating data collection and analysis into child life programming to promote best practices and improved quality of care.


      Domain: Professional Responsibility 

      Jessika Boles

      PhD, CCLS

      Jessika Boles, PhD, CCLS is a child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has nearly ten years of clinical experience, in addition to several years of academic and research training in applied child development, education, and psychology. She has published work in various medical and psychosocial journals, and has presented at national and international conferences in child development, psychology, education and child life. In her spare time, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to working with children and families in hospitals and research methods, and is currently serving as the chair of the Academic Review Committee of the Association of Child Life Professionals.

    • A Crash Course on Reading and Interpreting Empirical Research Articles

      Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

      This webinar will provide an introduction to reading and interpreting empirical research articles related to the child life profession, with a focus on identifying rigorous research studies. Current research articles will be discussed, including analyses of articles written by Certified Child Life Specialists.

      This webinar will provide an introduction to reading and interpreting empirical research articles related to the child life profession, with a focus on identifying rigorous research studies. Current research articles will be discussed, including analyses of articles written by Certified Child Life Specialists.

      Learning Objectives: 

      Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
      • List the components of a research article.
      • Understand what information is provided in each section of a research article.
      • Differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research methodology.
      • Understand the three major issues with empirical research: sampling, measurement, and problem identification.
      • Analyze research articles to determine flaws in study design.
      • Understand common challenges encountered when conducting rigorous psychosocial research.

      Domain: Professional Responsibility 

      Brittany Wittenberg

      Ph.D., CCLS, CFLE

      Brittany Wittenberg is the Co-Chair for the ACLP's SAPPC: Education/Awareness/Networking Subcommittee. Brittany Wittenberg is an Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies at Louisiana State University. 

      Megan Cassani

      Megan Cassani MA, CCLS, CIMI, has been a certified Child Life Specialist at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital since 2014. Megan graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with patients of all ages. Megan has worked to develop a family-centered care child life program promoting caregiver and sibling coping as well as family bonding and connectedness.

      Dottie Barnhart

      CCLS

      Dottie Barnhart is a former teacher turned child life assistant who now works as a General Pediatric Child Life Specialist. She completed undergrad at the University of Texas in Austin, with a double major in English Literature and Spanish Language. After teaching for 5 years, she returned to school to complete a Master's Degree in Family and Child Development at Texas State University. Her passions include trauma-informed care, research, interprofessional collaboration among the healthcare team, and hiking. She is a mom to a one year old, and has been married to her husband Matt for 5 years.

    • ACLP Child Life Certification Exam Study Guide

      Contains 4 Component(s)

      This comprehensive certification exam study guide includes a webinar, exam information pamphlet (available for download) and 50 question online quiz. These materials, designed by ACLP in partnership with the Education and Training Committee, are intended to help future child life specialists be prepared for the certification exam.

      Preparing for the Child Life Certification Exam? We've got you covered. This 3 part resource, designed by the ACLP Education and Training Committee, is intended to help prepare future child life specialists to take the Child Life Certification Exam. This resource offers:

      • Exam Pamphlet (Available for download): this informational guide provides an overview of the exam including its history, structure and creation. 
      • Webinar: presented by members of the Education and Training Committee, this 30 minute webinar reviews the importance of certification, history of the exam and exam structure, key test taking strategies and resources and also helps participants break down practice test questions. 
      • 50 Question Practice Exam: participants will be able to take a 50 question practice exam online. These questions align with the Exam Content Outline and include references to exam resources. 

      Please note that purchasers of this content will retain access to these materials for one year from date of purchase. Our 50 question practice exam is update periodically to ensure this resource remains current. 

    • Okay, so What's Next?: Successfully Navigating MidCareer Transition, Advancement and Development

      Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

      The current job market in the child life profession is highly competitive. While much attention has been given in recent years to aiding new child life specialists as developing professionals, there is limited support for those who have mastered basic competencies and want to expand beyond their first job. The current presentation aims to empower emerging (and established) professionals who are evaluating their professional growth and providing expertise on how to identify it is time for a career transition as well as how to be successful in a new role as a child life specialist with experience. Building on personal experience, the presenters will highlight: strategies that identify influences contributing to role change; finding areas for growth within current roles; how to identify the right new position; approaches to successfully integrate oneself into a new team; and finally, a discussion on factors that can increase longevity in the field of child life as whole.

      The current job market in the child life profession is highly competitive. While much attention has been given in recent years to aiding new child life specialists as developing professionals, there is limited support for those who have mastered basic competencies and want to expand beyond their first job. The current presentation aims to empower emerging (and established) professionals who are evaluating their professional growth and providing expertise on how to identify it is time for a career transition as well as how to be successful in a new role as a child life specialist with experience. Building on personal experience, the presenters will highlight: strategies that identify influences contributing to role change; finding areas for growth within current roles; how to identify the right new position; approaches to successfully integrate oneself into a new team; and finally, a discussion on factors that can increase longevity in the field of child life as whole.

      Learning Objectives:

      1) Participants will be able to recognize both professional and personal factors that contribute to a desire for a career transition or growth.
      2) Participants will have an understanding of how to evaluate potential positions for suitability for personal goals and strengths and finding opportunities for growth within current roles.
      3) Participants will be able to successfully prepare for transition and establish themselves within a new environment.
      4) Participants will have an understanding of how to formulate a personal plan for career longevity and development

      Domain: Professional Responsibility 

      Katie Sullivan

      MS, CCLS

      Katie Sullivan is a child life specialist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Katie's clinical areas are currently inpatient rehabilitation, pain management, adolescent group programming and animal assisted therapy in the inpatient setting with her facility dog Chevy. Katie has previously focused on psychiatric patients in the medical setting, inpatient psychiatry, hematology and oncology, inpatient surgery, radiology, and critical care at multiple other institutions. She is involved in the Patient Advisory Council, as well as the co-chair of the Professional Practice Council. Katie is a member of the ACLP Benchmarking Committee and a previous member of the Professional Resources Committee. 

      Bethany Fisackerly

      Bethany Fisackerly holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University. After internship, she worked clinically at Baptist Children’s Hospital (Miami, FL), and as a full-time faculty member at Columbia College (Columbia, SC), before returning to Gainesville, FL in early 2017 as an inpatient CCLS for the Immunocompromised Unit at UFHealth Shands Children’s Hospital. Bethany Fisackerly is an avid bookworm with a passion for education, who recognizes the need for strong ethical foundations at every professional stage of life. Within the ACLP, she has previously served with the Bulletin Editorial Committee; was an invited attendee for the 2016 Academic and Clinical Summit; and currently sits on the Practicum Task Force. When not at work, she enjoys painting, cheering on her Florida Gators, and dressing her cat, Rascal, up in all kinds of ridiculous attire.

    • Meta-parenting Among Parents of Hospitalized Children

      Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

      This webinar will explore the family systems perspective and parenting practices. We will discuss the concept of meta-parenting (how parents think about their parenting), and further investigate how parenting practices or meta-parenting might be different for the parents of children in the hospital. We will explore what factors might contribute to parenting differences and what the implications of parenting differences might be for children and families. We will conclude by discussing how child life can potentially educate, or play a role in supporting families, parents and children. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.

      This webinar will explore the family systems perspective and parenting practices. We will discuss the concept of meta-parenting (how parents think about their parenting), and further investigate how parenting practices or meta-parenting might be different for the parents of children in the hospital. We will explore what factors might contribute to parenting differences and what the implications of parenting differences might be for children and families. We will conclude by discussing how child life can potentially educate, or play a role in supporting families, parents and children.

      This webinar is derived from a Focus article. 

      Learning Objectives:

      -Successfully connect and apply the family systems perspective, specifically to parents and children in a healthcare setting.

      -Correctly describe and asses the commonly known types of parenting styles and outcomes of these styles as noted in the literature.

      -Clearly identify and discuss the meta-parenting concept, and related research findings regarding meta-parenting.

      -Accurately identify and assess potential parenting "risk factors" for parents of hospitalized children or parents of children with chronic illness.
      Effectively articulate and debate the implications of parenting differences for children and families.

      -Confidently recommend and facilitate education or intervention to support the psychosocial needs and well-being of children and families.

      Elizabeth McCarroll

      PhD, CCLS

      Elizabeth McCarroll a MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis on childhood. Elizabeth became a CCLS in 2009, and her research interests have always centered on social and emotional development in preschool/school- age children and how health status might influence those relationships. More recently Liz has started looking at how parents of children with chronic illness might parent their children differently, and how those differences might influence the social and emotional development of their children.