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  • Moving Toward Patient Autonomy: A Case Study of Communication in Adolescent Cystic Fibrosis Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs. This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records.

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs.  This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. 

    Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records. 

  • Season of Giving: Applying LEAN Concepts to Improve the Process of Holiday Gift Donations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs. This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records.

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs.  This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. 

    Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records. 

  • Re-Constructing the Play Lady: Child Life and the Female Human Identity

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs. This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records.

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs.  This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. 

    Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records. 

  • Meta-Parenting Among Parents of Hospitalized Children

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs. This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records.

    Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs.  This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. 

    Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records. 

  • Creating an Autism-Friendly Emergency Department: A Collaborative Approach to Working with Children with ASD

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, emergency departments (EDs) are treating more patients with ASD and similar conditions. These patients are especially vulnerable to the overwhelming stress associated with an ED visit.

    As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, emergency departments (EDs) are treating more patients with ASD and similar conditions. These patients are especially vulnerable to the overwhelming stress associated with an ED visit. The current standard of care is not adequate for these patients, resulting in unwanted outcomes.  In an attempt to better meet the needs of this population, a multidisciplinary team of professionals working in an 18-bed pediatric ED developed and evaluated a program to identify at-risk patients and alter the environment and the behavioral approach of the team to avoid overstimulation and agitation. This webinar will describe the development of the program and enable participants to work with the multidisciplinary team to identify and implement changes that will make the hospital setting more welcoming to patient with ASD and their families.

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    an understanding of the overstimulating aspects of the emergency department environment

    an increased knowledge of behavioral approaches to promote best practices for patient care

    the ability to adapt the environment to meet the needs of the child with ASD

    strategies for coordinating with the multidisciplinary team to plan and create an autism friendly medical environment

    Emily Bradley

    MA, CCLS

    Emily Bradley is a Certified Child Life Specialist at the Nemours Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.  She has 3 years of experience in providing child life services to patients and families in various emergency medicine settings including, a level one trauma center, a community emergency department, and a pediatric emergency department.  Emily has used her experience to help develop the REACH Program to improve the outcomes for patients and families in the emergency department.

    Cara Harwell

    ARNP, CPNP, PMHS

    Cara Harwell is a Pediatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at the Nemours Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.  She is certified in pediatric primary care with a secondary certification as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist.  She has 10 years of pediatric neurology experience and three years of emergency medicine experience.  She has drawn on her experience and knowledge to start the REACH Program to improve the outcomes for patients and families in the emergency department. 

  • From Barren to Blooming: Developing Child Life Programming From the Ground Up

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    As the field of child life expands and child life programming in non-traditional settings becomes more common, experienced child life professionals may identify opportunities for program development in their communities. These opportunities exist anywhere children and their families experience potentially distressing health-related encounters and may range from community-based hospitals to specialty clinic centers. This webinar will share strategies for reviewing area healthcare organizations and identifying those that may benefit from and be supportive of child life programming. Practical strategies for crafting a child life programming proposal and possible roles will also be shared. Participants will have a greater understanding of how to successfully lay the groundwork for child life programming.

    As the field of child life expands and child life programming in non-traditional settings becomes more common, experienced child life professionals may identify opportunities for program development in their communities. These opportunities exist anywhere children and their families experience potentially distressing health-related encounters and may range from community-based hospitals to specialty clinic centers. This webinar will share strategies for reviewing area healthcare organizations and identifying those that may benefit from and be supportive of child life programming.  Practical strategies for crafting a child life programming proposal and possible roles will also be shared. Participants will have a greater understanding of how to successfully lay the groundwork for child life programming.

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    strategies for identifying healthcare organizations that may benefit from child life programming

    greater understanding of the process or selecting an organization to approach with and offer for child life programming

    the ability to develop a programming proposal for identified organizations and their role within that proposal

    knowledge of alternative settings for developing child life programming and overall tips for successful proposals

    Amanda Moatz

    MeD, CCLS

    Amanda Moatz has been certified as a child life specialist since 2004. Since then she has served in clinical

    and leadership roles at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins
    Children's Center. Amanda has served as co-chair of the ACLP
    Evidence-Based Practice Committee and Technology Integration Committee, in
    addition to authoring several pieces for the ACLP Bulletin. She has presented at several regional child life
    meetings, multiple annual ACLP conferences, and at the United Nations in 2016.
    Most recently, Amanda has worked as an independent consultant in child life
    programming needs assessment and new program development, as well as patient
    resource development.  

  • Ethical Considerations when Advocating for Patients with Developmental and Behavioral Needs

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    An overview of the core ethical tenets that are relevant to the special needs population within the healthcare setting will be presented. Each tenet will be defined and explored in detail. A discussion of ethical issues surrounding the care of patients with developmental and behavioral needs will follow, incorporating the core ethical tenets. The role of child life as an advocate will be explored through the use of case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage and share ethical concerns they have faced in their clinical practice. Group discussion will provide the opportunity to critically evaluate difficult situations participants have encountered.

    An overview of the core ethical tenets that are relevant to the special needs population within the healthcare setting will be presented. Each tenet will be defined and explored in detail. A discussion of ethical issues surrounding the care of patients with developmental and behavioral needs will follow, incorporating the core ethical tenets. The role of child life as an advocate will be explored through the use of case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage and share ethical concerns they have faced in their clinical practice. Group discussion will provide the opportunity to critically evaluate difficult situations participants have encountered.  

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    a familiarity with with the core ethical tenets relevant to the special needs population within the health care setting

    awareness of the key ethical issues surrounding the care of patients with developmental and behavioral needs

    knowledge of approaches for advocacy of ethically appropriate care

    an understanding of child life’s role within ethical care 

    Anette Bonjour

    CCLS

    Anette Bonjour works as a Child Life Specialist II with the Adaptive Care Team and Behavior Safety Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Annette collaborates with the interdisciplinary team when adapting health care encounters and creating support plans to meet the unique needs of patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. Her work includes performing psychosocial assessments and conducting in-depth pre-visit planning to coordinate care for patients exhibiting escalating and aggressive behaviors in the medical setting. In addition, she mentors fellow child life specialists, building their clinical skills to adapt health care encounters to meet the unique needs of this vulnerable patient population. Currently she serves as co-chair for the Evidence-Based Practice/Quality Improvement/Research Education and Awareness Sub-Committee for the Association of Child Life Professionals Research Committee and leads a number of evidence-based practice projects at Cincinnati Children’s. Annette is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Health Sciences, focusing on Health Informatics. She has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist for thirteen years.

    Emily Jones

    MS, MeD, CCLS

    Emily Jones works as a Child Life Specialist III with the Adaptive Care Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her work includes providing individualized education, preparation, procedural support, and therapeutic play to meet the psychosocial needs of patients with specific developmental and behavioral needs and their families in the health care setting. She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to adapt health care encounters to meet the unique needs of patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. She is also part of Cincinnati Children’s Bioethics Committee, which provides help with resolving ethical issues following a bioethics consult requested by patient families, medical center staff, or community-based caregivers. Emily earned her master’s of science in psychology at Lipscomb University and her master’s of education in child studies from Vanderbilt University and has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist for over four years. 

    Mary Faith Roell

    MS, CCLS

    Mary Faith Roell works as a Child Life Specialist III at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and with the Adaptive Care Team Program.  Her work includes supporting patients with behavioral and developmental diagnosis who have difficulty with health care encounters. She collaborates with families and caregivers to create a plan of care, provide support, and coordinate care within the interdisciplinary team. Mary Faith earned her master’s of science in family and child studies from Miami University and has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2002 and within the field since 1991.

  • Activities for Adolescents: Skills to Promote Rapport Building and Coping

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    A combination of a physical transformation in the brain, peer comparison, and searching for identity makes adolescence a particularly challenging time in life. Further, teenagers generally experience an increase in stressors and a decreased ability to cope. It is often difficult to know how to connect with teens, providing enough distance to allow for independence while offering support in a challenging developmental stage. This webinar will offer a better understanding of teenagers from a psychological perspective. Further, participants will gain familiarity with therapeutic activities to connect with this particular population and promote positive coping.

    A combination of a physical transformation in the brain, peer comparison, and searching for identity makes adolescence a particularly challenging time in life.  Further, teenagers generally experience an increase in stressors and a decreased ability to cope.  It is often difficult to know how to connect with teens, providing enough distance to allow for independence while offering support in a challenging developmental stage.  This webinar will offer a better understanding of teenagers from a psychological perspective.  Further, participants will gain familiarity with therapeutic activities to connect with this particular population and promote positive coping.     

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    an increased knowledge of adolescents from a psychological perspective

    a familiarity with therapeutic activities for adolescents, focused on rapport building, feelings exploration, and improving coping skills

    had an opportunity to review case studies with applied therapeutic activities

    Sara Loftin

    MS, LPC, RPT

    Sara Loftin has worked at Children’s Health: Children’s

    Medical Center in Dallas as a Clinical Therapist on the Psychiatry
    Consult-Liaison Team for over four years providing play therapy, Child-Parent
    Relationship Therapy, group therapy, and parent education for families and
    patients with a myriad of physical and mental health diagnoses. 

  • Talking to Children About the Tough Stuff: Suicide, Violence, Parent Incarceration, and More!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 2 credits offered

    Most child life professionals have become very competent at assisting children and families with health care experiences. However, sometimes child life specialists are asked to speak to children about other stressful events outside the realm of health care. This webinar is designed to increase the knowledge and comfort of the professional by identifying those child life skills that can be used in these non-traditional situations.

    Most child life professionals have become very competent at assisting children and families with health care experiences.  However, sometimes child life specialists are asked to speak to children about other stressful events outside the realm of health care.  This webinar is designed to increase the knowledge and comfort of the professional by identifying those child life skills that can be used in these non-traditional situations. General guidelines will be provided and then applied to the following life experiences: suicide, mental illness of a loved adult, witnessing or experiencing violence, the incarceration of a caregiver in jail or prison, and military deployment of a parent or caregiver. Emphasis will be placed on the applicability of general child life standards of practice to these unusual situations and the importance of professional attention to boundaries and referral sources when working outside normal areas of expertise.

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    an understanding of the factors and stressors that occur in a variety of challenging childhood experiences outside of the health care environment

    the ability to apply child life competencies and standards of clinical practice to situations beyond traditional child life roles an increased knowledge of . . .

    knowledge of the five most important factors when talking to children about difficult, life-changing events

    an increased level of confidence when working with children and families who are facing difficult and complex life experiences not related to health care

    Kathleen McCue

    MA, LSW, CCLS

    Kathleen McCue retired from a 43 year career in child life in 2014.  She has been a child life specialist and a director of child life programs in four different children’s hospitals, and most recently was the Children’s Program Director at The Gathering Place, a non-profit community based cancer support center in Cleveland, OH. Kathleen has worked with the children of adult patients and children and families experiencing trauma or violence.  She has authored three books and numerous book chapters and articles, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to her work experience.  She has held several positions in ACLP, including president of the organization.

  • NICU ABCs: Child Life Assessment and Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Certified Child Life Specialists possess skills and abilities to meet the unique needs of infants and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Core skills such as: assessment, preparation, education, psychosocial support, procedure support, and developmentally supportive interventions have translated successfully to this environment. In this presentation the developmental, psychosocial, and educational needs of this population will be discussed in depth, including assessment and intervention strategies unique to NICU patients, stressors families experience, and strategies to support the development of positive coping skills to foster optimal infant/parent and family bonding. Case studies, visual aids, and an opportunity for question and answer will be made available in this webinar.

    Certified Child Life Specialists possess skills and abilities to meet the unique needs of infants and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Core skills such as: assessment, preparation, education, psychosocial support, procedure support, and developmentally supportive interventions have translated successfully to this environment. In this presentation the developmental, psychosocial, and educational needs of this population will be discussed in depth, including assessment and intervention strategies unique to NICU patients, stressors families experience, and strategies to support the development of positive coping skills to foster optimal infant/parent and family bonding. Case studies, visual aids, and an opportunity for question and answer will be made available in this webinar.  

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    an understanding of and ability to describe three stages of premature/sick infant development

    the ability to assess development and implement developmentally supportive interventions for each stage

    a familiarity with the stressors experienced by families in the NICU

    strategies to support positive coping skill for parents and siblings

    Christ Tryon

    CCLS

    Chris Tryon is a level IV child life specialist who has focused much of her 20-year career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  She developed, established, and currently maintains the NICU child life program at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY. Her expertise lies in supporting and advocating for the developmental and psychosocial needs of children and their families in this setting. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Chris provides staff education, participates in policy and procedure development, mentors child life practicum students and interns, serves as a developmental consultant to the health care team and supervises the NICU volunteer program. Chris is also a member of the NICU developmental care team, the NICU pain team, and chair of the NICU graduate reunion committee.  She is also a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) and the ACLP Advanced Professional Development Committee.