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Take a Second Look at that Therapeutic Book: Using Bibliotherapy as a Child Life SpecialistContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Child life specialists facilitate conversations about complex issues and intimidating healthcare topics. Using bibliotherapy to pair books with therapeutic activities promotes relatable and non-threatening conversations about challenging issues. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Child life specialists facilitate conversations about complex issues and intimidating healthcare topics. Using bibliotherapy to pair books with therapeutic activities promotes relatable and non-threatening conversations about challenging issues. The presenters will describe bibliotherapy through a review of the literature and case examples from their experiences in various medical settings. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Explore the benefits of the three types of bibliotherapy and how they are applicable to their practice.
Discuss new strategies for utilizing the types of bibliotherapy effectively through specific case examples and book recommendations.
Discuss how one free standing children's hospital created an annotated and reviewed therapeutic library for clinical and caregiver use
Explore creative solutions of how to provide bibliotherapy to patients and siblings experiencing medical stressors
Kate Carpenter has been a certified child life specialist for the last 9 years with her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the emergency department, outpatient clinics, and for the last 6 years as the inpatient pulmonary, lung transplant, and complex care child life specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to becoming a certified child life specialist, she was an elementary school teacher in an inclusive classroom where she taught 6th grade.
Kate facilitates the hospital’s Preparation and Coping Committee, co-coordinates a sibling program known as Sibshops, and she has co-authored a book for children with Cystic Fibrosis. Additionally, Kate has been committed to research in the field of child life. Children’s literature has always been an important part of Kate’s work, both in the classroom and in the hospital.
Andrea is a certified child life specialist with a B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and 10 years of experience at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She has worked in a variety of settings including the Emergency Department and inpatient surgical-trauma unit. Currently, Andrea is providing services to patients in the expanding outpatient settings of Urology, General Surgery, Endocrine, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, and Phlebotomy.
Andrea is involved in several quality improvement initiatives throughout the hospital and co-facilitates a sibling support program known as Sibshops She has a particular passion for surgical preparation, coping techniques for painful procedures, and therapeutic play. Andrea has been able to integrate literature into her daily practice in the outpatient setting and through her therapeutic play work with siblings.
Tech This Out! Utilizing Telepresence to Increase Socialization and Interactive Engagement among Pediatric Patients on Isolation PrecautionsContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
We will describe how a child life specialist and Patient Activity Coordinator collaborated to create telepresence opportunities for hospitalized patients on isolation precautions. Telepresence was facilitated through the hospital Telemedicine and video conferencing using iPad technology. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
We will describe how a child life specialist and Patient Activity Coordinator collaborated to create telepresence opportunities for hospitalized patients on isolation precautions. Telepresence was facilitated through the hospital Telemedicine and video conferencing using iPad technology. This team recognized that socialization is a key component of mental and overall health and sought out opportunities to connect patients. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Explore the barriers that patients on isolation face in the hospital environment and why telepresence was initiated.
Discuss the various technology utilized to facilitate telepresence interactions.
Identify future plans and growth for telepresence technology, and how plans include collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams.
My name is Jenna Simpson and I am a Certified Child Life Specialist at Children's Mercy in Kansas City. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University in 2013 and completed my internship at Children's Mercy. I have been a CCLS for nearly 5 years and am currently working on an inpatient floor focusing on pulmonology, neurology, and diabetes. I have a passion for working with our patients with Cystic Fibrosis and truly love where I'm at.
A New Take on Diagnostic Education for a Chronic Population in an Outpatient ClinicContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
When a child is diagnosed with a chronic illness at birth, their development can be impacted. These children are often exposed to many medical experiences at a young age, before they are capable of understanding them. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
When a child is diagnosed with a chronic illness at birth, their development can be impacted. These children are often exposed to many medical experiences at a young age, before they are capable of understanding them. To ensure children with chronic illnesses receive diagnostic education during critical periods, a scaffolded education model can be used to target this population during outpatient visits. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Discuss chronic illness and the impact on development.
Explore different theories regarding how children gain understanding of their illness at different ages and stages.
Explore a scaffolded education model currently implemented in an outpatient sickle cell clinic setting.
Katherine Bailey, MS, CCLS, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Religious Studies. After researching the field of child life, she pursued further education at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, where she completed her Master of Science degree in Child Development. Katherine joined the child life team at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after graduate school and provided services to patients in Infectious Diseases and Hematology. She currently provides services to patients in the outpatient Hematology clinic as well as serves on the leadership team within the child life program. Katherine has spent ten years providing education and support to patients with sickle cell disease and was a member of the committee that implemented a scaffolded education approach for school age patients with the disease.
Rachel Lynn Schmelzer
Rachel Schmelzer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 2014. She continued her education at the University of Missouri, where she completed her Masters of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies in 2016. Rachel has worked as a child life specialist since August 2016, and joined the Child Life program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in May 2017. She currently works with pre-teens and adolescents on the inpatient leukemia and hematology unit and has previous experience in an outpatient clinic setting.
Supporting the Bereaved Hospital Community: Steps in Creating an Annual Memorial ServiceContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
This presentation will illustrate the importance of addressing bereavement needs of families, faculty and staff, through programming that includes a bilingual, non-denominational hospital memorial service. Attendees will gain knowledge to create a memorial service, and to expand on current programming. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
This presentation will illustrate the importance of addressing bereavement needs of families, faculty and staff, through programming that includes a bilingual, non-denominational hospital memorial service. Attendees will gain knowledge to create a memorial service, and to expand on current programming. The presentation will be based on the evolution of the memorial service model created by the bereavement committee of a children's hospital. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Assess the need for an annual hospital-wide memorial service as an effective source of bereavement support.
Explain the multidisciplinary approach to planning and preparation of a hospital-wide memorial service.
Identify components of a bilingual, non-denominational memorial service.
Describe the impact that an annual memorial service has on families, faculty, and staff
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital New York Presbyterian
The Power of the Assessment Phone CallContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
In order to reduce stress and promote positive coping, early and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s needs is vital. Child life specialists have the opportunity to enhance the family's experience by completing assessment phone calls prior to planned medical events. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
In order to reduce stress and promote positive coping, early and ongoing assessment of the patient and family’s needs is vital. Child life specialists have the opportunity to enhance the family's experience by completing assessment phone calls prior to planned medical events. In this session, participants will learn the role and value of the assessment phone call and be empowered to incorporate teachings into practice. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Discuss the value and benefits of assessment.
Explore the role of the assessment phone call and how it can be implemented into their practice.
Discuss the value and benefits of the assessment phone call.
Discuss statistical and anecdotal evidence supporting the power of the assessment phone call.
Sarah Beth Gray
Sarah Beth Gray is a native of Mississippi and a University of Mississippi graduate. She has spent 13 years in the child life field, beginning her career at Baptist Memorial Hospital East (Memphis, TN) and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She is currently employed at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in the radiology department. Sarah Beth is passionate about serving the radiology population and program development. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching reality TV, and attending concerts.
The Teddy Bear Clinic Reimagined: Enhancing Graduate Student EducationContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
As the field of child life grows more competitive, academic programs desire to establish innovative, collaborative partnerships in an effort to address student educational needs. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
As the field of child life grows more competitive, academic programs desire to establish innovative, collaborative partnerships in an effort to address student educational needs. Graduate child life students had the opportunity to plan, facilitate and evaluate a teddy bear clinic for typically developing children enrolled in a preschool program. This project was embedded in a graduate play course. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Discuss the learning benefits of a graduate student facilitated teddy bear clinic from a graduate student perspective and from a child participant perspective.
Explore the fundamental components of a well-organized and facilitated teddy bear clinic.
Explore community partners for field based experiential learning opportunities.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Lisa A. Martinelli Beasley
Clinical Associate Professor
Lisa Martinelli Beasley joined the Department of Family Studies and Community Development in 2006. Prior to her appointment at Towson University, she worked clinically as a Certified Child Life Specialist and Board Certified Art Therapist in children’s hospitals located in New York and Ohio. Much of her clinical experience centered on providing child life and art therapy interventions for pediatric hematology/oncology patients and their families.
Since joining the Department of Family Studies and Community Development, she has taught undergraduate and graduate child life and related courses. She serves as the graduate program director for the M.S. in Child Life, Administration, and Family Collaboration and provides student advising for both undergraduate introduction to child life track students and graduate child life students.
Yours, Mine or OURS? The Shared Responsibility of Providing Disability Competent CareContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
All child life specialists will encounter patients and families with disabilities. As with any other cultural group, child life specialists need to be prepared to provide culturally-competent care individualized to the needs of these patients and families. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
All child life specialists will encounter patients and families with disabilities. As with any other cultural group, child life specialists need to be prepared to provide culturally-competent care individualized to the needs of these patients and families. This interactive presentation will provide a brief history of disability culture along with concrete strategies to equip and empower child life clinicians to provide disability-competent care. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
Discuss culturally competent care and identify how this translates into caring for individuals with disabilities.
the current state of disability in the U.S. and the importance of disability competence.
Explore several disability-competent care strategies to their work as child life specialists.
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.
Early Identification and Screening Program Improves Care for Traumatically Injured PatientsContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Children who have experienced trauma are at risk for developing traumatic stress symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder. To address this concern, we created a tool for identifying and assessing at-risk patients and implemented a trauma-informed care protocol. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Children who have experienced trauma are at risk for developing traumatic stress symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder. To address this concern, we created a tool for identifying and assessing at-risk patients and implemented a trauma-informed care protocol. The creation and implementation of this tool has improved early identification of at-risk patients and access to appropriate psychosocial services and resources. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Discuss the impact of trauma and trauma-informed care on children.
Discuss how to implement a program to address the needs of patients who have experienced a traumatic injury using quality improvement methodology.
Discuss how screening tool assists child life specialists in creating treatment plan during admission.
Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Of Colorado on the Surgical, Rehabilitation, Trauma, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Burn inpatient unit.
BS in Psychology from St. Edwards University
MS in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College.
Previously Child Life Specialist II at Shriners Hospital for Children Houston.
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.
Jennifer H Staab
Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Jennifer has worked as a child life specialist for 10 years in a variety of areas. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Supervisor 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) 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. She has published two studies. One on assessing pediatric patients for psychosocial risk and one on the efficacy of child life preparation and support in the Emergency Department
Embracing the Gray: Understanding and Celebrating Differences in Ethical Decision MakingContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
In a world consumed by ethical strife, this session provides an advanced approach to applying ethics within the healthcare environment. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
In a world consumed by ethical strife, this session provides an advanced approach to applying ethics within the healthcare environment. Utilizing new evidence that moral decision making is driven equally by biological impulses and culturally instilled ideals, the session explores how ethical foundations influence values and the decision making process. The session will include an exercise allowing attendees to apply perspectives to ethical dilemmas. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
Discuss how ethical frameworks are impacted by both biologically driven instincts and culturally instilled ideals.
Discuss specific ethical frameworks and explain their philosophical differences.
Explore specific ethical perspectives to ethical decision making, and theorize how these fictional examples might manifest in the workplace.
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.
From PICO to Publication: The Importance of Research for PracticeContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Evidence based practice is strongly emphasized in healthcare. However, initiating research in child life practice can feel overwhelming when resources are already stretched. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Evidence based practice is strongly emphasized in healthcare. However, initiating research in child life practice can feel overwhelming when resources are already stretched. Learn about tips and tools needed to get started on the path to being a researcher in clinical practice and see how one program supported child life specialists in completing original research. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
Explore the PICO format to identify a current research topic.
Discuss what the steps are of an effective literature review.
Discuss research study options to determine an effective design for answering the PICO question.
Jenni L. Davis
Deirdrea A. Goltz
Child Life Supervisor
CCLS with experience in NICU, cardiology, and radiology. Passionate about research and evidenced based practice. Currently residing in Qatar and practicing child life abroad.