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  • Minute to Win It!! Maximizing every minute as a child life specialist in an outpatient setting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    During this interactive presentation, participants will be provided with proven ways to establish rapport and professional relationships, promote advocacy and learn about prioritization in outpatient settings. Participants will be versed in overcoming possible challenges which one may encounter when covering several clinics and learn concrete examples of ways to promote creativity and enhance critical thinking skills while developing coping strategies for patients.

    During this interactive presentation, participants will be provided with proven ways to establish rapport and professional relationships, promote advocacy and learn about prioritization in outpatient settings. Participants will be versed in overcoming possible challenges which one may encounter when covering several clinics and learn concrete examples of ways to promote creativity and enhance critical thinking skills while developing coping strategies for patients.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will glimpse into the typical day of a child life specialist in outpatient clinics and learn about the importance of play in an outpatient setting.

    2. Participants will learn useful ways to serve as an advocate for patients and families 

    3. Participants will be educated in utilizing proven methods by specialists to prioritize busy schedules.

    Cecilia Mendiola

    Cecilia has been a certified child life specialist since 2009. She also received a Graduate Academic Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis which has helped educate staff about ways to help with patients who have autism in the medical setting. She is currently a senior child life specialist in the Specialty Care Center at Children’s Health Dallas where she covers Orthopedics, radiology, urology, pulmonology, special procedures clinic and other various outpatient specialty clinics. Cecilia is also part of the student Programming Committee and has taught student groups on therapeutic relationships and professional boundaries. Cecilia regularly supervises child life students and educates team members about child life services and is also a member of the Texas Association of Child Life Professionals and on the Student Programming Committee.

  • Cultivating Resilience Through Self-Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This webinar will offer an exploration of the term "self-care" and why we, as child life specialists, must begin to prioritize how we recharge and revitalize our mind, body and soul in order to operate at our highest potential while cultivating a culture of resiliency.

    This webinar will offer an exploration of the term "self-care" and why we, as child life specialists, must begin to prioritize how we recharge and revitalize our mind, body and soul in order to operate at our highest potential while cultivating a culture of resiliency.

    Objectives:

    -Define self-care and discuss the buzz around this term.
    -Review effects of stress response on physical and emotional state of the body/mind.
    -Explore mindful ways to create a self-care practice that supports a more holistic approach to caring for the Self.
    -Attendees will be able to take away a set of tools and resources that may assist in creating one's self-care practice. -Attendees may feel empowered to put their self-care first which will in tern help cultivate resiliency within the field of caregiving and empathetic work.

    Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Please note this webinar will be free for the month of March only. 

    Nicole Primiano

    Nicole holds her degree in Child Life from Montclair State University of NJ and has worked in Ambulatory Surgery at Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY for the last nine years. She is also a registered yoga teacher, currently teaching yoga, meditation and essential oil workshops in her community in Queens, NY while she works towards her aromatherapy certification. Nicole has a passion for the study and exploration of healing modalities to assist in finding one's peaceful path and loves to facilitate conversations around the true meaning and value of whole-hearted self-care practice.

  • Virtual Medicine: Lessons Learned Using VR in Clinical Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Not so far in the future, in lieu of popping a pill, clinicians might prescribe a virtual beach vacation to ease aches and pains. Cardiologists might offer scenic tours of Icelandic fjords to lower blood pressure, instead of doubling up on drugs. Hospitals might immerse children in fantastical play lands while they receive chemotherapy or undergo frightening medical tests. It’s all starting to happen now because of virtual reality (VR). For decades, scientists in elite universities have been quietly discovering the surprising health benefits of VR for ailments ranging from burn injuries, to stroke, to acute stress. Over 3000 studies reveal that VR has an uncanny ability to block pain, calm nerves and boost mental health without drugs and their unwanted side effects. But the technology has been too expensive, unreliable and unwieldy for the research to translate beyond the pages of academic journals and doctoral dissertations… until now. Explosive advances in delivering low-cost, portable and high-quality VR to the masses has spawned a field called Medical VR. In this lecture, Dr. Spiegel will describe frontline stories of using VR in over 3000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and will review his lab’s latest clinical research, including a recent randomized controlled trial testing VR in the hospital setting. The lecture will also review their new research using VR for blood pressure management, opioid reduction, and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai. Two lucky registrants of this webinar will win free conference registrations to the 2019 Conference on Virtual Medicine. To learn more about this conference, please visit https://www.virtualmedicine.health/

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    Not so far in the future, in lieu of popping a pill, clinicians might prescribe a virtual beach vacation to ease aches and pains. Cardiologists might offer scenic tours of Icelandic fjords to lower blood pressure, instead of doubling up on drugs. Hospitals might immerse children in fantastical play lands while they receive chemotherapy or undergo frightening medical tests. It’s all starting to happen now because of virtual reality (VR). For decades, scientists in elite universities have been quietly discovering the surprising health benefits of VR for ailments ranging from burn injuries, to stroke, to acute stress. Over 3000 studies reveal that VR has an uncanny ability to block pain, calm nerves and boost mental health without drugs and their unwanted side effects. But the technology has been too expensive, unreliable and unwieldy for the research to translate beyond the pages of academic journals and doctoral dissertations… until now. Explosive advances in delivering low-cost, portable and high-quality VR to the masses has spawned a field called Medical VR. In this lecture, Dr. Spiegel will describe frontline stories of using VR in over 3000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and will review his lab’s latest clinical research, including a recent randomized controlled trial testing VR in the hospital setting. The lecture will also review their new research using VR for blood pressure management, opioid reduction, and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai.

    Learning Objectives:

    • • Discuss the new science of immersive therapeutics
    • • Explore how VR is being used in pediatrics and beyond
    •  • Evaluate clinical data using VR for pain and discomfort

    Dr. Brennan Spiegal

    Dr. Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Director of the Cedars-Sinai Master’s Degree Program in Health Delivery Science. Dr. Spiegel directs a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies, including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media, can improve people’s lives. His team developed the largest and most widely-documented medical virtual reality program in the world at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is listed in the "Top 100 Influencer" lists for digital health and virtual reality. His digital health research has been featured by major media outlets, including Bloomberg, CBS News, Forbes, Huffington Post, LA Times, NBC News, Reuters, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His virtual reality research won the 2017 “Webby Award” for best technology on the internet. His research team receives funding from the NIH, PCORI, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Veterans Administration, State of California precision medicine program, and industry sources. Dr. Spiegel is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology – the leading clinical gastroenterology journal in North America.

  • Internship Application Process Guide Live Webinar for Students

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The ACLP Education and Training Committee (E&T) is excited to provide this live webinar for students to receive advice to use during the internship application process as well as updates made to the ACLP Common Internship Application. This webinar is based on the Internship Application Process Guide that was updated and posted on the website in fall 2018.

    The ACLP Education and Training Committee (E&T) is excited to provide this live webinar for students to receive advice to use during the internship application process as well as updates made to the ACLP Common Internship Application. This webinar is based on the Internship Application Process Guide that was updated and posted on the website in fall 2018.

    The chair of the E&T Committee and a committee member will present the webinar slide show for the first 20-30 minutes and then will leave the remaining 30 minutes for panel Q&A with the chairs of the E&T committee as well as chairs of the Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee (IAOC) and Academic Review Committee (ARC). We hope you can join us this day to learn more about the application process and get your questions answered. Those unable to join us can always watch the recorded webinar and access the Internship Application Process Guide Tip Sheet from www.childlife.org.

  • The Role of Child Life Specialists in the Successful Transition to Self-Management of Adolescent Chronic Illness

    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. 

  • Internship Coordinator Tip Sheet Live Webinar for Internship Coordinators and Academic Advisors/Staff

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The ACLP Education and Training Committee (E&T) is excited to provide this live webinar for internship coordinators and academic advisors/staff. This webinar is based on the Internship Coordinator Tip Sheet that was updated and posted on the website in fall 2018. It will highlight things for internship sites to consider as well as the recent, fall 2018 changes made to the ACLP Common Internship Application which will also help academic staff advise students throughout the process.

    The ACLP Education and Training Committee (E&T) is excited to provide this live webinar for internship coordinators and academic advisors/staff. This webinar is based on the Internship Coordinator Tip Sheet that was updated and posted on the website in fall 2018. It will highlight things for internship sites to consider as well as the recent, fall 2018 changes made to the ACLP Common Internship Application which will also help academic staff advise students throughout the process.

    The chairs of the E&T Committee will present the webinar slide show for the first 20-30 minutes and then will leave the remaining 30 minutes for panel Q&A with the chairs of the E&T committee as well as chairs of the Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee (IAOC) and Academic Review Committee (ARC). We hope you can join us this day to learn more about the application process and get your questions answered. Those unable to join us can always watch the recorded webinar and access the Internship Coordinator Tip Sheet from www.childlife.org.

  • Expanding Child Life Services: Creating a child life position to work specifically with parents and siblings in a hospital setting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    When a child is hospitalized due to illness or injury the entire family is affected. As a quality of family-centered care, Child Life specialist aim to promote positive coping and decreased anxiety in patients and their families. Unfortunately, due to lack of Child Life positions and funding, pediatric hospitals are not adequately staffed to provide services to all patients and families.

    When a child is hospitalized due to illness or injury the entire family is affected. As a quality of family-centered care, Child Life specialist aim to promote positive coping and decreased anxiety in patients and their families. Unfortunately, due to lack of Child Life positions and funding, pediatric hospitals are not adequately staffed to provide services to all patients and families. Child Life specialists must prioritize the highest needs, often the patients being ranked above their family members. Newton, Wolgemuth, Galvin, & Wrightson (2010) researched Child Life services available to siblings of hospitalized patients in North America. Results indicated that only 48% of the participating hospitals regularly provided sibling support. This is despite the knowledge that a sibling’s reaction to a patient’s hospitalization is often internalized in the form of unexpressed feelings or manifested through actions and behaviors (Thompson, 2009). There is limited research on Child Life services available to caregivers however, research has found parents of hospitalized children are at increased risk of anxiety, depression, and decisional conflict (Robyn et al., 2017).

    Participants will be able to identify, understand, and apply the principles of family-centered care
    - An understanding of reported and observed feelings and behaviors of a patient's caregivers and siblings
    - An understanding of why psychosocial support provided by a child life specialist are important for caregiver and sibling positive coping
    - A model for programming events such as caregiver socials, caregiver support groups, sibling support groups, and family events

    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.

  • Red Light, Green Light: Respecting the guardrails, navigating the traffic, and avoiding the potholes of professional boundaries

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Maintaining strong professional boundaries within therapeutic relationships is critical for the emotional well being of both child life professionals and the patients they serve. While students and emerging professionals are repeatedly educated on the need for limit setting with patients, instruction on how to implement these actions is far more scarce. This webinar briefly summarizes the current research on therapeutic boundaries and limit setting, highlighting the evidence supporting the need for these professional competencies. The remainder of the time focuses on exercises that help professionals develop self-awareness and determine appropriate interactions. The webinar also describes activities that can be used by providers in supervisory roles model self-reflection for students and new professionals. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.

    Maintaining strong professional boundaries within therapeutic relationships is critical for the emotional well being of both child life professionals and the patients they serve. While students and emerging professionals are repeatedly educated on the need for limit setting with patients, instruction on how to implement these actions is far more scarce. This webinar briefly summarizes the current research on therapeutic boundaries and limit setting, highlighting the evidence supporting the need for these professional competencies. The remainder of the time focuses on exercises that help professionals develop self-awareness and determine appropriate interactions. The webinar also describes activities that can be used by providers in supervisory roles model self-reflection for students and new professionals.

    This webinar is derived from a Focus article. 

    Participants will be able to: 

    1) Identify and summarize current research on the benefits of developing/maintaining professional boundaries within clinical work
    2) Implement new strategies in personal practice for assessing patient relationships and efficacy of current boundaries
    3) Implement exercises with emerging professionals (Students and new hires) that model reflection in real-world clinical scenarios.

    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.

  • Insights and Wisdom: Global Engagement in Child Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    A panel of child life specialist and leaders will share their insights, wisdom and lessons learned from their work globally. Join ACLP President, Stephanie Hopkinson, ACLP President-Elect, Jill Koss, Patrice Brylske, Eugene Johnson, and Catherine Reily Boland to learn from their stories and the amazing work they are doing or have done to promote child life, psychosocial practice and child friendly approaches in healthcare around the world.

    A panel of child life specialist and leaders will share their insights, wisdom and lessons learned from their work globally. Join  ACLP President, Stephanie Hopkinson, ACLP President-Elect,  Jill Koss, Patrice Brylske, Eugene Johnson, and Catherine Reily Boland to learn from their stories and the amazing work they are doing or have done to promote child life, psychosocial practice and child friendly approaches in healthcare around the world.

    Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS

    ACLP Board President

    Stephanie’s journey in Child Life includes over 25 years of clinical and academic experience. In May of 2013 Stephanie received the Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award in recognition for her exemplary child life work and high level of clinical skill. Stephanie has worked at several hospitals including Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and Kaiser Permanente. During her time at KACCH, Sidra, Yale and CHLA Stephanie co-developed and implemented the child life internship programs. In addition to her professional commitments Stephanie’s dedication to child life includes volunteering her time with Operation Smile. Through Operation Smile she has traveled with a multidisciplinary team to provide child life services in Kenya, the Philippines, and Malawi. She was invited and currently serves on the child life specialty council for the organization.

    Stephanie is an accomplished speaker, trainer and writer. Among her many accomplishments is the delivery of numerous international and national presentations on child life, leadership, reflective practice, professional care, and reflective supervision, including keynote addresses on race, ethnicity and culture, resiliency, and reflective practice. She has written chapters in books including a chapter in a pediatric psychosocial oncology textbook and in Beyond the Hospitals, an ACLP publication. As a respected educator, she has served as Senior Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College, as an Instructor at UCLA-Extension, and as lead consultant and curriculum design specialist for Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., an international firm that offers training and technical assistance for children, youth and families. 

    Jill Koss, MS, CCLS

    ACLP Board President-Elect

    When Jill discovered child life in graduate school in 1988, she realized she had found her career, and hasn't looked back since. She started as a child life specialist at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and 27 years later is the Director of Family Support Services there. She has been involved in many aspects of ACLP over the years, from Vision-to-Action in 1996; to years of work with Certification, serving as Senior Chair from 2008 to 2009 and still currently sitting on the Appeals Committee; participating in the Leadership Development Mentor Program; to being on the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016. She also had numerous opportunities to be involved in International Child Life and Child Friendly Healthcare initiatives over the years, for which she is very thankful. Driving values for Jill are holding a growth mindset, owning accountability, and having integrity. 

    She has been fortunate to have been mentored by many strong child life leaders, as well as opportunities to work side-by-side with phenomenal child life professionals. She believes the child life profession is thriving even in the face of changes in healthcare because we are strong professionals who are committed to making the psychosocial/emotional needs of children and youth a priority. She is as committed as ever to working hard towards this goal as all children and youth should have access to child life services.

    Eugene Johnson, MS, MA, RN, CCLS

    Coordinator, Child Life Department, Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children

    Patrice Brylske, CCLS

    Director, Child Life Department, The Johns Hopkins Children's Center

    Catherine Reilly Boland, MS, CCLS, LMP

    Clinical Program Manager, Playing to Live

  • Global Practice Package

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    Interested in practicing child life internationally, but not sure where to start? This two webinar package will examine global practice in child life. Hear from and connect with Certified Child Life Specialists who have worked internationally. Build on your curiosities and passion by connecting to their stories.

    Interested in practicing child life internationally, but not sure where to start? This two webinar package will examine global practice in child life. Hear from and connect with Certified Child Life Specialists who have worked internationally. Build on your curiosities and passion by connecting to their stories.