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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.
Keeping Play in the Forefront of Child Life Services in Critical Care SettingsContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Modern child life practice, though rooted in play, is often focused on acute patient needs such as procedural preparation, support and diagnosis education. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Modern child life practice, though rooted in play, is often focused on acute patient needs such as procedural preparation, support and diagnosis education. Child life specialists who work in NICU, CCU and PICU collaborate to illuminate the importance of keeping play in the forefront of interventions. Current research on play will be discussed as it relates to trends in healthcare, job satisfaction and multidisciplinary collaboration. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Develop play focused interventions for infants and toddlers that improve coping in critical care settings.
Describe prioritizing play in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit through daily practice of staff, play groups, utilization of unit specific playroom.
Critique common approaches to play with critically ill children and develop strategies for infusing play into daily care practices in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit.
Megan R. O'Connell
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hosp of Chicago
Katelyn E. Zilles
Katelyn is currently the CCLS in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her primary clinical interests include infant development in the critical care setting, sibling support at end of life, multidisciplinary collaboration within a NICU team and intern curriculum during a NICU rotation
Look for the Helpers: Child Life Specialists as Champions for Children After DisastersContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Fred Rogers famously reflected that after something bad happened, his mother encouraged him to look for the helpers. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Fred Rogers famously reflected that after something bad happened, his mother encouraged him to look for the helpers. This presentation will examine the work of child life specialists as helpers in two settings: a disaster-relief shelter following a category 4 hurricane, and a shelter during the family separation crisis at the United States-Mexico border. Focus will be given to the challenges of this work and the emotional impact on child life specialists. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Discuss both natural and man-made disasters that impacted families in one region of the country over the course of a year.
Explore the psychosocial needs of children and families immediately following the strike of disaster.
Discuss the role of child life specialists in supporting children in non-hospital related disasters, while recognizing ways to get involved in disaster relief.
Identify the opportunities for and challenges associated with child advocacy after disasters.
Discuss the emotional impact of disaster relief work on child life specialists, as well as the need for formal opportunities for debriefing and support
Facility Dog Program Coordinator
Kizzy Marco was raised in Chicago and is a two-time graduate of the University of Iowa. She began her child life career at Cook Children's Medical Center where she worked for 6 years. Outside of child life, Kizzy has extensive experience in children's theatre, coaching youth sports, and facilitating grief support for kids. Her other interests include professional mentorship, public speaking, and social justice. Currently, Kizzy proudly serves as Facility Dog Program Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado, alongside her very best friend, Ralph Lauren the dog.
Whitney L. Brosey
Cook Children's Medical Center
After They've Gone: Child Life Collaboration with a Medical Examiner's OfficeContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Due to legal and policy requirements, medical examiner cases are not eligible to receive bereavement materials while in the hospital. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
Due to legal and policy requirements, medical examiner cases are not eligible to receive bereavement materials while in the hospital. Through a collaboration with our county medical examine's office, we are now able to provide materials to any family who experiences a pediatric death, whether in or out of the hospital. Come learn about our collaboration and take home ideas for your own facility. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
Discuss the importance of providing bereavement materials to all pediatric patients, and explain potential barriers to equitable inclusion of all families.
Discuss community partners and resources to reach goals to provide legacy materials for unmet populations.
Explore necessary steps for providing bereavement materials to a previously unreached population.
Evaluate their existing bereavement processes and make changes to reach their institutional goals for legacy making.
Brielle L. Swerdlin
Brielle Swerdlin, MS, CCLS earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Utica College, where she majored in Psychology- Child Life. After working in the field of child life for a few years she completed her Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Colorado State University- Global. Brielle joined the child life team at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY four years ago after working as a one-person program at Edinburg Children’s Hospital in Edinburg, TX for three years.
Currently Brielle provides services to patients in the Pediatric Emergency department at a Level One Trauma Center in New York that serves in patients 17 counties from the Pennsylvania border to the Canadian border. Professionally, Brielle’s interests include bereavement, trauma, children with special needs, child abuse and trauma-informed care.
Collaborative Partnership to Optimize Care: The Creation of an Interprofessional Autism Spectrum Disorder Professional Development ProgramContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Healthcare clinicians have a wide variety of knowledge, skill, and attitudes when caring for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Healthcare clinicians have a wide variety of knowledge, skill, and attitudes when caring for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The authors will describe the collaboration led by child life and nursing to assess practice gaps, develop and roll out an educational initiative aimed at improving care for patients with ASD and their families. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Describe the process and outcomes of assessing learning needs for caring for patient with ASD.
Identify three teaching strategies used in this ASD professional development program.
Discuss the ASD program outcomes.
Describe fostering the development of collaborative partnerships.
Certified Child Life Specialist- Autism Spectrum Center
Kristin Coffey is a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Kristin specializes in supporting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through medical experiences and hospitalization by ensuring that the sensory experiences of a child are taken into consideration as she tries to normalize the potentially stressful hospital experience for each child.
With a strong background in child development, child life, ASD, and applied behavior analysis, Kristin became the child life specialist for the Autism Spectrum Center at Boston Children’s Hospital in December of 2015.
In addition to supporting patients she has worked with the Autism Spectrum Center training committee to help increase the awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to best support those with autism in the healthcare setting. As a member of the training committee Kristin has helped to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate the Autism education programs aimed at interprofessional staff, including the recent pilot of an autism-based interprofessional simulation program.
Dennis P Doherty
Dennis Doherty is a Registered Nurse and board-certified Professional Development Specialist in the Department of Clinical Education, Informatics, Practice, and Quality at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dennis oversees the enterprise’s nursing orientation programming, facilitates role development workshops, and consults with department leaders to develop and implement competency programs. Since 2017 Dennis has worked with the Boston Children’s Hospital Autism Spectrum Center training committee to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate the Autism education programs aimed at interprofessional staff, including recent piloting of autism-based interprofessional simulation program. In his spare time, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Emotional Labor: The Role of Your Emotions in the WorkplaceContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
This presentation focuses on the role of emotions at work, including how emotions are generated or concealed in order to meet patient needs or to satisfy organizational values of an employer. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
This presentation focuses on the role of emotions at work, including how emotions are generated or concealed in order to meet patient needs or to satisfy organizational values of an employer. Attendees will learn about theoretical frameworks of emotion, emotional labor, and personal and professional consequences of emotional labor. The presentation will conclude by reviewing coping strategies to combat the negative side effects of emotional labor. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Describe theoretical models of emotion and explain advances in social theory of emotion that demonstrate how emotions, whether authentic, generated, or concealed, are often managed by employers to satisfy organizational values and meet patient needs/expectations.
Define components of emotional labor, such as deep acting, surface acting, and emotional dissonance, and identify how these components impact child life professionals personally and professionally. Explore five appropriate emotional regulation strategies that can be used in the workplace to combat the negative effects of workplace emotional labor.
Jennifer A. Guilliams
Jennifer graduated from Auburn University in 1995, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Child Development with an emphasis in Child Life. Jennifer received her child life certification in 1998 from the Association of Child Life Professionals. Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked as a child life specialist at University of Missouri Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO and the Willett Children's Hospital in Savannah, GA. Jennifer served as the course instructor for the “Child Life Administration” course at the University of Missouri. In 2009, Jennifer became the manager for the child life department at the Dwayne and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital in Savannah. Most recently, Jennifer is the Child and Family Life Coordinator for Kentucky Children’s Hospital managing a growing department of 10 child life specialists who cover the entire Kentucky Children’s Hospital as well as UK Healthcare.
Jennifer has been an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals, serving as chair and committee member for several student focused task forces and professional committees. Jennifer has provided several presentations at regional child life conferences as well as the annual Association of Child Life Professionals conference on child life related topics and student program development.
Kristina M. Richetts
Kristina has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2012. She has experience in a variety of settings, including an inpatient psychiatry unit, an acute care unit, and she currently works with the pediatric hematology/oncology population. She is currently pursing a master's degree at the University of Kentucky in Family Sciences, focusing on adolescent development.
Ethical Practices of Shaping an Interdisciplinary Global Fieldwork CourseContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Who is benefiting from child life students completing international fieldwork and why? These are questions considered during the development and assessment of a global fieldwork course for child life, occupational therapy, and nursing students. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
Who is benefiting from child life students completing international fieldwork and why? These are questions considered during the development and assessment of a global fieldwork course for child life, occupational therapy, and nursing students. Examples of the ethical considerations established as part of an interdisciplinary team are highlighted to emphasize the sustainability and integrity of this course for students and the populations served. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics
Describe the learning objectives of child life students and professionals engaging in global fieldwork.
Explain the benefits for child life students and professionals of global and interdisciplinary fieldwork experiences with other health professionals.
Analyze the ethical considerations based on research and course development that are recognized as best practices of global health fieldwork education.
Identify strategies for implementing ethically competent procedures to establish and maintain interdisciplinary global fieldwork
DeAnna L Bay
Internship Coordinator- Psych/Child Life
"Why Can't I Go Home with Mom?": Child Life's Role in Supporting Children of AbuseContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Child Life Specialists have a unique role in supporting children and families through a variety of challenges. In the Emergency Department, broken bones and stitches are a daily occurrence, but what happens when those injuries are suspected to be the result of abuse? SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Child Life Specialists have a unique role in supporting children and families through a variety of challenges. In the Emergency Department, broken bones and stitches are a daily occurrence, but what happens when those injuries are suspected to be the result of abuse? This presentation will provide child life specialists with the skills to educate, prepare, and advocate for children of abuse from admission through hospital discharge. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Explore terminology, support services, and prevalence of child abuse.
Identify and address common behaviors seen in children who have a history of abuse.
Communicate and provide appropriate interventions for admitted patients who have been removed from the home and will be entering the foster care system due to abuse.
Identify how to support children and families during an end-of-life coroner's case.
Discuss the legal responsibilities as a mandated reporter and how to remain within your scope of practice as a child life specialist.
Kayleigh M. Chang
Certified Child Life Specialist II-Emergency Department
Kayleigh attended Loma Linda University where she received her M.S. in Child Life after attending California State University, Fullerton for her B.A. in Communication Studies where she discovered her fascination for working with diverse populations.
Kayleigh is currently working as a child life specialist in the Emergency Department at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and is a member of the Lucile Packard SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) Team, where she purses her passion advocating for children of abuse. Kayleigh balances her clinical work by teaching an online grief and loss course to child life students at UC Santa Barbara Extension.
Kayleigh serves on the Child Life Certification Commission for ACLP working on content for future child life certification exams. She was also a participant in the ACLP Child Life Job Analysis in 2018.
A Pedagogy of Inclusion: Integrating Topics of Diversity and Social Justice into Child Life CurriculumContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
The Association of Child Life Professionals includes diversity as a core tenet of the values and mission of the child life profession. This presentation will consider the integration of diversity and social justice theories into child life curriculum. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
The Association of Child Life Professionals includes diversity as a core tenet of the values and mission of the child life profession. This presentation will consider the integration of diversity and social justice theories into child life curriculum. Presenters will explore approaches for teaching, examine the implications for students, and discuss how this integration can enhance evidence based practice and organizational growth. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Discuss approaches for integrating diversity and social justice topics into child life curriculum.
Describe the impact integrating social justice curriculum can have on the student experience and their clinical growth.
Discuss the implications this curriculum might have on reinforcing the field's core tenet of diversity.
Kathryn A Cantrell
Kathryn Cantrell, PhD, CCLS is a child psychologist and child life specialist living in Boston. Kathryn received her masters in child development from Tufts University and worked as a child life specialist with youth with HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis before pursuing more education. Kathryn received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and has worked clinically as a child psychologist in a number of settings across the city. Kathryn currently works as a Lecturer at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Boston, supporting emerging clinicians interested in helping youth. Kathryn teaches courses on child life, child development, and counseling at both universities. She is also Executive Editor of the ACLP's Bulletin and Focus publications. Her applied developmental research addresses healthcare disparities amongst youth and emerging adults by integrating evidence based intervention with technology as a tool for furthering social justice. Her research has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals, chronicled in chapters, and shared at international conferences.
Child Life Specialist, Diagnostic Imaging
Libby Gaitskill is from Sugar Hill, New Hampshire and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public and Community Service Studies and Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management from Providence College. After working as a case worker for a year, she then completed a Master of Arts in Child Study and Human Development with a concentration in Clinical Developmental Health and Psychology with a degree focus in Child Life at Tufts University. Libby joined the child life team at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in September 2018. She currently works with patients of all ages in diagnostic imaging. Inspired by the social justice focus of her child life coursework, Libby uses this framework in her clinical role.
Call Me….Maybe: Collaboration between Child Life Specialists at Separate Institutions to Enhance Patient CareContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
In order to receive specialized care, many pediatric patients must travel away from their usual care team to other institutions. Collaboration between child life specialists at different institutions enhances the patient experience. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
In order to receive specialized care, many pediatric patients must travel away from their usual care team to other institutions. Collaboration between child life specialists at different institutions enhances the patient experience. This presentation will describe how two specialists identified a need for a transition tool and regular communication. Case examples, the transition tool and implications for practice will be shared. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Identify potential gaps in communication regarding the transfer of patient care.
Discuss the implementation of a transfer form.
List strategies for enhancing patient coping, continuity of care and patient and family satisfaction.
Brittany L. Metcalf
Boston Children's Hospital
Jamie E. McCaffrey
Hem/Onc Child Life Specialist
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at the Maine Medical Ce