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  • Creating a Sharing Place: Grief Support Both In and Out of the Hospital

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Child life specialists use their knowledge of human development, medical understanding, skills in validation, and creativity to assist in increasing the child’s understanding of death and providing memory making opportunities in the hospital setting.

    Child life specialists use their knowledge of human development, medical understanding, skills in validation, and creativity to assist in increasing the child’s understanding of death and providing memory making opportunities in the hospital setting. These skills can also be applied in grief groups outside of the hospital with children who have a need for longer processing of the grief. By creating opportunities to work with children and families on grief, child life specialists further develop their skills in working with patients and families experiencing loss and cultivate new opportunities to utilize their child life training and skill set. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about grief groups from the perspective of child life specialists who work both within and outside the hospital. Attendees will gain knowledge about how to create and sustain grief groups and the benefits they can offer to children and families. 

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    1. tools for beginning conversations on death and dying that take into account the child’s development and the personal beliefs of the family
    2. a familiarity with the differences between a child’s immediate understanding of death and the later processing of grief
    3. an understanding of why continued psychosocial support and normalization are important for grief processing
    4. a model for grief groups in the hospital setting
    5. a model for offering offsite grief support for children, adolescents, and parents
    6. tips on how to build and sustain grief groups
  • It’s a Fellow Thing: Closing the Gap in Child Life Services

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​In the changing landscape of health care, child life departments have been forced to get creative with budgets, positions and staffing in order to meet the needs and/or demands for child life services

    In the changing landscape of health care, child life departments have been forced to get creative with budgets, positions and staffing in order to meet the needs and/or demands for child life services. With the creation of child life fellowships, gaps in underserved populations can be filled. This webinar will discuss the process of creating and implanting child life fellowships as well as provide insight from a child life fellow about the benefits of fellowship post internship.

  • When the “Right” Words Seem to Hold Us Back:  Approaching Difficult Conversations with Confidence

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Engaging in difficult conversations is not solely about having the “right” words; it’s about how compassion, perspective, and words work together to create meaningful conversations. This webinar will focus on empowering professionals to feel equipped when navigating sensitive discussions with families at end of life. Through case examples and personal experiences from bereaved parents, effective child life and communication strategies will be explored.

    Engaging in difficult conversations is not solely about having the “right” words; it’s about how compassion, perspective, and words work together to create meaningful conversations. This webinar will focus on empowering professionals to feel equipped when navigating sensitive discussions with families at end of life. Through case examples and personal experiences from bereaved parents, effective child life and communication strategies will be explored.

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    an increased ability to identify and process difficult conversations related to children and families’ experiences at end of life

    additional knowledge on how to initiate conversations with a child and their family independently or collaboratively with a support team

    expanded insight on how joint efforts within a palliative care team benefit the child and their family

    further information regarding the role and responsibilities of the child life specialist when working with children and families at end of life

    Jennifer Smith

    MS, CCLS, CIMI

    Jennifer Smith earned her BS and MS in human development and family studies with a concentration in child life from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She completed her undergraduate child life internship at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, and her graduate child life internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  She began her career at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, where she worked for 6 years.  Jennifer is a currently a Child Life Specialist III providing child life services for patients and families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, where she has worked for 11 years.  She is an integral member of the Quality of Life Team and the Quality of Life Bereaved Parent Mentor Steering Committee.  

    Ashley Carr

    CCLS

    Ashley Carr earned her BS in child and family studies with an emphasis in child life from The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. She completed her child life internship at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD and began her career at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where she has worked for 11 years.  Ashley is currently a Child Life Specialist III, providing child life services to patients receiving bone marrow transplants and cellular therapy on the inpatient bone marrow transplant unit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. She is an integral member of the Quality of Life Team, facilitates clinical supervision and is a member of the planning committee for Schwartz Center Rounds.

  • The Effect of Directed Medical Play on Young Children's Pain and Distress During Burn Wound Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. 

  • The Impact of a Child's Illness on Family Coping: An Empirical Analysis

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. 

  • Finding Voice: A Literature Review of Narrative Interventions for Young Adults with HIV

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. 

  • Elevating Child Life Intervention in the Inner City

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. 

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. 

  • Participatory Learning: Asthma Camp as a Learning Space for Patients and Health Care Providers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. 

  • Animal-Assisted Interventions with Hospitalized Children with Cancer: A Case Description

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.