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  • 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), 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. 

  • 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), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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

    Jill Koss started as a child life specialist at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and 29 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 certification, serving as senior chair in 2009; she has been a mentor in Leadership Mentor Program; was previously on the board of directors, and is currently the president of ACLP. Jill has an MS in child development from Texas Woman's University.

    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. 

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback- Strengthening Your Skills Through Intentional Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will explore common barriers to giving and receiving feedback, and offer practical solutions toward incorporating feedback in your daily interactions.

    This webinar will explore common barriers to giving and receiving feedback, and offer practical solutions toward incorporating feedback in your daily interactions.

    Participants will gain an understanding of:
    -The importance of feedback The biological roots of feedback avoidance
    -Common feedback misconceptions
    -An effective feedback model to utilize in daily practice
    -How re-framing feedback increases effectiveness

    Cristie Suzukawa Clancy,

    Cristie Clancy holds a Bachelor's degree inChild and Family Studies, a Master's in Child Life, and is a Certified Child Life Specialist practicing for 20 years. Currently a Child Life Lead at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Cristie provides supervises a team of 14. She is responsible for leading competencies, education, and onboarding for child life specialists. She has previously worked with the ACLP Mentor and VRE Committees. 

  • To Tell a Story: Exploring Child Life Global Engagement

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this webinar, you'll hear the story of our ALCP President Stephanie Hopkinson as she shares her wisdom on how to be engaged globally. She has completed several missions with Operation Smile, co designed and facilitated a train the trainer 4 day intensive with two celebrated child life leaders in Bangkok, Thailand for ACLP, worked in Doha Qatar as child life clinical educator and is currently the Senior Child Life Manager in Kuwait. Bring your curiosity and sprit of inquiry to listen to lesson learned, gain insight and identify strategies to begin and/or add to your global story.

    In this webinar, you'll hear the story of our ALCP President Stephanie Hopkinson as she shares her wisdom on how to be engaged globally.  She has completed several missions with Operation Smile, co-designed and facilitated a train the trainer 4 day intensive with two celebrated child life leaders in Bangkok, Thailand for ACLP, worked in Doha Qatar as child life clinical educator and is currently the Senior Child Life Manager in Kuwait.  Bring your curiosity and sprit of inquiry to listen to lesson learned, gain insight and identify strategies to begin and/or add to your global story. 

  • Rethinking the Cloth Doll: Creative Adaptations of a Foundational Child Life Tool for Teen Patients

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The cloth doll is an important tool in child life interventions for patients of all ages and cultures. Beyond the traditional uses of the cloth doll for preparation and medical play, through creative adaptations the therapeutic benefits of cloth dolls can be extended for wider clinical use with teen patients.

    The cloth doll is an important tool in child life interventions for patients of all ages and cultures. Beyond the traditional uses of the cloth doll for preparation and medical play, through creative adaptations the therapeutic benefits of cloth dolls can be extended for wider clinical use with teen patients. These adaptations expand unique education and learning opportunities, encourage self-expression, foster inspiration, and build community among patient peers.  This session will focus on the impact of illness on adolescents using the ecological systems theory, and the sharing of information and resources to help other professionals adapt and implement this practical, play and creative arts inspired cloth doll activity to facilitate and support adolescent inpatients and outpatients. Individual examples of patient created work will be shared to highlight the diverse range of applications for the basic cloth doll.