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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/20/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This presentation aims to provide an overview and history of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), highlight the therapeutic benefits of the game, and explore how it can be utilized within the field of child life. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.5 PDU

    In recent years, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) has gained a lot of popularity, thanks to the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. However, D&D has been around for almost 50 years, providing its players with the opportunity to explore worlds full of magic, monsters, and adventure. This presentation aims to provide an overview and history of D&D, highlight the therapeutic benefits of the game, and explore how it can be utilized within the fields of child life and recreation therapy.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to understand basic gameplay and the rules of D&D. 

    - Participants will be able to identify the therapeutic and developmental benefits of children and adolescents playing D&D with a trusted adult. 

    - Participants will be able to connect how the therapeutic benefits of D&D coincide with several child life goals, such as self-expression, development, normalization, and social engagement.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 11/20/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 11/20/2027.

    Bridgette Danielson, MA, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Bronson Children's Hospital

    Bridgette Danielson has been working with children and families in a variety of capacities for 16 years. More specifically, she has been a CCLS since 2017. She started her child life career at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in an inpatient pediatric psychiatric facility and has since moved back home to be closer to family. She now works in the ER at Bronson Children's Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. Bridgette has presented on the topic of child life services and behavioral health to several colleges, child life departments, and conferences. She is also a published author in the academic textbook "The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings." In her free time, she loves being with family, reading, and playing board games... which led her to trialing Dungeons and Dragons with her behavioral health population!

    Lindsay Bedlion, CTRS

    Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Lindsay R. Bedlion, CTRS, is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in Recreational Therapy and has been working in the field since 2016.  She started her TR journey at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena Montana, working with children and youth from all over the state with a variety of mental health diagnoses. It was at Shodair where Lindsay first used theater interventions with the mental health population, collaborating with colleagues to help put on talent shows and theater performances with the kids to give back to the hospital staff. In 2018, Lindsay started working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, serving children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health issues in the residential program at their College Hill Campus. At CCHMC, Lindsay has had the opportunity to build on her knowledge and use of Trauma Informed Care and to focus on experiential therapy. In 2020, Lindsay started a therapeutic drama club for her clients, using the therapeutic power of drama in order to help clients learn appropriate social skills and improve self-esteem. She has a wide variety of professional interests, including drama therapy, horse and small animal therapy, the Congressional Award program, trauma-informed care, and working with children and adolescents.  

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/15/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will provide education related to recognizing varied traumatic stress responses and providing prompt and appropriate interventions in child life practice. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Assessment, Intervention 1.5 PDU

    Child life specialists often provide support to children who display post-traumatic stress symptoms during hospital visits due to the high prevalence of childhood traumatic stress. To identify and support these symptoms properly, the child life specialists will facilitate education related to recognizing varied traumatic stress responses and providing prompt and appropriate interventions in child life practice.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Assessment, Intervention

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to identify how their own life experiences have an impact on the psychosocial care they provide within the hospital setting. 

    - Participants will be able to acknowledge how trauma can impact the patient and family’s coping and recognize developmentally appropriate trauma responses.

    - Participants will be able to appropriately adapt interventions to meet the emotional safety needs of patients and families by proactively addressing trauma responses. 

    - Participants will be able to demonstrate problem-solving skills and flexibility when supporting patients whose trauma responses do not fall within the typical and/or expected trauma responses. 

    - Participants will be able to confidently operate within the child life scope of practice when working with trauma patients and families and reliably recognize when to refer or collaborate with other supporting disciplines.


    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 11/15/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 11/15/2027.


    Cortnee Miller, MS, CCLS

    Senior Certified Child Life Specialist

    Children's Hospital Colorado

    Cortnee Miller, MS, CCLS is Certified Child life Specialist currently working at Children’s Hospital Colorado on the inpatient rehab, ortho, and trauma unit. She has been certified for 8 years and is also a medical dog handler. In her specific role, Cortnee has supported a numerous amount of gunshot wound patients and their families ranging throughout all ages, each presenting with different child life needs. Cortnee began her work with this population 3 years ago when she encountered her first gunshot wound patient. Since her first experience, the number of gunshot wound patients continues to increase, almost on a weekly basis. Cortnee humbly admits the child life work with this population is evolving, as the pediatric firearm crisis continues in the US. Cortnee is committed to implementing changes and continuing the conversation around trauma support, discharge planning, and the unique psychosocial needs of patients affected by gun violence.

    Abbey Schaefer, MS, CTRS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    Children's Hospital Colorado

    Abbey Schaefer, MS, CCLS, CTRS is a certified child life specialist currently working on the inpatient surgical and trauma unit at Children's Hospital Colorado. She has been in the field for 3 years and is dually certified in both Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life. In her role, Abbey utilizes in-depth assessments to create trauma-informed care plans that allow patients and families to find a sense of safety following a traumatic event. Abbey is also passionate about health equity and inclusivity in the child life field and strives to incorporate this into her work with trauma patients and their families.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/06/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Learn about this hospital’s program that utilizes smoothies as a therapeutic intervention for patients admitted to a hematology/oncology floor. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.0 PDU

    Discover an innovative program at this hospital that's making a real difference for patients on the hematology/oncology floor. Using delicious and nutritious smoothies as a therapeutic intervention, this program tackles some of the biggest barriers to proper nutrition in the hospital environment. From the side effects of treatment to the high cost of healthy food, this program helps patients overcome these challenges and stay healthy during their hospital stay. With limited visitor policies and a lack of healthy food options, this program is a game-changer for patients and their families.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to identify 3 challenges related to nutrition that children with chronic illness face. 

    - Participants will be able to identify 3 smoothie-based therapeutic interventions. 

    - Participants will be able to identify the items needed to host a successful smoothie day in a hospital setting.


    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 11/6/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 11/6/2027.


    Taryn Johnson, CCLS

    Child Life Coordinator

    Norton Children's Hospital

    Taryn Johnson is a Child Life Coordinator at Norton Children’s Hospital. In addition to leadership responsibilities, she provides child life services to the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, serving an inpatient hematology, oncology and renal population. She has been working as a CCLS at Norton Children’s for over 14 years and currently also enjoys being a facility dog handler to a black lab named Luna.

    Erin Love, LMT

    Massage Therapist

    Norton Children’s Hospital

    Erin Love is a Licensed Massage Therapist at Norton Children’s Hospital. She has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 15 years. She currently works in her hometown of Louisville, KY, in the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, serving an inpatient hematology, oncology and renal population. Erin loves her family, dog and the color purple.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/23/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation will help participants apply the concepts of ambiguous loss to pediatric brain injuries and disorders of consciousness. Participants will understand common grief responses in siblings and caregivers of patients with a brain injury and disorder of consciousness, and various interventions to support a family’s grief processes. Participants will recognize psychosocial support across the multidisciplinary team as an invaluable aspect of family-centered care. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.5 PDU

    Following a pediatric brain injury, the entire family system is impacted. Siblings and caregivers of the patients often experience many changes, which can lead to feelings of grief and loss. Although the patient may be physically present, due to recovery or disorders of consciousness, ambiguous loss is commonly experienced. Certified Child Life Specialists can apply our knowledge of loss and grief to support siblings of patients who have suffered a brain injury.  Concurrently, social workers support caregivers coping with uncertainty and grief. This presentation will help participants apply the concepts of ambiguous loss to pediatric brain injuries and disorders of consciousness. Participants will understand common grief responses in siblings and caregivers of patients with a brain injury and disorder of consciousness, and various interventions to support a family’s grief processes.  Participants will recognize psychosocial support across the multidisciplinary team as an invaluable aspect of family-centered care.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to understand pediatric brain injuries and disorders of consciousness and apply the concepts of ambiguous loss. 

    - Participants will be able to identify unique challenges faced by siblings of patients with brain injuries and disorders of consciousness and identify 3 interventions to promote resiliency and post-traumatic growth.

    - Participants will be able to identify unique challenges faced by caregivers of patients with brain injuries and disorders of consciousness and identify a multidisciplinary approach to supporting caregivers’ coping.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 10/23/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 10/23/2027.

    Emily Montag, MS, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist III

    Kennedy Krieger Institute

    Jackie Newman, CCLS, MS

    Child Life Specialist III

    Kennedy Krieger Institute

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/09/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar presentation will explore the unique parent-child relationship developed throughout the hospitalization and life of extremely premature infants and the impact of that relationship on child development and future hospitalizations. Suggested Domain: Assessment, Intervention 1.5 PDU

    This webinar presentation will explore the unique parent-child relationship developed throughout the hospitalization and life of extremely premature infants and the impact of that relationship on child development and future hospitalizations.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment, Intervention

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will have an understanding of premature birth as a traumatic experience

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify risk factors of parent-perceived child vulnerability and the resulting negative impacts on child development 

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will understand premature birth as a valuable piece of information in the child life assessment 

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will have gained knowledge to promote positive parent-child relationships and coping when interacting with families with a history of extreme prematurity

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 10/9/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 10/9/2027.

    Claire Jennings, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

    Claire is a certified child life specialists in the NICU at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Claire is passionate about recognizing that a family's hospital journey sometimes starts during pregnancy. Collaborating with her colleagues at All Children's, Claire works to serve these patients and families as they transition from the NICU to the PICU and beyond.

    Maggie Teichmann, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

    Maggie is a certified child life specialist in the PICU at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Maggie is passionate about recognizing that a family's hospital journey sometimes starts during pregnancy. Collaborating with her colleagues at All Children's, Maggie works to serve these patients and families as they transition from the NICU to the PICU and beyond.

  • Contains 14 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 09/26/2024 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

    Providing students with excellent supervision is critical to advancing the child life profession. Whether you are preparing to supervise your first intern, or you have been supervising for years, building and advancing your supervision skill set is an imperative part of your professional journey. This course is composed of 6 modules over 6 weeks. The modules are a mix of independent and live learning components. Those who successfully complete the course will earn 7.5 PDUs (Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility) and a digital badge in recognition of Supervisory Excellence. Once purchased, no refunds will be provided. Please verify your availability for the 3 live section meetings (listed below) before purchasing the course. Cohort 5: September 19 to November 19, 2024 Registration is limited to 30 people Live section meetings will occur on the following dates/times (Please note these times are in Eastern Time): 1. Thursday, September 26, 2024 from 6-7:30pm ET 2. Thursday, October 17, 2024 from 6-8pm ET (last half hour optional) 3. Wednesday, October 30, 2024 from 6-7:30pm ET *You are required to attend all three live section meetings for successful completion of the course*

    Providing students with excellent supervision is critical to advancing the child life profession. Whether you are preparing to supervise your first intern, or you have been supervising for years, building and advancing your supervision skill set is an imperative part of your professional journey. This course is composed of 6 modules over 6 weeks. The modules are a mix of independent and live learning components. Those who successfully complete the course will earn 7.5 PDUs (Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility) and a digital badge in recognition of Supervisory Excellence. Once purchased, no refunds will be provided. Please verify your availability for the 3 live section meetings (listed below) before purchasing the course.

    Cohort 5:
    September 19 to November 19, 2024
    Registration is limited to 30 people
    Live section meetings will occur on the following dates/times (Please note these times are in Eastern Time):

    1. Thursday, September 26, 2024 from 6-7:30pm ET

    2. Thursday, October 17, 2024 from 6-8pm ET (last half hour optional)

    3. Wednesday, October 30, 2024 from 6-7:30pm ET

    *You are required to attend all three live section meetings for successful completion of the course*

    Course Objectives and Goals:

    • Build a community of clinical supervisors to enhance the confidence of emerging professionals in the child life field.
    • Create a standard curriculum and resources for clinical supervisors to develop effective child life internships.
    • Create an accessible platform for emerging clinical supervisors in the child life field through an interactive synchronous learning environment.

    I. Module 1: Course Overview - Getting Started in Internship Supervision (Live Component on September 7th from 6-7:30pm EST)

    II. Module 2: Assessing Self and Professional Perspectives of Students and Learning (Independent Learning)

    III. Module 3: Learning Styles (Independent Learning)

    IV. Module 4: Communication and Supervision (Live Component on September 28th from 6-8:00pm EST)

    V. Module 5: Tasks of an Internship (Independent Learning)

    VI. Module 6: Ethical Scenarios and Sustaining Connectivity (Live Component on October 12th from 6-7:30pm EST)

    Jenny Brandt (Moderator)

    MS, CCLS

    Emily Mozena (Moderator)

    MA, CCLS, CTRS

    Michelle Mathews (Moderator)

    MS, CCLS

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/25/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, the presenters will demonstrate the role of logic models in program evaluation and evolution. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 1.5 PDU

    Logic models are extremely useful tools for designing, delivering, and evaluating programs. They help to visually and thoughtfully depict the alignment of program goals, activities, and outcomes, as well as the necessary resources. In this webinar, the presenters will demonstrate the role of logic models in program evaluation and evolution. After the demonstration, participants will have the opportunity to create their logic model for their setting. This will help maximize efficiency and effectiveness, guide program growth and improvement, and increase the potential for success.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to describe the potential utility of a program logic model for a range of academic and clinical settings 

    - Participants will be able to reflect on the alignment of program goals, activities, and outcomes in their settings.

    - Participants will be able to identify data collection tools and approaches to assess various outcomes. 

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 9/25/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 9/25/2027.


    Ceilidh Eaton Russell, CCLS, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    McMaster University

    Ceilidh is a Certified Child Life Specialist, and an Assistant Professor in the Child Life and Paediatric Psychosocial Care Master’s program at McMaster University. She is also the Child Life Lead for Canadian Virtual Hospice, and a Research Fellow with the Association for Child Life Professionals. Since 2001, Ceilidh’s clinical work, research, and teaching have been focused on supporting children and families living with a child’s or parent’s serious illness, dying and death. Linking her passions for clinical support and research, Ceilidh was the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Dr. Jay’s Children’s Grief Centre where, for 5 years, she led program evaluation efforts grounded in the centre’s logic model and principles of responsive program design and delivery. Since then, Ceilidh has consulted with community agencies to develop and support program evaluations that integrate practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice, to meaningfully inform and optimize experiences and outcomes for clients, families, volunteers, and staff. 

    Cathy Humphreys, CCLS, MSc

    Assistant Dean

    McMaster University

    Cathy Humphreys is a Certified Child Life Specialist and the Assistant Dean of the Master’s in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Cathy has experience designing, developing, and evaluating programs throughout her career as a front-line CCLS and clinical Child Life Professional Practice Lead at McMaster Children’s Hospital, within her roles in the child life community (e.g. co-developing Upedia), and when co-developing Canada’s first child life Master’s program. She enjoys both strategic planning and diving into the weeds of projects to understand scope and needs, conceptualize systems, and evaluate impacts to enhance and maximize outcomes. Cathy has also served in committee and Board of Director roles within the Canadian Association of Child Life Leaders and Association of Child Life Professionals and currently serves as a committee leader within the Child Life Academic Society. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/11/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will explore pain theory, nociception, and the neuroscience behind non-pharmacological pain management techniques utilized by CCLS. Suggested Domain: Ethics, Intervention 1.0 PDU

    Pain is one of the most prevalent stressors that pediatric populations face during healthcare encounters (Kuttner, 2010). Certified child life specialists (CCLS) utilize a diverse set of non-pharmacological interventions to manage pediatric pain, but not all CCLS have a thorough understanding of why these interventions are effective (Bandstra et al., 2008). This session will explore pain theory, nociception, and the neuroscience behind non-pharmacological pain management techniques utilized by CCLS.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics, Intervention

    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to describe the basic foundations of Melzack and Wall’s gate control theory of pain and Melzack’s neuromatrix theory of pain. 

    - Participants will be able to summarize the basic components of the nociception process (e.g. transduction, transmission, modulation, and perception.) 

    - Participants will be able to explain how child life interventions utilizing physical input, such as Buzzy, ShotBlocker, or soothing touch, can reduce pain perception. 

    - Participants will be able to explain how child life interventions utilizing cognitive factors, such as distraction, coached breathing, or cognitive reframing, can reduce pain perception.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 9/11/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 9/11/2027.

    Rebecca Davis, MS, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist II

    Christus Children's Hospital

    Rebecca Davis has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at CHRISTUS Children’s level-III pediatric trauma center/emergency department in San Antonio, TX since 2021. That same year, she completed her clinical internship at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN. Rebecca received her MS in Child Life from Texas Woman’s University and her BAAS in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Wanting to play a more active role in the care of CHRISTUS Children’s trauma patients, she successfully advocated to become the psychosocial representative on her hospital’s trauma committee, where she initiated and is now co-leading a process improvement project to improve pain management practices for patients presenting to the ER with bone fractures. Rebecca’s areas of academic and clinical interest are centered around the neuroscience behind non-pharmacological pain management, emotional regulation, and childhood trauma. She has also proudly earned the reputation of "theory nerd" from her coworkers due to her passion for both well-known and lesser-known classical theories that form the foundation of Child Life practice. Outside of work, Rebecca spends her time swimming laps, practicing yoga, and trying to avoid the Texas heat!

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/21/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation is aimed to inform the profession of child life and its affiliates about the increasing frequency of pediatric firearm injuries and is useful for child life specialists, supervisors, and leaders to become more aware of assessment tools to address the emotional safety needs of affected patients, families, and communities at large. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Assessment, DEI​ 1.5 PDU

    Research continues to show an upward trend in pediatric firearms injuries and deaths, resulting in child life specialists being confronted with providing child life services at an increased rate to address this specific population’s unique and varying psychosocial support needs. This presentation is aimed to inform the profession of child life and its affiliates about the increasing frequency of pediatric firearm injuries and is useful for child life specialists, supervisors, and leaders to become more aware of assessment tools to address the emotional safety needs of affected patients, families, and communities at large.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Assessment, DEI

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Acknowledge the upward trend and increase in firearm injuries amongst the general pediatric patient population through research and data over the past five years. 

    - Recognize which pediatric patient populations are most at risk for experiencing a firearm injury and identify barriers in assessment amongst this population.

    - Apply current research to child life assessment for patients impacted by firearm injuries. 

    - Assess the varying emotional safety needs beyond the general scope of child life assessment related to the multifaceted effects a firearm injury has on patients, their families, and communities. 

    - Discuss future implications amongst child life specialists for assessment screening tools and more robust child life support.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 8/21/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 8/21/2027.

    Cortnee Miller, MS, CCLS

    Senior Certified Child Life Specialist

    Children's Hospital Colorado

    Cortnee Miller, MS, CCLS is Certified Child life Specialist currently working at Children’s Hospital Colorado on the inpatient rehab, ortho, and trauma unit. She has been certified for 8 years and is also a medical dog handler. In her specific role, Cortnee has supported a numerous amount of gunshot wound patients and their families ranging throughout all ages, each presenting with different child life needs. Cortnee began her work with this population 3 years ago when she encountered her first gunshot wound patient. Since her first experience, the number of gunshot wound patients continues to increase, almost on a weekly basis. Cortnee humbly admits the child life work with this population is evolving, as the pediatric firearm crisis continues in the US. Cortnee is committed to implementing changes and continuing the conversation around trauma support, discharge planning, and the unique psychosocial needs of patients affected by gun violence.

    Claire Simonsen

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Children's Hospital Colorado

    Claire Simonsen, BA is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Colorado and supports the Integrative Creative Care Department including Child Life, Creative Arts Therapy, Spiritual Care and Seacrest Studios. The research she facilitates is primarily focused on reducing distress and anxiety of pediatric patients with a variation of health conditions. She also supports program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives aimed to promote emotional safety,  enhance patient care, and provide education to patients, families and staff. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy in 2022 from Marist College and has worked at CHCO for over a year. Academically and professionally, she has worked on over a dozen research studies in psychology, philosophy, and child life, has presented at national conferences, and has worked in various healthcare and mental healthcare settings. She is dedicated to improving the mental wellness of pediatric patients, particularly those who have had adverse experiences, trauma, and who are in marginalized communities.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/07/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, the presenter will discuss detailed methods and interventions to engage comfortably and more frequently with individuals with autism in medical settings. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Assessment, Intervention, DEI 1.5 PDU

    The design of this session is to build the confidence of attendees to engage more comfortably and more frequently with individuals with autism. The goal is that attendees leave having gained a better understanding of common characteristics of autism to build a rapport with their patients, build on patient strengths and areas of interest, and support their individual and unique needs to provide the best care. Detailed methods and interventions will be presented, and time will be given for attendees to apply the knowledge during the session. Through the use of discussion and case examples, attendees will consider how to implement ideas in their medical settings to increase support and care for individuals with autism.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Assessment, Intervention, DEI
    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Confidently engage with and provide support to patients with autism and their families; - and increase the number and duration of interactions with patients with autism

    - Identify the importance of creating a sensory-supportive environment and implement two new ideas based on the evaluation of an environment and the needs of the individual

    - Implement 3 new strategies for communication/providing information, supporting development, and procedural step supports

    - Collaborate with nurses and/or full medical team to define benchmarks for and provide high-quality care, communicate information and interventions that are found to be supportive, and assist with gauging pain management and needs.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 8/7/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 8/7/2027.

    Jill Hudson, MS, CCLS

    Autism Specialist