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  • Tragedy, Trauma, or Typical: the ethical impact of coping with the stressors of clinical healthcare delivery via personal creative exploration

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Regardless of the environment, healthcare clinicians partner with patients and families during their most intimate and vulnerable experiences. Some of these interactions fall under what most would consider typical or routine, but for many, healthcare experiences are filled with unexpected procedures, language barriers, mistrust, and anxiety. In the most extreme cases, patients receive life alternating diagnoses, experience trauma, or have their assumptions and expectations challenged by disease or injury. During this presentation, participants explore and challenge traditional definitions of creativity and identify potential methods of personal self-expression for the purpose of developing resiliency. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Regardless of the environment, healthcare clinicians partner with patients and families during their most intimate and vulnerable experiences. Some of these interactions fall under what most would consider typical or routine, but for many, healthcare experiences are filled with unexpected procedures, language barriers, mistrust, and anxiety. In the most extreme cases, patients receive life alternating diagnoses, experience trauma, or have their assumptions and expectations challenged by disease or injury. During this presentation, participants explore and challenge traditional definitions of creativity and identify potential methods of personal self-expression for the purpose of developing resiliency. 

    Objectives:

    Participants will be able to identify risk factors to practicing medicine with the physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of burnout and compassion fatigue. 

    Participants will be able to identify personal outlets of creativity including an expansion of traditional definitions of creativity. 

    Participants will be able to develop a plan to practice and reflect on these creative processes with an intention to develop courageous coping strategies to counteract burnout and compassion fatigue

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Ann Hannan

    MT-BC

    Ann Hannan is a board-certified music therapist with over 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience. She is affiliate faculty with the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics and completed her medical ethics fellowship with the FCME in 2016. Ann has presented on clinical ethics at the local, national, and international level and has written on ethics topics for the ACLP Bulletin.

  • Indigenous Perspectives in the Clinical Setting

    Contains 4 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 11/01/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Indigenous Perspectives in the Clinical Setting will examine key issues, themes, and practical information intended to better equip Child Life professionals to engage with Indigenous communities and individuals more successfully. This series will be made available to free for all our members and consists of four parts which break down central ideas. Each session is intended to be interactive and engaging. Opportunities to ask questions are encouraged both prior to and after sessions. Information is intended for Child Life professionals in all settings and attendance is encouraged for all members. Indigenous issues impact health facilities all over the United States, from the most rural facilities to large urban children’s hospitals. Each session is useful for all participants at both an interpersonal and programming level, helping to ensure equitable understanding of Indigenous issues and priorities cultivates better understanding within the healthcare setting.

    Indigenous Perspectives in the Clinical Setting will examine key issues, themes, and practical information intended to better equip Child Life professionals to engage with Indigenous communities and individuals more successfully.  This series will be made available to free for all our members and consists of four parts which break down central ideas.  Each session is intended to be interactive and engaging.  Opportunities to ask questions are encouraged both prior to and after sessions.  Information is intended for Child Life professionals in all settings and attendance is encouraged for all members.  Indigenous issues impact health facilities all over the United States, from the most rural facilities to large urban children’s hospitals.  Each session is useful for all participants at both an interpersonal and programming level, helping to ensure equitable understanding of Indigenous issues and priorities cultivates better understanding within the healthcare setting.


    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Num, for helping to provide this webinar programming free of charge for child life specialists. Num is a sterile topical anesthetic spray used to numb the skin prior to needle procedures. Num helps to reduce needle anxiety, eliminate contamination risk, and increase patient satisfaction. 

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    Chelle McIntyre-Brewer

    Michelle ‘Chelle’ McIntyre-Brewer is a graduate student at Northeastern State University pursuing a Master’s Degree in American Studies, having recently graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha, obtaining a Master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with dual concentrations in Cultural and Global Analysis and International Migration, Development, and Citizenship, as well as a minor in Native American Studies. Her Master’s research focused on Indigenous Medical Humanities, creating a toolkit for professionals in a clinical setting to have better relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals.  This work is a culmination of her own community and family experiences within the healthcare setting, especially impacted by experiences raising a child with a chronic/critical condition.  Her honors include the presentation of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian merit in the United States, by President Barack Obama, was selected the inaugural US Military Spouse of the Year for the Department of Defense, the American Red Cross Military Award, the Susquehanna University Alumni Medal, and the University of Nebraska’s Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Community Service Award, Red Cross Military Hero Medal, and the 2020 Helen Hansen Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Her passion for Indigenous research, particularly historic and intergenerational trauma, is attributed her own Cherokee heritage. Her work has been published by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Penn State College of Medicine, AUC Geographica, as well as others. She is a proud member of the Circle Legacy Center, the American Indian Society of Washington, DC, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  Her work is especially dedicated to her children, both patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her niece, Kenna Fay Brison.  

  • 2021 Professional Development Subscription

    Contains 23 Product(s)

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2021 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2021 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs. Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2021 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.

    This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2021 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2021 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs. 

    Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants  will retain access to live and on-demand 2021 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • Ethical Focus on Academic Programs and Clinical Internships: Increasing Diversity in the Profession

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/29/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this call to action workshop, we will examine the ethical responsibility of all Certified Child Life Specialists to become active agents in increasing diversity within our field. By examining historical professional contexts and standardized pathways to the field, we will explore ways in which we can shift the paradigm, developing a new kaleidoscope profession that mirrors the patients and families we serve. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    In this call to action workshop, we will examine the ethical responsibility of all Certified Child Life Specialists to become active agents in increasing diversity within our field. By examining historical professional contexts and standardized pathways to the field, we will explore ways in which we can shift the paradigm, developing a new kaleidoscope profession that mirrors the patients and families we serve.

    Identify barriers and challenges that impede the development of a diverse Child Life workforce.
    Identify solutions to overcoming implicit and explicit bias in classroom settings.
    Identify solutions to overcoming implicit and explicit bias in the internship application process.
    Develop individualized action plans to that facilitate bias-reduction in Child Life Practice.
    Develop individualized action plans that increase opportunities for underrepresented populations to enter the Child Life field.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Starlight, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.

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    Colleen Cameron

    CCLS

    Colleen Cameron is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University, focusing on the intersection of curriculum and practice. Cameron has held both clinical and supervisory positions at academic medical centers across the United States including the University of California and the State University of New York. Most recently, she completed her End of Life Doula training with INELDA with a focus on pediatric populations. Cameron currently serves on the Council for Disabiity Access and Inclusion at Syracuse University.
    Professor Cameron led the Department of Human Development and Family Science to become the first endorsed academic program by the Association of Child Life Professionals. Cameron’s contributions as an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals include functioning as an item writer for the Child Life Professional Certification Exam, serving as an Academic Program Reviewer, Wheelock College Academic Summit participant, Detroit Academic Summit participant, and also supported the form and function of academic meetings and track panning groups over the years.

    Professor Cameron has received numerous awards for her research in interdisciplinary approaches to pediatric pain management from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Pediatric Nurses, Pediatric Academic Society, and the International Association for the Study of Pain/ Pain in Childhood, and is the recipient of the Chancellors Award for Public Engagement at Syracuse University.

    Professor Cameron has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatrics and the International Journal of Play, and is published in the British Medical Journal, Child Life Bulletin, and the Cambridge Handbook of Play.  

  • ACLP Town Hall - October 19, 2021

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Join us for the upcoming ACLP Town Hall! Join us for the upcoming ACLP Town Hall. Hear about the state of the association, updates, and get your questions answered during the Q&A.

    Join us for the upcoming ACLP Town Hall. Hear about the state of the association, updates, and get your questions answered during the Q&A.

  • All of Me: The Impact of Intersectionality on Work as a Child Life Specialist

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Intersectionality is a term that was first used by professor Kimberlѐ Crenshaw in an article published in 1989. Intersectionality is used to describe how race, class, gender and other personal characteristics overlap within a person’s personality. These identities can create both advantages and disadvantages, or discrimination versus privilege. The history of the word intersectionality will be discussed, along with the evolution of the term. This webinar will include a panel of diverse child life specialists who will discuss the ways in which their individual aspects of intersectionality impact their work as child life specialists. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Intersectionality is a term that was first used by professor Kimberlѐ Crenshaw in an article published in 1989. Intersectionality is used to describe how race, class, gender and other personal characteristics overlap within a person’s personality. These identities can create both advantages and disadvantages, or discrimination versus privilege. The history of the word intersectionality will be discussed, along with the evolution of the term. This webinar will include a panel of diverse child life specialists who will discuss the ways in which their individual aspects of intersectionality impact their work as child life specialists.

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will gain an understanding of intersectionality, including the history of the term and current usage 

    2. Participants will learn how various child life specialists view intersectionality within their child life work 

    3. Participants will examine aspects of their own intersectionality and the impact that has on their work within the child life profession

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility


    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Bank Street Graduate School of Education, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.

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    Nikki Orkoskey

    MA, CCLS

    Nikki Orkoskey, MA, CCLS (she/her/hers) has been a child life specialist for more than 21 years. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of supporting patients who identify as LGBTQ+, more specifically youth who identify as gender diverse. She has a professional interest in diversity and how aspects of our diversity play out in our personal and professional lives. Nikki currently works at the Mazzoni Center, an organization that provides comprehensive health and wellness services to the LGBTQ+ community in Philadelphia, PA.

    Timmy Kuk

    Certified Child Life Specialist, MS, CCLS

    Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital

    Timmy Kuk, MS, CCLS (he/him/his) is a Child Life Specialist in at Nemours/A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Timmy has been a CLS for just over a year now in the Emergency Department. Timmy is involved with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion taskforce within the Emergency Department and strives to bring more DEI awareness for staff in conjunction to providing effective care to patients and families. Besides child life, Timmy also works as a Group Exercise Instructor and is a huge Marvel fanatic. He hopes to share his story to inspire diversity and inclusion for both students and clinicians within the child life community.

    Michelle N. Konnagan

    CCLS

    Michelle N. Konnagan, CCLS has been a certified child life specialist for 11 years. She has been in the child life field for over 17 years. She has a professional interest and experience working with children who have developmental disabilities and mental health diagnosis. Michelle currently works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as a PRN child life specialist. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two daughters. 

  • Behavioral Health Youth-In-Crisis in the PED: Child Life & Digital Art Therapy Collaboration

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how Child Life and Art Therapy collaborated to create a digital art therapy program for patients. Hear the results and how this program could be implemented at other sites. In this hospital’s PED, number of psychiatric illness-related visits continues an upward trend. Youth with behavioral issues experience long waits before mental health evaluation and treatment placement. In collaboration with Child Life and Art Therapy, pediatric patients with psycho-emotional needs are offered digital art therapy as a nonthreatening format for emotion regulation, self-expression, increased communication and receptivity to treatment. A study was conducted with 100 patients diagnosed with mood disorders, self-harm and suicidal ideation. Patients, utilizing a secure laptop computer, expressed what their journey looks like. The multidisciplinary collaboration in this hospital’s PED resulted in an increase of services and patient-centered care for this difficult population. Use of digital art therapy and mood assessment gave Child Life and PED staff a better understanding of the patients’ journey and affect states. The program provides pediatric patients with coping skills to decrease their anxiety, encourage self-expression, and lower the need for chemical and medical restraints, resulting in reduced stress in the healthcare team and a more supportive care environment. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Learn how Child Life and Art Therapy collaborated to create a digital art therapy program for patients. Hear the results and how this program could be implemented at other sites.

    In this hospital’s PED, number of psychiatric illness-related visits continues an upward trend. Youth with behavioral issues experience long waits before mental health evaluation and treatment placement. In collaboration with Child Life and Art Therapy, pediatric patients with psycho-emotional needs are offered digital art therapy as a nonthreatening format for emotion regulation, self-expression, increased communication and receptivity to treatment. A study was conducted with 100 patients diagnosed with mood disorders, self-harm and suicidal ideation. 

    Patients, utilizing a secure laptop computer, expressed what their journey looks like. The multidisciplinary collaboration in this hospital’s PED resulted in an increase of services and patient-centered care for this difficult population. Use of digital art therapy and mood assessment gave Child Life and PED staff a better understanding of the patients’ journey and affect states. The program provides pediatric patients with coping skills to decrease their anxiety, encourage self-expression, and lower the need for chemical and medical restraints, resulting in reduced stress in the healthcare team and a more supportive care environment.

    Objectives:

    Describe the multi-disciplinary collaborative components, benefits and challenges of Child Life and Digital Art Therapy in the PED.

    Identify the effective communication and intervention strategies utilized to meet the needs of behavioral health youth in crisis.

    Report the outcomes achieved through PED child life specialist’s assessment and referrals for effective digital art therapy sessions.

    Review and discuss the efficacy of the digital modality of art therapy as viewed through the eyes of patients via their consented self-expressions and associated mood outcomes.

    Demonstrate and explain uses of a mood meter application for behavioral health patients and healthcare providers; including its function as an emotional change tool and its strategic role for emotional regulation.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Christin Haughton

    MS, CCLS

    Christin Haughton, MS, CCLS : Child Life Specialist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Christin’s eleven-year experience as a CCLS includes nine years in a Level 1 Trauma center, seeing patients from newborn to age 24, treated and evaluated for medical illnesses and injuries, traumas, and behavioral health crises.

    Kendra Carlson

    MAAT, ATR-BC

    Art Therapist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Springfield College Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program. Kendra’s fourteen-year experience includes lifespan populations with a focus on adolescents and experience in chronic physical and mental illness. Developed and implements a grant-based digital art therapy program for behavioral health patients in crisis as well as hospitalized adolescents and children with co-morbidity diagnoses and trauma. Kendra supervises post-graduate students for art therapy registration and instructs courses including family art therapy, research, and substance use population.

  • 2021 ACLP Assessment Package

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    Looking to strengthen your assessment skills? This 5 webinar package offers participants the chance to drill down and fortify their assessment skills while earning 6.5 PDUs in the Assessment Domain.

    Looking to strengthen your assessment skills? This 5 webinar package offers participants the chance to fortify their assessment skills and earn 6.5 PDUs in the Assessment Domain. 

    This package contains access to the following webinars:

    1. Moving Beyond Theories that Guide Child Life (2021)
    2. Redefining the Rites of Passage: A Comprehensive Approach to Preparing Pediatric Patients for Adult Care (2021)
    3. Foundational Interventions of Child Life Practice: Using Theory & Assessment to Differentiate the Tools (2021)
    4. Child Life Care of Gender Expansive Youth (2020)
    5. Playing with Grief: Perspectives from two Child Life Specialists in Palliative Care (2020)
  • Foundational Interventions of Child Life Practice: Using Evidence & Assessment to Differentiate the Tools

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will revisit literature of child life theoretical framework and practice to distinguish the defining qualities and goals of medical play, psychosocial preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus. Discussion will include considerations for assessment of individual situations to encourage developmentally appropriate care and help identify clear rationale behind choices made. In addition, reviewing seminal writings and comparing them with current literature, practice, and more recent understanding of brain development will aim to support student supervisors and academicians as they teach students, perpetuating clarity and confidence in the work of a child life specialist. The author will discuss the fine, but important, difference between operationalized definitions of concepts often used in research settings and reconciling those definitions with individuals in everyday practice. Experiences of the author on a multidisciplinary research team and within the context of teaching students in the classroom and in clinical training will provide examples for attendees to consider and discuss. Finally, professional conversation regarding perspectives, experiences, and challenges will be prompted to encourage professional growth, understanding, and reflection surrounding these concepts. Suggested Domain: Assessment

    This presentation will revisit literature of child life theoretical framework and practice to distinguish the defining qualities and goals of medical play, psychosocial preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus. Discussion will include considerations for assessment of individual situations to encourage developmentally appropriate care and help identify clear rationale behind choices made. In addition, reviewing seminal writings and comparing them with current literature, practice, and more recent understanding of brain development will aim to support student supervisors and academicians as they teach students, perpetuating clarity and confidence in the work of a child life specialist. The author will discuss the fine, but important, difference between operationalized definitions of concepts often used in research settings and reconciling those definitions with individuals in everyday practice. Experiences of the author on a multidisciplinary research team and within the context of teaching students in the classroom and in clinical training will provide examples for attendees to consider and discuss. Finally, professional conversation regarding perspectives, experiences, and challenges will be prompted to encourage professional growth, understanding, and reflection surrounding these concepts.

    Objective 1 Participants will be able to review, examine, and discuss literature describing the differences and similarities between medical play and psychological preparation.
    Objective 2 Participants will be able to review, examine, and discuss literature describing the differences and similarities between distraction and alternative focus.
    Objective 3 Participants will be able to consider and practice assessing situations in which these interventions could be most appropriate and needed.
    Objective 4 Participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated group discussion about perspectives and questions related to differentiating medical play, psychological preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    Katherine Bennett

    MEd, CCLS

    Katherine Bennett, MEd, CCLS has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital since 2001. She has worked with children and families in the areas of operative surgery, community outreach/education, PICC, inpatient medicine with all age groups, and in the burn center. Currently, she serves as the educator for Child Life & Volunteer Services, planning and coordinating the clinical training experiences for emerging child life professionals, onboarding new employees, working with the department's clinical advancement program and providing education about the needs of children in healthcare settings to colleagues both in and outside the Vanderbilt community. She has written and presented at international conferences and in several published outlets about such topics as medical play and its impact, developmental theory applied to hospitalized children, and teaching child life in the clinical and university settings.

  • Applying Ethical Principles to Everyday Situations

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Assisting child life professionals with applying ethical principles to common situations that occur frequently in the work of a CCLS. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Assisting child life professionals with applying ethical principles to common situations that occur frequently in the work of a CCLS.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Lucy Raab

    MA, CCLS, Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics

    Leslie Daniels

    BA, CCLS, Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics