Professional Development for Your Experience Level

Whether you've just landed your first job as a child life specialist or you've been in the profession for years, we know that professional development is critical. ACLP is committed to offering our members high-quality, relevant and accessible professional development that meets your needs where ever you are in your career journey. 

Emerging Professional Webinars

Looking to develop and expand upon your foundational skills? Our Emerging Professionals webinars are perfect for child life specialists with 0-7 years experience. This group of live and on-demand webinars are designed for participants taking their first steps into child life and looking to develop and improve their skill base.

  • The ABC's of Understanding Emotional Responses: Attunement, Brain State, and Connection

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/11/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Child life specialists are often called upon to help children in the midst of upset. How can we better understand what’s behind these emotional responses? This presentation will examine the three brain states and how to interpret children’s emotional responses and employ new skills which strengthen attunement and build connection. Practical skills that demonstrate positive intent, composure, empathy, and encouragement will help participants build strong connections and attunement with children and families by applying knowledge of the brain state model. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming.

  • Proactive and Preventative Strategies for Use with Patients with Behavioral Health Needs

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor: Diversity in the Workplace

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Diversity, beyond observable differences, triggers emotional labor on both the individual and team level. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

Established Professional Webinars

Hoping to stay sharp? Our Established Professionals webinars are targeted to child life specialists with 7+ years experience. This group of live and on-demand webinars are designed for participants who have substantial experience in the field who are looking to build upon their strong existing skill base, and continue to develop management and leadership skills. 

  • Proactive and Preventative Strategies for Use with Patients with Behavioral Health Needs

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor: Diversity in the Workplace

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Diversity, beyond observable differences, triggers emotional labor on both the individual and team level. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

  • Promoting Social Inclusion for Children in Healthcare: Implications for Child Life Practice

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    The provision of psychosocial care for children in healthcare is the primary goal of the child life specialist. Given that children with chronic illnesses and special healthcare needs are more likely to experience social exclusion in comparison to their healthy peers, a critical assessment of child life practice in this regard is merited. This webinar will explore current understandings, pediatric terms, and concepts associated with social inclusion and children within healthcare populations. Research conducted by the presenters will provide additional information about what we currently know about social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and disabilities. This discussion will provide the basis upon which to examine child life goals and practices. At the end of the presentation, we will invite attendees to share their thoughts and clinical experiences regarding efforts that can promote greater social inclusion for these children. Suggested Domain: Intervention