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.

  • Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy Clinicians

    1.5 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/11/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    The Association of Child Life Professionals’ Strategic Framework identifies research as a vital aspect to strengthening the perceived value and awareness of child life. More child life specialists are being inspired to conduct their own research to contribute to the field’s growing evidence base. In this session, through demonstration and case examples, attendees will learn research methods that are clinically feasible to implement and relevant to child life practice. Participants will be provided with easy-to-follow resources that break down the process of conducting a clinical research study from start to finish.

  • Supporting Patients, Families and Staff at End of Life: A Framework for Success

    1.5 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/09/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    Evidence-based research suggests the importance of appropriate interventions to support patients, families and staff through these unique and challenging situations. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a bereavement committee within a medium sized child life department at a free-standing children’s hospital. Participants will be educated and empowered to enhance and advocate for bereavement services and support to staff.

  • Process improvements: applying “Elf” teamwork to manage holiday donations

    1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 11/04/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    This presentation will discuss the creation of a process to accept holiday donations and process improvement efforts to optimize that process.

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. 

  • Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy Clinicians

    1.5 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/11/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    The Association of Child Life Professionals’ Strategic Framework identifies research as a vital aspect to strengthening the perceived value and awareness of child life. More child life specialists are being inspired to conduct their own research to contribute to the field’s growing evidence base. In this session, through demonstration and case examples, attendees will learn research methods that are clinically feasible to implement and relevant to child life practice. Participants will be provided with easy-to-follow resources that break down the process of conducting a clinical research study from start to finish.

  • Child Life and Qualitative Research: A Perfect Partnership

    1.5 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/18/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will present key concepts of qualitative research and why these concepts fit so well with the roles and responsibilities of child life professionals. We will examine pivotal qualitative research in child life scholarship, and look at ways this kind of research can add to this scholarship. Lastly, this webinar will provide examples of potential research partnerships between child life specialists, medical, and psychosocial staff.

  • Supporting Infants at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A 2-Generation Care Model

    1.5 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 08/28/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    As a consequence of the opioid crisis, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has continued to rise. Recent research has highlighted the importance of supportive, non-pharmacological care, ideally provided through rooming-in of the family, as the first line of treatment for all infants with in utero opioid exposure and NAS. This presentation will offer insight from one hospital’s experience in caring for mother and baby together, using a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based strategies, and the child life role in this collaborative care model. The goals and outcomes of this quality improvement initiative will be shared, including data on reducing length of stay and need for medication and improving patient experience.