• Yours, Mine or OURS? The Shared Responsibility of Providing Disability Competent Care

    All child life specialists will encounter patients and families with disabilities. As with any other cultural group, child life specialists need to be prepared to provide culturally-competent care individualized to the needs of these patients and families. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Ethics

  • Who's the Boss: Ethical Considerations When Caregivers Decline Preparation

    When caregivers decline preparation for healthcare events, child life specialists are tasked with balancing the primacy of patient and family centered care with our professional judgment rooted in evidence-based practice. We will discuss the inherent delicacy of this balance, including considerations for decision-making and specific strategies for ensuring caregivers are assisted in making safe and informed choices. Suggested Domain: Ethics

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

    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

  • The Ethics of Working in Patients' Homes and in the Community: Considerations for Community-Based Child Life (2020)

    Child Life professionals follow a code of ethical principles guided by the Association of Child Life Professionals’ mission, vision, values statements and operating principles. In our modern world, child life practice is expanding and growing every day beyond the hospital and into the community. When providing home-based and community-based child life sessions, professionals are guided by the same ethical principles as their hospital-based colleagues, but in homes and community-based settings, they face different boundary issues and challenges. This webinar explores common ethical concerns faced in home-based and community-based child life and shares insights and strategies to apply ethical principles and gain competence in navigating each situation. Participants will be able to: • identify unique insights that home sessions can provide for child life patient assessments. • identify common ethical issues and challenges that arise during home sessions. • apply appropriate personal and professional ethics when facing ethics and boundary issues during home and community sessions. • develop competence in navigating ethical situations in the home and community setting. Suggested Domain: Ethics Recording date: 2020

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families: The Role of Child Life

    Exploration of the role of child life when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. A comprehensive look at the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity, mental health, and overall healthcare experiences. Presenter will focus on developmental theory, language, cultural competency, and gender affirmative healthcare. Presenter will offer tools to anticipate and identify psychosocial stressors, developmental needs, and co-occurring mental health issues. Information on how child life can mitigate such stressors through awareness and advocacy, and help patients and families become more resilient. Finally, the webinar will discuss the importance of connection in terms of promoting health and wellness for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Suggested Domain: Ethics

  • Supporting Children from Diverse Cultures

    As healthcare becomes a growing global enterprise, families are increasingly seeking care internationally. This session aims to identify the impact of culture on providers’, parents’, and children’s coping during healthcare experiences.

  • Such a Fine Line: Balancing Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Boundaries (2016)

    There is a fine line when balancing the role of professional boundaries in developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships. Through the use of case examples, staff testimonials, and group discussion, participants will have an opportunity to explore methods to create, maintain and encourage professional boundaries in their daily work and within their institution. Recording date: 2016

  • Research Findings on Child and Parent Communication Preferences for Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis Disclosure

    Child life specialists foster trust by communicating with children in a developmentally appropriate way throughout the treatment trajectory. Developmental theory underscores the necessity of trust for communication, yet limited research supports the facilitation of intentional conversations related to diagnosis and prognosis. This presentation will report research findings on child and parent communication preferences, which will empower child life specialists to advocate for honest developmentally appropriate information throughout a patient’s treatment.

  • Not Can We, but Should We?: Ethical Considerations in Fetal and Perinatal Bereavement Interventions (2016)

    Dignity and respect are essential to therapeutic bereavement support. Presenters will share iiia standard of care supporting ethical child life programming in fetal and perinatal loss. Case presentations, group discussion, and lecture will guide participants to understand ethical inventions for grieving families and explore self-care strategies. Recording date: 2016

  • Incorporating Youth Voice into the Research Process

    In this webinar, we will discuss how to integrate youth voice into the research process. The webinar will focus on the principles of youth participatory action research (YPAR). The webinar will demonstrate the spectrum of YPAR and how to--in a variety ways--involve youth and youth voice into the research process. Additionally, the webinar will discuss potential ethical dilemmas of involving youth voice and ways to overcome these obstacles. Suggested Domain: Ethics This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming