“You Want Me to Use a Comfort Position? Yes!”: Educating Others About Implementing a Comfort Position Mindset.
Comfort positions are recognized by child life professionals as an effective, low cost, and quick intervention for reducing stress during medical interventions for children and teens (Stephen, 1999). Despite research demonstrating these benefits, comfort positions can be misunderstood and underutilized by the medical community. Attendees will gain insight into how to implement comfort positioning into various medical settings.
“Not Your Typical Death Talk”: Beyond Textbook Death Disclosure
Children impacted by death will likely experience intense grief and mourning. Child life specialists are able to assist children, families, and the community throughout the bereavement process. A review of death disclosure strategies, and tools to extend child life services in bereavement support in the pediatric hospital, adult hospital, and the school setting.
Working With an Interpreter: Enhancing Communication with Limited English Proficient Patients and Families
The amount of limited English proficient (LEP) patients and families present in hospitals continues to grow. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the role and characteristics of a medical interpreter and how to enhance meaningful interactions with LEP children and caregivers.
When the “Right” Words Seem to Hold Us Back: Approaching Difficult Conversations with Confidence
DOMAIN: Intervention; 1.5 PDU's - Engaging in difficult conversations is not solely about having the “right” words; it’s about how compassion, perspective, and words work together to create meaningful conversations.
When Coping Styles Clash: A Pathway to Support Competing Coping Efforts
This presentation discusses strategies for supporting families that utilize competing coping efforts in response to stressors. Whether attempting to cope with new diagnoses or end-of-life, stress is a shared experience. With limited space and time to process at an individual level, patients and families may respond with clashing coping behaviors. This session explores the specialist’s role in supporting multiple coping strategies, and provides an effective tool for navigating these experiences.
When a Child Doesn’t Go Home: A Multidisciplinary Approach
This presentation will examine a multidisciplinary approach to caring for families being discharged from hospital post stillbirth, miscarriage, infant or child death, apprehension by child protective services, or adoption. Pediatric child life specialist and social worker have developed a new concept in how to collaboratively care for and support these families. This idea and its inception will be explored while also touching on what to be mindful of while working with this patient population.
What’s Your Story?: Narrative Interventions for Teens
Child life specialists may be challenged in planning therapeutic interventions to adequately meet the developmental needs of adolescent patients. Adolescent patient’s have a need for social comparison information and identity formation. This workshop will provide practical ideas for incorporating bibliotherapy and narrative medicine into practice to bridge this gap.
What do you mean we are closing the playroom? Solutions for programming during COVID-19Includes a Live Web Event on 01/29/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)
This webinar will discuss tactics and virtual programming ideas created by the entire team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Mission Bay. We will share our ideas, what worked and didn’t work in regards to virtual programming and socialization opportunities for patients and families during COVID 19. Suggested Domain: Intervention
What Do Kids Express Online About Illness?
This presentation will outline research conducted from analyzing 3.8 million online interactions about illness from pediatric patients. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Intervention
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