Upcoming Live Webinars
Insights and Wisdom: Global Engagement in Child Life
A panel of child life specialist and leaders will share their insights, wisdom and lessons learned from their work globally. Join ACLP President, Stephanie Hopkinson, ACLP President-Elect, Jill Koss, Patrice Brylske, Eugene Johnson, and Catherine Reily Boland to learn from their stories and the amazing work they are doing or have done to promote child life, psychosocial practice and child friendly approaches in healthcare around the world.
Red Light, Green Light: Respecting the guardrails, navigating the traffic, and avoiding the potholes of professional boundariesIncludes a Live Event on 02/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)
Maintaining strong professional boundaries within therapeutic relationships is critical for the emotional well being of both child life professionals and the patients they serve. While students and emerging professionals are repeatedly educated on the need for limit setting with patients, instruction on how to implement these actions is far more scarce. This webinar briefly summarizes the current research on therapeutic boundaries and limit setting, highlighting the evidence supporting the need for these professional competencies. The remainder of the time focuses on exercises that help professionals develop self-awareness and determine appropriate interactions. The webinar also describes activities that can be used by providers in supervisory roles model self-reflection for students and new professionals.
Expanding Child Life Services: Creating a child life position to work specifically with parents and siblings in a hospital settingIncludes a Live Event on 02/20/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)
When a child is hospitalized due to illness or injury the entire family is affected. As a quality of family-centered care, Child Life specialist aim to promote positive coping and decreased anxiety in patients and their families. Unfortunately, due to lack of Child Life positions and funding, pediatric hospitals are not adequately staffed to provide services to all patients and families.
Virtual Medicine: How Virtual Reality is Easing Pain, Calming Nerves, and Improving Health the Drug-Free WayIncludes a Live Event on 03/06/2019 at 2:30 PM (EST)
Not so far in the future, in lieu of popping a pill, clinicians might prescribe a virtual beach vacation to ease aches and pains. Cardiologists might offer scenic tours of Icelandic fjords to lower blood pressure, instead of doubling up on drugs. Hospitals might immerse children in fantastical play lands while they receive chemotherapy or undergo frightening medical tests. It’s all starting to happen now because of virtual reality (VR). For decades, scientists in elite universities have been quietly discovering the surprising health benefits of VR for ailments ranging from burn injuries, to stroke, to acute stress. Over 3000 studies reveal that VR has an uncanny ability to block pain, calm nerves and boost mental health without drugs and their unwanted side effects. But the technology has been too expensive, unreliable and unwieldy for the research to translate beyond the pages of academic journals and doctoral dissertations… until now. Explosive advances in delivering low-cost, portable and high-quality VR to the masses has spawned a field called Medical VR. In this lecture, Dr. Spiegel will describe frontline stories of using VR in over 3000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and will review his lab’s latest clinical research, including a recent randomized controlled trial testing VR in the hospital setting. The lecture will also review their new research using VR for blood pressure management, opioid reduction, and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai. Two lucky registrants of this webinar will win free conference registrations to the 2019 Conference on Virtual Medicine. To learn more about this conference, please visit https://www.virtualmedicine.health/
Scope of Practice in the Profession of Child LifeIncludes a Live Event on 04/22/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of scope of practice, including definitions and history of the phrase, use of the phrase in health care and current standards for scope of practice as established by ACLP. The interface between scope of practice and ethical practice will be examined and examples will be provided of challenging situations faced by child life professionals.
Implementing a Child Life Clinical Lead ProgramIncludes a Live Event on 04/24/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
This webinar will describe the development and implementation of a Clinical Lead Program in response to employee engagement scores, lack of professional development opportunities, and Child Life Director needing more leadership support.
Meta-parenting among parents of hospitalized childrenIncludes a Live Event on 05/13/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
This webinar will explore the family systems perspective and parenting practices. We will discuss the concept of meta-parenting (how parents think about their parenting), and further investigate how parenting practices or meta-parenting might be different for the parents of children in the hospital. We will explore what factors might contribute to parenting differences and what the implications of parenting differences might be for children and families. We will conclude by discussing how child life can potentially educate, or play a role in supporting families, parents and children.
Okay, so What's Next?: Successfully Navigating MidCareer Transition, Advancement and DevelopmentIncludes a Live Event on 05/22/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
The current job market in the child life profession is highly competitive. While much attention has been given in recent years to aiding new child life specialists as developing professionals, there is limited support for those who have mastered basic competencies and want to expand beyond their first job. The current presentation aims to empower emerging (and established) professionals who are evaluating their professional growth and providing expertise on how to identify it is time for a career transition as well as how to be successful in a new role as a child life specialist with experience. Building on personal experience, the presenters will highlight: strategies that identify influences contributing to role change; finding areas for growth within current roles; how to identify the right new position; approaches to successfully integrate oneself into a new team; and finally, a discussion on factors that can increase longevity in the field of child life as whole.
A Crash Course on Reading and Interpreting Empirical Research ArticlesIncludes a Live Event on 06/10/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
This webinar will provide an introduction to reading and interpreting empirical research articles related to the child life profession, with a focus on identifying rigorous research studies. Current research articles will be discussed, including analyses of articles written by Certified Child Life Specialists.
Pushing our Professional Paradigm: Developing Data-Driven Teams and PracticesIncludes a Live Event on 06/12/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
High quality healthcare practices are derived from the careful and conscientious application of evidence to improve patients and family experiences and outcomes. However, in the child life profession, the demands of clinical responsibilities, student and employee supervision, and program administration can seem to leave little time in the day for systematic data collection, evaluation, and application. Therefore, this webinar will explore the importance of efficiently integrating data collection and analysis opportunities into existing child life programming to achieve clinical, academic, administrative, and research goals. Through inquiry and case examples, participants will identify opportunities for integrating intentional data acquisition and management practices to cultivate a data-driven culture of child life practice.
You Can't Pour from an Empty Bucket: Stress & Self-Care in the Child Life ProfessionIncludes a Live Event on 08/12/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
This webinar will explore the stressors and personal risks inherent in the child life profession and other caring professions, will discuss the research & current theory and practice surrounding compassion fatigue, burnout, & stress, and will discuss research and best practices for self-care in the child life profession.
Supporting Infants at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A 2-Generation Care ModelIncludes 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.
Helping Kids Succeed: Communication between Home and School when Children have a Chronic IllnessIncludes a Live Event on 09/16/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Chronic illness interferes with all areas of child development and growing numbers of children with chronic illness are attending school. Educators need to understand the child’s condition, including treatments and medications, and potential effects these may reasonably be expected to have on academic and behavioral functioning of the student in the classroom. Effective communication between parents and teachers is essential to understand the impact of chronic illness on a child’s development and school experiences so appropriate supports and instruction can be provided. This research supports the need for increased advocacy to support parents of a child with chronic illness in communicating their child’s needs. With the expanding world of healthcare and child life, child life specialists may find new roles in advocating for and assisting with meeting the needs of children with chronic illness in educational settings.
Child Life and Qualitative Research: A Perfect PartnershipIncludes 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.
A Call for Culture Change and Re-prioritization of Our Most Vulnerable Patient: Establishing Neurodevelopmental Protection for the NeonateIncludes a Live Event on 10/14/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
At this institution prioritization is often given to patients who are three to seven years old. This has led to a disparity in providing appropriate care for the neonatal population. New research on the short and long term consequences of common procedures and interventions performed on hospitalized infants led this hospital to implement evidence-based guidelines utilizing multi-modal strategies for neonatal pain management and promotion of healthy neurodevelopment.
HIV and Youth: Ethical Concerns Regarding DisclosureIncludes a Live Event on 10/16/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Although medical advancements in HIV care are paramount, stigma and discrimination remain overarching barriers to those affected. These barriers play a significant role in deciding the appropriate time to disclose a positive HIV status to a perinatally infected child. This presentation will include a case study discussion in order to unpack the numerous ethical concerns faced in multi-disciplinary HIV care, especially regarding youth disclosure.
Process improvements: applying “Elf” teamwork to manage holiday donationsIncludes 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.
Supporting Patients, Families and Staff at End of Life: A Framework for SuccessIncludes 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.
Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy CliniciansIncludes 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.