2018 Child Life Annual Conference: All Access Pass

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Get a front row seat for our 2018 Child Life conference sessions. This package offers the opportunity to earn 60+ PDU Credit with our 2018 conference recordings! Over 50 sessions - Over 60 hours! 

  • Beyond the Prep Book: Creating a Social Narrative Collection for Patient Preparation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Meeting the preparatory needs of children with diverse developmental profiles poses challenges for child life specialists. Limits of language, comprehension, and sensory-focused needs may limit the appropriateness of using traditional prep books to prepare patients for a procedure or admission. After learning how one hospital uses social narratives, participants will design and create their own narrative, and leave with tools to launch a library for their institution.

    Meeting the preparatory needs of children with diverse developmental profiles poses challenges for child life specialists. Limits of language, comprehension, and sensory-focused needs may limit the appropriateness of using traditional prep books to prepare patients for a procedure or admission. After learning how one hospital uses social narratives, participants will design and create their own narrative, and leave with tools to launch a library for their institution.

  • Exploring the Known: A Child Life Professional Exchange Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Child Life Professional Exchange Program gives experienced specialists the opportunity to spend a week embedded in another child life program in an effort to enhance personal and professional practice, learn new and innovative approaches to care and bring information back to their own hospital and clinical area. This unique model initially began with two hospitals and has since expanded over the last four years to include six hospitals as part of the annual professional exchange.

    The Child Life Professional Exchange Program gives experienced specialists the opportunity to spend a week embedded in another child life program in an effort to enhance personal and professional practice, learn new and innovative approaches to care and bring information back to their own hospital and clinical area.  This unique model initially began with two hospitals and has since expanded over the last four years to include six hospitals as part of the annual professional exchange.

  • Supporting the Mental Health Population on an Inpatient Pediatric Medical Unit

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will analyze the obstacles a medical unit met when working with the mental health population, including patient interventions and staff self-care. The presenters will discuss multidisciplianary collaboration and adapting services to better support this patient population as well as the medical team.

    This presentation will analyze the obstacles a medical unit met when working with the mental health population, including patient interventions and staff self-care. The presenters will discuss multidisciplianary collaboration and adapting services to better support this patient population as well as the medical team.

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Providing Interventions to Decrease Length of Treatment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs when an infant has prenatal exposure to certain drugs or medications. This presentation offers insight into an NAS support program at an urban hospital, and discusses symptoms and treatments of NAS, as well as interventions that promote positive coping for patients and families and that have been shown to decrease the length of treatment.

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs when an infant has prenatal exposure to certain drugs or medications. This presentation offers insight into an NAS support program at an urban hospital, and discusses symptoms and treatments of NAS, as well as interventions that promote positive coping for patients and families and that have been shown to decrease the length of treatment.

  • Connecting Clinical and Academic Worlds: Cultivating Future Child Life Specialists

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Certified Child Life Specialists are preparing for the certification eligibility transitions that lie ahead. Some clinicians are thinking of shifting to an academic role, others are preparing to mentor master’s level students, and academics are striving to add clinical skills to their teaching. This session is designed to offer knowledge, guidance, and connections to prepare for such transitions.

    Certified Child Life Specialists are preparing for the certification eligibility transitions that lie ahead. Some clinicians are thinking of shifting to an academic role, others are preparing to mentor master’s level students, and academics are striving to add clinical skills to their teaching. This session is designed to offer knowledge, guidance, and connections to prepare for such transitions.

  • Developing a Path to a Non-Intubated Scoliosis Cast Change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Cast correction for progressive infantile scoliosis is a non-surgical procedure that requires repeated intubation, spinal manipulation and cast application. This writer will discuss an initiative to eliminate frequent general anesthesia by assessing and preparing a patient to remain awake during this procedure, including facilitating parental support in the operating room. Video commentary from the surgeon, anesthesiologist and families will give insight into this complicated process and challenges will be discussed.

    Cast correction for progressive infantile scoliosis is a non-surgical procedure that requires repeated intubation, spinal manipulation and cast application. This writer will discuss an initiative to eliminate frequent general anesthesia by assessing and preparing a patient to remain awake during this procedure, including facilitating parental support in the operating room. Video commentary from the surgeon, anesthesiologist and families will give insight into this complicated process and challenges will be discussed.

  • A Therapeutic Camp Experience for Adolescent Cancer Survivors

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The present study utilizes a phenomenological approach to explore the meaning of the lived social experience for adolescent cancer survivors (ACS) attending a week-long summer oncology camp. This presentation will discuss the experiences of 16 ACS campers, who were interviewed about their social experiences and reasons why they attend an oncology camp, as well as the presenter’s experience as a researcher and observatory participant at camp.

    The present study utilizes a phenomenological approach to explore the meaning of the lived social experience for adolescent cancer survivors (ACS) attending a week-long summer oncology camp. This presentation will discuss the experiences of 16 ACS campers, who were interviewed about their social experiences and reasons why they attend an oncology camp, as well as the presenter’s experience as a researcher and observatory participant at camp.

  • Wake Me Up When My Wound Vac Ends: A Case Study of Ongoing Assessments and Collaboration

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This case study explores ongoing assessments and collaboration between child life and music therapy while promoted positive coping and psychosocial outcomes for an adolescent patient with a complex condition. The presentation will include information about the types of assessments, the interdisciplinary plan of care, interventions to address the patient’s psychosocial and developmental issues, and specific patient outcomes.

    This case study explores ongoing assessments and collaboration between child life and music therapy while promoted positive coping and psychosocial outcomes for an adolescent patient with a complex condition. The presentation will include information about the types of assessments, the interdisciplinary plan of care, interventions to address the patient’s psychosocial and developmental issues, and specific patient outcomes.

  • Let’s Play with Art: Using the Creative Process as an Assessment and Intervention Tool in Child Life Practice.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This workshop is designed to encourage a playful attitude toward viewing and using art that is backed by theory and technique. Assessing development and coping, how stress manifests in artwork, and a neurobiological perspective in the event of trauma will be explored. The relationship between symbolic process, early attachment, and spiritual and somatic aspects of illness in artwork will be discussed. Simple art interventions for the child life tool kit will be shared.

    This workshop is designed to encourage a playful attitude toward viewing and using art that is backed by theory and technique. Assessing development and coping, how stress manifests in artwork, and a neurobiological perspective in the event of trauma will be explored. The relationship between symbolic process, early attachment, and spiritual and somatic aspects of illness in artwork will be discussed. Simple art interventions for the child life tool kit will be shared.

  • Early Childhood Clinic: An Opportunity to Collaborate and Improve Early Intervention Services for Young Patients

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will explore one hospital’s initiation of a multidisciplinary clinic developed to help promote early intervention services during a child’s treatment for chronic illness. During the development and implementation of this clinic, interdisciplinary relationships were strengthened, coordination of care for patients and families was improved, and optimal services during this critical stage in a child’s development were provided.

    This presentation will explore one hospital’s initiation of a multidisciplinary clinic developed to help promote early intervention services during a child’s treatment for chronic illness. During the development and implementation of this clinic, interdisciplinary relationships were strengthened, coordination of care for patients and families was improved, and optimal services during this critical stage in a child’s development were provided.