2019 Child Life Annual Conference: All Access Pass

Get a front row seat for our 2019 Child Life conference sessions. This package offers the opportunity to view over 40 sessions from our 2019 conference and earn more than 45+ PDUs. 

  • Considering the Caregiver: Techniques for Assessment, Empowerment, and Attachment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Evidence has shown the impact that caregiver coping skills and anxiety have on a child's ability to cope. In this presentation presenters will share resources, tools, and discuss their experiences empowering caregivers in the hospital and beyond

    Evidence has shown the impact that caregiver coping skills and anxiety have on a child's ability to cope. In this presentation presenters will share resources, tools, and discuss their experiences empowering caregivers in the hospital and beyond. This workshop will walk through caregiver assessment, collaboration with other disciplines, evidenced-based practice, and a unique resource created by presenters to promote attachment and family bonding. 

    Objectives: Apply current research surrounding caregiver stress and challenges within the hospital setting.
    Gain insight into the unique practice of caregiver assessment
    Identify and implement ways in which the psychosocial care team and provide unique and meaning interventions for caregivers Identify resources within their hospital and be empowered to find creative tools to overcome challenges when working with caregivers

    Camille E. Fraser

    CCLS

    Camille Fraser, MS, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist working with the cardiology population at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Within this role, she works in the outpatient cardiology clinic, the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, and the cardiac step-down unit. She has been a child life specialist for four years and has also worked in acute care, and PRN roles. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in family relations from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Master of Science degree in child life from Bank Street College of Education in New York, New York. Her master’s thesis discusses the ways in which child life specialists and music therapists can support infants in forming secure attachments to caregivers in the hospital setting. In addition to practicing child life, she is also an adjunct professor teaching child life courses at Lipscomb University.

    Dana Kim

    CCLS

    Dana Kim, MA, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and business minor before pursuing an equivalency degree and Master of Arts in music therapy through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Dana has a wide range of clinical experience working with children and adults with disabilities and/or medical and psychiatric conditions. She uses clinical and evidence-based music interventions to help both patients and families cope with hospitalization, manage anxiety, alleviate pain, express feelings, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

    Dana’s research interests include attachment, bonding, and procedural support. In 2017, Dana completed a prospective, randomized controlled trial exploring the effects of a music therapist-designed listening program on intraoperative blood pressure, heart rate, and need for pain/anxiety medication, as well as postoperative pain and patient satisfaction during vitrectomy surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Dana currently serves on the nominating committee for the Tennessee Association of Music Therapists and is nominated for a position on the Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association Assembly of Delegates. Dana has also taught undergraduate music therapy courses at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Allison Caroline Leidy

    CCLS

    Allie Leidy, MA, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist working with the hematology/oncology population at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been a child life specialist for two years. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in child life from The University of Akron.

    Kelsey Lownds

    CCLS

    Kelsey Lownds, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT is a board-certified music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She provides services to all inpatient units. Kelsey has been a music therapist for over four years and has also worked with children with special needs, older adults, early childhood, and in adolescent/adult mental health. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, doubling majoring in music from Centre College and she also has a Master of Music degree in music therapy from the University of Kentucky. Kelsey is the co-author of the Pediatric Medical Music Therapy chapter in the new AMTA Introductory textbook, published author in Imagine Early Childhood Magazine, and a national and international conference presenter. In addition to practicing music therapy, she was an adjunct professor teaching music therapy courses at Belmont University in the fall of 2018.

  • Defining Legacy: A study of Pediatric Patients, Parents, and Providers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Legacy is more than a hand mold, yet current research has done little to define what a legacy can be, contain, and accomplish. Therefore, this presentation will detail the results of a qualitative study about the legacy perceptions of pediatric healthcare providers, hospitalized children, and their caregivers

    Legacy is more than a hand mold, yet current research has done little to define what a legacy can be, contain, and accomplish. Therefore, this presentation will detail the results of a qualitative study about the legacy perceptions of pediatric healthcare providers, hospitalized children, and their caregivers. By exploring how these groups understand legacy, child life professionals can inform, improve, and individualize legacy interventions.

    Objectives:
    Participants will review the current research base concerning legacy theories and legacy building interventions.
    Participants will consider the ways in which legacy concepts and theories function in a multidisciplinary pediatric hospital environment.
    Participants will identify similarities and differences in conceptions of legacy across pediatric healthcare providers, pediatric patients, and their caregivers.
    Participants will explore the implications of this research for legacy building interventions in child life practice.

    Sophie Apple

    CCLS

    Sophie attended Vanderbilt for both her undergraduate and masters degree and recently received her M.Ed. In Applied Child Studies. She completed her internship at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in August 2018. Sophie has a passion for research in the field of child life and spent much of her time in school and beyond working on research in the area of legacy building interventions at the end life

    Jessika Boles

    PhD, CCLS

    Jessika Boles, PhD, CCLS is a child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has nearly ten years of clinical experience, in addition to several years of academic and research training in applied child development, education, and psychology. She has published work in various medical and psychosocial journals, and has presented at national and international conferences in child development, psychology, education and child life. In her spare time, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to working with children and families in hospitals and research methods, and is currently serving as the chair of the Academic Review Committee of the Association of Child Life Professionals.

    Kristen Brady

    CCLS

    Kristen Brady is a Certified Child Life Specialist working in the Outpatient Clinics at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Child Development from Vanderbilt University in 2016 and her Master's of Education in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Her research interests include legacy-building in hospital settings and young children's ability to learn social emotional skills through technology.

  • Implementing a Hospital-Wide Roll Out: A Proactive Approach to Supporting Patients with Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Children with developmental disabilities experience anxiety in medical settings. Appropriate training and a comprehensive program for support is needed to decrease anxiety-based responses and increase opportunities for preventative care for those patients

    Children with developmental disabilities experience anxiety in medical settings. Appropriate training and a comprehensive program for support is needed to decrease anxiety-based responses and increase opportunities for preventative care for those patients . This presentation will outline how one children's hospital implemented a hospital-wide program using quality improvement methodology. 

    Objectives:
    Identify the unique needs of patients with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges in the health care setting.
    List specific strategies that have been shown to be effective when working with this population.
    Describe how to implement a program to address the complex needs of these children using electronic medical records and other resources available.
    Increase awareness of the challenges and barriers to implementing a hospital-wide program of this nature.

    Lina Patel

    Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Lina Patel, PsyD is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, practicing at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Patel is the Director of Psychology for the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome, a multidisciplinary consultative clinic coordinating care for infants, children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome. She provides consultation with schools, parent training regarding the management of challenging or unsafe behaviors, evaluation for dual diagnoses (Down syndrome and Autism), toilet training, and desensitization to medical devices (such as hearing aids and CPAP) and procedure-related distress. Outside of her clinical work, she has presented to numerous organizations across the country and internationally. She also conducts research on clinical issues impacting those with Down syndrome.

    Dr. Patel received her bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She received her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship training at Boston University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

    Jennifer H Staab

    CCLS

    Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Jennifer has worked as a child life specialist for 10 years in a variety of areas. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Supervisor and Research and Quality Improvement Specialist for the Child Life Department. She served as the chair of the Evidenced-Based Practice Committee for the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) (2011-2013), the Research and Scholarship Committee for the ACLP (2015-2016), and the Proposal Subcommittee for the ACLP’s Scientific Advancement of Professional Practice (2016-2018). Jennifer has given numerous professional presentations. She has presented at ACLP’s Annual Conference for Professional Issues (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2017) and the Children’s Hospital Associations Annual Conference (2013 & 2018). Her research interests include identifying the factors associated with children experiencing elevated distress in a healthcare setting and evaluating the efficacy of child life services. She has published two studies. One on assessing pediatric patients for psychosocial risk and one on the efficacy of child life preparation and support in the Emergency Department

  • The Building Blocks of Resilience: Educational, Individual, and Workplace Strategies for Constructing Professional Well-Being

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Participants will be able to recognize the potential effects of child life work on personal and professional life. In addition, participants will be able to explore strategies to strengthen and support their own resiliency and discuss efforts to create positive change both individually and within their organization

    Participants will be able to recognize the potential effects of child life work on personal and professional life. In addition, participants will be able to explore strategies to strengthen and support their own resiliency and discuss efforts to create positive change both individually and within their organization. Lastly, the audience will be able to understand strategies to cultivate compassion satisfaction and nurture vicarious resilience. 

    Objectives:
    Explore the potential effects of child life work on personal and professional life.
    Explore strategies to strengthen and support their own resiliency and discuss efforts to create positive change within an organization.
    Understand strategies to nurture vicarious resilience.

    Cara Calderon

    CCLS

    Cheryl P. Lawrence

    CCLS

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Somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD) are a group of mental health disorders occurring in all patient populations. Typically considered outside of the child life scope of practice, child life specialists can play an instrumental role in streamlining support and diagnosis. Participants will learn how to recognize SSRD through the child life assessment, adapt care plans, and create resources to improve patient care and benefit hospitals fiscally. Learning Objectives: Discuss factors that indicate that a patient may have somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD) when completing a child life assessment. Explore a modified child life care plan which supports patients with suspected or diagnosed SSRD. Examine how the child life role on the interdisciplinary team improves optimal patient care for SSRD and benefits the hospital system-wide.

Somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD) are a group of mental health disorders occurring in all patient populations. Typically considered outside of the child life scope of practice, child life specialists can play an instrumental role in streamlining support and diagnosis. Participants will learn how to recognize SSRD through the child life assessment, adapt care plans, and create resources to improve patient care and benefit hospitals fiscally. Learning

Objectives:
Discuss factors that indicate that a patient may have somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD) when completing a child life assessment.
Explore a modified child life care plan which supports patients with suspected or diagnosed SSRD.
Examine how the child life role on the interdisciplinary team improves optimal patient care for SSRD and benefits the hospital system-wide. 

Natalie Wilson

CCLS

Natalie Wilson is a certified child life specialist who holds a Master of Arts degree in childhood studies with completed research on improving psychosocial support for children with chronic illness. She has worked at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for the past four years and is a member of the Somatization Strategy Task Force to streamline support for families. Natalie previously worked at the Young Carers Program of Hospice Toronto for five years where she created a community child life program, including group programming that has been replicated across the province. Natalie is passionate about empowering children from a child and family-centred care model.

  • Catheters, Flushes, Ostomies, Oh My!: Providing Psychosocial Interventions for the Colorectal and Urology Population

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​This presentation shares how a child life specialist supports patients and families of the colorectal population, in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Common diagnoses, bowel/urological regimens, and specific therapeutic interventions to promote the coping and understanding of clinical and surgical treatments will be reviewed.

    This presentation shares how a child life specialist supports patients and families of the colorectal population, in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Common diagnoses, bowel/urological regimens, and specific therapeutic interventions to promote the coping and understanding of clinical and surgical treatments will be reviewed. These interventions are founded in medical play and adaptable across diverse and international patient populations.

    Objectives:
    Describe the psychosocial needs of patients with invasive surgical procedures.
    Identify common colorectal diagnoses and options to promote bowel and urinary management.
    Learn and utilize various therapeutic interventions to promote coping, education, and normalization for this population and ways to adapt with other populations.

    Katrina R. Hall

    CCLS

    Katrina Hall, MA, CCLS, is a Child Life Specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and supports the patients and families of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction. Katrina covers both inpatient and outpatient areas to promote continuity of care. Katrina received her master’s degree in Child Life from The University of Akron. Katrina joined Nationwide Children's Hospital over two years ago and has covered multiple areas before finding a passion for the colorectal population.

  • Child Life Services From Afar: An Educational and Resource-based Program to Support Adult Units in Supporting Children of Adult Patients at End of Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Children of adult patients at end of life is a growing area for child life services. This presentation explains the process and benefits of a program implemented to support children of adult patients at end of life without a child life position

    Children of adult patients at end of life is a growing area for child life services. This presentation explains the process and benefits of a program implemented to support children of adult patients at end of life without a child life position. Collaboration, education, and resources are highlighted as key components of the program, including statistics of program success.

    Objectives:
    Assess the need for prioritizing child life support for children of adult patients at end of life within a clinical setting.
    Explore techniques on appropriate education for adult unit staff regarding best practices when offering support and resources to families for children experiencing end of life.
    Discuss various age appropriate resources and community organizations to assist in providing ongoing support of children experiencing death, dying, and grief.

    Katie J. Riese

    CCLS

    Katie Riese is a Certified Child Life Specialist at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a member of the pediatric palliative care program. Katie also supports adult services within UW Health to provide resources and clinical support for children of adult patients at end of life. Katie has presented on her collaborative legacy work for palliative care children and families with the hospital photographer at national and regional palliative care and child life conferences. Academically, Katie is currently obtaining her Master of Arts Degree in Education at Edgewood College, where she also is a graduate assistant with the Edgewood College Child Life Program.

  • Is Parenting and Child Development Universal?: How Research on Parenting Influences Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Cultural norms about parenting practices strongly dictate how parents raise their children and can influence the acceptance, delivery, and effectiveness of parenting program interventions.

    Cultural norms about parenting practices strongly dictate how parents raise their children and can influence the acceptance, delivery, and effectiveness of parenting program interventions. This study sought to investigate parental knowledge, attitudes and practices among Arab parents in Qatar, identify knowledge practice gaps in order to develop a culturally sensitive parenting program, and determine the best delivery design for parenting programs. 

    Objectives:
    Define the culture studied including the challenges of research within the culture.
    Compare parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the studied culture and western cultures.
    Identify knowledge practice gaps that benefit from culturally sensitive parenting resources.

    Jenni L. Davis

    CCLS

    Sidra Medical

    Deirdrea A. Goltz

    Child Life Supervisor

    CCLS with experience in NICU, cardiology, and radiology. Passionate about research and evidenced based practice. Currently residing in Qatar and practicing child life abroad.

  • Growth Oriented Feedback: Methods for Making it Meaningful

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Feedback is an essential component of teaching and learning. The provision of meaningful, growth-oriented feedback has benefits for students, supervisors, academicians, as well as children, youth, and families

    Feedback is an essential component of teaching and learning. The provision of meaningful, growth-oriented feedback has benefits for students, supervisors, academicians, as well as children, youth, and families. Evidence will be applied to daily practice in this demonstration and discussion based session to enhance understanding of and increase participants confidence in the feedback process as it relates to clinical training. 

    Objectives:
    Discuss components and qualities of effective feedback and the evidence to support practice
    Discuss common barriers to providing effective feedback and the impact of ineffective feedback.
    Explore specific prompts, wording suggestions, and practices for delivery of effective feedback

    Katherine L. Bennett

    CCLS

    Katherine has worked as a child life specialist at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt since 2001. She has worked with children and families in the areas of operative services, community outreach/education, PICC, inpatient medicine, and in the burn center. Currently, she serves as the educator for Child Life & Volunteer Services, planning and coordinating the clinical training experiences for emerging child life professionals, on-boarding new employees, working with the department's clinical advancement program and providing education about the needs of children in healthcare settings to colleagues both in and outside the Vanderbilt community. She has presented at international conferences about teaching medical play to students, developmental theory applied to hospitalized children, and teaching child life in the clinical and university settings. Her ACLP involvement includes work with the Internship Accreditation Task Force and editorial roles with ACLP Bulletin and Focus. She continues to provide direct patient care by supporting the child life team when extra coverage is needed.

  • Behavioral Approaches to Dental Care for Patients with Developmental and Behavioral Disabilities

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often have behaviors and sensitivities that make dental treatment one of the most difficult types of healthcare for them to receive

    Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often have behaviors and sensitivities that make dental treatment one of the most difficult types of healthcare for them to receive. Follow a pediatric dental team of a child life specialist and hygienist to learn strategies and adaptations to best provide support for patients with developmental and behavioral conditions in pediatric dentistry. 

    Objectives:
    Explore the need for child life services in pediatric dentistry, including current evidence-based need for individualizing healthcare for patients with developmental delays, as well as challenging and aggressive behaviors.
    Discuss how interdisciplinary collaboration, when combined with supportive interventions, leads to increased positive outcomes for patients, families, and the dental team.
    Explore child life techniques can be adapted for use with children with special needs and challenging behaviors in the healthcare setting to minimize distress and maximize coping during dental encounters.
    Discuss how to enhance their confidence and competence when providing services for patients with developmental delays and challenging behaviors.

    Kerri Birkett

    CCLS

    erri has been a child life specialist for nine years, working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for the past five years as a clinician working in the Adaptive Care Team for the outpatient department, facilitating and providing support during healthcare encounters for patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. Kerri is a handler to Cincinnati’s first hospital facility dog, incorporating the use of animal-assisted therapy in her daily practice. Kerri currently serves on the Professional Inquiry Council at Cincinnati Children’s and is a member of the Child Life Council’s Research Committee: Educational and Awareness Subcommittee. Kerri is currently leading a team to develop an evidence-based practice recommendation related to canine animal-assisted therapy in the healthcare setting. Kerri has been an integral member on a number of evidence-based practice projects at Cincinnati Children’s and mentors interns through their own evidence-based practice projects. Kerri is currently is completing an IRB approved research study on the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy as an intervention to reduce pain and distress during outpatient botulinum toxin injections.