2020 Child Life Conference On-Demand Package

This exclusive member's only package provides access to all of the on-demand content from our 2020 Child Life Annual Conference. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, and earn over 40 PDUs. 

All participants  will retain access to content for one year from the date of purchase. 

  • What's Your LGBTQ IQ?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The role of child life specialists requires current information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patient population and their families.  

    The role of child life specialists requires current information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patient population and their families.  Reflection on personal and institutional practices will help create actions steps through hands-on activities, small groups, and large group discussions.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDU's

    Megan O'Connell

    MS, CCLS, CEIM

    Child Development Program Coordinator      

    Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

    Brittany A. Smith

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Just Long Enough: Adapting Child Life Services on a General Pediatric Unit for the Short Stay Observation Population

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1 PDU - Healthcare is in the midst of a changing climate. This changing climate is resulting in the presence of more short stay units and expedited admissions.

    Healthcare is in the midst of a changing climate. This changing climate is resulting in the presence of more short stay units and expedited admissions. This change causes child life specialists to identify and balance new patient and family needs as well as demands from hospital administration. Child life specialists will discuss how to adapt to this new work flow while advocating for the role of child life.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1 PDU

  • Utilizing a Strength-Based Approach in Child Life Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDU's - Strength-based practice is a theoretical approach originally developed and employed in the field of social work.

    Strength-based practice is a theoretical approach originally developed and employed in the field of social work. This philosophy attempts to highlight and build upon a person’s strengths rather than focusing on his or her deficits. This webinar presentation will define strength-based practice and describe its basic tenets as well as articulate specific ways to embrace this approach in the field of child life.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDU's

    Jaime E. Bruce

    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

  • Bridging Research and Assessment: Techniques for Interviewing Pediatric Patients

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: ​Assessment; 1.5 PDU's - Age-appropriate, play-based communication is a foundational and necessary skill for child life professionals working in a variety of medical and community settings.

    Age-appropriate, play-based communication is a foundational and necessary skill for child life professionals working in a variety of medical and community settings.  However, there are times in which preferred play materials and the gift of time are unavailable, leaving the clinician more reliant on dialogic interactions with children.  Recognizing these needs, this presentation will consider both overt and nuanced impacts of cognitive and social-emotional development on children’s capabilities and preferences for verbal communication – both of which greatly impact clinical assessment strategies and the design and conduct of research with young children.  Using examples from various interview-based research studies with hospitalized children, participants will explore developmentally appropriate considerations for conversationally assessing the development, thoughts, and experiences of pediatric patients.

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    • an understanding of the impact of cognitive and social-emotional development on children’s abilities to interpret questions, reflect on experiences, and articulate responses.
    • the ability to describe the similarities and differences between clinical assessment and empirical interviewing in pediatric populations.
    • an increased knowledge of age appropriate conversational techniques for learning more about the development, thoughts, and experiences of pediatric patients.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDU's

    Jessika Boles

    PhD, CCLS

    Jessika Boles 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 many 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, Jessika teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to working with children and families in hospitals, and is currently serving as a director on the ACLP board of directors. 

  • Meta-parenting Among Parents of Hospitalized Children

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDU's - This webinar will explore the family systems perspective and parenting practices.

    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.

    This webinar is derived from a Focus article. 

    Learning Objectives:

    -Successfully connect and apply the family systems perspective, specifically to parents and children in a healthcare setting.

    -Correctly describe and asses the commonly known types of parenting styles and outcomes of these styles as noted in the literature.

    -Clearly identify and discuss the meta-parenting concept, and related research findings regarding meta-parenting.

    -Accurately identify and assess potential parenting "risk factors" for parents of hospitalized children or parents of children with chronic illness.
    Effectively articulate and debate the implications of parenting differences for children and families.

    -Confidently recommend and facilitate education or intervention to support the psychosocial needs and well-being of children and families.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDU's

    Elizabeth McCarroll

    PhD, CCLS

    Elizabeth McCarroll a MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis on childhood. Elizabeth became a CCLS in 2009, and her research interests have always centered on social and emotional development in preschool/school- age children and how health status might influence those relationships. More recently Liz has started looking at how parents of children with chronic illness might parent their children differently, and how those differences might influence the social and emotional development of their children.

  • When the “Right” Words Seem to Hold Us Back:  Approaching Difficult Conversations with Confidence

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

    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. This webinar will focus on empowering professionals to feel equipped when navigating sensitive discussions with families at end of life. Through case examples and personal experiences from bereaved parents, effective child life and communication strategies will be explored.

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    an increased ability to identify and process difficult conversations related to children and families’ experiences at end of life

    additional knowledge on how to initiate conversations with a child and their family independently or collaboratively with a support team

    expanded insight on how joint efforts within a palliative care team benefit the child and their family

    further information regarding the role and responsibilities of the child life specialist when working with children and families at end of life

    DOMAIN: Intervention; 1.5 PDU's 

    Jennifer Smith

    MS, CCLS, CIMI

    Jennifer Smith earned her BS and MS in human development and family studies with a concentration in child life from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She completed her undergraduate child life internship at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, and her graduate child life internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  She began her career at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, where she worked for 6 years.  Jennifer is a currently a Child Life Specialist III providing child life services for patients and families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, where she has worked for 11 years.  She is an integral member of the Quality of Life Team and the Quality of Life Bereaved Parent Mentor Steering Committee.  

    Ashley Carr

    CCLS

    Ashley Carr, CCLS, earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in child life from The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Ashley became a Certified Child Life Specialist in May 2006 and began her career at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN where she has worked for 14 years.  Ashley is a Child Life Specialist III providing child life services to patients receiving bone marrow transplants and cellular therapy in the inpatient unit an. She serves as a member of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Council, is a departmental clinical supervision facilitator, and serves as a liaison for the quality of life interdisciplinary team meetings. Ashley recently contributed to and published an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology titled “Matched Marrow, Sibling Shadow: The Epidemiology, Experience, and Ethics of Sibling Donors of Stem Cells”. Ashley has extensive experience as an active planning committee member of Schwartz Center Rounds and Clinical Supervision in which she has contributed to a culture shift change within her institution. 


  • Helping Teenagers Cope with Parental Illness and Loss

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: Intervention; 1.5 PDU's - Supporting teens and their families when a parent has a serious or terminal illness requires specific knowledge and skills.

    Supporting teens and their families when a parent has a serious or terminal illness requires specific knowledge and skills. Current research will be highlighted with focus given to the distinctive characteristics of the teenage brain, including what teens need and want related to support during a parental illness, anticipated death, or sudden unexpected loss.  Specific communication techniques for professionals to use with teens and to coach parents to use with their teen will be provided. In addition, time will be spent on helpful activities that engage teens and allow them to express feelings, strengthen positive coping skills and work through challenges of bereavement. 

    After this webinar, participants will have:

    a familiarity with the teenage brain and behaviors, noting differences between males and females

    an increased knowledge of ways to relate to teenagers, including how parents and professionals can improve communication with teens

    new therapeutic activity ideas to engage teenagers in understanding illness, expressing feelings, and building helpful coping tools

    DOMAIN: Intervention; 1.5 PDU's

    Meredith Cooper

    MA, CCLS, LPC

    Former Executive Director and Co-Founder of  Wonders & Worries, envisioned, launched and grew the organization from its beginnings in 2001. Following 15 years of success, Meredith stepped into a founder role in 2017, where she continues providing strategic direction for national growth. Meredith has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Child Development. She is a certified Child Life Specialist and a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been involved with children’s healthcare in the Austin community for more than 25 years, including being the first pediatric oncology child life specialist for Austin. She is the chair of the standards and guidelines sub-committee for the ACLP Community Based Non-Traditional Role Committee. 

    Kim Fryar

    MS, MEd, CCLS, NCC

    Kim Fryar has been a child life specialist for more than 25 years. She started her career at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where she worked with seriously ill children and their families for nine years. Kim moved to Austin and joined the Wonders & Worries team in 2002. Kim now serves as one of two program directors, a role that gives her the privilege of providing initial support to newly referred families, supervising child life staff members, and overseeing client services. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Child Development and Masters’ degrees in both Human Development and Family Studies and Counseling – with a play therapy emphasis. She is a certified Child Life Specialist and National Certified Counselor (NCC).

  • In for the Long Haul: Exploring Career Longevity Among Child Life Specialists

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domain: Professional Responsibility; 1.5 PDU's - As child life specialists who’ve practiced for several years know, beyond the bubbles, arts and crafts, and special events that make the job of a child life specialist appear “so fun!”

    As child life specialists who’ve practiced for several years know, beyond the bubbles, arts and crafts, and special events that make the job of a child life specialist appear “so fun!” to outsiders lies a truly unique and often challenging role. Working in a caring profession over time can take its toll on an employee. The impacts of working as a child life specialist have been studied since the early 1990s and include potential for burnout, compassion fatigue, and emotional labor. Research in other psychosocial-focused and/or medical professions has shown the relationship between these variables of professional well-being and career longevity. This presentation is intended to bring awareness of factors that may impact the career longevity of a child life specialist and encourage the exploration of professional sustainability practices.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Review current literature on professional well-bring among child life specialists
    -Explore factors that may influence career longevity among child life specialists
    -Identify practices to promote professional sustainability

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility; 1.5 PDU's

    This webinar is a part of our Established Professional programming. 

    Nicole Tanghe, MA, CCLS,

    Nicole Tanghe, MA, CCLS, is a Child Life Specialist III at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She currently works with pediatric patients and their families within the lung transplant program. Her interest in career longevity developed from a personal interest in resiliency and burnout. Nicole serves as a mentor to new staff in the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care and is a clinical supervision facilitator. Nicole was a participant of the ACLP’s inaugural Leadership Academy class in 2015 and is the current Chair-Elect of the ACLP’s Mentor Program Subcommittee.

    Courtney Dill, MS, CCLS, LMT, CIMI

    Courtney Dill, MS, CCLS, LMT, CIMI, is a child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is currently working in the capacity of training coordinator, where she guides practicum, intern, and cooperative students in the Department of Child Life, Education, and Creative Arts. Courtney’s interests include promoting well-being and alternative healthcare.

  • Implications of Technology Use on Youth Development in the Hospital

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1 PDU - The implications of technology use on development are still largely variable. Child life specialists often utilize technology in interventions to normalize the hospital environment or to provide diversion from stressful experiences

    The implications of technology use on development are still largely variable. Child life specialists often utilize technology in interventions to normalize the hospital environment or to provide diversion from stressful experiences. This presentation provides an educational resource discussing the implications of technology use in order to promote positive development and family-centered experiences for hospitalized youth.

    Objectives:
    Describe the ways in which technology impacts cognitive, physical and psychosocial development for children and adolescents.
    Assess how hospitalization and illness relate to technology use and youth development.
    Utilize an educational resource with tips for optimizing technology use with hospitalized youth.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1 PDU

  • Moving Parts: Exploring the Complexity of Organ Transplant

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1 PDU - Organ transplantation is a life-saving attempt requiring chronic care and surveillance for comorbidities. This presentation will examine the challenges faced by children and families experiencing heart and/or lung transplantation

    Organ transplantation is a life-saving attempt requiring chronic care and surveillance for comorbidities. This presentation will examine the challenges faced by children and families experiencing heart and/or lung transplantation. Equipped with ongoing assessment and awareness of the unique circumstances of organ transplantation, child life specialists are better prepared to meet the ever changing needs of children and families throughout the transplant journey.

    Objectives:
    Understand the impact of organ transplantation, identify common reactions of patients and families, and explore supportive interventions to utilize for emotional processing.
    Explore the components of a transplant-specific child life assessment and factors that may influence coping.
    Identify potential transplant-related complications and associated interventions to support patients and families.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1 PDU

    Nicole Tanghe

    MA, CCLS

    Nicole Tanghe MA, CCLS, has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for ten years and currently works as a Child Life Specialist III within the lung transplant program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She established child life services in the lung transplant program at CCHMC and is the child life representative on the medical center's interdisciplinary Transplant Information Program Sharing (iTIPS) committee. She serves as a mentor and preceptor to new employees within the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care, a clinical supervision facilitator, and is an evidence-based practice project mentor to child life interns. Nicole is the current chair-elect of the ACLP Mentor Program subcommittee. Nicole is an adjunct instructor at Northern Kentucky University for a children and families in healthcare course.


    Jenna Yarnell

    MS, CCLS

    Jenna Yarnell is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN. Jenna has been a CCLS for seven years, primarily working with patients in the cardiovascular intensive care unit, cardiac step down unit and emergency department. She recently transitioned to her role as the child life educator, supporting patients throughout the hospital while specializing in patients with behavioral health needs. Jenna is passionate about patient safety and co-leads the hospital’s Safety Advocate Program.