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This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Emerging Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs. 

Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants  will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • Gaming for Good: How to Incorporate Video Games and Digital Technology into your Therapeutic Practice

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/14/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will discuss techniques to integrate current popular gaming technologies into your child life practice. Using photos, videos, and case studies, the presenter will demonstrate how to successfully assess and implement therapeutic interventions that include procedural support, rapport building, peer-to-peer social interaction, chronic pain management, self empowerment, legacy building, and coping. The presenter will also discuss best practices when using gaming technology and how to identify what technology is best for your hospital needs. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming.

    This webinar will discuss techniques to integrate current popular gaming technologies into your child life practice. Using photos, videos, and case studies, the presenter will demonstrate how to successfully assess and implement therapeutic interventions that include procedural support, rapport building, peer-to-peer social interaction, chronic pain management, self empowerment, legacy building, and coping. The presenter will also discuss best practices when using gaming technology and how to identify what technology is best for your hospital needs. 


    Participants will be able to:

    • -Articulate ways that technology can enhance child life practice
    • -Identify at least two gaming technologies and ways to integrate them into their current therapeutic practice
    • -Identify at least two gaming technologies that would be compatible with their current hospital environment
    • -Describe best practices for the use of gaming technology in the hospital setting


    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 

    J.J. Bouchard

    BS, CCLS, CTRS

    J.J. Bouchard is a Certified Child Life Specialist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and the patient technology coordinator at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has over ten years of experience integrating gaming technology into his child life practice. In 2015, J.J. founded the patient technology program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, the first in the world to bring recreational virtual reality to the patient bedside on a daily basis. The program gained international fame for its integration of the AR app “Pokemon Go” into the hospital’s therapeutic environment. J.J.'s work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, USA Today, and Tech Crunch. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including South by Southwest, the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, the Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals Conference, and Penny Arcade Expo. 

  • Resilience over Balance: Professional Sustainability for the Modern Child Life Specialist

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/12/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    How can I sustain myself as a child life professional? Is work-life balance attainable? Rigid boundaries and self-care checklists may not be the most effective strategies for attaining self-care goals. This presentation will offer considerations, evidence-based techniques, a theoretical framework focusing on adulthood development, and reflective practices to provide a skill-building toolbox of behaviors to increase resiliency in work patterns. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming.

    How can I sustain myself as a child life professional? Is work-life balance attainable? Rigid boundaries and self-care checklists may not be the most effective strategies for attaining self-care goals. This presentation will offer considerations, evidence-based techniques, a theoretical framework focusing on adulthood development, and reflective practices to provide a skill-building toolbox of behaviors to increase resiliency in work patterns.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Participants will be able to leave with tangible tools to promote ongoing development of a sustainable professional identity
    -Participants will be able to articulate Erikson’s social-emotional stages of adulthood and consider how they relate to their own professional identities 

    -Participants will be able to gain exposure to evidence-based behaviors that increase professional sustainability

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 

    Emily Powell, CCLS

    Emily graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Emily's professional experiences include working in multiple roles as a child life specialist for over five years at a children's hospital, including acute care, liver transplant and day surgery. Emily has a passion for helping students and others reach their full potential through mentoring and educational experiences. Currently, Emily has taken a step away from her clinical career to focus her child development knowledge on raising her toddler.

    Katherine L. Bennett

    MEd, CCLS

    Katherine holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and child family studies from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master of Education in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University. Katherine has worked as a child life specialist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt since 2001 in various areas of the hospital. Currently, Katherine is the educator for the child life department at Vanderbilt. Katherine was an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University for 4 years. She is active in the Association of Child Life Professionals and has written for multiple publications as well as presented on various subjects related to child life.

  • Starting your Leadership Journey

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    You’re a new leader—now what?! The first several years in a leadership position have the ability to set the stage for your success in this role. Years of experience will help you further develop your leadership skills, but what about now, in the beginning? This webinar will identify the skillset essential for a developing leader, as well as assist in formulating a plan for further leadership development, using the framework of my top ten tips: -Moving from peer to supervisor -Keeping the emotion out of it -Communicate, communicate, communicate -Sitting on the decision fence -Having your staff’s back while still holding them accountable -Watch out for your lizard brain -Develop a growth mindset -Allow yourself to be vulnerable -Conflict can be your best friend -Know when to fold ‘em Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming

    You’re a new leader—now what?!  The first several years in a leadership position have the ability to set the stage for your success in this role.  Years of experience will help you further develop your leadership skills, but what about now, in the beginning?  This webinar will identify the skillset essential for a developing leader, as well as assist in formulating a plan for further leadership development, using the framework of my top ten tips:

    -Moving from peer to supervisor
    -Keeping the emotion out of it
    -Communicate, communicate, communicate
    -Sitting on the decision fence
    -Having your staff’s back while still holding them accountable
    -Watch out for your lizard brain
    -Develop a growth mindset
    -Allow yourself to be vulnerable
    -Conflict can be your best friend
    -Know when to fold ‘em


    Participants will be able to:

    -Identify leadership skills that are most crucial when beginning in a leadership role

    -Respond to learning opportunities when they uniquely present themselves

    -Experiment with different leadership approaches to problem solving 

    -Formulate a leadership development plan best suited to individual needs

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming

    Jill Koss, MS, CCLS

    ACLP Board President

    Jill Koss started as a child life specialist at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and 29 years later is the director of family support services there. She has been involved in many aspects of ACLP over the years, from Vision-to-Action in 1996; to certification, serving as senior chair in 2009; she has been a mentor in Leadership Mentor Program; was previously on the board of directors, and is currently the president of ACLP. Jill has an MS in child development from Texas Woman's University.

  • Getting Comfortable with Data: Developing Analytical Skills for Child Life Professionals

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/16/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    With ACLP’s increasing focus on research and evidence-based practice, now is the time to become more comfortable having conversations about data. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of data and how impactful a working knowledge of data analysis can be for drawing conclusions within child life practice, management, and the professional landscape. Because many child life specialists don’t yet feel confident completing their own statistical analyses, we will discuss how to tap into resources to find analytic support and how to communicate your analytic goals when you do. This webinar will increase the data literacy of child life specialists and decrease their hesitation around quantitative data. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    With ACLP’s increasing focus on research and evidence-based practice, now is the time to become more comfortable having conversations about data. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of data and how impactful a working knowledge of data analysis can be for drawing conclusions within child life practice, management, and the professional landscape. Because many child life specialists don’t yet feel confident completing their own statistical analyses, we will discuss how to tap into resources to find analytic support and how to communicate your analytic goals when you do. This webinar will increase the data literacy of child life specialists and decrease their hesitation around quantitative data.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Understand the importance of data analysis that allows us to draw conclusions 

    -Encourage specialists to tap into resources to find analytic support 

    -Build confidence in communicating goals for analysis

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Danielle Blackburn, MSBA, CCLS

    Dani Blackburn is a Certified Child Life Specialist who currently works as a data analyst. She worked as a child life specialist in California and Utah for 6 years in surgery, on a medical/surgical unit, and in radiology. After receiving her Master of Science in Business Analytics, Dani transitioned to work as a data analyst for the Association of Child Life Professionals and for Collective Medical, a care collaboration software company. Dani has a passion for quality improvement, research, and using data to solve problems and find solutions.

  • Child Life Care of Gender-Expansive Children and Youth

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/17/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Transgender and gender-expansive individuals are increasingly visible in society. Recent estimates indicate that approximately 0.7% of youth 13-17 years of age (150,000 individuals) and 0.6 % of adults (1.4 million individuals) in the United States identify as transgender. Recognizing their unique medical and psychosocial needs, clinical care programs for transgender and gender-expansive children and youth are now present in many children’s hospitals across the country. Child life specialists working with transgender and gender-expansive children and youth have the opportunity to create safe and affirming environments, provide comfort and support, and foster communication and connectedness with parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers. This webinar reviews terminology and describes clinical guidelines for gender-affirming interventions. Additionally, it describes affirmative, trauma-informed, culturally humble, and strength-based approaches in caring for the population, grounded in core child life principles. The session will draw upon the experience of Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Gender Support Program and include patient and parent perspectives. Suggested Domain: Assessment This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    Transgender and gender-expansive individuals are increasingly visible in society. Recent estimates indicate that approximately 0.7% of youth 13-17 years of age (150,000 individuals) and 0.6 % of adults (1.4 million individuals) in the United States identify as transgender. Recognizing their unique medical and psychosocial needs, clinical care programs for transgender and gender-expansive children and youth are now present in many children’s hospitals across the country. Child life specialists working with transgender and gender-expansive children and youth have the opportunity to create safe and affirming environments, provide comfort and support, and foster communication and connectedness with parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers. This webinar reviews terminology and describes clinical guidelines for gender-affirming interventions. Additionally, it describes affirmative, trauma-informed, culturally humble, and strength-based approaches in caring for the population, grounded in core child life principles. The session will draw upon the experience of Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Gender Support Program and include patient and parent perspectives. 


    Participants will be able to:

    -Differentiate natal sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation


    -Discuss clinical guidelines in the care of gender diverse children and youth 

    -Discuss considerations in the care of gender diverse children and youth for the child life specialist


    -Describe affirmative, culturally humble, and strength-based clinical approaches to gender diverse children and youth

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Veenod L. Chulani, MD, MSED, FAAP, FSAHM

    Dr. Chulani is section chief of adolescent medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and medical director of Phoenix Children’s Gender Support Program. He is also an associate professor of pediatrics in the department of child health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. He completed his pediatric residency training at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, his clinical and research fellowships in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and his master’s in medical education from the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine. His clinical and research areas of interest are in the areas of health equity promotion and the care of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. He has been involved in numerous local, regional, and national workgroups and initiatives and has lectured nationally and internationally on a host of topics related to adolescent health. 

    Paula Charlebois

    Paula Charlebois is the parent of a transgender adolescent. She is passionate about promoting affirming and inclusive environments and fostering family support for transgender and gender-expansive children and youth. She is an active member of the Arizona Trans* Youth and Parent Organization and the Phoenix Children's Hospital's Gender Proud Family Advisory Council. 

  • Call in the JOY! Mindfulness Practices to Care for YourSELF this Holiday Season

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/23/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This 90-minute webinar will focus on the topic of using mindfulness practices to care for the self during the often-chaotic holiday season. We will explore various mindfulness techniques together as a means to find our "center" and maintain the joy that is possible and probable in our line of work. This webinar will be interactive and engaging, so bring an open mind and prepare to take care of yourself! Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming.

    This 90-minute webinar will focus on the topic of using mindfulness practices to care for the self during the often-chaotic holiday season. We will explore various mindfulness techniques together as a means to find our "center" and maintain the joy that is possible and probable in our line of work. This webinar will be interactive and engaging, so bring an open mind and prepare to take care of yourself!

    Participants will be able to:

    -Develop a greater understating of self care, specifically around the stressors that may come up in the holiday season for child life specialists 

    -Build a familiarity with various forms of mindfulness practices that can be used throughout the holiday season to stay in touch with your center and find joy even amongst the chaos 

    -Experience with three forms of mindfulness techniques in real time that will prepare you to stay present to caring for oneself in the child life field in the holiday season

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming. 

    Nicole Primiano, CCLS, Registered Yoga Teacher, Aromatherapist

    Nicole has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for the last 10 years at Cohen Children's Medical Center in Queens, NY, as well as a yoga and meditation teacher for the last 3 years. Through her study of yoga, reiki and aromatherapy, Nicole has enjoyed finding a new perspective on what it truly means to take care of the self and enjoys helping others find their path to a more whole and peaceful experience. 

  • Promoting Social Inclusion for Children in Healthcare: Implications for Child Life Practice

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    The provision of psychosocial care for children in healthcare is the primary goal of the child life specialist. Given that children with chronic illnesses and special healthcare needs are more likely to experience social exclusion in comparison to their healthy peers, a critical assessment of child life practice in this regard is merited. This webinar will explore current understandings, pediatric terms, and concepts associated with social inclusion and children within healthcare populations. Research conducted by the presenters will provide additional information about what we currently know about social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and disabilities. This discussion will provide the basis upon which to examine child life goals and practices. At the end of the presentation, we will invite attendees to share their thoughts and clinical experiences regarding efforts that can promote greater social inclusion for these children. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    The provision of psychosocial care for children in healthcare is the primary goal of the child life specialist. Given that children with chronic illnesses and special healthcare needs are more likely to experience social exclusion in comparison to their healthy peers, a critical assessment of child life practice in this regard is merited. This webinar will explore current understandings, pediatric terms, and concepts associated with social inclusion and children within healthcare populations. Research conducted by the presenters will provide additional information about what we currently know about social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and disabilities. This discussion will provide the basis upon which to examine child life goals and practices. At the end of the presentation, we will invite attendees to share their thoughts and clinical experiences regarding efforts that can promote greater social inclusion for these children. 

    Participants will be able to:
    -Identify emerging and current terminology for populations of children in healthcare and how the concept of inclusion is understood
    -Examine more specifically the notion of social inclusion for children in healthcare 

    -Share research findings pertaining to social inclusion of children in healthcare 

    -Promote and identify ways of expanding clinical practice to ensure greater social inclusion for children with healthcare needs and their families

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Donna Koller, Ph.D.

    Dr. Donna Koller is a Professor within the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has a doctoral degree in child development and applied psychology from the University of Toronto and has worked in three pediatric settings (US and Canada), both in clinical and research capacities. Currently, she holds an adjunct scientist position with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute. Previously, she was employed as the first academic and clinical specialist in child life at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada. As a strong advocate for the child life profession, Dr. Koller wrote the first evidence-based practice statements for the Child Life Council. Her research interests include psychosocial care in pediatrics and children's participation rights in healthcare decision-making. Presently, she is principal investigator on two projects involving the social inclusion of children with chronic medical conditions and disabilities. As an outcome of a previous study, she helped create a psychoeducational tool called 'My Diabetes Playbox' to help young children with diabetes learn more about their disease; a newly created app based on the playbox is available in American and Canadian versions. Internationally, she has presented at several conferences and consulted on psychosocial care issues with pediatric health care providers in the Middle East and across North America.

    Cara Sisk, Ph.D., CCLS

    Cara Sisk, Ph.D., CCLS, currently works as an assistant professor, but has clinical experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist working with children and families in pediatric healthcare. Her work as a psychosocial practitioner was critical in her professional development and foundational to her academic interests. As the child llfe program director at Tennessee Technological University, Cara enjoys her role in higher education preparing future child life specialists. She is dedicated to doing research to positively impact the healthcare of children. Her dissertation research focused on the healthcare experiences of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. This research integrated her interests of children in healthcare with therapeutic tools she used in her practice as a child life specialist.

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor: Diversity in the Workplace

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Diversity, beyond observable differences, triggers emotional labor on both the individual and team level. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Diversity, beyond observable differences, triggers emotional labor on both the individual and team level. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships

    Participants will be able to:
    -Define diversity and explore how it impacts key concepts such as trust and performance in the workplace 

    -Define emotional labor and interpersonal trust as they relate to diversity 

    -Define Emotion Regulation Theory and apply it to their own role performance and satisfaction 

    -Reflect on personal characteristics that impact individual contributions to and experiences of diversity 

    -Explore the impact of interpersonal diversity on workplace performance and satisfaction

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Julia Goff, MS, MA, CCLS, RMHCI

    Julia Goff has been a child life specialist since 2014. She completed a B.S. in human development and family science and a B.A. in Spanish linguistics at the Ohio State University. She completed an M.S. in human development and family science with an emphasis in child life from the University of Georgia in 2014 and an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling with a play therapy certificate from the University of Central Florida in 2019. Julia has provided child life services in the emergency department, NICU, acute pediatrics, and inpatient hematology/oncology.

    Haley Messmore, BS, CCLS

    Haley Messmore has been a child life specialist since 2014. She completed her B.S. in child development at the University of Iowa. Haley did a child life practicum abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and her child life internship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Haley currently works at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando and has provided child life services in acute pediatrics and an ICU step-down unit. In the community, Haley serves on the board of directors of Michelee Puppets, a non-profit organization that uses puppetry to enhance the lives of children.

  • Influencing Behaviors - Seven Simple Rules

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Everything around us is changing... and changing fast. In our professional and personal lives, the rate of change is unprecedented. At times, it can be overwhelming. How can we keep up with it all? Rather than focusing on the change, let’s learn to master that which does not change: Influence, persuasion, body language, and rapport are the keys to moving others and influencing behaviors… and how to move people has not changed in millenia. The good news? You already do these things every day. With small tweaks, you can dramatically increase your ability to move people and influence behavior. In this engaging webinar, you will gain the strategies, tips, and general principles to guide every relationship you have, both professional and personal. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming.

    Everything around us is changing... and changing fast. In our professional and personal lives, the rate of change is unprecedented. At times, it can be overwhelming. How can we keep up with it all? Rather than focusing on the change, let’s learn to master that which does not change: Influence, persuasion, body language, and rapport are the keys to moving others and influencing behaviors… and how to move people has not changed in millenia. 

    The good news? You already do these things every day. With small tweaks, you can dramatically increase your ability to move people and influence behavior. In this engaging webinar, you will gain the strategies, tips, and general principles to guide every relationship you have, both professional and personal.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Identify seven simple rules to improve relations with patients, families, and colleagues

    -Employ influence principles as tools to change behavior

    -Utilize conscious and non-conscious influences to improve communication across interdisciplinary teams

     

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 


    Edmund Tori

    DO, FACP, CH

    Dr. Ed Tori is the Director of the Influence Center at one of the largest health systems on the East Coast. He assists physicians, nurses, mid-level providers, executives, administrators, and healthcare associates to learn the science of persuasion for better communication, improved care delivery, and behavior change. He conducts “Influence Consults” that touch nearly every aspect of healthcare; such consults have already reached diverse healthcare domains including resident recruitment, patient adherence, philanthropic efforts, patient education, professional op-ed writing, bedside manner, conflict management, and more. 

    Dr. Tori is board certified in internal medicine. He completed his doctorate in osteopathic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by a residency in internal medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, where he was both chief resident and resident of the year. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Africana studies from Cornell University. He previously served as the medical director of the cardiovascular step-down unit at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD where he was responsible for running peri-operative cardiac services.

    Dr. Tori is also a certified hypnotist and is trained in traditional hypnotherapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, and conversational hypnotherapy. Dr. Tori is the author of several medical humor books and is currently completing a series of children's books. He lives in Baltimore where he and his wife (also a physician) homeschool thier 6 children.

  • Playing with Grief: Perspectives from Two Child Life Specialists in Palliative Care

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/10/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Child life specialists interact with children in multiple settings for a multitude of reasons. Many of the assessments and interventions performed by child life specialists are efficient evaluations of a child’s present coping and their ability to apply these coping mechanisms to a new experience. This is also true when assessing and working with children experiencing grief. We often need to make quick assessments about a child’s grief and their understanding of its trigger. Child life specialists observe and assess how grief manifests and then find ways to support healthy coping and redirect maladaptive coping. This webinar will explore grief through different professional lenses, introduce participants to novel grief assessment techniques, and discuss how the information obtained in assessment may be practically translated into meaningful interventions. This discussion will review how grief is a dynamic process in which the individual’s grief informs and shapes play-based interventions. Suggested domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming.

    Child life specialists interact with children in multiple settings for a multitude of reasons. Many of the assessments and interventions performed by child life specialists are efficient evaluations of a child’s present coping and their ability to apply these coping mechanisms to a new experience. This is also true when assessing and working with children experiencing grief. We often need to make quick assessments about a child’s grief and their understanding of its trigger. Child life specialists observe and assess how grief manifests and then find ways to support healthy coping and redirect maladaptive coping. This webinar will explore grief through different professional lenses, introduce participants to novel grief assessment techniques, and discuss how the information obtained in assessment may be practically translated into meaningful interventions. This discussion will review how grief is a dynamic process in which the individual’s grief informs and shapes play-based interventions.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Describe how play can be used for grief assessment
    • Discuss how to translate these grief assessments into play-based intervention strategies to promote healthy grief and positive coping 

    Suggested  domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 

    Stephanie Barta

    CCLS

    Stephanie is a Certified Child Life Specialist with seven years of experience in high acuity patient care settings. Stephanie graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Child Life and minors in Spanish and Theatre Arts. She is currently obtaining her Masters of Arts in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Youth Development from the University of Missouri. Stephanie was a child life specialist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for five years before accepting her position as a community-based child life specialist with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in the Quality of Life for All Kids Program in Memphis, TN in 2017. This program provides compassionate care to palliative and hospice-eligible patients and families in hospital housing facilities and in the Memphis community. 

    Joanna Lyman

    MA, CCLS

    Joanna is a Certified Child Life Specialist who has fourteen years of clinical experience, with the last nine years including extensive work in pediatric palliative care. She graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a Master’s degree in psychology and is also a certified hypnotherapist and a level II Reiki practitioner. Joanna currently manages the palliative care team at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. Noteworthy accomplishments include joint publications in American Childhood Cancer Society Handbook for Parents, Expert Review of Quality of Life in Cancer, and Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology, and plenary speaking engagements at pediatric palliative care and bioethics conferences across the county.