2020 Established Professional Subscription

This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Established 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 Established 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 Established Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • Incorporating a Technology Professional Within Your Child Life Team

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/22/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    This webinar will elaborate on the impact of incorporating a technology-based staff position into a child life team and how this approach can increase our ability to address the needs of pediatric patients. Technology activities are modern, non-threatening opportunities for play, creative expression, and communication that can serve as a medium for mastery, reflection, and learning. A technology member on the team can add value in attaining clinically-relevant departmental goals. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is a part of our Established Professional programming.

    This webinar will elaborate on the impact of incorporating a technology-based staff position into a child life team and how this approach can increase our ability to address the needs of pediatric patients. Technology activities are modern, non-threatening opportunities for play, creative expression, and communication that can serve as a medium for mastery, reflection, and learning. A technology member on the team can add value in attaining clinically-relevant departmental goals. 

    Participants will be able to:

    -Increase their knowledge of the desired requirements and experiences of a technology specialist.

    -Gain understanding of therapeutic patient activities that require a high level of technological competency and how these can be addressed by a technology specialist.

    -Learn how the proper clinically-based supervision of a technology specialist can guide programming in a clinically sound direction.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Diane Rode MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS

    Diane Rode is the director of the child life department at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in New York City. A Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Ms. Rode has nearly 34 years of experience in the design and development of creative arts modalities and interventions in a children’s hospital, and she consults nationally and internationally with an expertise in clinical supervision, reflective practice, and creative arts and media interventions for children and families in healthcare.

    Luis Borges, BFA

    Luis Borges is the patient technology and media coordinator at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital. He has over 18 years of experience working in a hospital setting with child life specialists, creative arts therapists, and their pediatric patients and families. Working with department leadership and the child life team, he identifies, tests, and implements emergent technologies that can be applied in clinically sound and meaningful ways to meet the therapeutic goals of staff interventions. Mr. Borges is also the KidZone TV production supervisor, where he helps to lead studio staff in finding the best therapeutic value in this convergence of patient and family care, medical education, creativity, and technology.

  • Difficult Conversations: How to "Address" for Success in the Professional World

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/20/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    A leader’s ability to successfully navigate difficult conversations in the workplace contributes to an environment of trust, respect, and overall clearer communication. Though these benefits are often named by employees when describing an "ideal" workplace, opportunities for open and honest engagement are frequently missed due to a lack of comfort. Mastering difficult conversations is a critical component of managing teams and modeling transparency in a professional setting. This webinar will challenge participants to consider their level of comfort with difficult conversations, and provide takeaways aimed at increasing their confidence, as well as competence, in this vital professional communication skill. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming.

    A leader’s ability to successfully navigate difficult conversations in the workplace contributes to an environment of trust, respect, and overall clearer communication. Though these benefits are often named by employees when describing an "ideal" workplace, opportunities for open and honest engagement are frequently missed due to a lack of comfort. Mastering difficult conversations is a critical component of managing teams and modeling transparency in a professional setting. This webinar will challenge participants to consider their level of comfort with difficult conversations, and provide takeaways aimed at increasing their confidence, as well as competence, in this vital professional communication skill.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Identify barriers to approaching difficult conversations in the workplace. 

    -Explore factors that contribute to success in managing behaviors and setting expectations through difficult conversations. 

    -Examine practical techniques to use in identifying the "when, where, why, and how?" of engaging staff in difficult conversations.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming. 

    Cristie Suzukawa Clancy, MS, CCLS

    Cristie holds a BA in child development and an MS in child life. As a child life supervisor at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Cristie leads a team of 10 Certified Child Life Specialists and provides oversight for the department’s education programming, including the child life internship. Cristie is an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, and is also working to develop courses for Concordia University Ann Arbor's new child life master's program. Cristie currently serves on the ACLP Focus Review Board and Abstract Review Committee.

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

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

    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. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is a part of our Established Professional programming.

    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 

    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.

  • Incorporating Youth Voice into the Research Process

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/20/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, we will discuss how to integrate youth voice into the research process. The webinar will focus on the principles of youth participatory action research (YPAR). The webinar will demonstrate the spectrum of YPAR and how to--in a variety ways--involve youth and youth voice into the research process. Additionally, the webinar will discuss potential ethical dilemmas of involving youth voice and ways to overcome these obstacles. Suggested Domain: Ethics This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming

    In this webinar, we will discuss how to integrate youth voice into the research process. The webinar will focus on the principles of youth participatory action research (YPAR). The webinar will demonstrate the spectrum of YPAR and how to--in a variety ways--involve youth and youth voice into the research process. Additionally, the webinar will discuss potential ethical dilemmas of involving youth voice and ways to overcome these obstacles.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Explain youth participatory action research and its key principles. 

    -Identify ways to integrate youth voice into future quality improvement and research projects. 

    -Identify potential ethical dilemmas of integrating youth voice into the research process. 

    -Problem-solve solutions to ethical dilemmas.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Alison Chrisler, PhD, CCLS

    Ali Chrisler’s child life clinical work consisted of working in outpatient surgery and then running a one-person child life program. In the last 10 years, Ali has worked in a number of research and evaluation capacities, including earning her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies.

  • Leading Multidisciplinary Teams

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/08/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    As more child life leaders are moving into senior leader positions and assuming responsibility for management of staff from disciplines outside of child life, multiple opportunities for learning collaboration and growth are presented. This presentation will offer insight into one hospital’s journey through reorganization and intentional focus on patient- and family-centered care. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming.

    As more child life leaders are moving into senior leader positions and assuming responsibility for management of staff from disciplines outside of child life, multiple opportunities for learning collaboration and growth are presented.  This presentation will offer insight into one hospital’s journey through reorganization and intentional focus on patient- and family-centered care.

    Participants will:

    -Be exposed to one model of leadership for multidisciplinary teams.
    -Be introduced to successes, challenges, and rewards in leading multidisciplinary teams.
    -Be able to identify strategic opportunities to partner with disciplines outside of child life.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming. 

    Janet Cross, M.Ed., CCLS, CPXP

    As Administrative Director of Patient- and Family-Centered Care at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Janet is responsible for development, implementation, and evaluation of patient- and family-centered care initiatives as well as oversight of Child Life Services, Volunteer Services, Pastoral Care, Family Resource Center, Hospital School Program, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Seacrest Studios, Patient and Family Advisory Councils, Patient Experience, Patient Education and the Gift Shop. Janet obtained her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. She is a certified Child Life Specialist through the Association of Child Life Professionals and a Certified Patient Experience Professional through the Patient Experience Institute. Janet was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Child Life Council, is the recipient of the 2011 Judy Koonce Family-Centered Care Award, and was named a finalist as a "Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2012. Janet has served in multiple leadership roles for ACLP including President, Director, Child Life Certifying Committee Chair, and Local Conference Planning Committee Chair. She has also served on the Ethics Committee, Governance Task Force, Patient Experience Committee, and as a Child Life Program Review Consultant. Janet contributed two chapters to Richard Thompson’s Handbook of Child Life and contributed to the Beryl Institute White Paper “What Patient Experience Can Learn From Child Life Professionals.” She was selected to participate on the Walt Disney Children’s Hospital Advisory Committee in 2018. She is also a member of the Nashville Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for Cooper’s Troopers, a foundation for the support of siblings of children with cancer. She served as the chair of the Professional Advisory Group for the Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Nashville, 2017 and 2018.

  • 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.

  • How Child Life Leaders Can Provide Planned Resources That Help Specialists and Teams To ‘INSPIRIT’ Resilience In Trauma Environments That Hold Risk of Compassion Fatigue

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In their daily work, or in volunteer work during crisis situations, child life specialists are often called to provide care to children and families experiencing trauma. The presenter will incorporate her experience of companioning traumatized children and families in a team approach during deployments. Supporting others through traumatic experiences can heighten feelings of vulnerability, as well as the flame of genuine compassion. This calling puts specialists and teams at risk for compassion fatigue, and child life leaders can lessen the impact of vicarious trauma. This webinar encourages leaders to take self-care seriously and support their teams with ongoing personal and professional transformation for helper resilience. Optional Advance Reading: This webinar may be even more generative for those who pre-read Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (Wicks, 2010). Individuals may use Appendix B: An Individual Reflection Guide. Pre-reading could be configured as group professional development with any style of book club discussion format desired; copies might be provided by a hospital’s medical library or an educational fund. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    In their daily work, or in volunteer work during crisis situations, child life specialists are often called to provide care to children and families experiencing trauma. The presenter will incorporate her experience of companioning traumatized children and families in a team approach during deployments. Supporting others through traumatic experiences can heighten feelings of vulnerability, as well as the flame of genuine compassion. This calling puts specialists and teams at risk for compassion fatigue, and child life leaders can lessen the impact of vicarious trauma. This webinar encourages leaders to take self-care seriously and support their teams with ongoing personal and professional transformation for helper resilience. 

    Optional Advance Reading: This webinar may be even more generative for those who pre-read Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (Wicks, 2010). Individuals may use Appendix B: An Individual Reflection Guide. Pre-reading could be configured as group professional development with any style of book club discussion format desired; copies might be provided by a hospital’s medical library or an educational fund.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Aid their teams to access precise resources that help caregivers and relief workers mediate stress and bounce back with self-care protocols supported by accountability partners 

    -Guide their teams to compare and contrast three templates for creating a self-care prevention plan especially relevant to Child Life 

    -Encourage themselves as leaders to incorporate debriefing as a low-cost and non-threatening structured approach to help teams and specialists: a) reflect to understand their emotions and experiences of helping, b) identify ways to better manage caregiver stress, and c) heal as a group.

    -Analyze how a ‘companioning’ model for playroom facilitation (a) can influence how deployed Child Life Specialists stay present to traumatized children in videotaped testimonials, (b) eases role ambiguity by specifying emotional and spiritual elements of childcare, and (c) could be used to debrief facilitated support of children’s needs for safety and coping 

    -Help their specialists and teams consistently boost optimism with resilience-building strategies by utilizing online exercises from positive psychology websites.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Susan 'BOON' Murray, Ed.D., CCLS, CTRS

    *Ed.D., Therapeutic Recreation, Temple University (1997)
    *Professor Emeritus (Retired), University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse 

    *Certified Child Life Specialist since 2005 

    *Member, Child Life Disaster Relief
    *Completed eight deployments with Children's Disaster Services since 2/2017 serving families and children experiencing natural disasters, border refugees in a humanitarian respite center, and survivors of a mass shooting

  • Supporting Staff and Patients Through the Holidays

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/16/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will address the key components to leading a group of professionals through the stresses inherent in the holidays. Coping with stress, supporting the team while supporting patient needs, creative donation management, finding moments of respite, and shining as a team will all be considered. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    This webinar will address the key components to leading a group of professionals through the stresses inherent in the holidays. Coping with stress, supporting the team while supporting patient needs, creative donation management, finding moments of respite, and shining as a team will all be considered. 

    Participants will be able to:

    -Learn ways to support their team as they juggle the many conflicting priorities inherent with the holidays 

    -Learn creative approaches to making the holidays fun in spite of the "organized chaos" that is expected 

    -Learn creative scheduling and ways to find opportunities for autonomy and respite within the team 

    -Learn ways to help the team shine, both individually and together, as they manage the holidays.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Kristin Maier MS, CCLS, CPXP

    Kristin is currently working as the director of child life at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she began her career as a child life specialist. She received her undergraduate degree in child development with a specialization in child life from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, followed by her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis. She was a founding member of the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals and served on the conference planning committee and the board of directors for several years. Kristin continued her engagement with the profession by participating on many committees for the Association of Child Life Professionals, both as a member and a leader, serving on the board of directors as secretary and president. Recently, to support her work, she has received her certification as Patient Experience Professional (CPXP). Kristin speaks on topics ranging from child life-specific skill development to communicating with children, family-centered care, professionalism, leadership, teamwork, communication, and resilience. Her passion for the field of child life and ACLP is rich and deep and matched only by the joy of partnering with her husband Eddie to raise their three boys…almost men. Walking on the beach and taking in the sun and salt are where she finds balance and purpose in all she does.

  • Proactive and Preventative Strategies for Use with Patients with Behavioral Health Needs

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors. Suggested Domain: Intervention This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.

    Children, teens, and adults with behavioral health needs often present to the hospital not only when experiencing psychiatric crises, but also to address medical needs both in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based settings. To be able to best provide care to those with behavioral health needs, we must be able to identify and use strategies that may reduce or prevent the likelihood that behaviors will interfere with care. Further, we need to be prepared to quickly problem solve "in the moment" crisis situations in a way to improve functioning, maintain patient and staff safety, and reduce continued crisis situations. This webinar will review common reasons why children with behavioral health needs might engage in behaviors in hospital settings and begin to lay the foundation for why being proactive in providing care using a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach may provide an ideal state for improving outcomes. A basic needs assessment will be presented, and proactive and "in the moment" strategies will be discussed as a way to assist attendees with gaining additional knowledge and skills they can use to be more effective at improving patient functioning, maintaining safety, and reducing interfering patient behaviors.


    Participants will be able to:

    -Discuss reasons patients may exhibit behavior problems in health care settings

    -Understand the difference between being proactive versus being reactive, and why proactive strategies are more effective at reducing behavior problems

    -Identify basic proactive strategies that can be used to address behavioral issues exhibited by patients in hospital settings

    -Build a "back pocket" to turn to when a behavioral crisis occurs and identify which "in the moment" strategies are more ideal to ensure patient and staff safety while reducing the likelihood that behavior problems will occur again

    -Discuss the ideal state for addressing behavior problems in hospital settings to improve patient and staff safety


    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming. 

    Jill Fodstad, PhD, HSPP, BCBA-D

    Dr. Jill Fodstad is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana where she is the Clinical Director of the Simon Skjodt Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with over 15 year experience in providing diagnostic services and psychological care to children with severe behavioral health and psychiatric needs in a variety of settings including state hospitals, outpatient psychology clinics, inpatient psychiatric units, residential group homes, intensive Applied Behavior Analysis programs, and hospitals. Dr. Fodstad's clinical practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe behavior disorders in individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Her research is focused on the development of appropriate models of assessment and treatment of early forms of self-injurious behavior, behavioral assessment and treatment techniques for psychiatric disorders in children with developmental disabilities, and identifying strategies to increase the fidelity of behavioral intervention implementation by caregivers. She provides supervision and training to medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows, psychology graduate students, as well as other types of learners, and enjoys teaching and training others to feel confident in their skills to provide evidenced-based and compassionate patient/family-centered care.

  • 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.