2021 Professional Development Subscription

This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2021 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2021 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs. 

Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants  will retain access to live and on-demand 2021 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips. 

  • The Value of Virtual Volunteering: Engaging Community Partners in Virtual Visits

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/10/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how to quickly and effectively implement a virtual volunteer program. In addition, learn how this child life team maintained relationships with a variety of community partners and engaged them in supporting patients through virtual programming, virtual volunteering, and fundraising events. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Learn how to quickly and effectively implement a virtual volunteer program. In addition, learn how this child life team maintained relationships with a variety of community partners and engaged them in supporting patients through virtual programming, virtual volunteering, and fundraising events.

    Objectives:

    1. Identify steps to creating a virtual volunteer program

    2. Describe the implementation process for a virtual volunteer program

    3. Learn how to keep community partners engaged with the child life team and volunteers

    4. Plan your own virtual volunteer program

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Kristina Richetts

    MS, CCLS

  • Emotional Safety: Staff Communication, Education, and Training Pillar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar explores the fourth pillar in creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: Staff communication, education, and training. Strategies will be discussed for implementing communication and education plans throughout medical systems. Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar explores the fourth pillar in creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: Staff communication, education, and training. Strategies will be discussed for implementing communication and education plans throughout medical systems.

    Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    Objectives: 

    Explore ways to collect institutional baseline emotional safety data

    Examine options for communication methods with outcomes that are reportable for concerns.

    Discuss different ways the initiative can be shared within individual organizations and beyond.

    Jenaya Gordon (MA, CCLS, NCC)

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, she has worked with children and families in the emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, neurosurgery unit, and inpatient surgical/trauma unit. Jenaya’s presentations address such topics as emotionally safe pediatric care, trauma-focused medical play, understanding and responding to children in crisis, trauma processing, and trauma-informed care. She authored the paper Emotional Safety in Pediatrics and was a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life. Jenaya is a former board member with the Association of Child Life Professionals and continues to contribute her time as a committee member.

    Carla Oliver

    Anna Ahrens

    Brianne Ortiz

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Families: The Role of Child Life

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Exploration of the role of child life when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. A comprehensive look at the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity, mental health, and overall healthcare experiences. Presenter will focus on developmental theory, language, cultural competency, and gender affirmative healthcare. Presenter will offer tools to anticipate and identify psychosocial stressors, developmental needs, and co-occurring mental health issues. Information on how child life can mitigate such stressors through awareness and advocacy, and help patients and families become more resilient. Finally, the webinar will discuss the importance of connection in terms of promoting health and wellness for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Exploration of the role of child life when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. A comprehensive look at the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity, mental health, and overall healthcare experiences. Presenter will focus on developmental theory, language, cultural competency, and gender affirmative healthcare. Presenter will offer tools to anticipate and identify psychosocial stressors, developmental needs, and co-occurring mental health issues. Information on how child life can mitigate such stressors through awareness and advocacy, and help patients and families become more resilient. Finally, the webinar will discuss the importance of connection in terms of promoting health and wellness for LGBTQ+ youth and families.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Participants will be able to identify the psychosocial, developmental needs of LGBTQ+ youth and families. 

    Participants will be able to apply developmental theory to their work with LGBTQ+ youth and families, understand the importance of language when working with LGBTQ+ populations, gain a clear understanding of the role of cultural competency plays in working with LGBTQ+ youth and families, and recognize the importance of building connections. 

    Participants will be equip to develop stronger, therapeutic relationships with LGBTQ+ youth and families. 

    Participants will understand their ethical responsibility as certified child life specialists, in terms of working with diverse populations and continued education. Presenter will share a variety of resources, including her own website.

    Christy French

    I have a master's in early childhood/elementary education and a masters in child life, both from Bank Street College of Education. I received my BA in French from Hamilton College. I have been passionate about issues related to LGBTQ+ populations for several years. I am a member of HRC and The Gender Spectrum.

  • Emotional Safety: The Other Side of the Patient Safety Coin

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will examine the importance of keeping pediatric patients not just physically safe during medical care, but emotionally safe as well. Clinical components of patient emotional safety will be explored as will the pillars for creating systemic change. This will be the introduction webinar to the emotional safety pillars that will be offered throughout 2021. Suggested domain: Ethics

    This webinar will examine the importance of keeping pediatric patients not just physically safe during medical care, but emotionally safe as well. Clinical components of patient emotional safety will be explored as will the pillars for creating systemic change. This will be the introduction webinar to the emotional safety pillars that will be offered throughout 2021.

    Suggested domain: Ethics

    Objectives: 

    Understand the ethical responsibility of providing emotionally safe medical care

    Examine the 3 clinical components of patient emotional safety

    Discuss the ethical responsibility of leading the emotional safety movement

    Explore how the 4 pillars of patient emotional safety will be used to create systemic change

    Jenaya Gordon (MA, CCLS, NCC)

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, she has worked with children and families in the emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, neurosurgery unit, and inpatient surgical/trauma unit. Jenaya’s presentations address such topics as emotionally safe pediatric care, trauma-focused medical play, understanding and responding to children in crisis, trauma processing, and trauma-informed care. She authored the paper Emotional Safety in Pediatrics and was a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life. Jenaya is a former board member with the Association of Child Life Professionals and continues to contribute her time as a committee member.

  • Operational Lessons Learned Navigating Child Life Careers

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/12/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This pop-up webinar is free for members and will explore child life funding sources, program development, interdisciplinary education, and more. Child life programs share core values for professional practice while operating uniquely. Through literature reviews and a combined three decades of clinical experiences across ten institutions, insights have been gained into operational systems. Hospital funding, program size, coverage plans, opportunities for professional growth, management styles, and self-care will be addressed. Suggested Domain: Professional Development

    This pop-up webinar is free for members and will explore child life funding sources, program development, interdisciplinary education, and more. Child life programs share core values for professional practice while operating uniquely. Through literature reviews and a combined three decades of clinical experiences across ten institutions, insights have been gained into operational systems. Hospital funding, program size, coverage plans, opportunities for professional growth, management styles, and self-care will be addressed.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to identify different funding sources (i.e. for-profit, non-profit, government-funded), types of employment (hourly, salaried, part-time, full-time, per diem, contracted, grant-funded), and ways this impacts child life’s role.

    Participants will be able to analyze components of program development such as the number of specialists, play-based or education-focused, administrative duties and new program development, and relate how these components impact the day-to-day work of a child life specialist.

    Participants will be able to describe orientation processes and education provided to interdisciplinary, as well as educational materials for patients and families, and extrapolate ways this education aids child life in meeting daily unit needs.

    Participants will be able to examine professional development and self-care opportunities in different environments and how that impacts self-growth and reduces burnout and stress especially during times of limited staff, such as during a pandemic.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Development

    Laura Gould

  • Emotional Safety: Intervention Pillar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/14/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar explores the second pillar of creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: Intervention. Tactics will be shared on ways to ensure the patient’s comfort and understanding regarding medical encounters. Concrete examples will be given regarding ways to empower patients and families to advocate for emotionally safe care. Strategies on gaining executive leader support will be shared. Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar explores the second pillar of creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: Intervention. Tactics will be shared on ways to ensure the patient’s comfort and understanding regarding medical encounters. Concrete examples will be given regarding ways to empower patients and families to advocate for emotionally safe care. Strategies on gaining executive leader support will be shared.

    Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    Objectives: 

    Understand the clinical components of emotional safety
    Explore current initiatives that support the clinical components
    Identify ways to empower patients and families to advocate for emotionally safe care
    Examine strategies to gaining executive leadership buy-in

    Jenaya Gordon (MA, CCLS, NCC)

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, she has worked with children and families in the emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, neurosurgery unit, and inpatient surgical/trauma unit. Jenaya’s presentations address such topics as emotionally safe pediatric care, trauma-focused medical play, understanding and responding to children in crisis, trauma processing, and trauma-informed care. She authored the paper Emotional Safety in Pediatrics and was a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life. Jenaya is a former board member with the Association of Child Life Professionals and continues to contribute her time as a committee member.

    Traci Woods, BS, CCLS

    Executive Director Family Centered Care and Patient Experience

    AdventHealth for Children and AdventHealth for Women: Orlando, FL

    A mom, daughter, sister, friend, leader and Child Life Specialist.  Started in Child Life in 1993 and moved into leadership over 15 years ago.  Enjoy taking on stretch assignments, focusing on culture change and growing Child Life beyond the traditional pediatric environment.  Passion for traveling to beautiful locations around the world to hike and enjoy the great outdoors.

    Sara Barnett

  • Emotional Safety: Environment Pillar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar delves into the third pillar focused on creating systemic change with emotional safety: Environment. Concrete examples will be given on making the physical environment conducive with socialization and healing. The ways staff values and culture can enhance the environment of healing will also be explored. Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar delves into the third pillar focused on creating systemic change with emotional safety: Environment. Concrete examples will be given on making the physical environment conducive with socialization and healing. The ways staff values and culture can enhance the environment of healing will also be explored.

    Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    Objectives: 

    Review literature discussing how the environment impacts patients and families.
    Explore current practices that create socially and physically healing environments.
    Examine ways to utilize team culture to positively influence emotional safety and family-centered care.

    Jenaya Gordon (MA, CCLS, NCC)

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, she has worked with children and families in the emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, neurosurgery unit, and inpatient surgical/trauma unit. Jenaya’s presentations address such topics as emotionally safe pediatric care, trauma-focused medical play, understanding and responding to children in crisis, trauma processing, and trauma-informed care. She authored the paper Emotional Safety in Pediatrics and was a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life. Jenaya is a former board member with the Association of Child Life Professionals and continues to contribute her time as a committee member.

    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.

    Stacey Koenig

    Barbara Romito

    MA, CCLS

    Barbara Romito, MA, CCLS, has served as the Director, Child Life Program at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for over 30 years. She oversees child life services and family centered care, developing innovative programs to enhance psychosocial care for children and families. She has lectured extensively to a variety of interdisciplinary groups and published research studies on psychosocial care of children and families. She received her MA in family studies from Montclair State University, has served on the boards of The Child life Council, Child Life of Greater NY, and is currently the Association of Child Life Professionals’ liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Hospital Care.

  • Emotional Safety: Screening & Assessment Pillar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar delves into the first pillar focused on creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: screening and assessment. The selection and implementation of psychosocially focused screeners will be discussed. There will be an exploration of practical communication tools that can be used to effectively share the assessment results and subsequent care plans. Suggested domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar delves into the first pillar focused on creating systemic change regarding emotional safety: screening and assessment. The selection and implementation of psychosocially focused screeners will be discussed. There will be an exploration of practical communication tools that can be used to effectively share the assessment results and subsequent care plans.

    Suggested domain: Assessment

    Objectives: 

    Explore current barriers to effective use of assessment/screening tools
    Identify current validated tools for psychosocial/emotional risk
    Discuss options for implementing these tools
    Examine ways to use your organization’s current technology systems to share results and plans with team members

    Jenaya Gordon (MA, CCLS, NCC)

    Manager, Child Life Department

    Jenaya Gordon is the manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, she has worked with children and families in the emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, neurosurgery unit, and inpatient surgical/trauma unit. Jenaya’s presentations address such topics as emotionally safe pediatric care, trauma-focused medical play, understanding and responding to children in crisis, trauma processing, and trauma-informed care. She authored the paper Emotional Safety in Pediatrics and was a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life. Jenaya is a former board member with the Association of Child Life Professionals and continues to contribute her time as a committee member.

    Kelly Wagner

    MS, CCLS

    Toni Millar

    MS, CCLS

    Toni Millar’s professional career as a CCLS has spanned over 25 years and has included clinical and leadership roles in healthcare systems, as well as supportive and leadership roles (President 2011-2012) in CLC/ACLP. Toni recently moved with her husband from New York City to Portland Maine to be closer to family and friends while exploring new professional options. 

    Lori Gottwein

    BS, CCLS

    Children's Wisconsin

    Lori is a child life professional with over 30+ years of clinical and leadership experience. She is currently Manager of Child Life and Creative Arts Therapies at Children’s Wisconsin where she oversees child life, creative arts therapies and sibling care. Lori has participated in a number of ACLP committees and workgroups including Education Training, Evidence-Based Practice, By-Laws Sub-committee and Patient Experience.  Lori is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership Administration at Concordia University. 

    Holly Clark

    MS, CTRS, CCLS

    Pediatric Potential, Inc. - Istanbul, Turkey

    Holly is dually certified as aChild Life Specialist and Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and is a Co-Founderof Pediatric Potential. She served pediatric patients with hematology,oncology, and acute medical rehabilitation needs for over twelve years as aCertified Child Life Specialist. Amid her tenure as a clinician, she provided avariety of psychosocial care interventions, led community reintegrationprograms, implemented support groups, and cultivated external donor and partnerrelationships. Holly’s global expertise spans from America, India, SoutheastAsia, Africa and the Middle East. For the past ten years, she has dedicated hercareer to promoting culturally responsive psychosocial care, as a professionalconsultant, governing board member, researcher, guest lecturer and medicalmission volunteer. 

  • Leveraging Extended Reality to Shape the Future of Patient Experience

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/16/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how health care institutions can leverage technology to improve patient experience and other important outcomes. Learn from a Child Life department that pioneered the effort to integrate technology as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention throughout their hospital. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Our hospital’s Child Life Department pioneered the effort to integrate technology as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention throughout the hospital. We developed an interdisciplinary committee and partnered our hospital’s innovation center and community partners to develop a program to champion this work. We obtained a substantial inventory of relevant technology for clinical practice and implemented a training program for our child life staff. We used a quality improvement methodology to evaluate the program and determine best practices. Jennifer Staab is leading research initiatives aimed at evaluating the efficacy and best practices associated with integrating extended reality programming to supplement and augment child life services. Abe Homer has worked as a gaming and technology specialist for three years and has pioneered best practices and innovation in this sector.

    Objectives:

    1) Participants will be able to summarize how healthcare institutions can leverage technology to improve patient experience and other important outcomes 

    2) Participants will be able to discuss strategies for successfully implementing and integrating technology into the patient experience. 

    3) Participants will be able to identify potential barriers to implementing technology into practice and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Jennifer Staab

    Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Manager 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, & 2019) 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.

    Abraham Homer, BA

    Gaming Technology Specialist

    Children's Hospital Colorado

    Abraham Homer received his BFA in creative writing and visual communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). After college he spent many years working in film production management; helping to produce feature films, festivals and extended reality experiences for audiences across the country. Following his film career, Abraham became the Gaming Technology Specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado where he researches, develops and integrates various gaming technology. This includes exploring the ways in which Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences can be utilized therapeutically in healthcare.

  • Behavioral Health Youth-In-Crisis in the PED: Child Life & Digital Art Therapy Collaboration

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how Child Life and Art Therapy collaborated to create a digital art therapy program for patients. Hear the results and how this program could be implemented at other sites. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Learn how Child Life and Art Therapy collaborated to create a digital art therapy program for patients. Hear the results and how this program could be implemented at other sites.

    In this hospital’s PED, a number of psychiatric illness-related visits continues an upward trend. Youth with behavioral issues experience long waits before mental health evaluation and treatment placement. In collaboration with Child Life and Art Therapy, pediatric patients with psycho-emotional needs are offered digital art therapy as a nonthreatening format for emotion regulation, self-expression, increased communication and receptivity to treatment. A study was conducted with 100 patients diagnosed with mood disorders, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Patients, utilizing a secure laptop computer, expressed what their journey looks like. The multidisciplinary collaboration in this hospital’s PED resulted in an increase of services and patient-centered care for this difficult population. The use of digital art therapy and mood assessment gave Child Life and PED staff a better understanding of the patients’ journey and affect states. The program provides pediatric patients with coping skills to decrease their anxiety, encourage self-expression, and lower the need for chemical and medical restraints, resulting in reduced stress in the healthcare team and a more supportive care environment

    Objectives:

    Describe the multi-disciplinary collaborative components, benefits and challenges of Child Life and Digital Art Therapy in the PED.

    Identify the effective communication and intervention strategies utilized to meet the needs of behavioral health youth in crisis.

    Report the outcomes achieved through PED child life specialist’s assessment and referrals for effective digital art therapy sessions.

    Review and discuss the efficacy of the digital modality of art therapy as viewed through the eyes of patients via their consented self-expressions and associated mood outcomes.

    Demonstrate and explain uses of a mood meter application for behavioral health patients and healthcare providers; including its function as an emotional change tool and its strategic role for emotional regulation.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    Christin Haughton

    MS, CCLS

    Christin Haughton, MS, CCLS : Child Life Specialist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Christin’s eleven-year experience as a CCLS includes nine years in a Level 1 Trauma center, seeing patients from newborn to age 24, treated and evaluated for medical illnesses and injuries, traumas, and behavioral health crises.

    Kendra Carlson

    MAAT, ATR-BC

    Art Therapist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at Springfield College Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program. Kendra’s fourteen-year experience includes lifespan populations with a focus on adolescents and experience in chronic physical and mental illness. Developed and implements a grant-based digital art therapy program for behavioral health patients in crisis as well as hospitalized adolescents and children with co-morbidity diagnoses and trauma. Kendra supervises post-graduate students for art therapy registration and instructs courses including family art therapy, research, and substance use population.