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. 

  • Moving Beyond Theories that Guide Child Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/22/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Theories influence the beliefs and actions of child life professionals. For decades, child life specialists have applied developmental theories and screening tools in their work and have an ethical responsibility to reflect on theories and maintain currency in today's pediatric settings. This webinar will provide an opportunity to consider alternate theories, developed from childhood studies, that reflect today's views of children and childhood. A critique of developmental theories will provide a much-needed examination of how these conceptual frameworks affect the assessment we make and inhibit our ability to provide the best care. Recommended Exam Domain: Assessment

    Theories influence the beliefs and actions of child life professionals. For decades, child life specialists have applied developmental theories and screening tools in their work and have an ethical responsibility to reflect on theories and maintain currency in today's pediatric settings. This webinar will provide an opportunity to consider alternate theories, developed from childhood studies, that reflect today's views of children and childhood. A critique of developmental theories will provide a much-needed examination of how these conceptual frameworks affect the assessment we make and inhibit our ability to provide the best care. 

    Participants will be able to:

    • Consider new ways of thinking and doing by incorporating insights from contemporary theories
    • Challenge and deconstruct assumptions derived from developmental stage theories
    • Incorporate new perspectives into assessments of patients and families

    Recommended Exam Domain: Assessment

    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.

  • Lights, Camera, Compassion: Providing visual distractions for children receiving radiation therapy

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Radiation therapy is an integral part of cancer treatment. The actual process of radiation is quick and pain free but comes with a unique set of challenges for pediatric patients. This treatment center has developed assessments for each patient to provide appropriate interventions. Technology is an essential intervention that has been incorporated into this treatment center to help reduce stress and create a pediatric friendly environment. These media-based interventions help to assist children in completing daily treatment with a sense of accomplishment, mastery, and control. Attendees will gain insight into the design and development of these assessments, technological interventions, and ideas to integrate into their facilities. Suggested domain: Intervention

    Radiation therapy is an integral part of cancer treatment. The actual process of radiation is quick and pain free but comes with a unique set of challenges for pediatric patients. This treatment center has developed assessments for each patient to provide appropriate interventions. Technology is an essential intervention that has been incorporated into this treatment center to help reduce stress and create a pediatric friendly environment. These media-based interventions help to assist children in completing daily treatment with a sense of accomplishment, mastery, and control. Attendees will gain insight into the design and development of these assessments, technological interventions, and ideas to integrate into their facilities.

    Learning Objectives:

    Become familiar with the process of radiation treatment and planning sessions

    Learn assessment techniques to determine appropriate technology interventions

    Discover interventions that enhance a child’s treatment experience

    Describe the impact of child life within the interdisciplinary team

    Explore the need for referenced technological interventions within different areas of child life practice

    Suggested domain: Intervention

    Courtney Audet

    MS, CCLS

    Bachelor's degree in psychology and Master's in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College. I have been working as a child life specialist in radiation at Brigham and Women's Hospital since 2014.

  • What do you mean we are closing the playroom? Solutions for programming during COVID-19

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/29/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will discuss tactics and virtual programming ideas created by the entire team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Mission Bay. We will share our ideas, what worked and didn’t work in regards to virtual programming and socialization opportunities for patients and families during COVID 19. Suggested Domain: Intervention

    This webinar will discuss tactics and virtual programming ideas created by the entire team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Mission Bay. We will share our ideas, what worked and didn’t work in regards to virtual programming and socialization opportunities for patients and families during COVID 19.

    Suggested Domain:  Intervention

    • Participants will learn the history of BCH-SF virtual programs in order to understand the significance of integrating new models programming to support patients during COVID 19
    • Participants will increase the understanding of virtual programming to help promote patient and family satisfaction in the healthcare setting.
    • Participants will develop tools and techniques to create virtual programming within a multi-disciplinary team.

    Kristen Beckler, M.Ed, CTRS

    Kristen Beckler, M.Ed, CTRS, CCLS Kristen received a BS degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Education focusing on Recreation Therapy and her M.Ed from the University of Missouri in Information Science and Learning Technologies. She has been a dually certified CCLS and CTRS for over 20 years, spending a majority of her career at Stanford Children’s Health, covering Oncology/ Stem Cell Transplant, Cardiac Surgery/ Transplant and the Pediatric Emergency Department. Kristen is currently a CLS III at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco covering PICU, the student program and during the last few months is the acting media coordinator for the increased broadcasts. On the side, Kristen is the Communications Manager for Child Life United and teaches online Child Life courses at UC Santa Barbara and at Eastern Washington University.

    Jennifer Goldhammer, MA, MT-BC, CCLS

    Jennifer Goldhammer, MA, MT-BC Jenny received her M.A. in music therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she supported children from infancy through adolescence during their hospital experience. After graduate school, she worked for three years in the greater Philadelphia area in both school and in camp settings as well as in an outpatient private practice. Jenny has worked at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital for the past three years and covers the intensive care, transitional care, and medical/surgical units. She enjoys incorporating play, storytelling, music, and technology into her work.

  • Ethical Focus on Academic Programs and Clinical Internships: Increasing Diversity in the Profession

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    In this call to action workshop, we will examine the ethical responsibility of all Certified Child Life Specialists to become active agents in increasing diversity within our field. By examining historical professional contexts and standardized pathways to the field, we will explore ways in which we can shift the paradigm, developing a new kaleidoscope profession that mirrors the patients and families we serve. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    In this call to action workshop, we will examine the ethical responsibility of all Certified Child Life Specialists to become active agents in increasing diversity within our field. By examining historical professional contexts and standardized pathways to the field, we will explore ways in which we can shift the paradigm, developing a new kaleidoscope profession that mirrors the patients and families we serve.

    Identify barriers and challenges that impede the development of a diverse Child Life workforce.
    Identify solutions to overcoming implicit and explicit bias in classroom settings.
    Identify solutions to overcoming implicit and explicit bias in the internship application process.
    Develop individualized action plans to that facilitate bias-reduction in Child Life Practice.
    Develop individualized action plans that increase opportunities for underrepresented populations to enter the Child Life field.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Colleen Cameron

    CCLS

    Colleen Cameron, CCLS, M.Ed.: Professor of Practice, Undergraduate Director, Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University. 20 years CCLS experience, led the Department to become an ACLP endorsed academic program. Participated in ACLP Academic Summit held at Wheelock College, Detroit Airport. Past presenter at ACLP conference, Past moderator at multiple ACLP academic gatherings. Former clinical CCLS and Internship supervisor at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Sunrise Children's Hospital, Las Vegas NV, and SUNY Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Publications; Baish Cameron, C. & Lozito-Yorton, R. (2019). An ethical focus on academic programs and clinical internships: Increasing diversity in our professional population. (3). Baish Cameron, C. & Patte, M. (2018). A typology of play in medical settings. In Smith, P.K., & Roopnarine, J.L. (Eds.). (pp. 615-629). Cambridge University Press. Botash, A. S., Jeski, M., Cameron, C. B., Nelsen, E. K., Haines, P., & Bennett, N. (2013). Look before you LEAPP™: An interprofessional approach to bedside pediatric inpatient procedures. BMJ Open Quality, 2(1).

  • Who's the Boss: Ethical Considerations When Caregivers Decline Preparation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    When caregivers decline preparation for healthcare events, child life specialists are tasked with balancing the primacy of patient and family centered care with our professional judgment rooted in evidence-based practice. We will discuss the inherent delicacy of this balance, including considerations for decision-making and specific strategies for ensuring caregivers are assisted in making safe and informed choices. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    When caregivers decline preparation for healthcare events, child life specialists are tasked with balancing the primacy of patient and family centered care with our professional judgment rooted in evidence-based practice. We will discuss the inherent delicacy of this balance, including considerations for decision-making and specific strategies for ensuring caregivers are assisted in making safe and informed choices.

    Participants will be able to:

    -Verbalize current evidence of benefits and potential risks of developmentally appropriate preparation for healthcare events. 

    -Develop familiarity with ethical tenets related to preparation for healthcare events.

    -Discuss considerations for decision-making and specific strategies to employ when a caregiver does refuse preparation for their child.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Lauren Straub

    BEd, CCLS

    Lauren Straub, BEd, CCLS, works in the outpatient setting in a medical clinic following patients with developmental and/or behavioral diagnoses.

    Emily Jones

    CCLS

    Emily Jones works as a Child Life Specialist III with the Adaptive Care Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her work includes providing individualized education, preparation, procedural support, and therapeutic play to meet the psychosocial needs of patients with specific developmental and behavioral needs and their families in the health care setting. She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to adapt health care encounters to meet the unique needs of patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. She is also part of Cincinnati Children’s Bioethics Committee, which provides help with resolving ethical issues following a bioethics consult requested by patient families, medical center staff, or community-based caregivers. Emily earned her master’s of science in psychology at Lipscomb University and her master’s of education in child studies from Vanderbilt University and has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist for over four years. 

  • Diversity and Inclusion: The Student Populuation (An EBP overview of Practice)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This is a deeper look at current practices in student population development through the scope of evidence based practice. This presentation will be factual of a through literature review to support those practices that may be developmental in creation of a more diverse and inclusionary student population. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This is a deeper look at current practices in student population development through the scope of evidence based practice. This presentation will be factual of a through literature review to support those practices that may be developmental in creation of a more diverse and inclusionary student population.

    *Evidence based practice awareness 

    *Allyship of child life professionals for the inclusionary practices of student population 

    *Action steps derived from EBP that could be proposal measures for student programming

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    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.

  • Connecting the Dots: Race and Pediatrics and the Role of Child Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, participants will develop an understanding of how race impacts the patient experience of families of color and the role of child life in supporting and advocating for equitable healthcare and patient experience. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    In this webinar, participants will develop an understanding of how race impacts the patient experience of families of color and the role of child life in supporting and advocating for equitable healthcare and patient experience.

    1. Participants will understand how race impacts the lives of patients and families.
    2. Participants will learn how healthcare has and has not supported communities of color.
    3. Participants will discuss how child life can mitigate the damage of racism in pediatrics.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 

    Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale

    MA, CCLS

    Troy is a Certified Child Life Specialist for and has over 25 years of experience in the field of Child Life, including directing several child life programs in the tri-state area. She has served as the Director of the Child Life Masters Program at Bank Street College since 2004, and has taught the following courses: Child Development, Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood, Child Life in Health Care Settings, Children with Special Health Care Needs, and Child Life Administration.

    Troy has been an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals and has held several leadership positions. Patient and Family Centered Care has been an integral part of her work with children, youth and their families for the last 30 years. She is committed to working with families. During her career, she has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, Special Educator and as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Throughout her career she remains committed to and advocating for the diverse and unique needs of all patients and their family, supporting their growth and development.

  • Applying Ethical Principles to Everyday Situations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Assisting child life professionals with applying ethical principles to common situations that occur frequently in the work of a CCLS. Suggested Domain: Ethics

    Assisting child life professionals with applying ethical principles to common situations that occur frequently in the work of a CCLS.

    Suggested Domain: Ethics

  • Foundational Interventions of Child Life Practice: Using Theory and Assessment to Differentiate the Tools

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation will revisit literature of child life theoretical framework and practice to distinguish the defining qualities and goals of medical play, psychosocial preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus. Discussion will include considerations for assessment of individual situations to encourage developmentally appropriate care and help identify clear rationale behind choices made. In addition, reviewing seminal writings and comparing them with current literature, practice, and more recent understanding of brain development will aim to support student supervisors and academicians as they teach students, perpetuating clarity and confidence in the work of a child life specialist. The author will discuss the fine, but important, difference between operationalized definitions of concepts often used in research settings and reconciling those definitions with individuals in everyday practice. Experiences of the author on a multidisciplinary research team and within the context of teaching students in the classroom and in clinical training will provide examples for attendees to consider and discuss. Finally, professional conversation regarding perspectives, experiences, and challenges will be prompted to encourage professional growth, understanding, and reflection surrounding these concepts. Suggested Domain: Assessment

    This presentation will revisit literature of child life theoretical framework and practice to distinguish the defining qualities and goals of medical play, psychosocial preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus. Discussion will include considerations for assessment of individual situations to encourage developmentally appropriate care and help identify clear rationale behind choices made. In addition, reviewing seminal writings and comparing them with current literature, practice, and more recent understanding of brain development will aim to support student supervisors and academicians as they teach students, perpetuating clarity and confidence in the work of a child life specialist. The author will discuss the fine, but important, difference between operationalized definitions of concepts often used in research settings and reconciling those definitions with individuals in everyday practice. Experiences of the author on a multidisciplinary research team and within the context of teaching students in the classroom and in clinical training will provide examples for attendees to consider and discuss. Finally, professional conversation regarding perspectives, experiences, and challenges will be prompted to encourage professional growth, understanding, and reflection surrounding these concepts.

    Objective 1 Participants will be able to review, examine, and discuss literature describing the differences and similarities between medical play and psychological preparation.
    Objective 2 Participants will be able to review, examine, and discuss literature describing the differences and similarities between distraction and alternative focus.
    Objective 3 Participants will be able to consider and practice assessing situations in which these interventions could be most appropriate and needed.
    Objective 4 Participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated group discussion about perspectives and questions related to differentiating medical play, psychological preparation, distraction, and planned alternative focus.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    Katherine Bennett

    MEd, CCLS

    Katherine Bennett, MEd, CCLS has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital since 2001. She has worked with children and families in the areas of operative surgery, community outreach/education, PICC, inpatient medicine with all age groups, and in the burn center. Currently, she serves as the educator for Child Life & Volunteer Services, planning and coordinating the clinical training experiences for emerging child life professionals, onboarding new employees, working with the department's clinical advancement program and providing education about the needs of children in healthcare settings to colleagues both in and outside the Vanderbilt community. She has written and presented at international conferences and in several published outlets about such topics as medical play and its impact, developmental theory applied to hospitalized children, and teaching child life in the clinical and university settings.

  • A Robotic Internship: One Program's Experience with Virtual Learning Opportunities

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/26/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will explore our experience with adapting the internship experience to a virtual setting. During COVID-19, Katie's internship was paused and we decided to find ways to continue the learning experience virtually. Through the use of our telepresence robots, Katie was able to have actual clinical experience. We will discuss our journey and the challenges, successes, and lessons learned through our experience with the intention of demonstrating how technology can be used to provide high quality learning experiences for students at all levels. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar will explore our experience with adapting the internship experience to a virtual setting. During COVID-19, Katie's internship was paused and we decided to find ways to continue the learning experience virtually. Through the use of our telepresence robots, Katie was able to have actual clinical experience. We will discuss our journey and the challenges, successes, and lessons learned through our experience with the intention of demonstrating how technology can be used to provide high quality learning experiences for students at all levels.

    Participants will be able to understand how technology and telepresence robots can be used to provide clinical experiences to students.

    Participants will be able to hear from both the internship supervisor and student points of view to better understand how this type of experience is both similar and different from in person learning. 

    Participants will be able to engage in a question and answer session to better understand how they can practically implement some of the activities and learning experiences into their programs.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    Debbie Spencer

    BS, CCLS

    Debbie Spencer has a bachelor's degree in Family Studies with a Child Life Concentration from Samford University. She has been a CCLS for 12 years and works at AdventHealth for Children as the Child Life Clinical Coordinator. She works in the CVICU and coordinates the internship program.

    Katie Owen

    BS

    Katie Owen recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in child development. She also completed her internship at AdventHealth for Children this past Spring 2020 session.