2022 Assessment Package

Looking to strengthen your assessment skills? This 5 webinar package offers participants the chance to fortify their assessment skills and earn 6.5 PDUs in the Assessment Domain. 

This package contains access to the following webinars:

  1. Mom's Mind Matters: Maternal Mental Health Awareness (2022)
  2. "It's Out of My Control:" How Mental Health Admissions Can Impact Adolescent Development (2022)
  3. “Thrown out of a Moving Train”: Caregiver Experiences of Transition from Intensive to Acute Care (2022)
  4. Trials and Tribulations of Transplant: Creating Emotional Safety for a Medically Complex Chronic Population (2022)
  5. Anxiety: Partnering with Nursing Colleagues to Improve Assessment and Physical and Emotional Outcomes (2022)
  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Depression and anxiety impact 1 in 5 pregnant and postpartum women. This presentation will provide education on maternal mood disorders with a focus on postpartum depression and anxiety. We will discuss assessment, resources available and a brief overview of treatment options. We will consider how maternal mood disorders affect the whole family and explore ways child life specialists and all medical professionals can help. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.5 PDUs

    Depression and anxiety impact 1 in 5 pregnant and postpartum women. This presentation will provide education on maternal mood disorders with a focus on postpartum depression and anxiety. We will discuss assessment, resources available and a brief overview of treatment options. We will consider how maternal mood disorders affect the whole family and explore ways child life specialists and all medical professionals can help.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    1.5 PDUs

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn basic information on maternal mood disorders including postpartum depression and anxiety. 

    2. Explore available resources and support services for moms and families. 

    3. Identify how and why maternal mental health is relevant to all professionals working with children. 

    4. Identify one's role in helping families who are experiencing a maternal mood disorder.

    Katie Dillard

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Katie Dillard, CCLS, PMH-C graduated from The University of Alabama and has been a child life specialist for 12 years. She is also a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist. Katie has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings including NICU, NICU follow up clinic and Labor and Delivery with an emphasis on maternal mental health support. She is a volunteer coordinator for Postpartum Support International and a Resolve Through Sharing perinatal loss coordinator.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Intensive care to acute care is a high-risk component of patient and family psychosocial wellbeing during hospitalization. However, little is yet known about the experience at this time. Therefore, this study explored parent/caregiver perceptions of of their child's transition from pediatric intensive care to acute care. The findings of this mixed-methods research demonstrate immediate implications for child life assessment and intervention practices across the inpatient healthcare enterprise. Objectives: Review current research on psychosocial and developmental outcomes associated with both intensive care admissions and unit-to-unit transfers for children and families. Examine the results of a research study on the perspectives of caregivers on the patient transition from an intensive care unit to an acute care floor. Identify applications of study findings specifically to Certified Child Life Specialists as well as other members of multidisciplinary care teams. 1 PDU, Assessment Domain

    Intensive care to acute care is a high-risk component of patient and family psychosocial wellbeing during hospitalization. However, little is yet known about the experience at this time. Therefore, this study explored parent/caregiver perceptions of of their child's transition from pediatric intensive care to acute care. The findings of this mixed-methods research demonstrate immediate implications for child life assessment and intervention practices across the inpatient healthcare enterprise.

    Objectives:

    Review current research on psychosocial and developmental outcomes associated with both intensive care admissions and unit-to-unit transfers for children and families.

    Examine the results of a research study on the perspectives of caregivers on the patient transition from an intensive care unit to an acute care floor.

    Identify applications of study findings specifically to Certified Child Life Specialists as well as other members of multidisciplinary care teams.

    1 PDU, Assessment Domain

    Jessika Boles

    PhD, CCLS

    Vanderbilt University

    Dr. Jessika Boles, PhD, CCLS is a Child Life Team Lead in the pediatric critical care unit at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, a Master of Education in applied child studies from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in educational psychology (with certificate in qualitative research) from the University of Memphis. Her clinical experience spans more than ten years across hematology/oncology, adolescent/young adult, and critical care populations and settings.
    As a researcher, Jessika situates child development and educational processes in culturally charged and healthcare-focused learning environments such as the pediatric hospital, outpatient clinic, and family. Blending recognizable, critical, and post-qualitative methods with established developmental theories, her research specifically deconstructs the ways in which children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, as well as caregivers and healthcare providers, learn about and enact complex social concepts such as health/illness, life/death, and loss/legacy. In addition to her clinical work, Jessika teaches graduate courses in play-based approaches to family stress and coping, research trends and techniques in pediatric healthcare, research design, and applied developmental assessment at Vanderbilt University.

    Emily Boulos

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Vanderbilt University

    Emily Boulos, MEd, CCLS completed a Master's in Child Studies at Vanderbilt University and is currently a Child Life Fellow at Golisano Children's Hospital Southwest Florida. She  co-designed a study to examine caregiver perceptions of ICU-to-acute-care patient transitions and is involved in several research projects addressing legacy and sibling bereavement. Emily is involved in several nonprofit organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida. 

    Cara Guthrie

    MEd

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Being a teenager is hard work -- even more so when you're receiving help for a mental health diagnosis while stuck in the hospital! This webinar will review typical adolescent development and explore how healthcare admissions for mental health treatment can impact adolescents. Developmental theory, psychiatric literature, and child life assessment will be discussed. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU

    Being a teenager is hard work -- even more so when you're receiving help for a mental health diagnosis while stuck in the hospital! This webinar will review typical adolescent development and explore how healthcare admissions for mental health treatment can impact adolescents. Developmental theory, psychiatric literature, and child life assessment will be discussed.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Review typical “textbook” adolescent development milestones and expectations
    2. Explore psychosocial concerns associated with psychiatric healthcare admissions for adolescents and their families
    3. Apply developmental theory and psychiatry knowledge to adolescent development during psychiatric hospitalization
    4. Discuss how the connection between mental health needs and adolescents can affect child life assessments

    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.

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    Bridgette Danielson

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Bridgette Danielson has been a Certified Child Life Specialist II for five years in an inpatient behavioral health facility at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She received her Masters of Art in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Child Life Concentration from Western Michigan University in 2017. Throughout her professional career, Bridgette has presented on the topic of child life and mental health to over a dozen conferences, child life departments, and collegiate programs. She is certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), has provided mentorship and guidance to several child life students and professionals, and is currently planning to collaborate with the ACLP regarding meet-ups for CCLSs working with patients with behavioral needs. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, spending time with her family, reading, and baking.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Pediatric solid organ transplant patients are a medically and psychosocially vulnerable populations. The goal for this presentation is not only to provide information about the innovative ways in which child life can promote emotional safety for these patients and families, but to share how some of the interventions and tools developed could be beneficial for other chronic populations. Objectives: Explain the transplant process and identify associated risk factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Apply innovative interventions and approaches in order to create emotional safety for chronic populations. Justify and utilize the allocation of child life resources to cover chronic outpatients. 2.0 PDUs, Assessment/Intervention Domain

    Pediatric solid organ transplant patients are a medically and psychosocially vulnerable populations. The goal for this presentation is not only to provide information about the innovative ways in which child life can promote emotional safety for these patients and families, but to share how some of the interventions and tools developed could be beneficial for other chronic populations.

    Objectives:

    Explain the transplant process and identify associated risk factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

    Apply innovative interventions and approaches in order to create emotional safety for chronic populations.

    Justify and utilize the allocation of child life resources to cover chronic outpatients.

    2.0 PDUs, Assessment/Intervention Domain

    Jessica Tyndall

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

    Jessica has been a CCLS for 11 years, the last 7 of which have been at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where she works with the pediatric transplant population. Prior to that she worked at the HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC and completed her internship at the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center in Worcester, MA. Her special areas of interests include: chronic populations, medical trauma, children with special needs, palliative care, and medication adherence. 

    Kathleen Wallace

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

    Kathleen has worked at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital since 2009. She  primarily worked with the pediatric small bowel and liver transplant population from 2011 until 2014. Today, Kathleen works primarily with the hematology/oncology, general pediatric and procedural sedation team, in addition to coordinating the child life program at Medstar Georgetown. Her interests include chronic populations, adolescents and young adult patients, and pediatric transplant. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Evidence has shown that pediatric patients may experience high levels of anxiety throughout a hospitalization which can impact pain scores, medication needs, length of stay and for some, increase medical taruma which has long term implications. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the process of conducting a quality improvement process with the interdiscplinary team and gain insight into best practices for assessing anxiety at the bedside. Presenters will share research, resources, and tools for assessment and treatment of anxiety. Objectives: Participants will learn and apply quality improvements techniques in the pediatric medical setting and gain insight into the different roles of quality improvement work and clinical research. Participants will be able to utilize the quality improvement roadmap and be empowered to utilize quality improvement techniques to improve clinical care in their own practice. Identify both the short and long term implications of anxiety and ways to collaborate within the interdisciplinary team on effective interventions. 1 PDU, Assessment Domain

    Evidence has shown that pediatric patients may experience high levels of anxiety throughout a hospitalization which can impact pain scores, medication needs, length of stay and for some, increase medical taruma which has long term implications. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the process of conducting a quality improvement process with the interdiscplinary team and gain insight into best practices for assessing anxiety at the bedside. Presenters will share research, resources, and tools for assessment and treatment of anxiety.

    Objectives:

    Participants will learn and apply quality improvements techniques in the pediatric medical setting and gain insight into the different roles of quality improvement work and clinical research.

    Participants will be able to utilize the quality improvement roadmap and be empowered to utilize quality improvement techniques to improve clinical care in their own practice.

    Identify both the short and long term implications of anxiety and ways to collaborate within the interdisciplinary team on effective interventions.

    1 PDU, Assessment Domain

    Dana Kim

    MA, MT-BC, NICU MT, CIMI

    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

    Dana Kim has been a music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for 6 years and uses her advanced trainings in guided imagery and music, neonatal intensive care music therapy, and therapeutic songwriting to provide care for patients across all the inpatient units.  Dana completed the hospital’s Quality Academy in 2019 and continues to lead a team of interdisciplinary colleagues in an improvement project focused on reducing patients’ anxiety in the hospital.  Currently, Dana is also collaborating with child life colleagues to complete a research project focused on enhancing infant attachment/bonding and caregiver empowerment in the hospital.

    Dee Baddley

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

    Dee Baddley is a Certified Child Life Specialist II at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the outpatient Orthopaedic clinic. Dee has been employed there for 4 years and has used her Bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Master’s Degree in Child Life to provide patient and family centered care in the hospital setting, to facilitate research projects within the department, to educate students in the community, and to partner in committee work with team members. Dee is currently leading her own research study pertaining to pain management in infants undergoing care for clubfoot in the outpatient Orthopaedic clinic setting, as well as, continuing to collect data during the implementation of an anxiety assessment tool.