2022 Professional Development Subscription

This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2022 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2022 programming, and earn over 20 PDUs. 

Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2022 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/15/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    The presenters will discuss the implementation and outcome of a pre-call program for patients scheduled for an upcoming voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG). Examples of assessment and tracking tools utilized for implementing child life pre-calls in an outpatient setting will be discussed. Lessons learned about how to create a LEAN, equitable, atraumatic process will be shared. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU

    The presenters will discuss the implementation and outcome of a pre-call program for patients scheduled for an upcoming voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG). Examples of assessment and tracking tools utilized for implementing child life pre-calls in an outpatient setting will be discussed. Lessons learned about how to create a LEAN, equitable, atraumatic process will be shared.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment

    1.0 PDU

    Karen Gloer

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Karen Gloer, CCLS has been a child life specialist for 21 years, currently providing services in the Radiology department. She serves as a member of the Children's Mercy Health Literacy Committee and co-leads the health literacy written document review committee for the Patient and Family Services department.

    Sara Easley

    Amy McCullough

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/26/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Child life specialists use developmental theories to assess patients and plan interventions on a daily basis. However, as a profession, we have to yet to explore the history of developmental theories and examine why the most commonly used theories were created by “Old White Men.” This webinar will allow viewers to learn about child development through the lens of black theorists, who provide richer insight into the developmental processes and challenges of black youth. Understanding developmental frameworks from perspectives of BIPOC scholars who have studied child development in black and minority youth will allow child life specialists to better assess the needs of black children and their families who are hospitalized or facing other crises. Furthermore, when child life specialists can broaden their assessment skills, the planning and implementation of appropriate interventions and the ability to form meaningful, trusting, therapeutic relationships with families of color will become an additional skill set that specialists can offer in the healthcare field.

    Child life specialists use developmental theories to assess patients and plan interventions on a daily basis. However, as a profession, we have to yet to explore the history of developmental theories and examine why the most commonly used theories were not created with colored individuals in mind. This webinar will allow viewers to learn about child development through the lens of black theorists, who provide richer insight into the developmental processes and challenges of black youth. Understanding developmental frameworks from perspectives of BIPOC scholars who have studied child development in black and minority youth will allow child life specialists to better assess the needs of black children and their families who are hospitalized or facing other crises. Furthermore, when child life specialists can broaden their assessment skills, the planning and implementation of appropriate interventions and the ability to form meaningful, trusting, therapeutic relationships with families of color will become an additional skill set that specialists can offer in the healthcare field. 

    Suggested Domain: DEI

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Examine the history of developmental theories and explore how whiteness is elevated in the most commonly used theories in child life practice. 

    2. Name at least three black theorists in the fields of child development, sociology, and psychology. 

    3. Describe the contributions of black theorists and scholars to developmental processes and challenges of black youth. 

    4. Implement knowledge of developmental theories from the perspective of BIPOC scholars into child life assessment practices.


    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Starlight, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.

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    Kristina Hayes

    MS, CCLS

    Kristina is a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital DanceBlue Hematology Oncology Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development, and went on to get her master’s degree in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky. Kristina has been practicing child life for about 9 years and has been an active member of ACLP, serving as committee member and chair for the Education and Training Committee. She has also facilitated several professional presentations at regional child life and nursing conferences, as well as at the ACLP’s annual conference, on child-life related topics and program development.

    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.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/25/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Our style of communication and the words we choose may exert a lasting impact on patients and families' ability to adapt and adjust to their hospital experiences. As Child Life Specialists we are taught throughout our education and training about the power of words, how they influence, as well as, produce an effect on pediatric patients and families. This webinar will promote an understanding of the impact that hospitalization has on each stage of development and review language that should be used within each age and stage. We will also review two schools of thought when speaking with and referring to people with disabilities; “People First Language vs Identity first language”. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own views and biases regarding these different approaches. In addition, we will review culturally sensitive approaches when communicating with minorities in the healthcare setting. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 1.5 PDUs

    Our style of communication and the words we choose may exert a lasting impact on patients and families' ability to adapt and adjust to their hospital experiences. As Child Life Specialists we are taught throughout our education and training about the power of words, how they influence, as well as, produce an effect on pediatric patients and families. This webinar will promote an understanding of the impact that hospitalization has on each stage of development and review language that should be used within each age and stage. We will also review two schools of thought when speaking with and referring to people with disabilities; “People First Language vs Identity first language”. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own views and biases regarding these different approaches. In addition, we will review culturally sensitive approaches when communicating with minorities in the healthcare setting.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    1.5 PDUs

    Learning Objectives:

    1- Define the impact hospitalization has on each stage of development in the pediatric population.
    2 - Identify and apply developmentally appropriate language when communicating with patients and families.
    3 - Understanding the importance of culture sensitivity and increasing awareness when communicating with minorities in the healthcare setting.

    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Starlight, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.

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    Helen Magdalinos

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Helen Magdalinos, CCLS, BA, Dip Human Rel & Family Life Ed. has been a Certified Child Life specialist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in Montreal, Quebec since 2004. She worked with the Cystic Fibrosis population for the first ten years, and inclusively on the surgical inpatient unit for 17 years. Helen has a variety of experiences working with technically dependent patients who have been living on the surgical unit for over 5 years, as well as, working on both Neurosurgery and Trauma teams. She has also been the Child Life internship supervisor for over 10 years. Prior to her Child Life certification, she worked as a research coordinator at the Montreal Children's Hospital from 2000 to 2006, with a focus on injury prevention under the tutelage of Dr. Barry Pless.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/08/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Child life specialists provide vital interventions inside and outside the trauma room. Presenters will discuss collaboration with multidisciplinary staff and how to build a strong presence in the trauma bay. Discussion will include: presence from arrival, interventions and support while in the emergency department, follow-up resources, and, when needed, bereavement. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.5 PDUs

    Child life specialists provide vital interventions inside and outside the trauma room. Presenters will discuss collaboration with multidisciplinary staff and how to build a strong presence in the trauma bay. Discussion will include: presence from arrival, interventions and support while in the emergency department, follow-up resources, and, when needed, bereavement.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.5 PDUs

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to learn about a pediatric emergency department and trauma center

    2. Participants will be able to learn about child life’s role during a trauma

    3. Participants will be able to learn about post-trauma interventions and bereavement

    Alicia Basmajian

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Cook Children's Medical Center

    Alicia Basmajian, CCLS obtained a Bachelors of Science in Child Development with an emphasis in Child Life from Texas Woman’s University in 2009. She worked as a child life assistant from 2009-2012 at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX. Alicia completed her internship at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth in 2012. In 2014 she was hired on as a child life specialist in the Emergency Department at Cook Children’s Medical Center which is where she remains today. Alicia serves on the ACLP Certification Committee.

    Debbie Wheeler

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Cook Children's Medical Center

    Debbie Wheeler, MS, CCLS, CIMI obtained a Masters of Science in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College in 2003 as well as a Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Health Services from University of Delaware in 2000. She did her training throughout the northeast at several hospitals including The Children’s Hospital Milton Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, as well as, Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island. She worked as a child life specialist in a wide array of clinical areas and diagnoses within the hospitals of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, and her current placement at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. She is trained as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and a Certified Passenger Safety Technician. Debbie serves on the ACLP Certification Committee.

    Lauren Young

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Cook Children's Medical Center

    Lauren Young, MS, CCLS obtained a Masters in Child Advocacy from Montclair State University in 2017 and Bachelors of Science in Family Studies from Abilene Christian University in 2008. Lauren completed her internship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2009, followed by a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 2010-2011. In 2012, Laruen was hired at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX. Lauren remains employed at Cook Children’s and has worked in the Infusion Center, Special Procedure’s Area and Emergency Department as a child life specialist throughout the last 9 years. She is a Child Passenger Safety Technician and serves on the ACLP Mentor Committee.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/15/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will examine schools as an untapped employment environment for Certified Child Life Specialists. Child life interventions within a school setting will be explored in comparison to hospital interventions. This will hopefully show the need to advocate for child life outside of hospital walls, while also showing child life specialists that there are alternate work environments. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.5 PDUs

    This webinar will examine schools as an untapped employment environment for Certified Child Life Specialists. Child life interventions within a school setting will be explored in comparison to hospital interventions. This will hopefully show the need to advocate for child life outside of hospital walls, while also showing child life specialists that there are alternate work environments.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.5 PDUs

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the similarities of working in a school and hospital

    2. Explore traditional child life interventions in a school setting

    3. Understand the importance of transitions: hospital to school, school to hospital 

    4. Examine new ways of using child life skills to create school-based interventions

    Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Starlight, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.

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    Courtney Rosborough

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Courtney Rosborough MSc CCLS PTP has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2014. She is also a Play Therapy Practitioner (Certificates in Play Therapy and Sand Tray) and currently collecting hours to earn Registered Play Therapist Status. Courtney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology and a Master of Health Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care. She has fulfilled child Life roles in hospital settings, home settings, consultation, private practice, non-profit, specialized services and school environments.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/30/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    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 Includes a Live Web Event on 01/28/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    All patients and families deserve to receive health information in ways that they can understand and use. It is our duty as health care professionals to address this social determinant of health. During this webinar, we will explore health literacy tools and techniques to better support and educate patients and families. We will also discuss ways to promote and advocate for health literacy practices and principles. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 1.5 PDUs

    All patients and families deserve to receive health information in ways that they can understand and use. It is our duty as health care professionals to address this social determinant of health. During this webinar, we will explore health literacy tools and techniques to better support and educate patients and families. We will also discuss ways to promote and advocate for health literacy practices and principles.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    1.5 PDUs

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Give an overview of health literacy
    2) Discuss evidence-based health literacy tools and techniques
    3) Share ways to incorporate health literacy into daily practice
    4) Explore ways to advocate and promote health literacy

    Karen Gloer

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Karen Gloer, CCLS has been a child life specialist for 21 years, currently providing services in the Radiology department. She serves as a member of the Children's Mercy Health Literacy Committee and co-leads the health literacy written document review committee for the Patient and Family Services department.

    Amanda Porter

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Amanda Porter, CCLS has been a child life specialist for 6 years, currently providing services in the Dialysis Unit and Kidney Center. She serves as a member of the Children's Mercy Health Literacy Committee and leads the Health Literacy Education Subcommittee.

    Barbie Rudder

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Barbie Rudder, CCLS has been a child life specialist for 18 years, currently serving as a manager for the Child Life Ambulatory Team at Children's Mercy. She serves as a member of the Children's Mercy Health Literacy Committee and co-leads the health literacy written document review committee for the Patient and Family Services department.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/15/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will examine many types and facets of grief in children and adolescents, and discuss coping skills and creative activities that help children explore and work through their grief. Support for the child life specialist working with grieving children will also be explored. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.5 PDUs

    This webinar will examine many types and facets of grief in children and adolescents, and discuss coping skills and creative activities that help children explore and work through their grief. Support for the child life specialist working with grieving children will also be explored.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.5 PDUs

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define different types of grief that affect children and adolescents
    2. Understand Covid-related grief
    3. Identify grief behaviors at different developmental stages
    4. Describe grief coping strategies and activities
    5. Develop strategies to support children's grief needs
    6. Access resources available to support children and families through grief

    Laura Moore

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Laura Moore, EdD, CHES, CCLS brings extensive experience and a strong passion for supporting children, teens and families whose lives have been touched by illness and loss of a loved one. Her first job found her working on a pediatric oncology unit where she recognized the importance of combining emotional support, education and creative activities to create an environment where children, teens and families can relax and be themselves. Her experience in the past 20 years has included hospital, school and not-for-profit settings. Laura’s academic areas of focus include health education, health psychology, emotional support, program design, curriculum development and research design. Laura holds a Doctorate in Health and Behavior from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and is certified as a Health Educator, Child Life Specialist and in Pediatric Grief and Bereavement.

    Anna Powers

    Licensed Master Social Worker

    Just after receiving her Masters in Social Work degree from Columbia University, Anna went to work for Gilda’s Club/Westchester, providing individual counseling, facilitating support groups, and completing intakes in the internationally-renowned organization’s ‘Children, Teens, and Families Program.’ Previously, she completed an internship as a clinical social worker at Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center. There, she counseled both patients and family members, and worked collaboratively with hospital staff to implement a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer, addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients. Anna’s interest in working with children began at Wellesley College, where she interned at the campus’ experimental preschool. During her tenure as an elementary school teacher, Anna became acutely aware of the importance of emotional support for families dealing with serious health issues. Additionally, Anna has facilitated support sessions in schools around mindfulness, coping skills, and developmentally-appropriate psychoeducation.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/15/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Looking to start a reading program at your hospital but don’t know where to start? We can help. Join us to learn more about Storytime Snuggles, a multidisciplinary reading program launched in 2020. In this presentation we’ll highlight how we created Storytime Snuggles, key lessons and takeaways we learned through the process, as well as our suggestions and advice for building a reading program at your hospital. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.0 PDU

    Looking to start a reading program at your hospital but don’t know where to start? We can help. Join us to learn more about Storytime Snuggles, a multidisciplinary reading program launched in 2020. In this presentation we’ll highlight how we created Storytime Snuggles, key lessons and takeaways we learned through the process, as well as our suggestions and advice for building a reading program at your hospital.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objectives:

    • Analyze the benefits of reading in the NICU to better understand why reading programs are essential
    • Explore our process for developing a reading program including our key takeaways and suggestions for initiating a reading program
    • Examine tools and resources for creating a reading program

    Joanne Ordono

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Joanne Ordono, BA, CCLS has been a certified child life specialist for 20 years and is an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals. Although her specialization is in hematology oncology and grief/bereavement, she also works in critical care and trauma setting at Cedars-Sinai. Most recently, she started providing support in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She supports patients and families by providing health education, therapeutic play and end-of-life support. Joanne is passionate about providing education to future child life specialists as well as other members of the healthcare team, which include medical students, interns and residents as well as nursing students, social workers, chaplains, etc., on the unique needs of children and their families during hospitalization as well as through grief. She also plays an active role in advocating and implementing Patient and Family Centered Care.

    Amanda Williams

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Amanda Williams, MSN, RNC-NIC, NPD-BC is a NICU nurse and aspiring leader who is passionate about neuroprotective care in the NICU, improving bonding between families and their newborns, and inspiring nurses from novice to expert to continue their education and participate in quality improvement to promote best practices in the NICU.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/06/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Child Life Specialists are often called on to guide families through the memory making process at end of life. However, patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are typically hospitalized for quite some time and end of life care often begins prior to the initiation of memory making opportunities. Following the principles of developmental end of life comfort care, Child Life Specialists can collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to enhance and celebrate little lives for whatever time they have left. Through careful planning with patient families and unit education, this Child Life Specialist works to create carefully curated environments for her patients to thrive as they approach end of life while creating beautiful memories for the patient and family alike. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.0 PDU

    Child Life Specialists are often called on to guide families through the memory making process at end of life. However, patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are typically hospitalized for quite some time and end of life care often begins prior to the initiation of memory making opportunities. Following the principles of developmental end of life comfort care, Child Life Specialists can collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to enhance and celebrate little lives for whatever time they have left. Through careful planning with patient families and unit education, this Child Life Specialist works to create carefully curated environments for her patients to thrive as they approach end of life while creating beautiful memories for the patient and family alike.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention

    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to describe and identify the developmental considerations and specific needs of infants and neonates within a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

    2. Participants will be able to describe the role of Certified Child Life Specialists in end of life care and memory making.

    3. Participants will be able to identify goals of neonatal, developmental comfort care at end of life.

    4. Participants will be able to describe ways to educate and effectively communicate with the multidisciplinary team regarding infant’s comfort care goals and family memory making wishes. 

    5. Participants will be able to articulate ways to involve patient’s family members in neonatal comfort care at end of life.

    Hailey Simpson

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    This speaker graduated with a masters degree from The University of Georgia, and completed her Child Life Clinical Internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Cardiology and Inpatient Oncology. Following completion of her internship, she was hired as the Certified Child Life Specialist for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Egleston. For the past four years, she has worked in the NICU focusing her day-to-day efforts on meeting the developmental and psychosocial needs of infants and their families. Throughout her career this speaker has focused her efforts on increasing support for hospitalized infants by advocating on their behalf to meet their needs specifically within the realm of procedural support and end of life care.