2024 Professional Development Subscription

This package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2024 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains and have the potential to earn 23 PDUs. 

Not able to attend the live event or subscribed mid-year? No problem. Registrants will retain on-demand access to 2024 webinars until each webinar expires in 2027. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.

*Please note:

-Any Racially Conscious Collaboration webinars are NOT included in this package.

-The Professional Development Subscription is available only to individuals to register for on their own. This subscription is not available for groups who can register for webinars here.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this presentation, participants will examine the impacts of cultural trends and the possibility of creating mutually beneficial, cross-generational learning relationships. Dynamic and interactive technology-based education will be used to engage participants throughout this presentation. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility 1.5 PDU

    As Generation Z becomes the predominant demographic for child life learners, preceptors will benefit from examining their teaching methodologies to help ensure this newest generation of professionals can forge sustainable careers that reflect the values of the profession. In this presentation, participants will examine the impacts of cultural trends and the possibility of creating mutually beneficial, cross-generational learning relationships. Dynamic and interactive technology-based education will be used to engage participants throughout this presentation.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s): 

    - Participants will be able to identify the unique educational needs and values of Generation Z interns.

    - Participants will be able to reflect on current precepting practices and consider changes to educational pedagogy.

    - Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of intergenerational educational relationships.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 3/4/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 3/4/2027.

    Riann Horan, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    The Hospital for Sick Children

    Jamie Waltman, CCLS

    Child Life Specialist

    The Hospital for Sick Children

    Jamie (she/her) is a Certified Child Life Specialist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. For the past two years, Jamie has focused on developing the child life role in the Diagnostic Imaging department. Jamie graduated with her MSc in Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care from McMaster University in 2021, and applies this training to expand her practice in the community. She also acts as the Family Support Coordinator for a Toronto-based preschool, developing mindfulness-based programming and workshops for teachers, students and caregivers. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The field of child life is highly competitive and demands a range of adaptable skills to support diverse clients. In this article, the authors will present research highlighting the prevalence of perfectionism and impostorism among child life students and specialists. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility Thank you to our generous webinar sponsor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies

    The field of child life is highly competitive and demands a range of adaptable skills to support diverse clients. In this article, the authors will present research highlighting the prevalence of perfectionism and impostorism among child life students and specialists, and how these factors can impact clinical training, professional practice, and personal well-being. The authors will also discuss recommendations and implications to address these concerns for individuals, child life teams, and the child life field as a whole.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Describe the prevalence and impact of perfectionism and imposterism among child life students and professionals.

    - Discuss the implications of perfectionism and imposterism in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the child life field.

    - Identify strategies to overcome negative patterns related to perfectionism and imposterism to better support students, promote individual well-being, and improve team dynamics.

    - Reflect on your own experiences related to perfectionism and imposterism and their role in well-being.

    - Engage in conversation with colleagues about strategies to promote their own and each other’s well-being and foster a supportive child life team culture.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 3/5/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 3/5/2027.

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    Thank you to our generous webinar sponsor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies

    Katy Tenhulzen, MS, CCLS

    Senior Lecturer; Program Coordinator; Child Life Specialist

    Central Washington University

    Katy Tenhulzen has served in the field of child life for over 20 years. She is the Child Life program coordinator and a senior lecturer in the Child Development and Family Science program at Central Washington University, and works as a child life specialist at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Katy conducts research related to child life training and practice and parent and sibling grief.

    Amy Claridge, PhD

    Professor; Program Coordinator

    Central Washington University

    Amy Claridge is a Professor in the Child Development and Family Science program at Central Washington University. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Washington and serves as the director of the Central Washington University Family Resource Center. Dr. Claridge conducts mixed-method research related to family stress and resilience, as well as research about student and professional wellbeing and burnout.

    Kendall Baker, CCLS, MS

    Child Life Specialist

    Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

    Kendall Baker is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Kendall provides psychosocial support for patients and families in a variety of outpatient specialty clinics. In addition to her clinical work, Kendall is passionate about conducting research to support the growth and development of the child life profession.

    Kelsey Carlson, MS

    Child Life Student

    Central Washington University

    Kelsey Carlson is an instructor in the Child Development and Family Science program at Central Washington University. She is a certified elementary school teacher and has supported children and their families in a variety of settings from preschool to emerging adulthood. Kelsey is in the process of becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist. As an educator and family advocate, she is passionate about supporting children and families through culturally responsive care.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will outline the distinctive needs of burn survivors with ASD, including a clear explanation of what ASD is, the common stressors that children with ASD experience when entering a hospital, stressors that a burn unit may add, and interventions on how to provide appropriate support to these patients. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.0 PDU

    Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have various sensory needs, and being in a hospital can cause overstimulation. When a child with ASD enters a hospital due to a burn injury, it can lead to even more challenges as they may be sensitive to the stimuli, making wound care and rehabilitation a stressful experience. This presentation will outline the distinctive needs of burn survivors with ASD, including a clear explanation of what ASD is, the common stressors that children with ASD experience when entering a hospital, stressors that a burn unit may add, and interventions on how to provide appropriate support to these patients.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention
    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to understand and support the unique needs of ASD children in the burn healthcare setting.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify and understand common stressors that arise when children with ASD enter the hospital after a burn injury.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will obtain at least 3 interventions to support children with ASD who have a burn injury in the hospital.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 4/24/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 4/24/2027.

    Sabrina Suarez, MS, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    UC San Diego Health

    Sabrina is a Certified Child Life Specialist serving burn, trauma, and palliative care patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings at UC San Diego Health. She has over 2 years of experience working with burn survivors and over 5 years of experience supporting children with autism in various settings, including healthcare. Her educational background includes an M.S. in Child Life from Azusa Pacific University and a B.S. in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation explores current approaches to caring for this population, emphasizing the demonstrated effectiveness of a collaborative care model to support pediatric behavioral health and trauma patients in the ED. Suggested Domain: Intervention 1.0 PDU

    Mental health and trauma concerns among pediatric patients presenting at emergency departments (EDs) have become increasingly prevalent, demanding innovative approaches to optimize medical and psychosocial care delivery. This presentation explores current approaches to caring for this population, emphasizing the demonstrated effectiveness of a collaborative care model to support pediatric behavioral health and trauma patients in the ED. In this context, the integration of child life specialists has shown promising results in improving patient outcomes and overall quality of care. Child life specialists play a crucial role in helping children and families cope with the stress and anxiety of being in the ED, providing age-appropriate explanations about medical procedures, and offering therapeutic interventions to support emotional well-being. Additionally, the speakers will highlight opportunities for program quality improvement in existing child life practice models that can further enhance the care provided to pediatric patients in the emergency department.

    Suggested Domain: Intervention
    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Understanding the Collaborative Care Model: Learners should be able to comprehend the key principles and components of the collaborative care model for pediatric mental health and trauma care in emergency departments.

    - Evaluating the Efficacy of the Collaborative Care Model: Learners should be able to assess the effectiveness of and outcomes associated with the collaborative care approach in enhancing pediatric mental health and trauma care.

    - Identifying Areas for Improvement: Learners should be able to identify specific areas for improvement within the collaborative care model or the existing practices in emergency departments for supporting this population.

    - Recognizing Strategies for Optimal Pediatric Care: Learners should be able to recognize, evaluate, and begin to implement e potential strategies and recommendations derived from the collaborative care model.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 5/8/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 5/8/2027.

    Alexa Jensen, M.Ed

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Alexa Jensen graduated with honors from USC, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. Alexa is currently pursuing her master's degree in Child Studies at Vanderbilt, with a concentration on pediatric healthcare. She has developed a profound interest in child life and is actively involved in Trauma and Injury Prevention. Alexa has dedicated herself to an in-depth exploration of the distinctive qualities of particularly vulnerable patients, specifically children grappling with trauma, behavioral health challenges, and instances of abuse and neglect. She has been actively engaged in intervention evaluation, research, and program planning for these populations and continues to apply this acquired knowledge as she advances in her academic pursuits at Vanderbilt.

    Keana Gonzales, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Keana Gonzales graduated from TCU with honors majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Development and Social Work. Keana then went on to pursue a master’s degree in Child Studies where she found her passion for child life. During her time at Vanderbilt she immersed herself in learning about the unique attributes of especially vulnerable patients specifically children with behavioral health concerns, victims of child abuse and neglect, and victims of child sex-trafficking. Keana has since then utilized this knowledge in her current role as a certified child life specialist in the emergency department at Children’s Health Dallas. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The webinar presentation will discuss an exploratory cross-sectional research design that focuses on the psychological and psychosocial well-being benefits of Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) who serve as animal handlers in a pediatric hospital. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU

    The webinar presentation will discuss an exploratory cross-sectional research design that focuses on the psychological and psychosocial well-being benefits of Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) who serve as animal handlers in a pediatric hospital. The study involved 6 CCLS from a single pediatric hospital, who answered a 38-question survey created by the researcher and faculty supervisor. The research findings highlight both the benefits and drawbacks of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and examine the impact of AAT on the psychological and psychosocial well-being of CCLS.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment
    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Participants will be able to describe the impact of AAT on CCLS psychosocial and psychological well-being.

    - Participants will be able to identify the benefits and drawbacks of utilizing AAT in a child life department.

    - Participants will be able to apply the results of the study to their local hospital of AAT handlers that are also CCLS to better understand the impact on CCLS handler’s well-being.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 5/15/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 5/15/2027.

    Sidney Reser, MA

    Child life intern

    Flushing Hospital

    Originally from Spokane, Washington. Sidney Reser started her path in child life at Washington State University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Human Development in 2020. With the goal of becoming a CCLS, she started pursuing her Masters in Child Life at Eastern Washington University, which she received in 2023. Sidney is completing her child life internship at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York. Her passion for research began at Penn State University where she worked alongside Dr.Bayly. They wrote an abstract write discussing An Ecological Latent Class Model of Adolescent Risk and Resilience. Later writing her thesis on Certified Child Life Specialist Perceptions Of Animal Assisted Therapy On Their Psychosocial and Psychological Well-being In The Clinical Settings. Outside of education, Sidney has been working for Head Start Early Childhood educations programs for 18 months, in both Washington and North Carolina.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar aims to educate participants about the increasing demand for child life specialists in outpatient settings. This session will focus on building rapport with clinic staff and patients, prioritizing patient needs, and addressing the challenges of managing various clinic requirements. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Intervention 1.0 PDU

    This webinar aims to educate participants about the increasing demand for child life specialists in outpatient settings. This session will focus on building rapport with clinic staff and patients, prioritizing patient needs, and addressing the challenges of managing various clinic requirements. Attendees will also receive valuable resources and information that they can apply to their outpatient programs.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Intervention
    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to understand the rapid growth of medically complex patients in the outpatient setting.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be well-versed in building quick and sustainable rapport with patients and their families.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to extend their child's life reach through facilitating support groups for chronic patients in clinics.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to add outpatient-specific tangible resources and items to their programs.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to understand how to navigate concerns with expansion related to outpatient growth.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 6/5/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 6/5/2027.

    Elysa Mendoza, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Children's Health Dallas

    Cecilia Mendiola, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Children's Health Dallas

    Cecilia has been a certified child life specialist since 2009. She is currently a senior child life specialist in the Specialty Care Center at Children’s Health Dallas where she has been part of a growing child life team who supports clinics such as Orthopedics, radiology, urology, pulmonology, special procedures clinic and other various clinics. She has been in the outpatient setting for over 14 years and has developed and facilitated several support groups.  

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will discuss Non-Accidental Trauma cases in-depth, along with the correlation of our role as Child Life Specialists in the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Suggested Domain: Assessment 1.0 PDU

    This presentation will discuss Non-Accidental Trauma cases in-depth, along with the correlation of our role as Child Life Specialists in the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment
    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to identify support needs for patients and families (if present) during imaging.

    - By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to assess patient and family needs throughout their hospitalization. 

    - By the end of the presentation, participants will be aware of the different outcomes for children being evaluated for possible abuse. 

    - By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to recognize common bruises and injuries frequently seen in children who were abused. 

    - By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to differentiate services provided by outpatient and inpatient certified child life specialists.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 6/20/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 6/20/2027.

    Lauren Musinski, M.Ed, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

    Lauren has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) for the last 4 ½ years at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Radiology Department and has practiced as a CCLS for the last 6 years. Lauren is one of the Practicum coordinators at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital as well as a Secondary Handler for our newest Facility Dog! Lauren holds a Master’s of Education in Sports Management and Recreation with a concentration in Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation from Springfield College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Psychology from Wheelock College. 

    Nataly Magana, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

    Nataly Magana is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) for the last 2 ½ years at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in the inpatient Neurology and Medical Specialty unit. Nataly holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, with a concentration in child life from Southern Connecticut State University. Nataly is bilingual and has the opportunity to communicate with her patients in English and Spanish, helping the Latino/Hispanic community in the hospital setting, seek satisfaction and create safe spaces for patients, families, and staff. As a new CCLS, Nataly continues to seek out opportunities for growth.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/10/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will walk participants through starting a therapeutic cooking program in the hospital setting. Suggested Domain: Assessment, Intervention, DEI 1.5 PDU

    This presentation will guide participants through the process of launching a therapeutic cooking program in a hospital setting. It will cover the program's diverse goals and outcomes, emphasizing its enjoyable, practical, and family-centered aspects. The presentation will feature visual aids and an interactive segment, enabling participants to seek clarification on implementation and adjustments to suit their hospital's unique requirements.

    Please note: All webinar content and its certificate will expire on 7/10/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records before 7/10/2027.

    Lisa Vitlip, CCLS

    Senior Certified Child Life Specialist

    Nemours Children’s Hospital

    Jana Teagle, CCLS

    Senior Certified Child Life Specialist

    Nemours Children's Health

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/24/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, participants will learn common psychosocial stressors related to the pediatric burn population. Suggested Domain: Assessment, Intervention 1.0 PDU

    This webinar covers psychosocial stressors in pediatric burn patients and the use of the PRAP assessment tool to improve emotional safety during follow-up outpatient burn clinic appointments. It also includes process improvement initiatives and the application of child life theory to practice.

    Suggested Domain: Assessment, Intervention
    1.0 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify potential barriers to care when promoting emotional safety with the pediatric burn population and learn case studies where barriers to care were overcome.

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify 8 evidence-based risk factors that may increase pediatric psychosocial distress as identified by the Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP) tool and how these risk factors relate to the pediatric burn population.

    - By the end of this presentation participants will be able to identify strategies for working with the interdisciplinary team to promote emotional safety in the inpatient and outpatient burn unit

    - By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify theoretical frameworks that contribute to assessment and individualized interventions of the pediatric burn patient."

    Please note: All webinar content and its certificate will expire on 7/24/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 7/24/2027.

    Amber Hill, MS, CCLS

    Lead Child Life Specialist

    JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta

    Amanda Moore, CCLS

    Certified Child Life Specialist

    JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/07/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, the presenter will discuss detailed methods and interventions to engage comfortably and more frequently with individuals with autism in medical settings. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Assessment, Intervention, DEI 1.5 PDU

    The design of this session is to build the confidence of attendees to engage more comfortably and more frequently with individuals with autism. The goal is that attendees leave having gained a better understanding of common characteristics of autism to build a rapport with their patients, build on patient strengths and areas of interest, and support their individual and unique needs to provide the best care. Detailed methods and interventions will be presented, and time will be given for attendees to apply the knowledge during the session. Through the use of discussion and case examples, attendees will consider how to implement ideas in their medical settings to increase support and care for individuals with autism.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Ethics, Assessment, Intervention, DEI
    1.5 PDU

    Learning Objective(s):

    - Confidently engage with and provide support to patients with autism and their families; - and increase the number and duration of interactions with patients with autism

    - Identify the importance of creating a sensory-supportive environment and implement two new ideas based on the evaluation of an environment and the needs of the individual

    - Implement 3 new strategies for communication/providing information, supporting development, and procedural step supports

    - Collaborate with nurses and/or full medical team to define benchmarks for and provide high-quality care, communicate information and interventions that are found to be supportive, and assist with gauging pain management and needs.

    Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 8/7/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 8/7/2027.

    Jill Hudson, MS, CCLS

    Autism Specialist