$99: 2020 Four Session Conference Package

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Watch two of our most popular 2020 conference sessions on-demand. In this package you will be able to watch:

-Feeling Like a Fraud: The Impact of Imposter Syndrome on Women in the Workplace
-Assessing our Assessment: Meeting Patient's Needs in an Evolving Healthcare System
-Realizing the Essential Role of Therapeutic Play in Child Life: Incorporating Play Facilitation Skills from Core Competency to Advanced Practice
-From Cultural Competence to Cultural Consciousness: Demystifying Diversity Training in Child Life Services

  • Feeling Like a Fraud: The Impact of Imposter Syndrome on Women in the Workplace

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Imposter syndrome is an intrapersonal phenomenon which causes feelings of self-doubt, not being good enough, and not deserving success. Child life specialists spend much of their time in a unique spotlight which may be accompanied by nagging feelings of unworthiness or not measuring up.

    Imposter syndrome is an intrapersonal phenomenon which causes feelings of self-doubt, not being good enough, and not deserving success. Child life specialists spend much of their time in a unique spotlight which may be accompanied by nagging feelings of unworthiness or not measuring up. This Plenary session will examine both research-based and anecdotal evidence of the impact of imposter syndrome on women in highly visible roles. Proven strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome will also be explored.

    Objectives:
    Participants will explore the historical significance and current literature on imposter syndrome, especially as it relates to women.
    Participants will discuss the psychological process that defines imposter syndrome.
    Participants will explore the impact of imposter syndrome on their own personal lives as well as professional practices.
    Participants will identify strategies for combating and overcoming imposter syndrome.

    DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
    1.5 PDU

    Devin Devlin

    CCLS

    Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital Of Colorado on the Surgical, Rehabilitation, Trauma, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Burn inpatient unit.

    BS in Psychology from St. Edwards University
    MS in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College.

    Previously Child Life Specialist II at Shriners Hospital for Children Houston.

    Kizzy Marco

    Facility Dog Program Coordinator

    Kizzy Marco is a two-time graduate of the University of Iowa and has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2012. She began her career at Cook Children's Medical Center where she worked for 6 years. Currently, Kizzy serves as a Program Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado, alongside her very best friend, Ralph Lauren the dog. Kizzy is considered a national expert in the field of facility dog work. Kizzy's other professional interests include writing, diversity and equality, public speaking, and combating impostor syndrome.

  • Assessing our Assessment: Meeting Patient's Needs in an Evolving Healthcare System

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​In an evolving healthcare system, it is crucial that child life's approach to assessing patient and family needs also adapts.

    In an evolving healthcare system, it is crucial that child life's approach to assessing patient and family needs also adapts. To improve clinician's competence and confidence in conducting assessments, this session will incorporate the evidence on the risk factors known to be associated with elevated patient distress in healthcare. Evidenced-based assessment improves how child life communicates and advocates within the multidisciplinary team.

    Objectives:
    Participants will be able to identify opportunities for improvement at the end of treatment
    Participants will be able to identify strategies for implementation
    Participants will be able to create a developmentally appropriate questionnaire for all ages

    DOMAIN: Assessment
    1.5 PDUs

    Tommi Beth McHugh

    Tommi McHugh is the Educator and Program Coordinator for the Children's Hospital Colorado. Tommi began her child life career in 1989 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She has worked as Educator at CHCO since 2016, and previously developed experience in a wide variety of inpatient areas, bereavement support, and hospice. Tommi is an adjunct instructor at Colorado State University

    Jennifer Staab

    Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Manager and Research and Quality Improvement Specialist for the Child Life Department. She served as the chair of the Evidenced-Based Practice Committee for the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) (2011-2013), the Research and Scholarship Committee for the ACLP (2015-2016), and the Proposal Subcommittee for the ACLP’s Scientific Advancement of Professional Practice (2016-2018). Jennifer has given numerous professional presentations. She has presented at ACLP’s Annual Conference for Professional Issues (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, & 2019) and the Children’s Hospital Associations Annual Conference (2013 & 2018). Her research interests include identifying the factors associated with children experiencing elevated distress in a healthcare setting and evaluating the efficacy of child life services.

  • From Cultural Competence to Cultural Consciousness: Demystifying Diversity Training in Child Life Services

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​This plenary will investigate generations of cultural standards and diversity efforts in the child life field in order to critically analyze the historical roots of our profession. We will engage a conversation between the two speakers, and explore positionality and self-reflection from the point of view of a minority Certified Child Life Specialist, instructor, educator, and doctoral student, and her counterpart, a white Certified Child Life Specialist, instructor, and program leader.

    This plenary will investigate generations of cultural standards and diversity efforts in the child life field in order to critically analyze the historical roots of our profession. We will engage a conversation between the two speakers, and explore positionality and self-reflection from the point of view of a minority Certified Child Life Specialist, instructor, educator, and doctoral student, and her counterpart, a white Certified Child Life Specialist, instructor, and program leader. We will interrogate the premise of cultural competency seeking to understand the historical frameworks that have influenced such notions and how the conceptualization of culture as an explanatory construct has been built into those frameworks.

    Through narratives and discussions of our own self-work, we will show how these activities can increase cross-cultural consciousness and understanding across the child life Infrastructure (i.e. higher education, the child life workforce and professionals in training). This plenary will conclude with a discussion of whiteness, but it will do so in the larger context of self-understanding and the understanding of the construction of the Other from a variety of points of view.
    We will encourage participation from attendees, both in exploring various understandings of bias, inequity and discrimination, as well as in learning new skills that will facilitate deeper understandings of ones own behaviors when working with children and families that are of cultures other than ones own.

    DOMAIN: Ethics
    1.5 PDUs

    Kia Ferrer

    Certified Child Life Specialist and Momentos Therapy LLC founder, Kia Ferrer, has a passion for treating children with respect and without condescension by providing them with honest information about challenging life events. She uses therapeutic art, dramatic play, and developmentally appropriate education to promote healthy interpretations of difficult circumstances through detailed examinations of these pivotal life-moments. In 2018, Ferrer founded Momentos Therapy LLC in Chicago, Illinois, to fill a need she identified in her work with hospitals, wherein child life services typically stop at discharge. She believes children undergoing medical treatment are entitled to psychosocial support in all the various contexts of their lives. Ferrer has a particular interest in helping children reintegrate into their schools, homes and communities after experiencing illness, medical trauma, and grief. Born and bred in Chicago by two public school teachers, Ferrer has over 12 years of experience working in urban early childhood education, in palliative and hospice settings, in private practice, and as a child life specialist at several children’s hospitals in the Chicagoland area. In addition to her work with Momentos, Ferrer is Adjunct Faculty and a Doctoral Fellow at Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development, and Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education. She co-authored “Transforming the Pediatric Experience” and has presented on several child development topics including “Virtualizing Therapeutic Interventions” at Mayo Clinic and “Communicating with Empathy and Compassion” at Make-A-Wish®. She is currently involved in research to strengthen professional standards of child life practices to serve marginalized pediatric populations. Most recently, Ferrer supervised a new child life practicum volunteer program at San Jorge Children and Women’s Hospital in Santurce, Puerto Rico, through an international child life organization called Child Life United. Ferrer also teaches several online distance learning courses and offers workshops in schools, hospitals, and professional conferences around the world. Kia currently resides in Chicago with her two sons, Diego (6) and Marco (4) and therapy dog, Lola (1).

    Cynthia Garcia Coll

    Cynthia García Coll, PhD is the current editor-in-chief of Child Development, a journal in the fields of psychology and child development. She received her PhD from Harvard, and as of 2017, was the Associate Director of the Institutional Center for Scientific Research at Carlos Albizu University, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is also a Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at Albizu. Prior to moving back to Puerto Rico, where she grew up, García Coll was a professor of education, psychology, and pediatrics at Brown University. García Coll was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network "Successful Pathways Through Middle Childhood" from 1994–2002. In 2009, she received the Cultural and Contextual Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and served as past president of the Society for the Study of Human Development. García Coll has researched a number of topics, including the resilience of children born to teen mothers and of immigrant children. She has also explored the immigrant paradox, which shows that first-generation immigrant children and adolescents tend to be better adjusted academically and behaviorally than later assimilated generations.García Coll has found that immigrant Hispanic children living in homes where Spanish is spoken are better adjusted than similar immigrant children living in homes where Spanish is not spoken. Her work has also shown that access to social welfare and policies aimed at the inclusion of immigrants have a positive effect on immigrant children's academic success. The graduation rate of children with at least one immigrant parent was 5.3% higher in US states where immigrant families could receive benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides Federal subsidies to low-income families.

    Divna Wheelwright

    MA, CCLS

    Divna Wheelwright is the current Manager of Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, and former Director on the ACLP Board of Directors. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force and as a member of the Child Life Focus Review Board. Divna believes that leadership begins with one's own world view and hers hinges on social justice. 

  • Realizing the Essential Role of Therapeutic Play in Child Life: Incorporating Play Facilitation Skills from Core Competency to Advanced Practice

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDUs - This live workshop will focus on enhancing the child life specialist's skills in assessment, material selection, communication, and play facilitation techniques to meet therapeutic goals.

    This live workshop will focus on enhancing the child life specialist's skills in assessment, material selection, communication, and play facilitation techniques to meet therapeutic goals. Medical play as child-directed, therapeutic intervention versus preparation will be emphasized.

    Objectives:
    Articulate evidence for play, particularly the facilitation of therapeutic play, as a core competency, value, and essential component of child life practice.
    Identify several assessment variables and corresponding therapeutic play principles.
    Evaluate the usefulness of specific play materials in relation to identified therapeutic goals.
    Gain information and hands-on practice in therapeutic play facilitation techniques.
    Identify, as applicable, at least one personal goal to overcoming barriers that may inhibit the provision of therapeutic play in daily practice.

    DOMAIN: Assessment; 1.5 PDUs

    Chris Brown

    MS, CCLS

    Therapeutic Recreation, Child Life & Creative Arts Therapies NYU Langone Medical Center

    Chris is a Certified Child Life Specialist and the Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Child Life & Creative Arts Therapies at NYU Langone Medical Center. Primary responsibilities include managing child life and creative arts programs provided to pediatric inpatients and outpatients at NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, as well as services on several adult inpatient units within the health system.
    Chris has a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Master’s from Nova Southeastern University. Her Child Life career has included internship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and clinical or managerial positions at James L. Kernan Hospital in Baltimore, MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, and UF Health in Gainesville FL. Chris has assumed leadership roles reflective of her dedication to the child life profession, having held several board and committee positions with the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP), and is a Past-President of both ACLP and the Association for the Care of Children’s Health. She served as Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Hospital Care for eight years and authored the 2014 AAP Policy Statement on Child Life Services. As a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and author of several professional publications, chapters, and articles, Chris’ areas of expertise include the therapeutic value of play, patient and family-centered care, interdisciplinary education and collaboration, palliative care/bereavement, and program development.