Ambiguity or Uncertainty? Exploring Stress in Child Life Specialists
This presentation shares results of a study investigating the role intolerance of uncertainty might play in the stress CCLS experience. Professional quality of life was also measured. The presentation also includes information on current mindfulness research and the role of meditation and mindfulness in intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety. There are no studies describing mindfulness-based interventions with CCLS. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Discuss mindfulness, meditation, and intolerance of uncertainty.
Explore the role intolerance of uncertainty might play in doing the work of a child life specialist.
Explore how mindfulness may impact intolerance of uncertainty and professional quality of life.
Discuss the steps necessary to carrying out research in a practice setting.
Megan K. Abbott
Director of Program Development
Stephanie is the Director of Program Development at the Center for Professional Well-Being at Children’s Mercy, Kansas City. The only University of Massachusetts certified MBSR teacher in the area, she leads MBSR teaching at Children’s Mercy. She also teachers other mindfulness-based interventions, provides support to staff, and provides family therapy. Stephanie led the establishment of ASAP (Aligning Support Across Providers), a response to staff after distressing events. She received her Master’s degree in social work from the University Of Kansas and completed a fellowship at the Menninger Clinic.
Kelly works at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City in the Center for Professional Well-Being. She participates in research, teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions, provides support to staff, and provides family therapy. She received an undergraduate degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas, and a PhD from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has also authored several publications.