Beyond Burned Out: Resilience Strategies for Child Life Professionals
Includes a Live Event on 07/14/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Most child life professionals are familiar with the concepts of burnout and compassion fatigue, and that self-care is an important component to work-life balance. This webinar will explore when some of our professional experiences take us beyond burnout into traumatization and moral injury, and how to identify and respond with our own emotional safety in mind. Exploring techniques such as mindfulness, connection, diffusion, expansion, and choice point. Participants can utilize these strategies to promote resilience and coping as individuals and in group settings.
Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
1 - Identify different types of work related stress and the effects of each
2 - Learn and implement new strategies for coping and resilience with a focus on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles
3 - Engage in an experiential exercise
4 - Discuss potential systemic changes and learn about available resources
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Starlight, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.
Doctor of Psychology
Dr. Daisy Velez is a bilingual (Spanish-English) licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology. She earned her Doctor of Psychology degree at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Her psychology internship was in medical/health psychology at University of Florida Health Science Center/UFHealth Shands. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in consultation and liaison psychology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, specializing in trauma psychology at Ryder Trauma Center, Level I trauma hospital. Dr. Velez has previously worked for the VA Health System and the U.S. Navy as a contractor through the Department of Defense.
She is currently serving as the Medical Trauma Psychologist supporting the trauma surgery team at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, an adult Level I and pediatric Level II trauma center. She provides inpatient care for patients and families following traumatic injury and is able to offer limited outpatient follow up treatment. Dr. Velez also supports the training of medical and psychology graduate students, as well as facilitates support for healthcare staff involved in the trauma service.
Certified Child Life Specialist
Brittany Spaeth, MS, CCLS is the Child Life Manager at The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. Brittany has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Child Life from Utica College and her Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been certified since 2006 and also serves on the ACLP Benchmarking Data Committee.
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