Bringing Color to Child Development: Embracing Child Development through the Perspectives of Black Theorists and Scholars
Includes a Live 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 not created with children of color 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. 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.
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 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.
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