Considering the Caregiver: Techniques for Assessment, Empowerment, and Attachment
Evidence has shown the impact that caregiver coping skills and anxiety have on a child's ability to cope. In this presentation presenters will share resources, tools, and discuss their experiences empowering caregivers in the hospital and beyond. This workshop will walk through caregiver assessment, collaboration with other disciplines, evidenced-based practice, and a unique resource created by presenters to promote attachment and family bonding.
Objectives: Apply current research surrounding caregiver stress and challenges within the hospital setting.
Gain insight into the unique practice of caregiver assessment
Identify and implement ways in which the psychosocial care team and provide unique and meaning interventions for caregivers Identify resources within their hospital and be empowered to find creative tools to overcome challenges when working with caregivers
Camille E. Fraser
Camille Fraser, MS, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist working with the cardiology population at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Within this role, she works in the outpatient cardiology clinic, the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, and the cardiac step-down unit. She has been a child life specialist for four years and has also worked in acute care, and PRN roles. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in family relations from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Master of Science degree in child life from Bank Street College of Education in New York, New York. Her master’s thesis discusses the ways in which child life specialists and music therapists can support infants in forming secure attachments to caregivers in the hospital setting. In addition to practicing child life, she is also an adjunct professor teaching child life courses at Lipscomb University.
Dana Kim, MA, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and business minor before pursuing an equivalency degree and Master of Arts in music therapy through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Dana has a wide range of clinical experience working with children and adults with disabilities and/or medical and psychiatric conditions. She uses clinical and evidence-based music interventions to help both patients and families cope with hospitalization, manage anxiety, alleviate pain, express feelings, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.
Dana’s research interests include attachment, bonding, and procedural support. In 2017, Dana completed a prospective, randomized controlled trial exploring the effects of a music therapist-designed listening program on intraoperative blood pressure, heart rate, and need for pain/anxiety medication, as well as postoperative pain and patient satisfaction during vitrectomy surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Dana currently serves on the nominating committee for the Tennessee Association of Music Therapists and is nominated for a position on the Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association Assembly of Delegates. Dana has also taught undergraduate music therapy courses at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Allison Caroline Leidy
Allie Leidy, MA, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist working with the hematology/oncology population at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been a child life specialist for two years. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in child life from The University of Akron.
Kelsey Lownds, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT is a board-certified music therapist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She provides services to all inpatient units. Kelsey has been a music therapist for over four years and has also worked with children with special needs, older adults, early childhood, and in adolescent/adult mental health. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, doubling majoring in music from Centre College and she also has a Master of Music degree in music therapy from the University of Kentucky. Kelsey is the co-author of the Pediatric Medical Music Therapy chapter in the new AMTA Introductory textbook, published author in Imagine Early Childhood Magazine, and a national and international conference presenter. In addition to practicing music therapy, she was an adjunct professor teaching music therapy courses at Belmont University in the fall of 2018.