Early Identification and Screening Program Improves Care for Traumatically Injured Patients
Children who have experienced trauma are at risk for developing traumatic stress symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder. To address this concern, we created a tool for identifying and assessing at-risk patients and implemented a trauma-informed care protocol. The creation and implementation of this tool has improved early identification of at-risk patients and access to appropriate psychosocial services and resources.
Discuss the impact of trauma and trauma-informed care on children.
Discuss how to implement a program to address the needs of patients who have experienced a traumatic injury using quality improvement methodology.
Discuss how screening tool assists child life specialists in creating treatment plan during admission.
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.
Manager, Child Life Department
Jenaya Gordon is the Manager of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. Prior to becoming manager, she worked clinically on the inpatient trauma unit, in the emergency department, and in the pediatric intensive care unit. Jenaya uses her expertise to train child life specialists in providing trauma support to patients and families and on educating medical caregivers on trauma-informed care and emotional safety. She is a contributing author in the Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life, focusing her chapter on trauma-focused medical play. Jenaya currently serves as secretary for the ACLP Board of Directors.
Jennifer H Staab
Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Jennifer has worked as a child life specialist for 10 years in a variety of areas. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Supervisor 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) 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. She has published two studies. One on assessing pediatric patients for psychosocial risk and one on the efficacy of child life preparation and support in the Emergency Department