Increase in Pediatric Firearm Injuries and Implication for Child Life Specialist Assessment - (2024)
Includes a Live Web Event on 08/21/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Research continues to show an upward trend in pediatric firearms injuries and deaths, resulting in child life specialists being confronted with providing child life services at an increased rate to address this specific population’s unique and varying psychosocial support needs. This presentation is aimed to inform the profession of child life and its affiliates about the increasing frequency of pediatric firearm injuries and is useful for child life specialists, supervisors, and leaders to become more aware of assessment tools to address the emotional safety needs of affected patients, families, and communities at large.
Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility, Assessment, DEI
- Acknowledge the upward trend and increase in firearm injuries amongst the general pediatric patient population through research and data over the past five years.
- Recognize which pediatric patient populations are most at risk for experiencing a firearm injury and identify barriers in assessment amongst this population.
- Apply current research to child life assessment for patients impacted by firearm injuries.
- Assess the varying emotional safety needs beyond the general scope of child life assessment related to the multifaceted effects a firearm injury has on patients, their families, and communities.
- Discuss future implications amongst child life specialists for assessment screening tools and more robust child life support.
Please note: All webinar contents and its certificate will expire on 8/21/2027 regardless of when it is purchased, accessed, or completed. At that point, contents will no longer be available in any form, including as an archive or as a PDU certificate. It is the responsibility of the learner to complete the contents and download and save the certificate for their records prior to 8/21/2027.
Cortnee Miller, MS, CCLS
Senior Certified Child Life Specialist
Children's Hospital Colorado
Cortnee Miller, MS, CCLS is Certified Child life Specialist currently working at Children’s Hospital Colorado on the inpatient rehab, ortho, and trauma unit. She has been certified for 8 years and is also a medical dog handler. In her specific role, Cortnee has supported a numerous amount of gunshot wound patients and their families ranging throughout all ages, each presenting with different child life needs. Cortnee began her work with this population 3 years ago when she encountered her first gunshot wound patient. Since her first experience, the number of gunshot wound patients continues to increase, almost on a weekly basis. Cortnee humbly admits the child life work with this population is evolving, as the pediatric firearm crisis continues in the US. Cortnee is committed to implementing changes and continuing the conversation around trauma support, discharge planning, and the unique psychosocial needs of patients affected by gun violence.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Children's Hospital Colorado
Claire Simonsen, BA is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Colorado and supports the Integrative Creative Care Department including Child Life, Creative Arts Therapy, Spiritual Care and Seacrest Studios. The research she facilitates is primarily focused on reducing distress and anxiety of pediatric patients with a variation of health conditions. She also supports program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives aimed to promote emotional safety, enhance patient care, and provide education to patients, families and staff. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy in 2022 from Marist College and has worked at CHCO for over a year. Academically and professionally, she has worked on over a dozen research studies in psychology, philosophy, and child life, has presented at national conferences, and has worked in various healthcare and mental healthcare settings. She is dedicated to improving the mental wellness of pediatric patients, particularly those who have had adverse experiences, trauma, and who are in marginalized communities.