It Takes a Village: Perspectives on Student Mental Health

This session examines current mental health trends and their impact on child life students. The reflections of a young professional on her mental health diagnosis and the experiences that shaped her trajectory to becoming a CCLS will be shared. Additionally, a child life professor and internship supervisor will share their experiences of working alongside this young professional, outlining a model of providing support and addressing mental health.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify current mental health trends of today’s college student and how they intersect with child life education and training of students and young professionals.

- Have an understanding of a personal journey of a mental health diagnosis.

- Identify a list of “best practices” in supporting students struggling with mental health diagnoses.

Domain: Professional Responsibility (Task 2-5)

Jennifer M Chabot, PhD, CCLS

Associate Professor

Ohio University

Dr. Jenny Chabot is an Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies at Ohio University, beginning on faculty in 1998. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist, having completed her clinical training with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Chabot is the Coordinator of Child and Family Studies and oversees the child life specialist graduate program at Ohio University. She teaches Fundamentals in Child Life and Pediatric Health Care, Children and Families in Health Care Settings, Qualitative Research, Foundations and Theories in Child Life, Professional and Clinical Ethics for the Health Professions, and Child Life in South Africa, a summer education abroad volunteer program in Cape Town. Dr. Chabot studies ambiguous loss found in the hospitalization experience for patients and families and explores the role emotion work plays in child life work. She is a three-time recipient of the University Professor Award, a two-time recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award, a 2016 winner of her college’s Advising and Mentoring Award, and two-time recipient of her college’s Outstanding Teaching Award. She was chosen as the Fall Semester 2016 Commencement Speaker and recently received Ohio University’s Best Professor Award from the Athens News annual “Best Of” edition. Dr. Chabot received her PhD from Michigan State University and is an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals, currently serving on the Professional Resource Committee and the Nominations Committee. During Spring Semester 2016, Dr. Chabot completed a Fulbright Teaching Scholar Award with the Child Life Studies department at McMaster University in Canada.

Jeanine Clapsaddle, MA, LMFT, CCLS

Chair and Director of Client Experience

Pediatric Potential, Inc

Ms. Jeanine Clapsaddle is a Certified Child Life Specialist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Jeanine served pediatric patients within oncology, hemophilia, thalassemia and other chronic conditions for over two decades as a Certified Child Life Specialist. During this time, she also served as an internship preceptor.  Ms. Clapsaddle has also served as a Clinical Supervisor providing internship supervision as part of her role within an accredited pediatric hospital.

Samantha B Telgkamp, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ohio University Graduate
Certified Child Life Specialist
Nationwide Children's Hospital


It Takes a Village: Perspectives on Student Mental Health
05/26/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/26/2021
05/26/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 05/26/2021
5 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
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1.50 Professional Responsibility credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Professional Responsibility credits  |  Certificate available