Okay, so What's Next?: Successfully Navigating MidCareer Transition, Advancement and Development (2019)

The current job market in the child life profession is highly competitive. While much attention has been given in recent years to aiding new child life specialists as developing professionals, there is limited support for those who have mastered basic competencies and want to expand beyond their first job. The current presentation aims to empower emerging (and established) professionals who are evaluating their professional growth and providing expertise on how to identify it is time for a career transition as well as how to be successful in a new role as a child life specialist with experience. Building on personal experience, the presenters will highlight: strategies that identify influences contributing to role change; finding areas for growth within current roles; how to identify the right new position; approaches to successfully integrate oneself into a new team; and finally, a discussion on factors that can increase longevity in the field of child life as whole.

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will be able to recognize both professional and personal factors that contribute to a desire for a career transition or growth.
2) Participants will have an understanding of how to evaluate potential positions for suitability for personal goals and strengths and finding opportunities for growth within current roles.
3) Participants will be able to successfully prepare for transition and establish themselves within a new environment.
4) Participants will have an understanding of how to formulate a personal plan for career longevity and development

Domain: Professional Responsibility 

Katie Sullivan


Katie Sullivan is a child life specialist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Katie's clinical areas are currently inpatient rehabilitation, pain management, adolescent group programming and animal assisted therapy in the inpatient setting with her facility dog Chevy. Katie has previously focused on psychiatric patients in the medical setting, inpatient psychiatry, hematology and oncology, inpatient surgery, radiology, and critical care at multiple other institutions. She is involved in the Patient Advisory Council, as well as the co-chair of the Professional Practice Council. Katie is a member of the ACLP Benchmarking Committee and a previous member of the Professional Resources Committee. 

Bethany Fisackerly

Bethany Fisackerly holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University. After internship, she worked clinically at Baptist Children’s Hospital (Miami, FL), and as a full-time faculty member at Columbia College (Columbia, SC), before returning to Gainesville, FL in early 2017 as an inpatient CCLS for the Immunocompromised Unit at UFHealth Shands Children’s Hospital. Bethany Fisackerly is an avid bookworm with a passion for education, who recognizes the need for strong ethical foundations at every professional stage of life. Within the ACLP, she has previously served with the Bulletin Editorial Committee; was an invited attendee for the 2016 Academic and Clinical Summit; and currently sits on the Practicum Task Force. When not at work, she enjoys painting, cheering on her Florida Gators, and dressing her cat, Rascal, up in all kinds of ridiculous attire.


05/22/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
05/22/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.50 PDU credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDU credits  |  Certificate available