Operational Lessons Learned Navigating Child Life Careers
Includes a Live Event on 08/12/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
This pop-up webinar is free for members and will explore child life funding sources, program development, interdisciplinary education, and more. Child life programs share core values for professional practice while operating uniquely. Through literature reviews and a combined three decades of clinical experiences across ten institutions, insights have been gained into operational systems. Hospital funding, program size, coverage plans, opportunities for professional growth, management styles, and self-care will be addressed.
Participants will be able to identify different funding sources (i.e. for-profit, non-profit, government-funded), types of employment (hourly, salaried, part-time, full-time, per diem, contracted, grant-funded), and ways this impacts child life’s role.
Participants will be able to analyze components of program development such as the number of specialists, play-based or education-focused, administrative duties and new program development, and relate how these components impact the day-to-day work of a child life specialist.
Participants will be able to describe orientation processes and education provided to interdisciplinary, as well as educational materials for patients and families, and extrapolate ways this education aids child life in meeting daily unit needs.
Participants will be able to examine professional development and self-care opportunities in different environments and how that impacts self-growth and reduces burnout and stress especially during times of limited staff, such as during a pandemic.
Suggested Domain: Professional Development
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