Resilience over Balance: Professional Sustainability for the Modern Child Life Specialist

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How can I sustain myself as a child life professional? Is work-life balance attainable? Rigid boundaries and self-care checklists may not be the most effective strategies for attaining self-care goals. This presentation will offer considerations, evidence-based techniques, a theoretical framework focusing on adulthood development, and reflective practices to provide a skill-building toolbox of behaviors to increase resiliency in work patterns.

Participants will be able to:

-Participants will be able to leave with tangible tools to promote ongoing development of a sustainable professional identity
-Participants will be able to articulate Erikson’s social-emotional stages of adulthood and consider how they relate to their own professional identities 

-Participants will be able to gain exposure to evidence-based behaviors that increase professional sustainability

Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming. 

Emily Powell, CCLS

Emily graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Emily's professional experiences include working in multiple roles as a child life specialist for over five years at a children's hospital, including acute care, liver transplant and day surgery. Emily has a passion for helping students and others reach their full potential through mentoring and educational experiences. Currently, Emily has taken a step away from her clinical career to focus her child development knowledge on raising her toddler.

Katherine L. Bennett


Katherine holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and child family studies from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master of Education in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University. Katherine has worked as a child life specialist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt since 2001 in various areas of the hospital. Currently, Katherine is the educator for the child life department at Vanderbilt. Katherine was an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University for 4 years. She is active in the Association of Child Life Professionals and has written for multiple publications as well as presented on various subjects related to child life.


03/12/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
03/12/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
7 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.50 PDUs credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDUs credits  |  Certificate available