Self-Care Package

This four webinar (6 PDUs) package offers members the opportunity to spend time reflecting inward to care for their mental, emotional, and physical health. The package consists of three on-demand webinars and one live webinar in September.


-Call in the JOY! Mindfulness Practices to Care for YourSELF this Holiday Season

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

-Self Care as Stewardship: Sustaining Wellness through challenge, uncertainty and change

-Are we there yet? Finding joy in your journey


Spend some time engaging in self-care during these challenging and uncertain times.

  • Call in the JOY! Mindfulness Practices to Care for YourSELF this Holiday Season

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/23/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This 90-minute webinar will focus on the topic of using mindfulness practices to care for the self during the often-chaotic holiday season. We will explore various mindfulness techniques together as a means to find our "center" and maintain the joy that is possible and probable in our line of work. This webinar will be interactive and engaging, so bring an open mind and prepare to take care of yourself! Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming.

    This 90-minute webinar will focus on the topic of using mindfulness practices to care for the self during the often-chaotic holiday season. We will explore various mindfulness techniques together as a means to find our "center" and maintain the joy that is possible and probable in our line of work. This webinar will be interactive and engaging, so bring an open mind and prepare to take care of yourself!

    Participants will be able to:

    -Develop a greater understating of self care, specifically around the stressors that may come up in the holiday season for child life specialists 

    -Build a familiarity with various forms of mindfulness practices that can be used throughout the holiday season to stay in touch with your center and find joy even amongst the chaos 

    -Experience with three forms of mindfulness techniques in real time that will prepare you to stay present to caring for oneself in the child life field in the holiday season

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming. 

    Nicole Primiano, CCLS, Registered Yoga Teacher, Aromatherapist

    Nicole has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for the last 10 years at Cohen Children's Medical Center in Queens, NY, as well as a yoga and meditation teacher for the last 3 years. Through her study of yoga, reiki and aromatherapy, Nicole has enjoyed finding a new perspective on what it truly means to take care of the self and enjoys helping others find their path to a more whole and peaceful experience. 

  • Selfcare as Stewardship: sustaining wellness through challenge, uncertainty and change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar addresses the needs of established professionals in relation to the development of self and self-care practices. Excellent self-care needs to be integrated into our lives to be able to sustain a quality of professional functioning over time. Experienced child life specialists are often in a position of mentorship or leadership to others and have a responsibility to model balance and meaningful wellness promoting practices. We will explore self-care solidarity and how to integrate wellness practices and increase equanimity personally and professionally. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    This webinar addresses the needs of established professionals in relation to the development of self and self-care practices. Excellent self-care needs to be integrated into our lives to be able to sustain a quality of professional functioning over time. Experienced child life specialists are often in a position of mentorship or leadership to others and have a responsibility to model balance and meaningful wellness promoting practices. We will explore self-care solidarity and how to integrate wellness practices and increase equanimity personally and professionally.

    Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility

    After this presentation, participants will have:
    -Knowledge of the theoretical foundations of trauma stewardship, mindfulness-based practice, self-care solidarity and stress reduction strategies
    -Information about current evidenced-based research that supports mindfulness-based practices as a health benefit personally and professionally
    -Experienced 2 mindfulness-based practices and a self-care solidarity activity
    -Access to tools and resources to sustain their practice and share with others

    Christine Slavik

    CCLS, Associate Professor

    Christine is an Associate Professor, and Department Head of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. She has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for 35 years, and has been presenting at our conferences for the same period of time, first with ACCH and CLC and now ACLP. Christine has participated on numerous committees and has served on the CLC board as the Canadian Liaison. She proudly participated in CLC’s Vision-to-Action initiative. Previously she was the Director of Child Life at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, and has been employed as a Child and Youth Care Counselor, and as a nurse in psychiatry/mental health. Christine teaches the Child Life and Community Health course as the foundation for the Child Life Specialization and is faculty liaison for the Child Life Internship. Most recently she created a Graduate Certificate Program in Child Life and Community Health. Christine holds a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation and is a Certified Trainer of the Appreciative Leadership Development Program. She is skilled in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Christine developed and teaches the Wellness and Mindfulness-Based Practices course which is required in the CYC degree program and is open to students across the university. She completed a series of research projects exploring mindfulness-based practices and contemplative pedagogy in both the K-12 and university settings, and teaches the Introduction to MBSR and neurobiology of mindfulness regularly on campus and in the community. Christine has completed the Labyrinth Facilitator training through Veriditas and hosts labyrinth workshops for children, youth and adults across diverse settings.

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

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming.

    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

    MEd, CCLS

    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.

  • Are we there yet?' Finding joy in YOUR journey.

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    “Are we there yet?!”…the dreaded words heard during a long journey, when the destination seems out of reach. How often do child life professionals lose sight of their journey? The career path of each child life professional is unique, but at times, may seem stagnant. Inspiration and a renewed sense of the journey will be shared through this interactive presentation.

    “Are we there yet?!”…the dreaded words heard during a long journey, when the destination seems out of reach. How often do child life professionals lose sight of their journey? The career path of each child life professional is unique, but at times, may seem stagnant. Inspiration and a renewed sense of the journey will be shared through this interactive presentation.