(S)he Believed (S)he Could So (S)he Did: Speaking to be Heard as a Child Life Specialist
In order to deliver a compelling argument for the relationship between child life intervention and improved patient outcomes, a child life specialist must be able to confidently articulate the concerns of the disadvantaged and collaborate with individuals or groups who need support in exerting their rights and preferences. The quality of one's advocacy, however, is modulated by several elements unique to the health care environment: the position- perceived and/or actual- of the child life specialist within the medical hierarchy, key trends driving change in the delivery of patient care, and the comfort and competency of the child life specialist in communicating their own unique value and the evidence base that supports it. This webinar will draw from the perspectives of powerful front line clinicians and leaders to empower child life specialists to develop advocacy expertise, engage in advocacy, and foster advocacy partnerships. Well-honed clinical instincts matter.It's just a question of how they are expressed, why, and to whom.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
-Evaluate the quality and impact of their previous approach to advocacy, specifically in communicating the need for child life involvement, strength of their assessment and clinical return on investment
-Effectively communicate the role of a child life specialist to varying audiences, including patients, families, staff and administrators
-Demonstrate awareness of current theory and research that underpin child life intervention, and how to incorporate this insight into real time advocacy interactions
-Think critically about how a child life specialist can influence social, political, and economic systems to bring about change for groups of people and imagine how this paradigm could play out in their own practice
Divna Wheelwright currently works as Manager of Child Life Services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. First introduced to child life through her work with the Hole in the Wall Gang, Divna's commitment to the field is built upon the principles of patient advocacy, cultural humility and the empowerment of the underserved. Hunter S. Thompson provided Divna with her guiding adage as a clinician and leader when he wrote: "Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing." She also serves as a member of the Child Life Focus Review Board, Leadership Development Committee, and Advanced Professional Development Committee.