When a Child Doesn’t Go Home: A Multidisciplinary Approach
This presentation will examine a multidisciplinary approach to caring for families being discharged from hospital post stillbirth, miscarriage, infant or child death, apprehension by child protective services, or adoption. Pediatric child life specialist and social worker have developed a new concept in how to collaboratively care for and support these families. This idea and its inception will be explored while also touching on what to be mindful of while working with this patient population.
■ Engage more comfortably in difficult conversations with families about leaving the hospital without their infant/child.
■ Illustrate how the disciplines of Child Life and Social Work can positively impact patients and families in challenging situations.
■ Identify appropriate clinical practice and the collaborative approach within the multidisciplinary team as it relates to bereavement, grief, and loss within a unique clinical setting.
■ Demonstrate an understanding of grief and loss, and the related emotions and reactions that families’ experience.