Won't You Be My Neighbor: Diversity in the WorkplaceIncludes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Using Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood as a framework, this presentation seeks to increase individuals’ knowledge of diversity and trust in the workplace. Diversity, beyond observable differences, triggers emotional labor on both the individual and team level. Participants will be challenged to think about their own emotional labor, instances in which they rely on surface and deep level acting, and how it might be affecting their professional relationships Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
2020 Professional Development Subscription
This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 programming, and earn over 24 PDUs. Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.
2020 Emerging Professional Subscription
This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Emerging Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs. Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 Emerging Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.
2020 Established Professional Subscription
This exclusive member's only package provides live and on-demand access to all of our 2020 Established Professional programming. Participants of this package will gain access to webinars across all exam domains, be able to attend both live and on-demand 2020 Established Professional programming, and earn over 12 PDUs. Not able to attend the live event or subscribing mid-year? No problem. All participants will retain access to live and on-demand 2020 Established Professional webinars for one year from the date of purchase. With this premium subscription, ACLP's newest webinars are always at your fingertips.
Call in the JOY! Mindfulness Practices to Care for YourSELF this Holiday SeasonIncludes 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.
Supporting Staff and Patients Through the HolidaysIncludes a Live Web Event on 09/16/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
This webinar will address the key components to leading a group of professionals through the stresses inherent in the holidays. Coping with stress, supporting the team while supporting patient needs, creative donation management, finding moments of respite, and shining as a team will all be considered. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.
How Child Life Leaders Can Provide Planned Resources That Help Specialists and Teams To ‘INSPIRIT’ Resilience In Trauma Environments That Hold Risk of Compassion FatigueIncludes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
In their daily work, or in volunteer work during crisis situations, child life specialists are often called to provide care to children and families experiencing trauma. The presenter will incorporate her experience of companioning traumatized children and families in a team approach during deployments. Supporting others through traumatic experiences can heighten feelings of vulnerability, as well as the flame of genuine compassion. This calling puts specialists and teams at risk for compassion fatigue, and child life leaders can lessen the impact of vicarious trauma. This webinar encourages leaders to take self-care seriously and support their teams with ongoing personal and professional transformation for helper resilience. Optional Advance Reading: This webinar may be even more generative for those who pre-read Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (Wicks, 2010). Individuals may use Appendix B: An Individual Reflection Guide. Pre-reading could be configured as group professional development with any style of book club discussion format desired; copies might be provided by a hospital’s medical library or an educational fund. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.
Getting Comfortable with Data: Developing Analytical Skills for Child Life ProfessionalsIncludes a Live Web Event on 06/16/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
With ACLP’s increasing focus on research and evidence-based practice, now is the time to become more comfortable having conversations about data. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of data and how impactful a working knowledge of data analysis can be for drawing conclusions within child life practice, management, and the professional landscape. Because many child life specialists don’t yet feel confident completing their own statistical analyses, we will discuss how to tap into resources to find analytic support and how to communicate your analytic goals when you do. This webinar will increase the data literacy of child life specialists and decrease their hesitation around quantitative data. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professionals programming.
Starting your Leadership JourneyIncludes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
You’re a new leader—now what?! The first several years in a leadership position have the ability to set the stage for your success in this role. Years of experience will help you further develop your leadership skills, but what about now, in the beginning? This webinar will identify the skillset essential for a developing leader, as well as assist in formulating a plan for further leadership development, using the framework of my top ten tips: -Moving from peer to supervisor -Keeping the emotion out of it -Communicate, communicate, communicate -Sitting on the decision fence -Having your staff’s back while still holding them accountable -Watch out for your lizard brain -Develop a growth mindset -Allow yourself to be vulnerable -Conflict can be your best friend -Know when to fold ‘em Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professionals programming
Leading Multidisciplinary TeamsIncludes a Live Web Event on 05/08/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
As more child life leaders are moving into senior leader positions and assuming responsibility for management of staff from disciplines outside of child life, multiple opportunities for learning collaboration and growth are presented. This presentation will offer insight into one hospital’s journey through reorganization and intentional focus on patient- and family-centered care. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming.
Resilience over Balance: Professional Sustainability for the Modern Child Life SpecialistIncludes a Live Web Event on 03/12/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
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.
In for the Long Haul: Exploring Career Longevity Among Child Life SpecialistsIncludes a Live Web Event on 03/03/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)
As child life specialists who’ve practiced for several years know, beyond the bubbles, arts and crafts, and special events that make the job of a child life specialist appear “so fun!” to outsiders lies a truly unique and often challenging role. Working in a caring profession over time can take its toll on an employee. The impacts of working as a child life specialist have been studied since the early 1990s and include potential for burnout, compassion fatigue, and emotional labor. Research in other psychosocial-focused and/or medical professions has shown the relationship between these variables of professional well-being and career longevity. This presentation is intended to bring awareness of factors that may impact the career longevity of a child life specialist and encourage the exploration of professional sustainability practices. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is a part of our Established Professional programming.
Difficult Conversations: How to "Address" for Success in the Professional World
A leader’s ability to successfully navigate difficult conversations in the workplace contributes to an environment of trust, respect, and overall clearer communication. Though these benefits are often named by employees when describing an "ideal" workplace, opportunities for open and honest engagement are frequently missed due to a lack of comfort. Mastering difficult conversations is a critical component of managing teams and modeling transparency in a professional setting. This webinar will challenge participants to consider their level of comfort with difficult conversations, and provide takeaways aimed at increasing their confidence, as well as competence, in this vital professional communication skill. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Established Professional programming.
Influencing Behaviors - Seven Simple Rules
Everything around us is changing... and changing fast. In our professional and personal lives, the rate of change is unprecedented. At times, it can be overwhelming. How can we keep up with it all? Rather than focusing on the change, let’s learn to master that which does not change: Influence, persuasion, body language, and rapport are the keys to moving others and influencing behaviors… and how to move people has not changed in millenia. The good news? You already do these things every day. With small tweaks, you can dramatically increase your ability to move people and influence behavior. In this engaging webinar, you will gain the strategies, tips, and general principles to guide every relationship you have, both professional and personal. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility This webinar is part of our Emerging Professional programming.
Efficient Inquiry: Painless Research Methods for Busy Clinicians
The Association of Child Life Professionals’ Strategic Framework identifies research as a vital aspect to strengthening the perceived value and awareness of child life. More child life specialists are being inspired to conduct their own research to contribute to the field’s growing evidence base. In this session, through demonstration and case examples, attendees will learn research methods that are clinically feasible to implement and relevant to child life practice. Participants will be provided with easy-to-follow resources that break down the process of conducting a clinical research study from start to finish.
Supporting Patients, Families and Staff at End of Life: A Framework for Success
Evidence-based research suggests the importance of appropriate interventions to support patients, families and staff through these unique and challenging situations. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a bereavement committee within a medium sized child life department at a free-standing children’s hospital. Participants will be educated and empowered to enhance and advocate for bereavement services and support to staff.
Process improvements: applying “Elf” teamwork to manage holiday donations
This presentation will discuss the creation of a process to accept holiday donations and process improvement efforts to optimize that process. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.
Child Life and Qualitative Research: A Perfect Partnership
This webinar will present key concepts of qualitative research and why these concepts fit so well with the roles and responsibilities of child life professionals. We will examine pivotal qualitative research in child life scholarship, and look at ways this kind of research can add to this scholarship. Lastly, this webinar will provide examples of potential research partnerships between child life specialists, medical, and psychosocial staff.
Helping Kids Succeed: Communication between Home and School when Children have a Chronic Illness
Chronic illness interferes with all areas of child development and growing numbers of children with chronic illness are attending school. Educators need to understand the child’s condition, including treatments and medications, and potential effects these may reasonably be expected to have on academic and behavioral functioning of the student in the classroom. Effective communication between parents and teachers is essential to understand the impact of chronic illness on a child’s development and school experiences so appropriate supports and instruction can be provided. This research supports the need for increased advocacy to support parents of a child with chronic illness in communicating their child’s needs. With the expanding world of healthcare and child life, child life specialists may find new roles in advocating for and assisting with meeting the needs of children with chronic illness in educational settings.
You Can't Pour from an Empty Bucket: Stress & Self-Care in the Child Life Profession
This webinar will explore the stressors and personal risks inherent in the child life profession and other caring professions, will discuss the research & current theory and practice surrounding compassion fatigue, burnout, & stress, and will discuss research and best practices for self-care in the child life profession.
Webinar Series: Keeping Your Balance While Climbing the Ladder of Cultural Competence
In this two part webinar series, attendees will utilize frameworks of cultural competence and dimensions of diversity to enhance their understanding and ability to work effectively in multicultural settings. Participants will be challenged to evaluate their worldview and understand how their biases impact clinical work with families. Information and activities during this session will provide participants with tools to nurture skills of change agency and allyship. Group Registration is available for this webinar series. Please see updated group registration rates below: -Group 3-5 members: $375 -Group 6-9 members: $500 -Group 10+ members: $750 To register your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of your participants.
Pushing our Professional Paradigm: Developing Data-Driven Teams and Practices
High quality healthcare practices are derived from the careful and conscientious application of evidence to improve patients and family experiences and outcomes. However, in the child life profession, the demands of clinical responsibilities, student and employee supervision, and program administration can seem to leave little time in the day for systematic data collection, evaluation, and application. Therefore, this webinar will explore the importance of efficiently integrating data collection and analysis opportunities into existing child life programming to achieve clinical, academic, administrative, and research goals. Through inquiry and case examples, participants will identify opportunities for integrating intentional data acquisition and management practices to cultivate a data-driven culture of child life practice.
A Crash Course on Reading and Interpreting Empirical Research Articles
This webinar will provide an introduction to reading and interpreting empirical research articles related to the child life profession, with a focus on identifying rigorous research studies. Current research articles will be discussed, including analyses of articles written by Certified Child Life Specialists.
Okay, so What's Next?: Successfully Navigating MidCareer Transition, Advancement and Development
The current job market in the child life profession is highly competitive. While much attention has been given in recent years to aiding new child life specialists as developing professionals, there is limited support for those who have mastered basic competencies and want to expand beyond their first job. The current presentation aims to empower emerging (and established) professionals who are evaluating their professional growth and providing expertise on how to identify it is time for a career transition as well as how to be successful in a new role as a child life specialist with experience. Building on personal experience, the presenters will highlight: strategies that identify influences contributing to role change; finding areas for growth within current roles; how to identify the right new position; approaches to successfully integrate oneself into a new team; and finally, a discussion on factors that can increase longevity in the field of child life as whole.
Implementing a Child Life Clinical Lead Program
This webinar will describe the development and implementation of a Clinical Lead Program in response to employee engagement scores, lack of professional development opportunities, and Child Life Director needing more leadership support.
The Building Blocks of Resilience: Educational, Individual, and Workplace Strategies for Constructing Professional Well-Being
Participants will be able to recognize the potential effects of child life work on personal and professional life. In addition, participants will be able to explore strategies to strengthen and support their own resiliency and discuss efforts to create positive change both individually and within their organization. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
They Don't Believe my Pain is Real: Improving Care for Patients with Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
Somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD) are a group of mental health disorders occurring in all patient populations. Typically considered outside of the child life scope of practice, child life specialists can play an instrumental role in streamlining support and diagnosis. Participants will learn how to recognize SSRD through the child life assessment, adapt care plans, and create resources to improve patient care and benefit hospitals fiscally. Learning Objectives: Discuss factors that indicate that a patient may have somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRD) when completing a child life assessment. Explore a modified child life care plan which supports patients with suspected or diagnosed SSRD. Examine how the child life role on the interdisciplinary team improves optimal patient care for SSRD and benefits the hospital system-wide. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Growth Oriented Feedback: Methods for Making it Meaningful
Feedback is an essential component of teaching and learning. The provision of meaningful, growth-oriented feedback has benefits for students, supervisors, academicians, as well as children, youth, and families. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
There's No Place Like Home: A Community-Based Palliative Care and Hospice Program
This presentation will highlight one outpatient, community-based program that provides compassionate care to patients and families on either palliative care or hospice services from two pediatric hospitals. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Ambiguity or Uncertainty? Exploring Stress in Child Life Specialists
This presentation shares results of a study investigating the role intolerance of uncertainty might play in the stress CCLS experience. Professional quality of life was also measured. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Becoming the Difference: Building Positive Staff Relationships in Healthcare
Child life specialists promote mutual respect, a common purpose, and open communication with the healthcare team while ensuring quality care for patients and families. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Patient Remembrance: A Model for Processing the Death of a Patient Through Departmental Social Support
Death is an inevitable component within the child life profession that often correlates with compassion fatigue and burnout. This presentation aims to explore a model of one child life department's structured staff intervention related to processing the death of patients. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Look for the Helpers: Child Life Specialists as Champions for Children After Disasters
Fred Rogers famously reflected that after something bad happened, his mother encouraged him to look for the helpers. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Collaborative Partnership to Optimize Care: The Creation of an Interprofessional Autism Spectrum Disorder Professional Development Program
Healthcare clinicians have a wide variety of knowledge, skill, and attitudes when caring for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Emotional Labor: The Role of Your Emotions in the Workplace
This presentation focuses on the role of emotions at work, including how emotions are generated or concealed in order to meet patient needs or to satisfy organizational values of an employer. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
"Why Can't I Go Home with Mom?": Child Life's Role in Supporting Children of Abuse
Child Life Specialists have a unique role in supporting children and families through a variety of challenges. In the Emergency Department, broken bones and stitches are a daily occurrence, but what happens when those injuries are suspected to be the result of abuse? SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
A Pedagogy of Inclusion: Integrating Topics of Diversity and Social Justice into Child Life Curriculum
The Association of Child Life Professionals includes diversity as a core tenet of the values and mission of the child life profession. This presentation will consider the integration of diversity and social justice theories into child life curriculum. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Call Me….Maybe: Collaboration between Child Life Specialists at Separate Institutions to Enhance Patient Care
In order to receive specialized care, many pediatric patients must travel away from their usual care team to other institutions. Collaboration between child life specialists at different institutions enhances the patient experience. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
2019 Child Life Annual Conference: All Access Pass
Not able to join us at the 2019 Child Life Annual Conference? No problem. With the 2019 All Access Pass you get a front row seat. This package offers the opportunity to view over 40 recorded sessions from our 2019 conference and earn more than 45+ PDUs across the exam domains. Member and Student Member Price- $225.00 Non-member Price- $299.00
Scope of Practice in the Profession of Child Life
This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of scope of practice, including definitions and history of the phrase, use of the phrase in health care and current standards for scope of practice as established by ACLP. The interface between scope of practice and ethical practice will be examined and examples will be provided of challenging situations faced by child life professionals.
Red Light, Green Light: Respecting the guardrails, navigating the traffic, and avoiding the potholes of professional boundaries
Maintaining strong professional boundaries within therapeutic relationships is critical for the emotional well being of both child life professionals and the patients they serve. While students and emerging professionals are repeatedly educated on the need for limit setting with patients, instruction on how to implement these actions is far more scarce. This webinar briefly summarizes the current research on therapeutic boundaries and limit setting, highlighting the evidence supporting the need for these professional competencies. The remainder of the time focuses on exercises that help professionals develop self-awareness and determine appropriate interactions. The webinar also describes activities that can be used by providers in supervisory roles model self-reflection for students and new professionals. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.
Insights and Wisdom: Global Engagement in Child Life
A panel of child life specialist and leaders will share their insights, wisdom and lessons learned from their work globally. Join ACLP President, Stephanie Hopkinson, ACLP President-Elect, Jill Koss, Patrice Brylske, Eugene Johnson, and Catherine Reily Boland to learn from their stories and the amazing work they are doing or have done to promote child life, psychosocial practice and child friendly approaches in healthcare around the world.
Global Practice Package
Interested in practicing child life internationally, but not sure where to start? This two webinar package will examine global practice in child life. Hear from and connect with Certified Child Life Specialists who have worked internationally. Build on your curiosities and passion by connecting to their stories.
Giving and Receiving Feedback- Strengthening Your Skills Through Intentional Practice
This webinar will explore common barriers to giving and receiving feedback, and offer practical solutions toward incorporating feedback in your daily interactions.
To Tell a Story: Exploring Child Life Global Engagement
In this webinar, you'll hear the story of our ALCP President Stephanie Hopkinson as she shares her wisdom on how to be engaged globally. She has completed several missions with Operation Smile, co designed and facilitated a train the trainer 4 day intensive with two celebrated child life leaders in Bangkok, Thailand for ACLP, worked in Doha Qatar as child life clinical educator and is currently the Senior Child Life Manager in Kuwait. Bring your curiosity and sprit of inquiry to listen to lesson learned, gain insight and identify strategies to begin and/or add to your global story.
It’s a Fellow Thing: Closing the Gap in Child Life Services
In the changing landscape of health care, child life departments have been forced to get creative with budgets, positions and staffing in order to meet the needs and/or demands for child life services
Elevating Child Life Intervention in the Inner City
Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs. This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
You Can't Pour from an Empty Bucket: Stress and Self-Care in the Child Life Profession
Read this Focus article and earn .5 PDUs. This is a free resource for members and $15 for non-members. Once you've read the article, you will need to complete your quiz in order to access the certificate of completion through the professional development platform. Participants should maintain a copy of their certificate of attendance for their records. Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility
From Barren to Blooming: Developing Child Life Programming From the Ground Up
As the field of child life expands and child life programming in non-traditional settings becomes more common, experienced child life professionals may identify opportunities for program development in their communities. These opportunities exist anywhere children and their families experience potentially distressing health-related encounters and may range from community-based hospitals to specialty clinic centers. This webinar will share strategies for reviewing area healthcare organizations and identifying those that may benefit from and be supportive of child life programming. Practical strategies for crafting a child life programming proposal and possible roles will also be shared. Participants will have a greater understanding of how to successfully lay the groundwork for child life programming.
The Continuum of Care: Providing Child Life Service in the Community
The child life profession is beginning to evolve as the awareness of the field grows. There is an increase of newly Certified Child Life Specialists entering the field, limited traditional hospital positions available, and veteran specialists seeking professional growth in a non-traditional role. This shift is pushing specialists to obtain positions beyond the hospital walls and into community-based non-traditional roles.
In The Footsteps of Goldilocks: Searching For What is ‘Just Right’ in Global Child Life Best Practice
Pioneering child life specialists have been addressing global program development for many years and through a variety of methods. A panel of experienced child life specialists will outline four distinct approaches to global engagement through the lens of cultural impact and sustainability, and facilitate a discussion of best practices for this area of program development.
Such a Fine Line: Balancing Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Boundaries
There is a fine line when balancing the role of professional boundaries in developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships. Through the use of case examples, staff testimonials and group discussion, participants will have a n opportunity to explore methods to create, maintain and encourage professional boundaries in their daily work and within their institution.
Re-imagining the Volunteer Program
This presentation will share one hospital’s re-invention of their volunteer program. The change from multiple supervisors to one, adding team building and education opportunities, and regular volunteer-run playroom activities were implemented. As a result, the volunteer program is more robust, yielding favorable outcomes for patients, families, staff, and the volunteers themselves.
2020 Ethics Package
Looking to strengthen your ethics skills? This 5 webinar package offers participants the chance to drill down and fortify their ethics skills while earning 6.5 PDUs in the Ethics Domain. Webinars in this package include: -A Call for Culture Change and Re-prioritization of Our Most Vulnerable Patient: Establishing Neurodevelopmental Protection for the Neonate -Ethical Considerations when Advocating for Patients with Developmental and Behavioral Needs -Ethical Concerns Regarding Diagnosis Disclosure: A Case Study Discussion -Such a Fine Line: Balancing Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Boundaries -Not Can We, but Should We?: Ethical Considerations in Fetal and Perinatal Bereavement Interventions
Where Do We Start?: Developing and Sustaining a Family-Driven Unit-Based Advisory Council
Family advisory councils effectively bring about positive changes that promote family-centered care within a hospital unit. This presentation will discuss how a family advisory council was established in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, including advisor recruitment, project/goal development and generating staff buy-in. The perspective of a current family advisor will also be included.
Finding Joy in Child Life Competencies: A Model for Development and Assessment
This workshop will focus on creating a competency verification process that is program based. Competencies change based on patient population, teams, and management, keeping staff more at ease with the care they provide. It is not what you know, but what you can actually do that is evidence of competency.
Not Can We, but Should We?: Ethical Considerations in Fetal and Perinatal Bereavement Interventions
Dignity and respect are essential to therapeutic bereavement support. Presenters will share iiia standard of care supporting ethical child life programming in fetal and perinatal loss. Case presentations, group discussion, and lecture will guide participants to understand ethical inventions for grieving families and explore self-care strategies.
Global Collaboration: Teaching and Learning Around the World
This panel celebrates the innovative work that occurs when colleagues collaborate across cultural and geographic boundaries. Panelists describe pediatric psychosocial care in their countries, and articulate key lessons learned during ongoing collaboration in teaching and learning.
The First Five Years: Surviving and Thriving as a New Child Life Professional
Standardized clinical training is a main focus for child life students, but what happens after an internship? Transitioning from student to professional can be challenging without support and preparation. Three child life specialists share their adventures five years later to offer new professionals guidance in navigating the health care world.
Bounce Back Program: Reflective practice and healing though peer support
Working in a high acuity health care setting can lead to exhaustion, burn out, and depersonalization. Our Bounce Back Program serves as an open forum allowing for reflection, learning, and growth: empowering clinical staff to begin again. By the end of this session, participants will learn new techniques to promote stress relief, trust, and positive coping skills amongst their peers.
Impact of Integrating Child Life into Interprofessional Simulation Sessions
Simulation is increasingly used to train health care providers and enhance quality and safety. Participation in simulation can improve the clinical skills of child life specialists and interns while reinforcing the role of child life and utilization of family-centered practices. Attendees will learn ways to optimize child life involvement in simulation.
Breaking the Mold: Child Life Specialists Working in Community Based Programs
As the child life profession continues to expand, specialists are seeking positions beyond the hospital. The panelists will share their experiences working in an adoption agency, non-profit organization and private practice. Learn how to assess your community’s needs, operationalize your role and overcome challenges.
Reflecting Each Other’s Light: A Shared Commitment to Clinical Growth
Reflective practice facilitates affective processing, promotes understanding of emotional responses, and deepens clinical practice. Follow one department’s journey from a supervision group model to a peer reflection model. Theories related to group cohesion and adult development will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a reflective activity.
Two Departments, One Brain: Partnering with Foundation to Grow Child Life Services Without Increasing Staffing Budget
This presentation will describe the successful partnership between Child Life Services and Foundation, that has yielded significant growth in in-kind and cash donations, and a decrease in unwanted donations. Presenters will describe a Community Relations Internship that has removed a significant workload from child life specialists, allowing them to focus attention to their clinical roles, and expand clinical reach. Presenters will describe a philanthropy program that has aligned child life specialists with grateful patient engagement.
The Art of Wrap Up: Preparing today's Students For Tomorrow's Careers
Attendees will explore how weekly wrap up sessions can be facilitated as an opportunity for the intern to gain a greater understanding of self and specific clinical skills. Participants will have the opportunity to examine hands-on multimodal reflective practices used with students to instill professionalism and critical thinking needed for future career success.
Constructing the Play Lady: Child Life and the Female Human Identity
The 'play lady' is both a historical pioneer and a theoretical construction in the field of child life. This presentation will explore the implications of the legacy of the 'play lady' by analyzing modern professional challenges faced by child life specialists through a lens of feminist theory. These empirically-based challenges include maintaining work-life balance, limited opportunity for professional advancement, balancing career and children, and professional insecurity.
The Power of Two: From a One-Person Program to a Child Life Team
Insufficient staffing plagues the child life world. Solo programs face particular challenges covering multiple clinical areas, large censuses, and 24 hour patient needs. This presentation shares one program’s journey from solo to duo, including foundational components for growth, advocating for the new position, strategies to secure funding, and components for a successful transition to a team of two including recruitment, orientation, reporting structures, scheduling, flexibility, communication, and collegiality.
Community Assistantships: Enhancing Student Experience and Child Life Programming
A hospital and university developed an innovative approach to utilize department funding to expand the child life program’s resources through community assistantships. The assistantship program provided pre-professional work experience for students, as well as a mentoring and leadership role for a clinical child life specialist. Attendees will identify the development, implementation and evaluation of community assistantships, successes and barriers, benefits to the child life program and students, and cost-saving benefits.
The Practice of Adult Learning: Applying Principles and Conditions of Adult Learning in Child Life Education
Knowledge, understanding and insight of adult learning can be applied both in clinical and academic settings. Come and explore how the principles and conditions of adult learning can enhance and strengthen your role in teaching, coaching, and guiding students and adults across disciplines.
Partnering For Play: How to Promote, Navigate, and Build Relationships With Community Partners to Elevate Play in Hospitals
Relationships with local and national organizations provide staff with resources and talent to create more engaging opportunities to help patients and families cope with the hospital environment. This presentation demonstrates how community partnerships, in-hospital special events, and radio station programming collaborate to create space for therapeutic play while also promoting staff morale. Attendees will be empowered to build collaborative partnerships in their communities that enhance patients’ experiences.
Synergy and Success: A Collaborative Partnership with Pediatric Nursing and the Elevation of Pediatric Nursing Orientation
Through an engaging collaboration, child life and pediatric nursing partnered to create an interactive orientation program for nurses throughout a five-hospital healthcare system. Rich in developmental theory and skills training, the orientation program embraces research and supports translation of that knowledge into daily practice. In-depth training in child development, procedural support, and medication administration nurtures nurses’ skills in developmentally-supportive care, and positions them to serve as leaders in pediatric healthcare.
The Anatomy of a Teddy Bear: A Complete Guide to Teddy Bear Clinics
In the chaotic world of health care, it is easy for children to build fantasies about what happens behind hospital doors. This presentation will demonstrate how to alleviate these fears on a large-scale community capacity. Participants will be given the tools to assess, create, manage and evaluate a successful teddy bear clinic.
From the Classroom to the Community: An Academic/Community Hospital Partnership for Program Development
An academic child life program seized the opportunity to collaborate with a community hospital to assess the need for child life programming. An experienced child life specialist was hired as a consultant to develop a programming recommendation. Within 18 months the partnership resulted in a funded child life program and hiring of the first Certified Child Life Specialist. This session will highlight the components of this successful pilot project.
Perceptions of Children with Chronic Illnesses Regarding 'Play in Hospital': Research Findings
Learn how children with chronic illnesses shared their perceptions of 'play in hospital', how they defined play, who and what were important for play, and how their chronic illness has an effect on their play behaviors and their lives. This presentation will also explore the implications of the research findings on child life practice and future research with children.
Preparing For The Future: A Practicum Program For Students and Supervisors
Practicum experiences are valuable for all members involved – the students learning and the staff supervising. One hospital will share their journey in building a practicum program that prepares students in the foundations of child life and for their full-time internship, while also training staff in supervising and mentoring students to reach their potential.
Working Smarter, Not Harder: Perspectives on Implementing a New Staffing Model Within a Child Life Program
It is evident that that child life services advance quality and outcomes in health care as well as the patient and family experience. This presentation will explore one hospital's journey to adapt to change by implementing a unique staffing model to best meet the needs of patients and families. The development of a task force, methods utilized to assist with ideas, and processes adapted to support changes will be explored.
Introducing Quality Improvement Into Child Life Practice
We have all faced hurdles in our practice when advocating for what we know is best for the patients and families we serve. What is the best way to bring about change so that it is realistic, achievable, and long-lasting? Learn how to use current evidence and basic quality improvement (QI) techniques to make impactful and sustainable changes in your institution
Implementing Multiple Mini Interviews (Mmi)
For anyone conducting interviews, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) provide opportunities to observe specific traits and require candidates to “think on their feet” during the process. Strategically designed scenarios are created with desired job related attributes in mind and organized to reduce time spent interviewing. Through the MMI, interviewers make unbiased assessments while experiencing a true snapshot of the candidates’ job related skills and behaviors.
What's Your LGBTQ IQ?
The role of child life specialists requires current information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patient population and their families. Reflection on personal and institutional practices will help create actions steps through hands-on activities, small groups, and large group discussions.
A New Training and Education Method and How It Was Used in Initiating a Standard of Care in the Emergency Department.
This multidisciplinary emergency department panel will discuss the implementation of the cognitive social process, communal sharing, and how it was used to initiate comfort positioning as a standard of care. Members of an emergency department team will discuss what made this approach work and why they plan on continuing to use it.
Supervision Tool For the Child Life Specialist
Clinical supervision is a professional relationship and a working alliance where a student’s work is reviewed and reflected upon to ensure that the quality of services and care provided to children and their families are being met. A supervision tool would document the student’s progression and help them develop a greater sense of self-awareness in a clinical setting as well as enhance the supervisor’s skills and professional development.
The Punitive Nature of Rewards: A Controversial Assessment of Popular Behavior Modification
Research shows that extrinsic rewards in behavior modification reduce intrinsic motivation to accomplish tasks. Children are manipulated by reward systems into behaving desirably without addressing the reason for the desired behavior or giving opportunities for autonomy. Developing lasting value-building skills can motivate patients without being undermined by rewards.
Kaizen: No, It’s Not a New toy But a tool For Driving Meaningful Change
Child life plays an important role in patient and family experiences. Quantifying the importance of child life is difficult and can be overlooked as impactful on cost of care. Kaizen provides a proven tool to quantify its impact on the patient and family experience and overall cost of care. This tool also provides credibility to child life services and helps drive meaningful change.
Part of Play Is Putting Away: Overview of “Test of Change” Initiative Utilized to Promote Playroom Safety & Security
Playrooms that are open/accessible 24 hours a day cannot always be supervised after child life staff leave the unit. Without consistent supervision, the playroom has the potential to become an unsafe environment for patients and families. Data gathered through the development and implementation of this test of change, will show hot to improve program safety and security while increasing operational efficiency of child life staff.
Cultivating the Supervisor Identity: Connecting a Developmental Approach with Child Life Students
Becoming a supervisor is a shift in identity. We meet the required hours and we are eligible to take interns, but we may not feel completely confident or qualified to take on this new role. This presentation explores the use of a developmental theory approach to guide child life specialists in developing their supervisor identity and provide purposeful and productive supervision to child life students.
Creating a Journal Club to Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice
Studies have proven that journal clubs are an effective means to promote evidence based practice (EBP). Through the lens of adult learning theory, this workshop will provide valuable hands-on information and tools for the establishment, process, and evaluation of effective journal clubs. The clinical impact and possibilities for the growth of journal clubs will also be discussed.
Bridging the Gap Between Generations in the Healthcare Setting to Build Synergy and Strong Teams
This workshop will explore five generations currently in the workplace and implications for interaction. Misunderstandings can occur from different mindsets and styles of communication of people born in different eras. Characteristics of each generation and their impact on staff and patient interactions will be explored. This presentation will focus on how employees learn from each other to build collaborative relationships as well as provide strategies to build stronger teams.
All Teach, All Learn: The Ins and Outs of Psychosocial Simulation Training
This presentation will describe how one pediatric hospital implemented psychosocial simulations with staff from the Child Life, Chaplaincy, and Social Work Departments. Research findings will be presented in regards to the simulations impact on staff understanding, confidence and competence in collaborating and communicating within the psychosocial team.
Stepping It Up: The Development of a Clinical Ladder Program
A clinical ladder is a structure of salary progressions and professional levels that provide advancement from novice to expert (Wall, 2007). The goal of this session is to inspire, educate, and provide tools to guide participants to creating or enhancing their own child life clinical ladder program. Presenters will examine evidence and give a comprehensive depiction of the evolution of this hospital’s clinical ladder program.
Are we there yet?' Finding joy in YOUR journey.
“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.
Child Life in Action: Building Community Together with Hospital and Museum Partnerships
This session will provide the audience with insights about child life partnership opportunities with nearby community resources while building strategic community throughout their institutions. Basics of starting and sustaining collaborations between science centers, museums and children’s hospitals will be shared. This will include how to identify partners, adapt education programs for diverse populations and recruit and train community/hospital volunteers. Participants will be provided with examples of public programs that can be delivered at museums to foster family preparedness and coping.
Developing Engaging Activities to Educate New Nurses on Child Life Services
In the hospital setting most education is provided via formal presentations. Activity based education such as simulation, in which medical scenarios are acted out, has been shown to increase knowledge and skill retention. In this session, attendees will learn about an activity based education session created to help new graduate nurses gain an understanding of and see the value in child life interventions.
It’s a Small World After All: How Two Child Life Specialists are Working to Expand the World of Child Life
This interactive workshop tells the story of how two child life specialists developed their individual programs and why they connected to bring students the unique experience of working with children through an international practicum program. Each program will be explored from inception to current achievements. Goals for future expansion will be discussed.
Child Life in a Politically Charged Environment: A Public Policy Panel Discussion
This presentation will provide ground level information to help participants learn the lingo of public policy and will explore macro-and mico-level examples of how policy issues directly impact patients, hospitals and child life specialists. Additionally, participants will gain an understand of how they might become personally involved in policy work and presenters will speak to their own experience in the public policy arena.
Early Childhood Clinic: An Opportunity to Collaborate and Improve Early Intervention Services for Young Patients
This presentation will explore one hospital’s initiation of a multidisciplinary clinic developed to help promote early intervention services during a child’s treatment for chronic illness. During the development and implementation of this clinic, interdisciplinary relationships were strengthened, coordination of care for patients and families was improved, and optimal services during this critical stage in a child’s development were provided.
Connecting Clinical and Academic Worlds: Cultivating Future Child Life Specialists
Certified Child Life Specialists are preparing for the certification eligibility transitions that lie ahead. Some clinicians are thinking of shifting to an academic role, others are preparing to mentor master’s level students, and academics are striving to add clinical skills to their teaching. This session is designed to offer knowledge, guidance, and connections to prepare for such transitions.
A Psychosocially Inclusive Resident Education Model
Psychosocial education for medical residents is identified as an ongoing need. Increased awareness in practice early in physicians’ careers has the potential to significantly impact psychosocially inclusive pediatric health care. Attendees will gain insight into the development of an existing child life/medical resident education collaboration and explore how such a program can be implemented.
Giving Voice to the Front Line: Creating a Child Life and Creative Arts Therapies Shared Governance Model
The concept of shared governance and its role in a healthcare setting will be introduced. The theories supporting the need for and information to enable a child life team member to start shared governance will be presented. All aspects of creating and maintaining shared governance model will be discussed, including utilizing current shared governance trends within an institution, creating relevant documents, planning for and structuring meetings.
Creating Calm in the Chaos: A Journey to 24/7 Child Life Coverage
As child life programs continue to evolve within health care systems, there is an increased demand for services to better meet the needs of patients and families by providing care around the clock. This presentation explores the process, progression, and outcome of 24/7 coverage in a 30 bed pediatric emergency department along with related overnight coverage benefits to inpatient units.
Prevalence of 'Not Applicable' Scores in The Evaluation Tool for Child Life Interns: A Research Study to Enhance Clinical Assessment Methods
This research study examines the use of "Not Applicable" scores in The Evaluation Tool for Child Life Interns. This study is valuable in providing an initial analysis of the tool across the three domains of assessment, intervention and professional responsibility. Sharing the results of the study will provide attendees with recommendations for the optimal use of the tool and suggestions for improving assessment methods and programs.
Surrounded by Guilt: Unpacking and Unloading the Guilt Carried by Professional Caregivers
Child life professionals experience situations in both their professional and personal worlds that can lead to feelings of guilt. As part of self-care, it is important to channel appropriate guilt into positive attitudinal and behavioral changes while letting go of unnecessary guilt that can become exhausting to carry. This presentation reviews types and purposes of guilt, leadership implications for guilt-prone individuals and strategies for coping with guilt.
Change Can Be Good: Making The Switch To A Pod-Based Staffing Model
A team-based approach to child life practice can lead to increased efficiency, communication, and staff satisfaction. Participants will learn how a pod-based staffing model was implemented in a medium size child life department in a free standing children’s hospital. Presenters will share benefits of the new staffing model, as well as challenges faced during implementation. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion.
Child Life: Moving into New Settings and New Roles
Child life practice settings outside of the hospital have grown exponentially in recent years. Child life skills and competencies are easily transferred to other settings supporting children and families impacted by crisis, challenge or change. This facilitated panel will share examples of non-traditional settings in which child life skills have successfully been utilized and hightlight the pathway to delivery of such services.
Exploring the Known: A Child Life Professional Exchange Program
The Child Life Professional Exchange Program gives experienced specialists the opportunity to spend a week embedded in another child life program in an effort to enhance personal and professional practice, learn new and innovative approaches to care and bring information back to their own hospital and clinical area. This unique model initially began with two hospitals and has since expanded over the last four years to include six hospitals as part of the annual professional exchange.
Collaboration for Better Care: Integrating Art and Music Therapy in an Inpatient Child Life Program
Art and Music Therapists often work alongside child life in children’s hospitals. How can child life specialists collaborate with these professionals to provide the best care for patients and families? Presenters will share their experiences working together as part of an inpatient child life program, provide examples of successful efforts, share information from interprofessional education research, and include suggestions for fostering strong connections.
Relationships to Retention: Methods for Onboarding New Staff
Onboarding staff of all experience levels is a part of the professional world. Showing newcomers that an organization and team are ready for them to utilize their expertise and strengths is a valuable opportunity to establish supportive professional relationships, possibly leading to increased retention. Relevant evidence and tangible, applicable methods will be shared for consideration and use in a variety of programs.