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  • 2019 Child Life Annual Conference: All Access Pass

    Get a front row seat for our 2019 Child Life conference sessions. This package offers the opportunity to view over 40 sessions from our 2019 conference and earn more than 45+ PDUs.

  • Cultivating Resilience Through Self-Care

    This webinar will offer an exploration of the term "self-care" and why we, as child life specialists, must begin to prioritize how we recharge and revitalize our mind, body and soul in order to operate at our highest potential while cultivating a culture of resiliency.

  • Minute to Win It!! Maximizing every minute as a child life specialist in an outpatient setting

    During this interactive presentation, participants will be provided with proven ways to establish rapport and professional relationships, promote advocacy and learn about prioritization in outpatient settings. Participants will be versed in overcoming possible challenges which one may encounter when covering several clinics and learn concrete examples of ways to promote creativity and enhance critical thinking skills while developing coping strategies for patients.

  • Virtual Medicine: Lessons Learned Using VR in Clinical Practice

    Not so far in the future, in lieu of popping a pill, clinicians might prescribe a virtual beach vacation to ease aches and pains. Cardiologists might offer scenic tours of Icelandic fjords to lower blood pressure, instead of doubling up on drugs. Hospitals might immerse children in fantastical play lands while they receive chemotherapy or undergo frightening medical tests. It’s all starting to happen now because of virtual reality (VR). For decades, scientists in elite universities have been quietly discovering the surprising health benefits of VR for ailments ranging from burn injuries, to stroke, to acute stress. Over 3000 studies reveal that VR has an uncanny ability to block pain, calm nerves and boost mental health without drugs and their unwanted side effects. But the technology has been too expensive, unreliable and unwieldy for the research to translate beyond the pages of academic journals and doctoral dissertations… until now. Explosive advances in delivering low-cost, portable and high-quality VR to the masses has spawned a field called Medical VR. In this lecture, Dr. Spiegel will describe frontline stories of using VR in over 3000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and will review his lab’s latest clinical research, including a recent randomized controlled trial testing VR in the hospital setting. The lecture will also review their new research using VR for blood pressure management, opioid reduction, and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai. Two lucky registrants of this webinar will win free conference registrations to the 2019 Conference on Virtual Medicine. To learn more about this conference, please visit https://www.virtualmedicine.health/

  • The Impact of a Child's Illness on Family Coping: An Empirical Analysis

    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.

  • 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.

  • The Effect of Directed Medical Play on Young Children's Pain and Distress During Burn Wound Care

    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.

  • Meta-parenting among parents of hospitalized children

    This webinar will explore the family systems perspective and parenting practices. We will discuss the concept of meta-parenting (how parents think about their parenting), and further investigate how parenting practices or meta-parenting might be different for the parents of children in the hospital. We will explore what factors might contribute to parenting differences and what the implications of parenting differences might be for children and families. We will conclude by discussing how child life can potentially educate, or play a role in supporting families, parents and children. This webinar is derived from a Focus article.

  • Continuing the Discussion on Therapeutic Relationships, Professional Boundaries, and Self-care Practices in Child Life

    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.

  • 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.