Child Life Annual Conference

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Attendee Information

Attendees at an Intensive-1

Each year ACLP brings together more than 1,000 child life professionals at the Child Life Annual Conference—the world's largest gathering of child life professionals. It is an unsurpassed opportunity for attendees to enhance their professional development, gain fresh perspectives, meet with colleagues, and form new and lasting relationships within the child life community. 

The Child Life Annual Conference advances the field by presenting on a national and international level the latest research, innovations, and  techniques for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs), educators, students, and other child life professionals.

Plan now to be at this must-attend event! 

Click here for a complete listing of breakout sessions.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, May 3

 Start Time End Time  Event
8:00 am 11:00 am Half Day Intensives 
8:00 am 12:00 pm Board Meeting (closed)
8:00 am 2:00 pm Full Day Intensives
11:30 am 2:30 pm Half Day Intensives
1:00 pm 2:30 pm Committee Chairs
Orientation & Leadership
Development Session
(Invitation Only)
2:30 pm 5:30 pm Hospital Tour Inova
3:00 pm 4:00 pm First Timer/New Member
Orientation
3:00 pm 4:30 pm Student Event
3:00 pm 5:30 pm Academic Professional Meeting
5:00 pm 8:00 pm Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall





Friday, May 4

Start Time End Time Event
7:00 am 6:00 pm ACLP Registration Desk Open
7:30 am 9:30 am Exhibit Hall Opens with Breakfast
9:00 am 11:00 am Opening General Session with
Emma Plank Keynote Address
and Distinguished Service
Award Presentation (2 PDUs)
11:30 am 12:30 pm Professional Development
Sessions (1 PDU)    
12:30 pm 2:30 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:15 pm 3:45 pm Professional Development Workshops
(1.5 PDUs)
4:00 pm 5:30 pm Professional Development Workshops
(1.5 PDUs)
5:45 pm 6:45 pm Town Hall
6:00 pm 9:00 pm Leadership Reception (Invitation Only)


Saturday, May 5

Start Time End Time Event
7:00 am 6:00 pm ACLP Registration Desk Open
7:30 am 8:30 am Staffed Poster Presentations 
7:30 am 9:30 am Exhibit Hall Opens with Breakfast 
9:00 am 10:30 am  Plenaries (1.5 PDUs)
10:45 am 11:45 am Professional Development
Sessions (1 PDU)
11:45 am 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens with Lunch
2:00 pm  3:00 pm Professional Development
Sessions (1 PDU)
3:15 pm 4:45 pm  Professional Development
Workshops (1.5 PDUs)
5:00 pm 6:00 pm Research Discussion &
Awards Presentation
6:00 pm 8:00 pm  Community-Based Networking



Sunday, May 6

Start Time End Time Event 
8:00 am 9:30 am Professional Development
Workshops (1.5 PDUs)
9:45 am 11:15 am Professional Development
Workshops (1.5 PDUs)
11:30 am 1:00 pm Closing General Session and
Mary Barkey Award Presentation
(1.5 PDUs)


“I would definitely recommend to anyone on the fence about attending conference to just GO and see why it is the highlight of my professional career.” 

- Mallory Stensland
  
2017 Conference Attendee



Registration Pricing 

Conference Attendee

Full-Conference Early Registration

Nov.1, 2017-
Feb.18, 2018

Full-Conference Standard Registration
 

Feb.19, 2018-
April 16, 2018

Full-Day Intensives

Early/Standard
(Includes lunch)

Half-Day Intensives

Early/Standard
(Includes snack 

One-Day
Registration

Fri. or Sat.

All-Access Pass

(Recorded Sessions Package)

Guest Pass for Welcome Reception

(Includes dance party)

Non-member*  $575 $775   $175/$200  $125/$150  $325  $49  $100
ACLP Professional   $450 $650  $160/$185  $110/$135  $250  $49  $100
ACLP Student or Retiree Member   $380 $580  $150/$175  $100/$125  $250  $49  $100

* When you join the Association of Child Life Professionals, you receive the benefit of paying member prices for conference registration, intensives, and discounts on books and merchandise in the ACLP store. Join ACLP and register at member rates.



ACLP Membership Fees

Membership Type Dues
Professional $125 
Associate  $ 96
Student  $72 
Special-Retired  $72 

Attendees

“It is an important part of professional self-care to come together with other passionate professionals to share ideas, support one another, and renew
our energy.” 

- Kristen Black
  2017 Conference Attendee

Take Advantage of Special ACLP Room Rates

ACLP has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort, please feel free to make your reservations now! Once the room block is full, we are unable to guarantee the availability of additional rooms at the $179, plus tax per night rate. 

Please note: The ACLP room block typically sells out well in advance of the reservation deadline, so we recommend making a reservation as early as possible in order to secure a room. In order to take advantage of these special rates, you must be a registered attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor of the Child Life Annual Conference. 

Reserve your room by contacting the Gaylord National Harbor Resort.

Professional Development