Child Life Annual Conference

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Breakout Sessions

All sessions listed below are included with full-conference registration.

Friday, May 4

Start Time End Time  Session Title 
11:30 am
12:30 pm Do the Right Thing: Teaching Ethics in the Academic and Clinical Setting
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Relationships to Retention: Methods for Onboarding New Staff
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Stressing the Importance of Child Life: A Neurobiological Perspective of Child Life and Implications for Practice
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Building Child Life Programming in Previously Unserved Populations
11:30 am
12:30 pm
Assessing Children with Special Health Care Needs Perceptions of Health Care
2:15 pm
3:45 pm
Making the Most of Medical Play
2:15 pm
3:45 pm
Collaboration for Better Care: Integrating Art and Music Therapy in an Inpatient Child Life Program
2:15 pm
3:45 pm
Current Research Findings on Child and Parent Communication Preferences for Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis Disclosure
2:15 pm
3:45 pm
A Labor of Love: Achievements in Program Development
2:15 pm
3:45 pm
Surrounded by Guilt: Unpacking and Unloading the Guilt Carried by Professional Caregivers
2:15 pm
3:45 pm  Change Can Be Good: Making The Switch To A Pod-Based Staffing Model
2:15 pm
3:45 pm Child Life: Moving into New Settings and New Roles
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Wake Me Up When My Wound Vac Ends: A Case Study of Ongoing Assessments and Collaboration
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
A Therapeutic Camp Experience for Adolescent Cancer Survivors
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Developing a Path to a Non-Intubated Scoliosis Cast Change
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Exploring the Known: A Child Life Professional Exchange Program
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Child Life in a Politically Charged Environment: A Public Policy Panel Discussion
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Supporting Patients at Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Escalation in a Primary Care Setting
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Early Childhood Clinic: An Opportunity to Collaborate and Improve Early Intervention Services for Young Patients
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Let’s Play with Art: Using the Creative Process as an Assessment and Intervention Tool in Child Life Practice
4:00 pm
5:30 pm When Disaster Strikes: How to Help Children Affected by Natural or Man-Made Disasters




Saturday, May 5

Start Time End Time  Session Title 
10:45 am
11:45 am Connecting Clinical and Academic Worlds: Cultivating Future Child Life Specialists
10:45 am
11:45 am
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Providing Interventions to Decrease Length of Treatment
10:45 am
11:45 am
Creating Calm in the Chaos: A Journey to 24/7 Child Life Coverage
10:45 am
11:45 am
Designed to Heal: Collaborating with Facilities to Enhance Hospital Environments and Create Custom Play Equipment
10:45 am
11:45 am
Supporting the Mental Health Population on an Inpatient Pediatric Medical Unit
10:45 am
11:45 am
A Psychosocially Inclusive Resident Education Model
10:45 am
11:45 am
Giving Voice to the Front Line: Creating a Child Life and Creative Arts Therapies Shared Governance Model
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Prevalence of 'Not Applicable' Scores in The Evaluation Tool for Child Life Interns: A Research Study to Enhance
Clinical Assessment Methods
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Supporting Hospitalized Adolescents Through Self-Expressive Interventions
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Clinical Ethics: Truth Telling in the Pediatric Hospice Population
2:00 pm
3:00 pm So Many Variables, So Little Experience: Learning to Assess the Patient with Psychiatric Concerns
2:00 pm
3:00 pm One Size Does Not Fit All: Creative Solutions to Annual Competency Assessment
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
Child Life and Telemedicine: Using Technology to Promote Family-Centered Care and Increased Family Involvement
at Bedside
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Child Life in Action: Building Community Together with Hospital and Museum Partnerships
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Developing Engaging Activities to Educate New Nurses on Child Life Services
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Helping Children of Adult Patients: A Proactive Interdisciplinary Team Approach
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Simulation in Child Life Practice: The Next Generation of Preparation, Education, and Interprofessional Collaboration
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
A Multihospital Perspective on Integrating Facility Dogs and Animal Assisted Therapy into Clinical Practice
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
It’s a Small World After All: How Two Child Life Specialists are Working to Expand the World of Child Life
3:15 pm
4:45 pm
A Visual Journey: the Therapeutic Nature of Photography





Sunday, May 6

Start Time End Time  Session Title 
8:00 am
9:30 am Cultivating the Supervisor Identity: Connecting a Developmental Approach with Child Life Students
8:00 am
9:30 am
Making a Good Impression: How to Confidently Create Meaningful Memories
8:00 am
9:30 am
Creating a Journal Club to Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice
8:00 am
9:30 am
Collaboration between Child Life Specialists at Separate Institutions to Enhance Patient Care
8:00 am
9:30 am
There’s an App for That: Psychological Preoperative Preparation Through Virtual Reality
8:00 am
9:30 am
Training and Retaining Reliable College Student Volunteers
8:00 am
9:30 am
Bridging the Gap Between Generations in the Healthcare Setting to Build Synergy and Strong Teams
8:00 am
9:30 am
Integrating Child Life Services in Clinical Research
9:45 am
11:15 am
Social Media and Self-exploration: Perspectives From Adolescent Oncology Patients on Navigating Illness and Identity
in a Digital Era
9:45 am
11:15 am
All Teach, All Learn: The Ins and Outs of Psychosocial Simulation Training
9:45 am
11:15 am  Stepping It Up: The Development of a Clinical Ladder Program
9:45 am
11:15 am 'Are we there yet?' Finding joy in YOUR journey
9:45 am
11:15 am
Beyond the Prep Book: Creating a Social Narrative Collection for Patient Preparation

Professional Development