Child Life Annual Conference


The 2018 Child Life Annual Conference provides ample opportunities to network and engage with numerous influencers in the child life community. 

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New Member/First Timer Orientation

This is a great occasion to join veteran ACLP members for an informative overview of ACLP and the Child Life Annual Conference. Whether you are a new member, a first-time conference attendee or potential member, this interactive experience is a great way to learn how to make the most out of networking opportunities and professional development through the Association of Child Life Professionals. This event is led by the Leadership Education & Cultivation Subcommittee and will help set the stage for a successful conference.

“The Student Event was amazing.
I loved the opportunity to network with other emerging child life professionals”

- 2017 Conference Attendee


Student Event

This interactive, hands-on event will provide students at varying levels of education with a forum to engage with and learn from a variety of experienced child life professionals. During the event, students will rotate through several stations designed to address topics relevant to students. All students are encouraged to attend.   

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Welcome Reception/Dance Party

Join ACLP for its first ever Dance Party! The festivities begin on Thursday, May 3rd at 5pm with the Welcome Reception followed by the Dance Party at 7pm. The theme is 'Throwback Thursday', so plan to come in your best 80’s attire. Like…it’s going to be totally rad!

Child Life Conference Breakfast

Breakfast and Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Mingle with fellow attendees and our exciting roster of exhibitors while enjoying an assortment of delicious buffet-style cuisine in the exhibit hall.

“Town Hall is a great way to meet ACLP leadership.”

- 2017 Conference Attendee

Town Hall

This event provides a platform for attendees to voice their opinions on current topics that matter most to them within the child life field. Your participation can potentially influence decisions that benefit the profession. 

Leadership Reception

Leadership Reception

An invitation-only event designed to recognize and celebrate volunteer leaders within the Association of Child Life Professionals. Volunteer leaders are the main fibers within our organization. They give countless hours of their time and talents to help advance the organization and thus the child life profession. Clinical and Academia leaders alike will come together at this reception to network and celebrate all you do for child life!

Research Discussion

Research Discussion and Awards Presentation

Interested in research, but not sure where to start or whom to ask? This discussion is for researchers of all levels of experience. From those who have completed a study and published their findings to those just starting to think about what they want to investigate, this is an opportunity for all child life specialists interested in research to network and share resources. Please also join us for the Research Awards presentation. We will be presenting the Professional Research Recognition Award and the Student Research Recognition Award, which honor significant work and research initiatives that contribute to child life theory and practice.

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Professional Development