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Call for Abstracts: 2019 Child Life Annual Conference

The abstract submissions portal for presentation proposals for ACLP's 2019 Child Life Annual Conference is now open. The conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile from April 11 to April 14, 2019.

The Annual Conference is designed for and attracts representatives at every level of the child life profession in hospital, physician practice, and academic settings. Of the more than 1,100 attendees at the 2016 conference, 35% had 10 or more years of experience in child life, 24% had 5 to less than 10 years of experience, 33% had less than 5 years of experience and 8% were new to the field.
The online submissions deadline was recently extended until July 13, 2018 and will close at 11:59pm EST. To submit an abstract, please log in to the ACLP website or create an online account. Once logged in, you may click on the portal link above or on "My Profile" to create, edit, and review your submission.

There will be 38 presentation slots at the 2019 Child Life Annual Conference. For more information, please download the 2019 Call for Abstract Guidelines.

Free Informational Webinar About the Submissions Process

For additional information about the abstract submissions process, an informational webinar is available: Understanding the Guidelines and Strategies to Improve Your Abstract Submission.



Abstract Submission Overview

Benefits of Presenting

Presenting offers the opportunity to:

  • Improve the child life profession
  • Share creative ideas and best practices
  • Demonstrate your leadership
  • Expand your industry recognition
  • Network with your peers
  • Receive discounted full conference registration
  • Earn PDUs

Suggested Presentation Formats

The committee is seeking all forms of professional development with an emphasis on interactive, experimental learning:

  • Sessions (1 hour)
  • Workshops (1.5 hours)
  • Bite Size (30 minutes)
  • Full-day intensives
  • Half-day intensives
  • Poster presentations

Presentation Domains

To assist attendees in meeting their certification requirements, we encourage submissions in the following domains:

  • Professional Responsibility
    • Ethics
  • Assessment
  • Intervention

Suggested Presentation Level

The committee is particularly interested in proposals of advanced level workshops developed for attendees with more than 10 years of experience in child life—41% of the attendees at the 2018 conference.

Suggested Topics

Suggested presentation topics for 2019 include innovative ideas and best practices in the following areas:

  • Academic & clinical preparation
  • Age-specific
  • Bereavement/Grief
  • Community-based child life
  • Cultural competency
  • Diversity
  • Diagnosis-specific (i.e., autism, sickle cell, etc.)
  • Documentation
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Ethics
  • Families
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Leadership development
  • Management strategies
  • Medical play
  • Palliative care
  • Play
  • Preparation
  • Program development
  • Research (completed)
  • School issues
  • Self-care/personal development
  • Specialty areas (i.e., emergency, oncology, etc.)
  • Technology
  • Therapeutic play
  • Other

Professional Development