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Call for Abstracts for the 2018 36th Annual Conference

The 2018 Conference Program Committee is seeking submissions of presentation proposals for ACLP's 36th Annual Conference to be held at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, MD (Washington, D.C. Metro Area) from May 3 to 6, 2018.

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 1,1000 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.

ACLP will accept abstract submissions through the website from June 24 through July 24. On June 24, a link to the submissions portal will be available on this page.

For additional information, please see the 2018 Call For Submissions.

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)
  • 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—35% of the attendees at the 2016 conference.

Submission Guidelines Webinar

For more information about the abstract proposal guidelines, please refer to The ACLP Call for Abstracts: Understanding the Guidelines and Strategies to Improve Your Abstract Submission. The webinar handouts are available here.

Suggested Topics

Suggested presentation topics for 2018 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