Q. What is the charge for your committee?
A. The Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee (IAOC) is a standing committee of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). The mission of the Internship Accreditation Oversight Committee is to manage the ACLP internship accreditation process in collaboration with the ACLP office. Responsibilities include:
Q. What is one thing your committee has accomplished in the past year you are most proud of?
A. The 2019 Internship Modules Revision to ensure programs are able to utilize updated resources and best practices as well as continued communication with programs in 2020 re: the effects of COVID-19, including open forum communication, updates and holding accredited program calls and participating in student specific sessions specifically for COVID-19 to allow for open communication, brainstorming and Q&A.
Q. What is your committee planning for the next year?
A. Finalizing and rolling out the updated Standards as we move into 5 years of having programs accredited and begin the re-accreditation process. This has been and will continue to be based on the survey results from intern coordinators, academic advisors, students, benchmarking of other programs and best practices overall. We will also be working to ensure that the modules and standards revision include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices.
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Q. How long have you been a volunteer with ACLP; have you served on other committees previously?
A. I was on the Internship Accreditation Task Force in 2012, then an IAOC Reviewer in 2015-2018 and now a IAOC Chief Reviewer and Committee Member.
Q. Why did you want to become a volunteer with ACLP?
A. To help our profession expand on what we provide our interns and commitment to growth in the field.
Q. What’s your favorite part of volunteering with ACLP?
A. Connecting and getting to work with other child life specialist across the country.
Q. If you could offer advice to a new volunteer, what would you say?
A. Try and block out dedicated time to put aside to be able to prepare for and work on your committee tasks as managing that and your clinical role can be a challenge.
Q. What is one thing you’ve learned as a volunteer?
A. That there are so many dedicated child life specialists and strong child life programs that give back that are committed to provide the best opportunities for patients and families. In regard to Interns, everyone I have worked with is committed to creating valuable and strong internships so we can have a highly recognized profession.
Q. Share a fun fact about yourself.
A. I once had appetizers with John Mayer in Atlanta. I'm also a runner and love to watch my children play sports when I am not at work.
A. The focus of the Education & Training committee is to promote the quality and consistency of academic and clinical preparation programs and to ensure all stakeholders (students/academic/clinical professionals) voices are included when recommendations are made that may impact the student education and training process.
A. The committee continues to update the Child Life Internship Common Application and is examining ways to best meet stakeholder's needs for a new and improved common application. The committee also updates practice exam questions each year.
A. The committee's current focus is to provide accurate and up-to-date information to students who have been impacted by changes in academic and clinical training due to COVID19. We are also examining the student certification path to identify barriers of inequity and make recommendations to support inclusion. This, along with other tasks, is one way we aim to meet the many goals surrounding DEI in the education and training of students.
A. Over 5 years. I’m starting my 6th year. Previously, I served on Web & Online Networking Committee (WONAC) as a member and later chair.
A. I believe in giving back to those that have given to me and professional responsibility to be involved with organizations that impact my career. Volunteering was a natural fit as a way to give back and contribute to my profession.
A. I enjoy seeing the results of committee work. While serving on WONAC, I contributed to significant ACLP social media growth and engagement. On the Education and Training committee, I can directly see how mine and other committee member contributions benefit students. I also love getting to meet and connect with so many child life professionals across the world. There are several committee members that I’ve become friends with and the only time we’ve met was at conference.
A. Speak up! We need to hear your voice and ideas! Rather than just attend your committee meetings, participate by offering your insight or volunteering to help with projects.
A. The amount of contributions that come from volunteer committee members. ACLP wouldn’t be what it is without the help of so many people.
A. I have a twin!
A. Officially, the role of the ARC is to utilize the program standards and recommendations to manage undergraduate and graduate program endorsement. However, there are many behind the scenes responsibilities that come with that role, including determining policies and procedures on how to best manage the program review process and ensuring that the standards continue to be met. The ARC has also been working hard to promote the visibility of academic endorsement and what earning endorsement means for students, academic programs, and clinical programs.
A. The ARC has been developing both undergraduate and graduate manuals to best support academic programs in their applications. These manuals are in the final stages of approval and will be available soon.
A. One of the areas we are working on right now is incorporating the standards established in ACLP’s DEI Action Plan into the academic endorsement process. This is not a new conversation for this committee but ACLP’s DEI Action Plan does provide specific goals and language, allowing us to be consistent with areas of child life beyond academia.
A. I was a member of the Professional Resource Committee from 2010-2012. I joined the Undergraduate Endorsement Committee in 2015, which became a part of the Academic Review Committee. I was co-chair of ARC 2018-2019 and chair 2019-2020. I am excited to continue to be a member of ARC. I joined the Practicum Taskforce in 2017 and also continue on this group.
A. I feel it is a professional responsibility to stay active, current, and knowledgeable as a child life specialist. I volunteer with ACLP as a way to maintain this standard for myself and my academic program. Additionally, my goals as a volunteer are to contribute to the overall growth of the profession, to maintain the standards of the profession, and to know that I am advocating for children and families as well as staff in health care settings.
A. My favorite part of volunteering is the many wonderful, dedicated people I have gotten to work with and know better through interactions on committees, work groups, projects, meetings, emails, and recently many Zoom calls!
A. Attend meetings, network with other members, ask questions, and volunteer to be part of the work of your group. These are all ways to connect with other members of the committee and other child life professionals, ACLP staff, students, etc. Don’t be afraid to offer your help or your ideas. Together we accomplish so much more than any of us could as individuals. None of us are perfect or expect anyone to have all of the answers. Reach out and try and together we achieve more than we thought possible!
A. We all have value to offer to the group. We have varying degrees of experience, different backgrounds and education, and unique personalities. I think it’s when we are open to both sharing and receiving that we make the most impact and grow the most.
A. I always keep chocolate in my office—something which most of the faculty know and the students discover throughout the year. Sometimes I offer a piece when you drop by and sometimes this is the reason for the drop by!
A. The Mentor Subcommittee is charged with conducting an annual formal mentorship program that includes opportunities for professional development for both mentors and mentees.
A. We are very proud of our subcommittee’s work in transitioning the conference Mentorship Collaborative Series to a virtual format. We were able to provide engaging sessions to conference attendees that not only shared great information from a diverse group of speakers, but also allowed for small group discussions to reflect on the topics presented.
A. Our subcommittee looks at each new year as a new opportunity to continue improving the quality of the ACLP Mentor Program. We’re hoping to add more mentor/mentee pairs in the 2021 program and look forward to planning an exciting schedule of participant webinars.
A. I have been volunteering for ACLP since 2008 and have been on 8 committees.
A. I want to be an active part of our profession, to know what is happening, and to impact change.
A. I love getting to know other specialists outside of my hospital, my geographic area and my size of hospital. Always great to hear new perspectives and ideas as well as variations on practice.
A. Speak up, even if your idea is different. Be open minded to hearing others. Volunteer for the work within the committee as you can break it down into small chunks. Read articles and books related to your topic. Be active and have fun with it.
A. If you want child life to change, you have the power to make it happen.
A. I have scuba dived with a 16-foot wild tiger shark and no cage.