Child Life News

  • Anita Pumphrey To Receive Distinguished Service Award

    Jan 19, 2017
    Early in her career, in 1993, Anita started the first child life program at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana.
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  • You Can’t Pour From An Empty Bucket: Stress And Self-Care In The Child Life Profession

    Jan 05, 2017
    Certified Child Life Specialists play an essential role in providing emotional and psychosocial support to pediatric patients and families (American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Hospital Care & Child Life Council, 2014) , but providing this support may come at a steep psychological and emotional price for the specialists themselves. Research has demonstrated that while individuals in helping or caregiving professions are likely to develop compassion satisfaction as a result of their work (Hooper, Craig, Janvrin, Wetsel, & Reimels, 2010), these same professionals are also at risk for compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout (Brinson, 2012; Fisackerly, Sira, Desai, & McCammon, 2015. ) Although self-care is often advised for caregiving professionals, research on its efficacy is limited (Salloum, Kondrat, Johnco, & Olson, 2015) , and current practice in the field of child life does not necessarily align with research findings (Fisackerly, 2011; Sansó et al., 2015). This paper discusses the concepts of compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction in detail, along with stressors relevant to the child life profession. This paper also defines self-care and reviews research on its efficacy in promoting compassion satisfaction and decreasing compassion fatigue and burnout. Suggestions for future research and practice are discussed.
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  • Moments From The Past...

    Jan 05, 2017
    For many in child life, the universal tool for preparation, coping, or even imagery and distraction is now the iPad.
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  • Step 1 – Assess Practice Need

    Jan 05, 2017
    Evidence-based practice (EBP) begins with identifying an area for improvement. This could mean a change in current practice, such as starting a facility dog program, or finding support for a core child life intervention, such as comfort positioning for young children receiving injections
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  • Introducing The 2016 Research Recognition Award Recipients

    Jan 05, 2017
    The Research and Scholarship Committee is excited to introduce winners for both the inaugural Student Research Recognition Award and the Professional Research Recognition Award.
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  • Point: Face-To-Face Instruction: Interactively Engaging Students To Master Child Life Competencies & Counterpoint: Distance Education: A Dynamic Learning Community

    Jan 05, 2017
    The editors of Bulletin are proud to present this Point/CounterPoint piece, featuring opinions by four experienced educators espousing two different teaching and learning environments that potential child life students may consider. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, and each is appropriate for some students but not others. As potential students weigh the options for undergraduate or graduate study, it is important to take into account personal preferences and learning style when deciding whether to invest in a traditional classroom or online program. However, in addition to that, it is also wise for students to have a solid understanding of the skills necessary to become a child life specialist. An honest self-inventory may be necessary when deciding which type of program could best address individual areas of strength as well as weakness.
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  • G Is For Grant Funding

    Jan 05, 2017
    Many child life programs suffer from a significant imbalance between great projects and the money needed to fund them. Whether looking to launch a new child life program, increase current staffing, make over a playroom, or launch a thousand other worthy projects, advocating for the value of the undertaking and demonstrating its worth through evidence-based practice and other means is often much easier than coming up with the funds to make it happen.
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  • Atraumatic Care: A Device To Reduce Pain In The Pediatric Population During Painful Ambulatory Procedures

    Jan 05, 2017
    Atraumatic care is defined by Wong as “the use of interventions that eliminate or minimize the psychological and physical distress experienced by children and their families in the health care system”(Hockenberry & Wilson, 2013, p.14).
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  • Introducing Child Life Services To A Radiation Oncology Department

    Jan 05, 2017
    Radiation therapy can be a strange and scary experience for pediatric patients and their families. These adult-driven clinics often lack the child life services imperative to children’s mastery of their own treatment, resulting in frequent use of sedation.
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  • “We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!”

    Jan 05, 2017
    Moments from the Past
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  • The Impact Of A Child’s Illness On Family Coping: An Empirical Analysis

    Jan 05, 2017
    Childhood illness, a nonnormative stressor, collectively affects the family system and each individual member uniquely. Child life specialists realize the impact that stress places on the family and utilize family-centered care to intervene. McCubbin, Cauble, and Patterson’s (1982) double ABC-X model is a valuable framework for child life professionals to enhance their knowledge to positively impact patient care. Child life specialists may also use this model to educate interdisciplinary team members about families’ psychosocial needs and reactions to stress in the healthcare setting. This article makes theoretical application of the double ABC-X Model to childhood illness and family coping.
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  • Child Life At End Of Life: Providing Child Life Services In A Pediatric Home Hospice Setting

    Jan 05, 2017
    When asked about the role of a child life specialist, people in our field generally think of helping children cope with hospitalization, invasive or painful procedures, and new diagnoses. When I began working in a hospice setting, I had to rethink my role and how I could use my skills as a child life specialist to support patients who are dying at home.
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  • Putting Evidence-Based Practice Into Practice

    Jan 05, 2017
    In early 2015, the Clinical Practice Committee at Children’s Medical Center Dallas set a goal to make evidenced-based practice (EBP) a part of the everyday culture.
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  • Diane Hart To Receive Distinguished Service Award

    Jan 05, 2017
    Growing up in a small northern town in British Columbia, Canada, Diane Hart always knew she wanted to work with children and youth.
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  • Project Pinball lets kids be kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

    Dec 08, 2016
    Project Pinball lets kids be kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.
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  • Alex's Top Three (Winter 2017)

    Dec 08, 2016
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  • I've met the eligibility requirements, now what?

    Dec 08, 2016
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  • March 2017 exam registration is now open!

    Dec 08, 2016
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  • 2017 Annual Conference registration coming soon!

    Nov 29, 2016
    Save the Date for ACLP's 2017 Annual Conference on Professional Issues
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