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ACLP Bulletin

Fall 2017 | VOL. 35 NO.4


In This Issue


  1 Back to School Professional Edition
  3 Leadership in Action
  5 Outreach and Opportunities
  6 Have You Heard About the ACLP Mentoring Program?
  7 K is for Knowledge
10 Lessons in Personal and Professional Humility, Hope and Resilience: Experiential Knowledge from a Child Life Specialist in the Sandwich Generation
14 Risk and Benefits of Tablet Use: Are Child Life Specialists Being Replaced by Technology
18 Beyond the Photo Prep Book: Augmenting Preparations with Digital Learning
20 2017 Research Recognition Award: Play-Based Procedural Preparation and Support Intervention Cranial Radiation
38 EBP Step 5: Develop the Evidenced-Based Practice Statement, Incorporating Clinical Expertise and Patient Family Preferences
42 The Transformative Power of Data: How the Child Life Professional Data Center is Reshaping the Way We Understand Our Profession
43 The Journey of Child Life in Hong Kong
46 Viewing the Internship Application Process Through Both Sides of the Window
50 Book Review: Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety

52 Our Profession's Past as an Inspiration for Our Future
53 Moment's from the Past: The Brazelton Files: Developmental Rounds




22 Spiritual Care for Ill Children: A Facet for Holistic Healing

Kathleen I. Harris, PhD
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA

Spirituality plays an important part in a child's holistic development and daily life activities. Holistic development addresses all of the needs of a child's life: emotional, physical, relational, intellectual, creative, and spiritual. The role and need for spiritual expression can be intensified during stressful events such as illnesses or other health crises. Nash, Darby, and Nash (2015) identified 12 qualities that should characterize the practice of spiritual care for children who are experiencing illness or a healthcare experience, this article defines spirituality and discusses the value of spiritual care in supporting holistic healing for children who are experiencing illness. While the medical aspects of healing are the concerns of the medical staff, child life specialists, pastoral care providers, parents/caregivers, and other members of the multidisciplinary team can work together with children and families to cope with many facets of being ill; in other words: whole-person healing. The article also discusses activities that child life specialists can use effectively to support a child's spiritual development when caring for young patients and their families in a hospital setting. 


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