ACLP Bulletin

Spring 2019 | VOL. 37 NO. 2




In This Issue


  1 Helpers and Heroes
  2 Strategic Plan and Movement Forward
  3 Who is the Association of Child Life Professionals?
  4 Q is for Quiet Leadership
  7 Back to Our Roots: A Career Dedicated to the Power of Play
10 In the News: Disaster Relief in Our Communities
13 Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Creating a Heart Institute Wellness Program
16 Play and Health as Everyday Experience: Being a Child Life Specialist in the Children's Museum
18 The Opioid Crisis: An Interprofessional Response
32 Specialized Resources: Recommended Resources for Working with Children of Adult Patients
34 Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child's       
     Developing Mind

36 Loose Parts: How to Repair an Inguinal Hernia
 Pathways to Professional Inquiry
     Step 6: Scale Up Successful Interventions and Plan of Sustainability and Spread
42 Moments from the Past: The ACLP Historical Archives Collection of Oral Histories
44 ACLP's New Learning Management System Offers Exciting Strides in Professional Development

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20 Celebrating Difference: Improving Psychological Well-Being in Children and Young People Living with Chronic Physical Illness

Tara Shea, BA (Hons), MA, HPS, CCLS
Dr. Jennie Robertson, MA (Hons), DClinPsy
Louise Rylatt, LLB (Hons), MSc Psychology, Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Counselling
Dr. Deanna Gibbs, BAppSc(OT), MOT, Grad Cert Res Meth, PhD
The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, United Kindgom

This project sought to improve psychological well-being of children and young people (CYP) with chronic physical illness, and their carers, through an innovative group intervention based on narrative therapy, therapeutic play, and theatrical performance. The project encouraged the development of CYP's stories focused on the strategies or "superpowers" they use to manage their health. The groups were attended by 42 CYP with a mix of health conditions and 46 carers. Participants overwhelmingly reported that it was helpful to meet others who understood their experiences. All CYP, carers, and referring clinicians recommended the group. CYP and carers self reported improved psychological well-being after the groups. However, there may be a need for sustained therapeutic support of CYP and their families.

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Child Life Focus Articles

Each issue of the ACLP Bulletin (through Fall 2019) featured a Child Life Focus article, peer-reviewed in-depth research. These articles are available here.

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