Q. What is the charge for your committee?
A. The Mentor Subcommittee is charged with conducting an annual formal mentorship program that includes opportunities for professional development for both mentors and mentees.
Q. What is one thing your committee has accomplished in the past year you are most proud of?
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.
Q. What is your committee planning for the next year?
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.
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Q. How long have you been a volunteer with ACLP; have you served on other committees previously?
A. I have been volunteering for ACLP since 2008 and have been on 8 committees.
Q. Why did you want to become a volunteer with ACLP?
A. I want to be an active part of our profession, to know what is happening, and to impact change.
Q. What’s your favorite part of volunteering with ACLP?
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.
Q. If you could offer advice to a new volunteer, what would you say?
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.
Q. What is one thing you’ve learned as a volunteer?
A. If you want child life to change, you have the power to make it happen.
Q. Share a fun fact about yourself.
A. I have scuba dived with a 16-foot wild tiger shark and no cage.
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!