Stephanie Hopkinson, ACLP President
Coming together to learn, network, and engage with colleagues at the Child Life Annual Conference is an event many look forward to attending each year. Conference attendees have the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and share their expertise in a community of learning, networking, and thinking together.
For the 2019 conference, we have some exciting new features. We have time dedicated to interactive learning sessions through the creation of collaborative, audience-specific options for child life specialists, academic professionals, and program leaders/directors. These innovative parallel collaboration sessions will be offered for participants to explore relevant topics in an interactive learning environment. The sessions will complement the traditional breakout sessions. The goal is to enhance the format of conference while maintaining the quality and scope you have come to appreciate and look forward to from ACLP's professional development experiences.
We thank each volunteer, volunteer leaders, and the ACLP staff for their profound dedication, commitment, and expertise in selecting sought-after speakers and relevant breakout sessions focused on the most current approaches, strategies, and innovations related to child life practice across settings.
We look forward to seeing and connecting with you in Chicago!
Calling all Innovators! Have you made something unique or innovative that you would love to share with other child life professionals? What about something you use daily in your work with patients and families? Examples include DIY and handmade prep materials, diagnosis teaching aids, a new game, etc. If you are already planning to attend conference, consider sharing your innovation at our first ever Innovators Fair at the 2019 Child Life Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Please note that this is an exciting way for child life professionals and students to share ideas with one another and is not intended as a way to sell and or distribute products that you have made.
Please submit a brief paragraph explaining your innovative creation as well as its intended audience, where and how it is used, and why it was made. Please provide a photo of your submission. Submissions must also include your credentials, contact information, as well as ACLP member status (student, professional, retired).
Submissions will be from now through Thursday, January 31st at 5pm eastern. Please email submissions/inquiries to: email@example.com.
With a basic conference registration, you can earn up to 14.5 PDUs.
Intensives (half- and full-day options) offer the opportunity to earn up to 6 additional PDUs.
If you were unable to attend this year's conference—or if you would like the opportunity to listen to sessions you were unable to attend—you can purchase the All Access Pass. Purchasers will be able to view all of the professional development workshops that were recorded onsite at conference on computers or tablets at their convenience, and earn additional Professional Development Units (PDUs) by completing the quizzes at the end of the recordings. For more information, visit ACLP's online education portal.
The conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. As of right now, the ACLP group rate ($189) is sold out on most nights. The hotel still has rooms available but are offering them at their standard rate and not at the conference rate.
Reservations may be made online, depending upon availability.
Otherwise, there are a number of third party booking sites you may check, such as Kayak, Travelocity, Expedia, etc. Additionally, conference roommate requests are frequently posted on the ACLP Community Forum.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Ramona Spencer at 571.483.4492 with questions.