Jill Koss, ACLP President
Attending our national conference is like coming home for me. To be in the same space with like-minded individuals is validating, rejuvenating, and energizing all at once. It’s a time to learn from creative and innovative colleagues; to network with content experts and hone our own expertise; to connect with those who are positively impacting and changing the environment around them; and the list goes on.
As we look towards conference in 2020, we bring the value of interpersonal connection and the shared feeling of community to the forefront. When you’re surrounded by opportunities to network and learn, you realize you’re with your people. We invite you to lean into that experience! Just as the value of the work of child life is based on creating relationships, so can be the value of conference – the connection of professionals and the relationships that are formed. Two highlights from last year’s conference, Child Life at Play and the Innovation Fair will be returning, both of which were fun and enriching. While we will not have opportunity for all the collaborative tracks this year, there will still be an Academic Collaborative track for child life professionals in academia.
We are so very thankful for our volunteers, volunteer leaders, and ACLP staff who have spent countless hours planning, vetting, and preparing for our upcoming conference. It is their continued commitment to create a high quality conference experience that we will all benefit from in May, 2020 in San Antonio. We hope to see you there!
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 planning to attend conference, consider sharing your innovation at our second annual Innovators Fair at the 2020 Child Life Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Last year's Innovation Fair was a huge success. We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to share your ideas with child life professionals and students. Please note: The Innovation Fair is not intended as a way to sell and or distribute products.
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 Friday, January 31st at 5 PM Eastern. Please email submissions/inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a basic conference registration, you can earn up to 14 PDUs.
Intensives (half- and full-day options) offer the opportunity to earn up to 6 additional PDUs.
The 2020 Child Life Annual Conference will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A reservation link will be available later this year. Please contact email@example.com or Ramona Spencer at 571-483-4492 with questions.