Call for Abstracts: 2022 Child Life Annual Conference

ACLP invites you to submit your presentation proposal to be considered for the 2022 Child Life Annual Conference.

The online submission portal will open on July 1, 2021 and close at 11:59 pm Eastern on July 31, 2021. For more information, please download the 2022 Call for Abstract Guidelines.
The 2022 Child Life Conference is scheduled for May 26–29, 2022 at the Gaylord National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C. 

Anyone is eligible to submit an abstract. We encourage everyone to submit, including students, researchers, health care providers from diverse organizations and fields.

Log into your ACLP profile to select the link to submit an abstract. The link to submit an abstract through the online submission portal will be available until July 31st.  No late submissions will be accepted. Abstract acceptance and non-acceptance communications will be sent out in mid-October.

Click Here to Submit an Abstract

PLEASE READ: A successfully submitted abstract will indicate "Staff Review" as its status. If your submission is showing as "Pending" it has not been submitted successfully and as a result will not be considered. Please log into your profile to view your submission status and/or make corrections to your abstract submission. For more information, or if you have any questions, please email Ramona Spencer at or download the 2022 Call for Abstract Guidelines.

Abstract Submission Overview

Benefits of Presenting

Presenting offers the opportunity to:

  • Improve the child life profession
  • Share creative ideas and best practices
  • Demonstrate your leadership
  • Expand your industry recognition
  • Network with your peers
  • Receive discounted full conference registration
  • Earn PDUs

Suggested Presentation Formats

The committee is seeking all forms of professional development with an emphasis on interactive, experimental learning:

  • Sessions (1 hour) to be held virtually and/or in-person
  • Workshops (1.5 hours) to be held virtually and/or in-person
  • Half-day intensives (3 hours) to be held virtually and/or in-person
  • Virtual Poster presentations

Presentation Domains

To assist attendees in meeting their certification requirements, we encourage submissions in the following domains:

  • Professional Responsibility
    • Ethics
  • Assessment
  • Intervention

Suggested Presentation Level

The committee is particularly interested in proposals of advanced level workshops developed for attendees with more than 10 years of experience, and completed research in all relevant areas.

Additional Suggested Topics

Additional suggested presentation topics for 2022 include innovative ideas and best practices in the following areas:

  • Academic & clinical preparation
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Age-specific
  • Bereavement/Grief
  • Community-based child life
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Diagnosis-specific (i.e., autism, sickle cell, etc.)
  • Documentation
  • Emotional Safety
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Ethics
  • Families
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Leadership development
  • Management strategies
  • Medical play
  • Narrative medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Play
  • Preparation
  • Program development
  • Research (completed)
  • School issues
  • Self-care/personal development
  • Specialty areas (i.e., emergency, oncology, etc.)
  • Technology
  • Therapeutic play
  • Trauma
  • Other

Professional Development