Webinars are a key component of ACLP's online education series and provide the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge and earn PDU credit from your home or workplace computer. Most of ACLP's live webinars take place from 2:30-4:00 PM EST.
Webinar rates (including group rates) and registration information is available on the Fees and Registration page.
You will earn 1 PDU per webinar hour, and most of ACLP's webinars provide the opportunity to earn 1.5 PDUs. The PDU category for webinars is Traditional Professional Development, and there is no limit on this category of PDU for recertification.
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After this webinar, participants will have:
Child life specialists and other healthcare professionals, child life students, and academics preparing future Certified Child Life Specialists.
Engaging in difficult conversations is not solely about having the “right” words; it’s about how compassion, perspective, and words work together to create meaningful conversations. This webinar will focus on empowering professionals to feel equipped when navigating sensitive discussions with families at end of life. Through case examples and personal experiences from bereaved parents, effective child life and communication strategies will be explored.
Jennifer Smith, MS, CCLS, CIMI, earned her BS and MS in human development and family studies with a concentration in child life from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She completed her undergraduate child life internship at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, and her graduate child life internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She began her career at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, where she worked for 6 years. Jennifer is a currently a Child Life Specialist III providing child life services for patients and families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, where she has worked for 11 years. She is an integral member of the Quality of Life Team and the Quality of Life Bereaved Parent Mentor Steering Committee.
Ashley Carr, CCLS, earned her BS in child and family studies with an emphasis in child life from The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. She completed her child life internship at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD and began her career at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where she has worked for 11 years. Ashley is currently a Child Life Specialist III, providing child life services to patients receiving bone marrow transplants and cellular therapy on the inpatient bone marrow transplant unit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. She is an integral member of the Quality of Life Team, facilitates clinical supervision and is a member of the planning committee for Schwartz Center Rounds.
Healthcare professionals who work with children and families in end-of-life situations
TIME & REGISTRATION
This webinar is from 1:00-2:00 PM EST.
In order to deliver a compelling argument for the relationship between child life intervention and improved patient outcomes, a child life specialist must be able to confidently articulate the concerns of the disadvantaged and collaborate with individuals or groups who need support in exerting their rights and preferences. The quality of one's advocacy, however, is modulated by several elements unique to the health care environment: the position- perceived and/or actual- of the child life specialist within the medical hierarchy, key trends driving change in the delivery of patient care, and the comfort and competency of the child life specialist in communicating their own unique value and the evidence base that supports it. This webinar will draw from the perspectives of powerful front line clinicians and leaders to empower child life specialists to develop advocacy expertise, engage in advocacy, and foster advocacy partnerships. Well-honed clinical instincts matter.It's just a question of how they are expressed, why, and to whom.
Divna Wheelwright, MA, CCLS, currently works as Manager of Child Life Services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. First introduced to child life through her work with the Hole in the Wall Gang, Divna's commitment to the field is built upon the principles of patient advocacy, cultural humility and the empowerment of the underserved. Hunter S. Thompson provided Divna with her guiding adage as a clinician and leader when he wrote: "Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing." She also serves as a member of the Child Life Focus Review Board, Leadership Development Committee, and Advanced Professional Development Committee.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
-Evaluate the quality and impact of their previous approach to advocacy, specifically in communicating the need for child life involvement, strength of their assessment and clinical return on investment
-Effectively communicate the role of a child life specialist to varying audiences, including patients, families, staff and administrators
-Demonstrate awareness of current theory and research that underpin child life intervention, and how to incorporate this insight into real time advocacy interactions
-Think critically about how a child life specialist can influence social, political, and economic systems to bring about change for groups of people and imagine how this paradigm could play out in their own practice
Child life specialists use their knowledge of human development, medical understanding, skills in validation, and creativity to assist in increasing the child’s understanding of death and providing memory making opportunities in the hospital setting. These skills can also be applied in grief groups outside of the hospital with children who have a need for longer processing of the grief. By creating opportunities to work with children and families on grief, child life specialists further develop their skills in working with patients and families experiencing loss and cultivate new opportunities to utilize their child life training and skill set. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about grief groups from the perspective of child life specialists who work both within and outside the hospital. Attendees will gain knowledge about how to create and sustain grief groups and the benefits they can offer to children and families.
Analise Lotz, MA, CCLS, works at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, in the medical imaging and craniofacial departments in addition to leading teen grief groups at the Sharing Place in Salt Lake City, UT. Analise has worked as a child life specialist in Minnesota and Arizona, as well as working for Make-A-Wish Minnesota. She currently volunteers for Make-A-Wish Utah and Operation Smile.
Jill Macfarlane, CCLS, has served as the program director for The Sharing Place in Salt Lake City, UT, since 2015. She has also served as development director and has facilitated several grief support groups at The Sharing Place since 2003. Jill spent the first part of her career as a child life specialist in a pediatric dialysis and kidney transplant program before making the move to join the administrative team at The Sharing Place.
Child life professionals who are seeking to provide more comprehensive care for grieving children and their families
The ACLP Bulletin, a member publication distributed quarterly, is the foremost professional resource focusing on the unique knowledge and skills of the child life community. Its aim is to provide content that encourages the continued clinical development of child life professionals and is a respected forum for highlighting their milestones, challenges, innovations, and successes. Each issue features a Child Life Focus article, which is available on the PlaybackACLP website.
ACLP Members: Free!
The PDUs earned (.5 per article) from reading a Focus article and successfully completing the accompanying quiz are considered Independent Learning, and there is a 10 PDU maximum limit for this category in the 5-year certification cycle.