ACLP Bulletin | Winter 2023 | VOL. 41 No. 1

Alison E. Heron, MBA, CAE

Greetings! The new year of 2023 has started with a renewed energy toward professional and personal goals. For the ACLP team, we continue to work to provide the needed resources and support to our members and the child life community. We are pleased to share a few updates regarding the association and upcoming programming over the next few months. Despite immense challenges that continue to impact the child life profession, we are proud of the resiliency and strength of the community to serve children and families. Join colleagues from around the world to share challenges, collaborate on solutions, and stay up to date on the latest in the child life community at the 2023 Child Life Conference, June 15-18 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention in Grapevine, Texas. Registration is now open!

We are excited to bring back hospital tours, poster presentations, an all-access pass, and the depth and quality of our sessions focused on gender-affirming care, DEI initiatives, emotional safety, and mental health, such as:

• The ethics of providing care for patients who identify as gender diverse in an uncertain environment
• DEI initiatives within the child life field: Initiating change in ourselves and our teams
• Mind the gap: Assessing children and teens with mental health concerns
• Lessening the trauma: A sensory approach to promoting emotional safety
• Beyond everyday responsibilities: Reconnecting with the power and impact of joy in your work
• Team Medicine: A recipe for psychological safety and team resilience, and much more.

We appreciate the continued support of our exhibitors and sponsors as we begin to bring the
profession back together in person. Attending the conference provides an opportunity to broaden your network, meet new people, promote a deeper understanding of essential topics, uncover new learnings, and reinforce existing best practices. Check out the Conference Justification Toolkit to communicate the value of participating in the conference experience to your manager or supervisor.

March is Child Life Month! We celebrate YOU and the child life profession the entire month through learning and raising awareness of all you do. Be on the lookout for resources and a special kick-off message on March 1. Each week we will focus on several topics such as professional development and offering of free webinars, member appreciation, self-care, and celebration and recognition of award winners and members. Our team invites you to participate in all activities and connect with us on social media to share how your hospital is celebrating Child Life Month. We love pictures!

In April, we will launch the reimagined Call for 5 Volunteers (formerly VIF) with new improvements and streamlined processes. Volunteering with ACLP provides an excellent opportunity to not only give back to the profession but a learning opportunity for oneself to collaborate and share knowledge, keep up to date professionally, and, best of all, positively impact the child life profession. The ACLP Board, volunteer committee leaders, members, and staff continue to stay focused, and the Strategic Plan serves as our guide. However, we can only accomplish these goals and objectives with the insights and dedication of our members, such as yourself.

I encourage everyone to answer the call and share their perspectives and knowledge of the child life profession. Each person has a unique experience that can contribute to the overall growth of ACLP. Contribution to surveys, focus groups, workgroups, or a task force is another avenue to contribute to the direction of ACLP and the development of content and resources for the

Thanks again for all you do and aspire to do in the child life community. Remember to reach out if you need help, please extend grace and mercy, and take care of yourself and your family.


Alison E. Heron, MBA, CAE