Deep In The Heart of Child Life Blog - May 2018

 
TACLP Members,
We are excited to share the latest regional news with you via this blog! It was great to see friendly faces at conference and I’m so proud of the way our region was represented by the attendees, session presenters and committee members this year at the National ACLP Conference. 
 
2018 TACLP Conference Call for Abstracts
Just a reminder that this year’s conference will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, TX
Call for Abstracts- Deadline for abstract submissions has been extended!
If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract by May 31   here
(If it’s not opening the page for you, just right click and select open hyperlink)
If you have presented at the ACLP conference, you are encouraged to submit your abstract for TACLP conference as well.
Click here for the conference submission guidelines.  Please contact us if you have any questions!
 
Professional Development Committee PDU Survey
If you have not done so already, please take 5 mins to complete the survey to help the committee plan for future PDU opportunities for our region.
 
(You can right click and select “open hyperlink” or copy and paste into your browser)
 
Committee Updates
Our committees have been working hard with having a couple of meetings and setting some goals to start to work on. We are excited to share the updates with you below:
 
Professional Development Committee: Chair: Amber Hill
-80 members have responded to the PDU Survey, so thanks to everyone who has done that.
**There is still time to click on the link above and take the survey!
-This committee will review survey data and plan next steps for PDU offerings.
-They are also looking at sending a quarterly newsletter to membership about PDU offerings in Texas and in child life.
 
 Conference Planning Committee: Chair: Audra Trussell
-They have been working hard ironing out the logistics of the conference host site and schedule.
-They will begin reviewing abstracts after the extended May 31 deadline.
 
 Student Committee: Chair: Laura Wiedemann
-They are working on creating a directory of regional programs who offer student programming.
-They are considering creating a road map into becoming a CCLS for students to use.
 
 Outreach Committee: Chair: Riley Hammond
-They are working on creating a list of hospitals in TX, and possibly Oklahoma and New Mexico to share with membership.
-They will also be looking at social media avenues to use to communicate with membership and share information and resources.
Website Updates
We would love for you to check out the website and see the great updates that Sarah, the Webmaster has made.   www.taclp.org
We have created a “Child Life Students” tab where we have listed the Child Life 101 workshops in Texas and will be adding information about the Child Life Practicum and Child Life Internship programs.
If you have a Child Life 101 Workshop that is not added, please email and let us know and we will be happy to add it.
 
We will also continue to post “job openings” around Texas on the website as well. It is up the program leadership to email us at taclpmembership@gmail.com with your job opening, and permission to post it as well as to remember to contact us to remove the opening once it is filled and closed. Job postings will  be removed after 1 month unless otherwise noted by the hiring program.
This resource is meant to benefit members who are looking for job as well as programs who have job openings.
Thanks for all you do for our profession! Please let us know if you have other ideas on how we can help you and our region continue to learn, grow and network!


Krista Stringer, MS, CCLS
President, TACLP

Deep in the Heart of Child Life

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TACLP Members,
I’m excited to write the first blog for 2018 on behalf of the new TACLP Board. Even though it’s only February, we have been working on and discussing some exciting things we wanted to share with you.

Committee Interest Forms
These went out via email a few days ago and are due on February 15. If you did not receive the email, please contact me at krista.stringer@childrens.com and I’m happy to forward it to you.

We anticipate the following commitments from committee members:
1. 12-month commitment (March 1st- March 1st)
2. Participation in regular conference calls
3. Completion of tasks as identified by the Committee Chair and committee members

Professional Development Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Exploring professional development options across Texas
· Collaborating with conference committee to score and choose abstracts for the TACLP conference 2018
· Researching relevant PD partnerships to further support members

 Conference Planning Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Reviewing abstracts for conference presentation at TACLP 2018 Conference on October 27, 2018
· Targeting the review of abstracts in mid-April to end of May
· A short term commitment

 Student Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Improving awareness of educational opportunities in Texas
· Increasing student membership
· Creating resources for students about practicum and internship settings
· Facilitating communication about student and educator needs

 Outreach Committee
This committee is charged with: 
· Increasing membership
· Improving awareness of the organization
· Partnership with like-minded organizations
· Sponsorship by like-minded organizations

Website Updates

We would love for you to check out the website and see the great updates that Sarah, the Webmaster has made.   www.taclp.org

 

We have created a “Child Life Students” tab where we have listed the Child Life 101 workshops in Texas and will be adding information about the Child Life Practicum and Child Life Internship programs.

If you have a Child Life 101 Workshop that is not added, please email and let us know and we will be happy to add it.


We will also be posting “job openings” around Texas on the website as well. It is up to the program leadership to email us at taclpmembership@gmail.com with your job opening, and permission to post it as well as to remember to contact us to remove the opening once it is filled and closed.

 

2017-2018 Board Member Goals

 

Below is a list of the goals the board will be working on for this year:

 

  1. Creating a database so it tracks when people have joined and has emails included. 
  2. Advocate for Activity Coordinator and Child Life Assistant participation and continuing education at conference and throughout the year.
  1. Creating comprehensive list of hospital and university programs.
  2. Social media presence.
  • Help us leverage and target people
  • Create Facebook page for people to “like”
  1. Mentoring people who are a one-person program.
  2. Networking within cities.

 

2018 TACLP Conference/Conference Abstracts

Just a reminder that this year’s conference will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, TX

Call for Abstracts-be on the lookout within the next month for the Call for Abstracts!


We hope to get to work with you all throughout the year on committees and see you all at conference in October! Here’s to a GREAT year for us all “Deep in the Heart of Texas!”


Krista Stringer, MS, CCLS
President, TACLP


President’s Post: Conference/Board Transition Blog

TACLP_Conference_Splash_Page_thumbnail.pngIt THRILLS me to write this post-conference blog! I hope all who went to conference had a great day of networking and learning as I know I did! I want to send a HUGE thank you to Children’s Memorial Hermann for hosting us and the TACLP Board and committees who worked tirelessly to pull off the inaugural TACLP conference!  Another big thank you to all of those who made the trip and participated as well as all of our presenters! Extra thanks goes to the inaugural and founding board who worked so hard over the past almost four years to establish this group and establish committees, and the conference.

 

HUGE congratulations to the following people who will serve on the new board from 2017-2019. I am honored to work with them to build upon the great foundation that the previous board laid for us to help grow our region and profession even more.

President: Krista Stringer (Children’s Health, Dallas)

Treasurer: Christy Lange (Children’s Memorial Hermann, Houston)

Secretary: Zenia Hudson (Ben Taub, Houston)

Webmaster: Sarah Davis (Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, San Antonio)

Professional Development Committee Chair : Amber Hill (Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Houston)

Conference Committee Chair: Audra Trussell (Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth)

Outreach Committee Chair: Riley Hammond (Texas Children’s, Houston)

Students Committee Chair: Laura Wiedemann (MD Anderson, Houston)

 

The new board will communicate their formal goals in January 2018, but below are some things we are already looking at for next year:

  • Expanding into more social media (Facebook, Instagram, Linkden, etc)
  • Continue outreach with regional clinical programs and outreach even more with academic advisors
  • Outreach with other regional groups
  • Create a Calendar of Events on the TACLP website to list upcoming educational opportunities within child life
  • List the regional intern/practicum sites and contacts and common practicum offer dates for students to easily access
  • List the child life workshop events in the region and around the country for students to easily access
  • Continue hosting the annual Think Tank and Conference-next year’s conference is October 26 and 27 at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX

 

We also encourage you to look out for the Call for Committee Interest which will go out via email in January 2018! Being on a committee below is a GREAT way to get involved, and we encourage you to consider applying.

Outreach Committee
Conference Planning Committee
Professional Development Committee
Students Committee

 

On behalf of the new board, we look forward to working with you all over the next two years to continue to make strides to grow our region and profession!

Krista Stringer 
President of TACLP 


President's Blog: Conference Update

We are excited to give you more details about the regional conference on Saturday, October 21 at Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX.

You can visit www.taclp.org for details, as well as for the registration link and details for booking your hotel.

**Please note that registration will close on Friday, October 6, 2017.**


Important Considerations:

  • Conference presenters have free registration so you do not need to register online!  You will just return your presenter agreement form to confirm you will be presenting and that also confirms you are attending the conference.
  • TACLP members receive a discounted conference rate!  Join TACLP prior to registering for conference to benefit from this membership perk.
  • TACLP members are also eligible to serve as a 2018 committee member. 

2017 Conference Registration fees are:

Professional Member: $85
Student Member: $60
Non-member: $115

Please Note:

  • You will not select the sessions you are planning to attend when you register.  This will be done at a later date.
  • The Wyndham Houston Medical Center Hotel is offering a discounted room rate to those attending conference.  This hotel is located within the medical center.  The discounted rate ends October 6, 2017 and rooms are limited.  Book your room today!
  • Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for PDU verification (7 PDUs total). PDUs will not be automatically entered into ACLP profiles.
  • A “Save the Date” for the Think Tank meeting held on that Friday, October 20 for Education Coordinators, Internship Coordinators, Child Life Practicum Coordinators, and Academic Advisors is attached. The meeting will be held at Children’s Memorial Hermann and is free; however, registration is required and will be communicated via email at a later date. 

Conference Schedule:

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Friday Night Social Event!

  • Welcome to Houston! Relax and get to know your colleagues from around the region at this fun and casual social event.
  • The Armadillo Palace - 5015 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77098
  • “A definite stop for those looking for a true Texan experience! Known as one of the best burger/brisket/food joints in Houston, the Armadillo Palace offers so much more than great food. Enjoy a cold beer or sweetened ice tea (a southern favorite!) while enjoying the fine Houston weather from a patio. Let the smell of fresh brisket and crawfish fill your head until your mouth waters for more. On weekends, relax even later to the melodies of home-grown music. And for diners that prefer the indoors, settle back to watch your favorite game on one of four big screen televisions. Come down, relax y'all.”
  • Band will start at 9:00pm.  Free before 9pm but will have to pay $15 if do not have ticket if you choose to stay after9pm.

Band: Bart Crow with Kody West

Advance Ticket Cost: General Admission $13

Day of Show Ticket Cost: General Admission $15

21 and over only 

We look forward to seeing you at the regional conference!

The TACLP Board


President's Blog July 2017

TACLP President’s Blog!

I cannot believe we are already a month into the summer! Time is flying both for our summer as well as for the term of this current board. This board is VERY hard at work with several projects as well as in looking at transition a new board at the end of the year. As always, I am excited to share with you the great things this board is doing for our region!

TACLP Conference: October 20, 2017

  •  We are THRILLED to announce that we will be offering the annual Texas conference again, starting this year. The conference will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2017 at Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX
    • Registration information will go live early August 2017 and will be on the TACLP website
    • Conference pricing is below:
      • Professional Member : $85
      • Student Member: $60
      • Non-member: $115

In addition to the professional sessions, there will also be student sessions throughout the conference as well.

  • Session Abstract/Poster submission THANK YOU to those who took the time to create and submit a session or poster abstract. We received 11 presentation and 4 poster abstract submissions. The conference planning and professional development committees will be reviewing those abstracts during the month of July will finalize the review by July 28th.  Presenters will be notified early August of their status on their submission.
    • Session/Poster topics will include: Play, Ethics, Assessment, Supportive Interventions, Other
  • There will be a meeting on Friday, October 19, 2017 for all clinical student programming and Education Coordinators as well as academic advisors. Please contact me directly at krista.stringer@childrens.com if you are interested in receiving more information about this meeting.  There is no registration fee for this meeting.

New Board Elections:
Nomination forms will be emailed on August 1 and accepted until August 15

  • All current members in good standing with TACLP can run to be part of the board for the 2017-2019 term
  • The board positions include:
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Webmaster
    • Outreach Committee Chair
    • Conference Planning Committee Chair
    • Professional Development Committee Chair

Board members will meet and transition in person at the October 2017 conference as well as through various conference calls as well.

On behalf of the TACLP board, I truly you in advance for being a member of TACLP and being a great professional who helps make a difference in the lives of patients and families. We look forward to getting to meet you at the upcoming conference in October! 

You can also SAVE The Date for the 2018 conference:
2018 Conference:  will be at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, TX in October 2018!!  

  

Krista Stringer
President of TACLP 


President's Blog April 2017

TACLP President’s Blog!

I’m excited to share with you the latest and greatest updates due to the hard work of this group of board members!

TACLP Conference: October 20, 2017

  •  We are THRILLED to announce that we will be offering the annual Texas conference again, starting this year. The conference will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2017 at Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX
    • Registration information will be posted on the TACLP website at a later date
    • Conference pricing is below:
      • Professional Member : $85
      • Student Member: $60
      • Non-member: $115

In addition to the professional sessions, there will also be student sessions throughout the conference.

  • There will be a meeting on Friday, October 19, 2017 for all clinical student programming and Education Coordinators as well as academic advisors. Please contact me directly at krista.stringer@childrens.com if you are interested in receiving more information about this meeting.  There is no registration fee for this meeting.
  • Session Abstract/Poster submission will go live on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and close on June 15, 2017.  You can submit your session abstract or poster presentation abstract through the TACLP website
  • If your hospital or academic institution is interested in hosting the October 2018 annual conference, please contact us at TACLPmembership@gmail.com

Student Membership available starting April 1, 2017

  • Student membership will be available on April 1, 2017. You can register through the TACLP website
  • Student Membership will be $25 per year
  • If you have any issues with your membership, please contact us at TACLPmembership@gmail.com

New Board Elections

  • All current members in good standing with TACLP can run to be part of the board for the 2017-2019 term
  • Look out for email blasts and information on the TACLP website in August about running for the board
  • The board positions include:
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Webmaster
    • Outreach Committee Chair
    • Conference Planning Committee Chair
    • Professional Development Committee Chair

I truly thank you in advance for being a member of TACLP and being a great professional who helps make a difference in the lives of patients and families. We look forward to getting to meet you at the upcoming conference in October! J

Krista Stringer
President of TACLP 


President's Blog February 2017

Wow! The tenure of this first board for TACLP has flown by, and this year will be the final year for this board to serve! I’m so excited to continue to share with you the progress that this board has made so far.

The Annual Texas Conference is back!

  • We are THRILLED to announce that we will be offering the annual Texas conference again, starting this year. The conference will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX
  • Abstract submission will go live in March/April and all abstracts will be due on June 1, 2017.
  • There will be both student sessions and professional sessions at the conference, and we will also be offering a student panel on Friday, October 20, 2017.
  • For information on abstract submission and registration, you can continue to check the TACLP website!
  • The goal will be for TACLP to continue to facilitate the planning of the conference while partnering with the host hospital
  • If your hospital is interested in hosting the October 2018 annual conference, please contact us at TACLPmembership@gmail.com

Student Membership will now be available!

  • We will be offering student membership this year in March/April, so check back on the TACLP website for when it will go life and information on how to register!
  • Student Membership will be $25 per year

Membership Renewal

  • We appreciate everyone who has already joined the organization and who has renewed their membership to continue to be involved. We do understand that there has been some confusion with the renewal process, so please know that we are in the process of creating an even easier process for renewal with the hopes to have a “renewal page/button” up with in the next couple of weeks!

New Board Elections

  • All current members in good standing with TACLP can run to be part of the board for the 2017-2019 term
  • Look out for email blasts and information on the TACLP website in August about running for the board
  • The board positions include:
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Webmaster
    • Outreach Committee Chair
    • Conference Planning Committee Chair
    • Professional Development Committee Chair

Thanks for all you do in working with patients and families, and for your willingness to join the TACLP and continue to learn and grow while also helping others to do the same. 

Krista Stringer
President of TACLP 


President's Update

TACLP President’s Blog! 

I’m excited to give you all some updates on things we have been working hard on since January’s blog!  We have been busily working on getting non-profit status for our organization, which I’m pleased to announce is now official! J We have also established task forces which will start meeting monthly via conference calls.  

Below are updates to the current goals the board made and are working on:

Goal 1: To offer membership opportunities to all certified child life specialist professionals in the state of Texas immediately. To look at additional membership opportunities for academic educators and child life students and associates in 2016 and beyond.  We are currently offering membership to each level other than students at this time.  More to come on student membership at a later date.

Goal 2: To fill each committee (with the exception of Student Education) with members and hold committee meetings to determine committee specific goals and direction.  We have formed the following task forces to meet via conference calls to work on the charges as listed below:

Outreach Committee Task Force

This task force is charged with exploring avenues and opportunities for:

  • increasing membership
  • improving awareness of the organization
  • partnership with like-minded organizations
  • sponsorship by like-minded organizations

 

Conference Planning Task Force

This task force is charged with:

  • benchmarking the process of conference planning
  • developing Call for Abstracts for regional conference
  • identifying dates/location for 2017 conference
  • recruiting local planning committee for 2017 conference

 

Professional Development Task Force

This task force is charged with:

  • researching professional development needs for TACLP members        
  • seeking opportunities for professional development within the state of Texas
  • identifying avenues to share those opportunities with TACLP membership
  • exploring opportunities to develop webinars for TACLP members

Goal 3: To look at future conference planning and structure for the state of Texas and begin to secure locations for future conferences in 2016 and beyond, which would be managed by the Conference Planning Committee.  The Conference Planning Committee task force is currently working on securing a location for a conference in October 2017. More to come on the details of the dates, locations, and specific structure at a later date.

Goal 4: To look into the possibility of offering educational opportunities to membership coordinated by the Professional Development Committee.  The professional development task force is currently looking at current offerings by CLC as well as additional state wide offerings we can create and offer.

Goal 5: To post a calendar of events section on taclp.org to help membership stay up to date re: events around Texas.  We do have this section up, so please email us at taclpmembership@gmail.com  if you have anything to add to the calendar. We have also posted the TACLP information on the CLC page for regional and state groups as well.

We always welcome any feedback or input you may have. You can feel free to contact the board members at taclpmembership@gmail.com

Thanks for all you do in working with patients and families, and for your willingness to join the TACLP and continue to learn and grow while also helping others to do the same. 

Krista Stringer 
President of TACLP 


Welcome to TACLP

TACLP President’s Blog! 

It is with GREAT pleasure that I write the first blog for the Texas Association of Child Life Professionals (TACLP). For the past three years a small group of child life professionals in Texas have been working hard to create this formal organization that will serve as a great networking and educational opportunity for child life professionals academic educators, and students in the state of Texas. 

We are THRILLED to have this website up and running and to officially open membership up to certified child life specialist professionals at this time. Membership in this organization will include the opportunity to run for a board position, serve on a committee, network with other child life professionals, engage in educational opportunities, and stay up to date on events happening throughout the state of Texas. The immediate benefits of membership will include: the opportunity to join one of the following committees and help to determine the role, future and direction of the committee. 

Below is a brief description of each committee at this time and the goal will be for each committee to meet and decide on exact roles and goals throughout this next year: 

Conference planning- will work on developing a conference planning structure and then will work with the host hospital to help coordinate and manage Texas state conferences 

Professional Development-will work on developing and implementing professional development opportunities for TACLP members 

Outreach –will look at ways to recruit membership as well as future potential hospital support and sponsorship

Student Education (this committee will be added in the future once student membership is added)-will look at opportunities to offer networking and educational materials for future student members 

 

The current board, which will be in place until October 2017, has made the following goals: 

  1. To offer membership opportunities to all certified child life specialist professionals in the state of Texas immediately. To look at additional membership opportunities for academic educators and child life students and associates in 2016 and beyond. 
  2. To fill each committee (with the exception of Student Education) with members and hold committee meetings to determine committee specific goals and direction. 
  3. To look at future conference planning and structure for the state of Texas and begin to secure locations for future conferences in 2016 and beyond, which would be managed by the Conference Planning Committee. 
  4. To look into the possibility of offering educational opportunities to membership coordinated by the Professional Development Committee. 
  5. To post a calendar of events section on taclp.org to help membership stay up to date re: events around Texas.

Child life professionals, academic educators and students have already done a great job of networking and providing education to one another, and we are excited to offer this formal organization and platform to continue and even expand on those opportunities. We thank you in advance for joining and being a part of this groundbreaking opportunity for child life professionals in the state of Texas.  We also appreciate your patience and flexibility as we begin the first year of our journey as a formal organization. We always welcome any feedback or input you may have. You can feel free to contact the board members at taclpmembership@gmail.com

Thanks for all you do in working with patients and families, and for your willingness to join the TACLP and continue to learn and grow while also helping others to do the same. 

 

Krista Stringer
President of TACLP