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