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.
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 [email protected] 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