President's Blog August 2021

Hello SACLP members! 


I am so excited that we are now the Southern Association of Child Life Professionals (SACLP). It has taken quite a few years to get to the point of changing the name. But in actuality, it’s very impressive that what started as a small group of CCLSs has blossomed into spanning four states in just 7 years! We should be very proud of our inclusivity and may I say, “southern hospitality”! 


But perhaps even more importantly, it is time to nominate our 2022-2024 Executive Board! Being on the Executive Board is a great opportunity to help support both your child life coworkers and the world of child life. We have multiple roles open and would love to include your talents in guiding our association. (And getting PDUs to add to recertification is also a great perk!) 


Curious what board positions are available and some of the duties? 


President - In charge of running board meetings, writing quarterly blogs, and coordinating the executive board


President-Elect (4-year commitment)** - Responsible for taking minutes during meetings, managing SACLP's email, and coordinating with the executive board. This position will become the President after 2 years in the President-Elect position.


Treasurer - Responsible for the bank account, membership lists, and writing checks


Webmaster - In charge of website updates and maintenance, as well as maintaining Eventbrite account


Conference Planning Committee Chair - In charge of coordinating the yearly conference, locating a suitable site for conference, overseeing conference abstract selection, conference schedule, and working with closely with the webmaster on Eventbrite


Outreach Committee Chair - Managing social media accounts and connecting our association with other groups and organizations


Professional Development Committee Chair - Publishing a newsletter that includes professional development opportunities for members, as well as managing the certificates of completion for SACLP presentations.


Student Education Committee Chair - In charge of the internship scholarship, keeping the practicum common application updated, and running the Child Life Student Facebook group.


*Please note that Executive Board Members meet monthly via Zoom. The meeting time is determined based on the schedule of the Executive Board.


If you or someone you know are interested in running, please click here to let us know! 


In conference news, we will be doing two half-day digital conferences during the month of October. We are currently accepting presentation abstracts, so please submit now! You can submit your abstract via Google Forms by clicking here. Or if you would like to submit it via a .Word document, please email us at [email protected] for the form. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Some housekeeping noted in regards to our name change: This will be a soft transition. We are currently working on creating a new logo as well as changing our legal documents. If you are in the position of hiring staff or choosing student placement, please accept resumes and applications that say either TACLP or SACLP. The common practicum application that was created by our student committee will be updated once we have our new logo. Our website link will stay until further notice, we are currently working on switching to a different webhost. We will let people know when the website and emails have been updated. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out via email: [email protected]


Be well and play often!


Sarah Davis, MS, CCLS

SACLP President