Guest Blogger, Kirsten Black from FACLP Outreach Development Coordinator
Looking for a chance to earn PDU’s and network with other child life professionals? Make a visit to sunny Florida next month and earn up to 13 PDU’s at the 25th Annual Florida Association of Child Life Professionals conference.
This year’s theme is Celebrating 25 Years of Playing with a Purpose! The conference will be held Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1 at the Holiday Inn – Lake Buena Vista (Disney Springs). Register before September 1 and receive an early registration of $30 off. *Conference hotel room discount deadline is 8/29 ($109 per room).
The conference features seven breakout sessions over two days, and topics include: transition, music therapy, mass casualty incidents, legacy building, magic, school re-entry, sibling support, life with a complex/chronic condition, grief, humor, prom, working with children with autism, NICU, camps, and internships. This year’s keynote speakers are Tamari C. Miller, MA (Director, Grief Services – New Hope for Kids) and Kristin Maier, MS, CCLS (John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital & Past President, ACLP). There are also three optional pre-conference intensive workshops on Friday evening to choose from, with sessions on working with different generations, pediatric pain and symptom management, and interdepartmental communication.
Conference attendees are invited to visit the exhibit hall and meet with representatives from organizations like Make-a-Wish, Give Kids the World, Camp Boggy Creek, Upopolis, Amazing Interactives, HAPPYtown (formerly Happy Countdown Cards), Wallikids, Nova Southeastern, Spellbound, Team Impact, and Jamie’s Journey. Of course, there is a conference tote bag full of resources and goodies from organizatios such as Buzzy, Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Education Center (EMPSEC), Medical Memories and Play Therapy Supply. Saturday night, everyone is invited to visit Andy’s toybox and step into the world of Toy Story for the networking social. Mingle with other child life professionals from around the country while you eat, drink, play games, and dance the night away.
Don’t miss it on all the fun and register today at www.faclp.org!