In the past two days, I have been reflecting on my experience at the Child Life Council Conference. Weeks prior, I was filled with anticipation and anxiety to nail a panel presentation on child life specialists in community-based programs and a half-day intensive on the child-centered play. I was teamed up with some amazing co-presenters, Deb Vilas, Kristin Diezel and Mary Welker who have contagious energy on making a positive impact on the child life profession. I caught that bug and was along for the ride.
Our collaborative efforts created a unique, informative and entertaining presentation for our attendees. Once we started, there was an instant connection between the speaker and audience that helped to ease our nerves as we spoke from our hearts. We knew we rocked it!
I was also so humbled by the students and specialists that introduced themselves and said they were Child Life Mommy followers. I have to say it was a bit funny to enter a Disney bus and hear someone shout out, “Hi, Child Life Mommy!” or shyly confess, “It’s like meeting a celebrity.” Ha! My ego was a bit boosted, but I came down to reality as I had to chase my kids in the lobby or prevent them from slaying strangers with their Star Wars lightsabers.
I truly appreciated meeting the new faces and connecting with specialists all over the world. We have such a unique profession, filled with compassionate hearts and a drive to make a difference in the world.
Thank you to the volunteers, FACLP and CLC committees for making such an amazing conference this year. I am beyond proud of being CCLS and part of the Association of Child Life Professionals!
See you next year in Vegas!