Upcoming Events



Child Life Council 34th Annual Conference 

Saturday, May 21, 2016, Half Day Intensive:

The Power of Child-Centered Play: Letting Kids Lead the Way


  • ShaniThornton, MS, CCLS, Child Life Mommy, Floral Park, NY
  • Deborah Vilas, MS, CCLS, LMSW, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY

Child-centered play is a powerful tool for building relationships and supporting development and healing. Whether participants seek to deepen their work with children,teach these skills to caregivers, or assess and support their interns’ and employees’ play skills, this workshop will teach hands on skills for facilitating child-centered play.

Learning Objectives:

■ Apply basic tracking and narrating skills associated with child-centered play.

■ Demonstrate empathic responses to children.

■Use the components of ACT 3 Point Limit Setting.

■ Explain to caregivers the benefits of child-centered play.

■Critique child-centered play techniques in interns and employees.


Sunday, May 22, 2016, Panel Presentation:

Breaking the Mold: Child Life Specialists Working in Community Based Programs


  • Shani Thornton, MS, CCLS, Child Life Mommy, Floral Park, NY
  • Kristin Diezel, MS, CCLS, Adoption Journeys, Charlton, MA
  • Mary Welker, CCLS, Team IMPACT, Mansfield, MA

As the child life profession continues to expand, specialists are seeking positions beyond the hospital. The panelists will share their experiences working in an adoption agency, non-profit organization and private practice. Learn how to assess your community’s needs, operationalize your role and overcome challenges.

Learning Objectives:

    •  Discuss the value of child life services in community based programs.
    •  Assess their skill set and apply it to the community’s needs.
    •  Strategies to communicate effectively with co-workers and program leaders.
    •  Create a structure for continued professional growth and supervision.




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