Florida Association of Child Life Professionals, Inc.

2018 Call for Papers: 26th Annual Conference
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September 14 – September 16, 2018

The Florida Association of Child Life Professionals (FACLP) offers an annual educational conference and a time for Child Life Professionals to come together to network.


Abstracts submitted for presentation at the 2018 Annual Conference must focus on psychosocial developmental and/or professional issues. Presenters are limited to two submissions per conference. Submissions must be received by February 1, 2018. FACLP prefers ALL submissions be sent via email. Presenters and institutions can NOT be identified by name.

FACLP uses the blind review process. You will be notified whether or not your submission was accepted or denied. Acceptance of abstracts requires author(s) to register for the conference. Speakers will receive $50.00 off of registration. Speakers will be responsible for all travel expenses, hotel arrangements and costs. Power Point will NOT be provided.




Alternative Settings


Comfort Positioning

Disease Specific Resources

Electronic Documentation



Medical Play

Music Therapy

One Person Programs

Pet Therapy

Professional Boundaries


Student Preparation

Teaching CL at a University

Administrative Issues

Art Therapy


Community Resources

Distraction Ideas

Emergency Departments

Grant Writing


Mentoring Interns

NICU Settings

Pain Management

Play Therapy

School Issues

Staff Development



Adolescent Concerns


Clinical Skills

Cultural Diversity

Eating Disorder Patients

Ethical Issues


Mental Health Issues

Multidisciplinary Topics

Non-Traditional Settings

Performance Improvement



Standards & Protocols

Support Groups

Teen Advocacy Programs


Abstracts must be presented in one of the following presentation formats:

  • Workshop: 1 hour presentation including discussion (three author limit)
  • Skills demonstration: 1 hour practical, hands-on psychosocial techniques (three author limit).
  • Panel Discussion: 1 hour examination of a specific topic or issue by a maximum of three panel members and one facilitator.
  • Clinical Case Discussion: 1 hour clinical description of issues through case presentation by a maximum of three participants and one facilitator.


Abstracts must identify the professional level for participants based on the following guidelines:

  • Entry Level: The content of an Entry Level presentation should be geared for participants with less than three years professional experience. The presenter should know that these sessions must include background, basic theory, skills and interventions. Twenty percent of accepted abstracts will be entry level.
  • Intermediate Level: The content of an Intermediate Level presentation should be geared to professionals with a minimum of three years experience in the field. The presenter should expect participants to have experience in a variety of therapeutic situations and have the desire to expand his/her current knowledge base of the topic. Forty percent of accepted abstracts will be at the intermediate level.
  • Advanced Level: The content of an Advanced Level presentation should be geared to professionals with advanced knowledge of the topic. The presenter should expect the participant to have extensive clinical and/or administrative skills/experience and assume that participants need little introduction to the topic. Advanced level presenters must have at least five years experience in the field in which they are presenting. Forty percent of accepted abstracts will be at the advanced level.


Abstracts must identify the competency level (domain/task) specific to each area of the child life practice:

Domain I: Assessment

    • 1. Utilize child/family data from a variety of sources in order to provide comprehensive child life care.
    • 2. Observe the child/family interactions in order to obtain objective data.
    • 3. Identify developmental issues in order to plan appropriate interventions.
    • 4. Recognize psychosocial factors in order to identify strengths and challenges.
    • 5. Identify diversity issues in order to provide competent and respectful care.
    • 6. Plan interventions based on child life assessment in order to promote optimal family-centered care.

Domain II: Intervention

    • 1. Provide psychological preparation to child/family for challenging situations in order to promote mastery/understanding.
    • 2. Provide developmentally appropriate support to the child/family during challenging situations in order to promote adjustment & coping.
    • 3. Facilitate coping strategies/pain management techniques in order to minimize distress & promote a sense of empowerment.
    • 4. Facilitate play in order to encourage expression, process information, and promote development.
    • 5. Provide opportunities for familiar life experiences in order to promote continuity in child’s environment.
    • 6. Conduct educational sessions that are responsive to the needs of the child/family in order to promote understanding & strengthen capabilities.
    • 7. Provide support to the child/family experiencing grief/loss in order to promote healing process.
    • 8. Monitor progress and outcomes of interventions in order to adjust the plan when appropriate.

Domain III: Professional Responsibility

  • 1. Maintain professional standards of practice through adherence to established ethical guidelines in order to provide respectful & comprehensive care.
  • 2. Document assessments, interventions, and other significant events in order to communicate essential information.
  • 3. Participate in educational opportunities in order to expand knowledge/skills & promote continual growth.
  • 4. Conduct educational sessions for staff, volunteers and students in order to promote greater awareness of the needs of the child/family.
  • 5. Foster internal and external relationships in order to support & enrich services.
  • 6. Advocate to multidisciplinary team members in order to promote collaboration, foster family-centered care, & maximize positive outcomes.
  • 7. Participate in community outreach presentations and events in order to increase public awareness.
  • 8. Coordinate responsibilities of staff, volunteers & students in order to promote delivery of optimal care.
  • 9. Participate in planning, evaluation, & improvement of programs in order to ensure quality services.
  • 10. Manage program resources in order to provide quality services in accordance with budget/policies.




    • Limit 400 words, explaining the actual presentation in a clear, logical and thorough manner.
    • Include the title of your presentation, presentation format, presentation level, competency level and teaching method(s) (lecture, discussion, role-play, etc).
    • Presenters and institutions can NOT be identified by name.


    • You must list at least 3 learning objectives


    • Must have at least 3 bullet points


    • Limit 25 words. To be printed in the conference brochure.
      Presenter(s) Information (must be submitted on a separate document)


  • Make sure this includes a mailing address, email, main contact number (if more than one presenter, designate a contact person), current employment information (name of organization, address, email etc.), education, certification(s), professional work experience, presentations/publications (list only three most recent), and professional/committee membership.


Submissions are due by February 27, 2018
Email submissions to:
For more information or questions please contact

Kari Kletter  CCLS President-Elect