alumni, child life, counseling and family sciences
"Certified Child Life Specialists [CCLS] are educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury (ACLP, 2021)." Their role in the hospital helps to improve patient and family care, increase hospital satisfaction, and enhance the overall experience. As a specialized field, child life specialists work in hospitals on pediatric units such as acute care, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the Emergency Department, organ transplant units, and other inpatient and outpatient areas that treat children, youth, adolescents, and families.
awards, psychology, students
Olivia (Liv) Triplett, a second-year Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Department of Psychology, has won a prestigious Student Conference Award for the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC).
alumni, social work
During the month of March, I would like to celebrate our world's social workers. Many of us come into our field eager to help others and do our part to support, assist, and empower those who need us. Many times, we are in the trenches of the field, helping those without resources, knowledge, support, or linkage. We strive to get their needs met or obtain the change they require to have the quality of life and dignity we all deserve. We are warriors of change.
teen mental health
Multiple terms have been used to describe self-harming behaviors, such as deliberate self-harm, self-injurious behavior, nonsuicidal self-injury, and self-mutilation. Although definitions vary, most describe self-harm as behaviors that are intentional, direct, have a non-fatal outcome, and may include behaviors such as self-cutting, burning, punching and hitting, jumping from a height, bone breaking, skin picking, and biting. Distinctions are made between self-harm with or without suicidal intent.
Dear SBH Family, I wanted to introduce you to an exciting new project that we have been working on over the past year. Many of you have noted that we know too little about each other's research. And this could not be more true. This led us to work with our faculty to design the new School of Behavioral Health research website.
Inez Beverly Prosser, PhD Inez Beverly Prosser, PhD, was the first African American woman to receive her doctoral degree in psychology. Dr. Prosser was born in Texas in 1895. After graduating from high school, she completed a teaching certification and taught in the segregated Texas school system. She received her bachelor of arts degree in education in 1924 and her master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Colorado. She then accepted faculty and administrative positions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the lives of vulnerable youth and their families. Homes are overcrowded, parents need to stay home to care for children attending online classes, and there is great concern for lack of basic necessities. This is especially true for vulnerable youth and their families, with reports of disproportionate risk for food insecurity, as well as poor academic, emotional, and social outcomes. Dr.
Child Life Fellowships promote innovation and behavioral health integration across Loma Linda University Health
In 2016, Spirit of Children, a program that donates toys, costumes, and gaming systems for patients, funded a Child Life Fellowship position at Loma Linda University Children's Health.
child life, counseling and family sciences, students
The year 2020 has been full of challenges that have stretched us and encouraged greater collaboration between the University and the Hospital. When COVID-19 hit, we jointly watched as our students were pulled from their clinical placements and the Loma Linda University Children's Health Child Life Department experienced the loss of volunteers and intermittent furloughs.
alumni, child life, research
As a Child Life Specialist, I'm always prepared to explain my role and rationalize the need for Child Life interventions in the medical journeys of pediatric patients. Our role is not always easily understood. In fact, Child Life services remain widely unknown around the globe. Awareness of the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients continues to increase, and active areas for growth and use of the field include Asia and the Middle East.