In this online workshop, participants will engage in an interactive discussion of child life in global practice. The presenters will share about their experiences practicing child life in diverse settings around the world, their journey to global practice, international clinical practice, and the ethics of working abroad in paid and volunteer work.
Workshop Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM
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Elise Hebel, CCLS, MS is a graduate of Bank Street’s child life program currently practicing at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, USA as a CCLS in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. Hebel spent three months working as a volunteer CCLS at Lao Friends Children’s Hospital in Luang Prabang, Laos where she developed a passion for global health and social justice. Hebel’s goal is to create and nurture a culture of sustainable, empowering international practice for child life specialists.
Gaby Marden Stern, MS, CCLS, has spent the last year traveling around the world with her husband and volunteering along the way with organizations like Operation Smile in Paraguay and Green School in Bali. Prior to her year abroad, Gaby worked as a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for 3 years before starting, and serving as the director of, the Child Life Program at NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Gaby continues to seek opportunities to volunteer abroad both as a child life specialist and with other organizations that serve children in need. Stern holds a Master’s in Child Life from Bank Street College.
Caralyn Perlee MS, CCLS, is a certified child life specialist currently living in Ireland and working for Barretstown, an affiliate of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global community providing camps and programs to seriously ill children and their families. Perlee practiced Child Life in the hospital setting at NYU Langone Medical Center for six years, working in general pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, the emergency department, and hematology/oncology. Perlee is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a Bachelor’s in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and of Bank Street College of Education with a Master’s in Child Life.