Save your seat! Registration is open for ACLP’s 40th Annual Child Life Conference

Join child life professionals in-person or virtually at the Association of Child Life Professionals’ 40th Annual Child Life Conference. Rediscover the energy, passion, and creativity of your peers through full or half-day intensives, sessions on leadership, self-care and educational topics and exhibits and receptions. Strengthen your professional ties as you network with new colleagues and reconnect with fellow members and former colleagues onsite in Washington, D.C. or virtually.

Register today

Conference Dates:

  • In-person: May 26-29, 2022
  • Virtual: June 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 2022

Conference Location:

  • Gaylord National Resort National Harbor, MD

See the full schedule for the in-person and virtual experiences.

Welcome from 2022 GLACLP President

Hello Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) members! 2022 has officially begun and I am very excited to be serving as the 2022 GLACLP President. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a safe, happy new year. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued support and also thank those of you that took the time to complete the member feedback survey that was sent out during the last quarter of 2021. Myself and the rest of the executive board have been spending hours reviewing, planning, and preparing for 2022. We have listened to your feedback, thoughts, and comments and will be making changes during 2022 to better support each of you, our members. I am personally very excited to share what we are working on and I hope you’ll be happy with what news we have to share.

We will be announcing these changes and other news during our February 10th membership meeting. This meeting will be held virtually via zoom and more details will be sent out closer. While we would love to have everyone attend the live meeting, we understand that not all schedules can be accommodated and therefore we will be recording and sharing the recording with you ASAP following the live meeting.

With that being said, membership for 2022 is officially now open to join. This year you will complete your membership application and payment completely online. You will first complete a google form and once you submit that you’ll be provided a link to submit payment via PayPal. You must complete both the application and payment steps for your membership to be considered complete. You will receive automated emails and/or on-screen messages after completing the form and submitting payment so please watch and read your email and screen carefully . Remember membership runs the calendar year and is valid until December 31 of each year, no matter when you join. We apologize for the delay in getting membership registration opened this year. We have been working diligently to make improvements to our membership joining process, while streamlining this process with other processes we have. Please be sure to join ASAP. We have several member only things that will be announced over the next month and you must have a current 2022 membership in order to participate or join us.

As you may have noticed when completing the member feedback survey, my theme and goals for this year focus on networking, connectivity & inclusion. We asked some questions regarding these topics on the member feedback survey but our work doesn’t and won’t stop there. We have also added demographic questions to our membership form. We have made the decision to do this as we wish to have a better understanding of our members, who you are, and what areas of demographics and diversity you represent. You may also recall hearing about our diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) work we’ve been working on. We will be able to work on this DEI work more once we have a clearer understanding of our membership demographics. If you would like to be involved in the work of our DEI subgroup, please email us at

We will continue updating 2021 members via email during the month of January, however beginning in February only current 2022 members will be receiving our member only communications.

GLACLP Membership Perks/Benefits:

  • Discounted registration fees to our events (student symposium & educators meeting, leadership intensive, annual conference)
  • Participation in mentor/mentee program and quarterly meetings
  • Availability of a variety of scholarships
  • FREE PDU opportunities through our webinar series and other continuing education opportunities
  • Networking opportunities via in-person, virtually, and Discord
  • Access to members only website pages (including previously recorded webinars for PDUs, conference materials, and research resources)
  • Get our monthly member newsletter straight to your email inbox

Don’t forget to check us out and like us on Facebook and Instagram! Watch your email around the 15th of every month for our member only newsletter.

As always, please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. I hope you will return as a member with us for the 2022 GLACLP Membership year! Invite your friends and colleagues to join also!

Cheers to a great 2022!

Jalyssa Kessler
2022 GLACLP President

Wrapping up 2021

Congratulations on a successful 2021! This year, with our collaborations and partnership, we were able to offer 3 incredible events as well as several webinars. We are so very grateful for your participation and support as we continue to navigate the pandemic. As we transition into 2022, we have an exciting new proposal. We would like to propose an addendum to our bylaws and add a new position, Certified Child Life Specialist Member at Large (Non-traditional) to the GLACLP Executive Board. We believe this new position will help fill the gap and help us best serve all of our members, regardless of what work setting or job title. Below are our bylaws with the proposals highlighted in red.

  • Members at Large (five positions) will serve as liaisons between the association and other child life specialists, educators, and students within the Great Lakes area. 
    • Student Member at Large, an individual pursuing certification shall serve a one-year term with the option of being re-elected to an additional one term. 
    • Educator Member at Large, involved in promoting child life through an academic setting, shall serve a two-year term with the option of being re-elected to one additional two-year term. 
    • Certified Child Life Specialist Member at Large must be currently employed as a child life specialist and will serve as coordinator of the Mentor-Mentee Program. He/she/they shall serve a term of one year with the option of being re-elected to an additional one term. 
    • Certified Child Life Specialist Member at Large (Non-traditional) – Must have active Certified Child Life Specialist credentials, utilize the child life scope of practice on a daily basis in the workplace, and work in a non-traditional setting. He/She/They will assist Certified Child Life Specialist Member at Large (Traditional) in the Mentor/Mentee Program and shall serve a term of two years with the option of being re-elected to an additional two-year term
    • Child Life Assistant Member at Large must currently be employed as a child life assistant and will serve as a liaison for child life assistant members. He/she/they shall serve a two-year term with the option of being re-elected to one additional two-year term. 

We will open up voting for this change on Monday, January 17th. Per our bylaws, the motion must pass by a ⅔ majority. If you have any questions about this position please don’t hesitate to ask.   
Also, mark your calendars! Here are some important dates for 2022: 

  • January 15th- registration opens for 2022 membership! 
  • March 26th- Student Symposium (in person) hosted by Ball State
  • April 2nd- Student Symposium part 2 (Virtual) hosted by Ball State
  • June 11th- Leadership Intensive hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital 
  • October 2022- Conference format TBD