This informative webinar examined the use of social media and support networks for teens living with chronic illness. Presenter Allison Sohanlal, CLS provided in-depth discussion of four prominent themes, connecting research to practice and real life experience to discuss current issues in the use of online support networks. Co-facilitator Katrina Edwards, a young adult living with a Mitochondrial Complex I and IV, also shared her experience using social media. Katrina has been a pediatric patient at The Hospital for Sick Children for over 19 years, and now has transitioned over to adult care. As a teen who uses UPOPOLIS, Katrina now serves as a Volunteer Mentor for the social networking site. In this role, she is very active in supporting kids and teens through their medical journeys. UPEDIA Users can access the March 5th webinar presentation and supporting resources from the Child Life Professionals area of this website.
Upedia's May 11th webinar entitled "Powerful Play: Supporting Children & Youth with Mental Health Issues" provided its nearly 200 attendees with excellent resources and information. Presenters Jane Marchildon, CCLS and Kate McKeage, CCLS of IWK Health Centre shared their expertise in an engaging and open format, answering numerous questions from attendees as well. You can check out the webinar recording here. You'll also find this, along with supporting materials for this webinar in the Child Life Professionals Resource Library.