Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

Session I: July 6 – 31, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Tuesdays; 6:30 – 8 p.m. EST
Cost: $344
Course Number: 72739

Dates & Deadlines  Registration Information

Course Description:

In order to promote the optimal health for all infants, children, and adolescents, institutions of health must address the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients and their families.  Healthcare providers must address the psychosocial needs of children and family members impacted by illness, injury and hospitalization.  Class participants will learn about principles and practices of patient- and family-centered care that are designed to promote coping and well-being in the context of pediatric hospitalization.

Course Objectives:

  • Define principles and practices of patient- and family-centered care that promote agency responsiveness and family engagement
  • Examine developmentally supportive practices that promote the emotional, social and developmental needs of children and families in pediatric healthcare
  • Differentiate the impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization across infants, child, and youth development
  • Describe psychosocial interventions designed to promote coping and well-being for pediatric patients, siblings, and caregivers
  • Identify key features of pediatric medical traumatic stress and trauma-informed care standards for pediatric healthcare providers.

Program & Technology Requirements

Required Technology

  • Reliable internet access
  • Minimally, a laptop with webcam and audio. (Best would be a monitor connected to laptop or desktop)


Colleen Baish Cameron – Professor of Practice, Human Development & Family Science, The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Colleen Baish Cameron is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology/Child LIfe Specialty at Syracuse University, and completed her graduate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, specializing in social, emotional and behavioral disabilities in children. Her areas of clinical practice as a Certified Child Life Specialist in academic medical centers includes University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, and SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Professor Cameron began working at Syracuse University in 2009, and has since received awards for her research in interdisciplinary approaches to pediatric pain management from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Pediatric Nurses, Pediatric Academic Society, and the International Association for the Study of Pain/Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood. Her contributions as an active member of the Association of Child Life Professionals includes functioning as an item writer for the Child Life Professional Certification Exam, International Academic Program Reviewer, as well as the Co-Chair of the Academic Track Planning Group. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatrics and the International Journal of Play. Professor Cameron is also a Board Director for the Street Addiction Institute, a non-profit organization that serves to address the underlying trauma in communities impacted with violence. Her current interests include integrating trauma-informed curricular content into medical education.