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2017 NECLP, Inc. Conference Speaker Information
Children- Not for Sale! Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Dr. Amy Goldberg is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency at the UMass/Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and a 3 year fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Goldberg has created and implemented the educational curriculum for the CAP Fellowship Program at Brown and has received several Dean’s Teaching Excellence awards and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society for clinician educators. She currently sees patients in the Lawrence A. Aubin Sr. Child Protection Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research interests include child maltreatment in children with special needs, acute sexual assault and domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). She has published several papers and textbook chapters on both child physical and sexual abuse.  Dr. Goldberg is actively involved in community partnerships, including the Rhode Island Child Death Review Team, Child Welfare Advisory Council and the Rhode Island Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. She is a board member of the Rhode Island Kids Count and is the Chair of the Rhode Island American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Utilizing grant support, she has established medical protocols for patient involved in DMST and formed strong community partnerships to prevent and intervene for DMST.

Meagan Fitzgerald earned her master’s degree in Child Life & Family Centered Care from Wheelock College in Boston in 2010. She completed clinical internships at Boston Children’s Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. As a Rhode Island native, she was excited to take a position prior to graduation as a child life specialist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2009. In 2010 she began her work at the Lawrence A. Aubin Sr. Child Protection Center. As a Certified Child Life Specialist Meagan provides developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for children in the medical setting.  Utilizing the foundational principles of child life, Meagan has adapted her expertise to work with children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. Meagan has particular interest in helping children transition into foster care and working with victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. Meagan has developed a protocol for the Aubin Center that helps to transition children into foster care more therapeutically. Meagan led the first peer support group in Rhode Island for trafficking prevention utilizing the My Life My Choice curriculum, and has expanded this service into group homes and the Rhode Island Training School. After recognizing the significant need for the same prevention amongst adolescent males, Meagan has partnered with the Rhode Island Training School to develop a new curriculum that serves male youth. Additionally, Meagan believes that law enforcement plays a significant role in the long-term healing for victims, therefore has collaborated with Cranston Police-Detectives Division, to create a support group for victims of sexual abuse, which has successfully been running for 2 years. Meagan is eager to continue this work, and is proud to be part of the team at the Aubin Center.


Triggers & Coping Strategies: Collaborative Planning with the Behavioral Response Team

Doug Crook began his career as a mental health counselor at Baldpate Hospital in Georgetown, MA, in 2002.  He graduated from Salem State College (now Salem State University) in 2010 and was employed as a nurse at Baldpate Hospital until 2012.  He began working with children in 2010 at North Shore Medical Center / Union Hospital in Lynn, MA, working as a staff nurse on a Child Psychiatry Inpatient Service.  He has been with the Behavioral Response Team at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2014.  He is currently a graduate student at Regis College in Weston, MA pursuing a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice.

Annmarie Spring received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in May 2010 and graduated with her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health nursing in May 2016.  She is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has a passion for working with children and adolescents with behavioral healthcare needs.  She joined the Behavioral Response Team at Boston Children’s Hospital in January 2017.  Annmarie has spent her nursing career working with pediatric patients and their families.

Cami Polfuss received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in December 2010 and graduated with her masters of science in Child Life and Family Centered Care in May 2012.  She completed a 200 hour child life practicum at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, a 480 hour child life internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, WI and a 200 hour child life internship at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Cami began working per diem in the Emergency Department following her internship, and continued working per diem at Children’s in Dialysis, Solid Organ Transplant, Inpatient Medicine, and the Infusion Center in Waltham before being hired full time in the Emergency Department where she is currently working with patients and families in a fast paced imbedded child life team.

Emi Layok received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology and a professional focus in Child Life from Wheelock College in 2012 and graduated with her masters of science in Child Life and Family Centered Care in 2014.  She completed 460 hours of child life internship at Hasbro Children’s hospital and 250 hours at the Italian Home School.  She went on to work at the Italian Home for a year while completing her master’s. During the summer she was a yoga instructor for children on the Autism spectrum.  In the fall she was hired as a holiday donation runner for Boston Children’s Hospital.  When completed, she was hired in the Emergency Department at Boston Children’s Hospital where she continues to thrive as a member of the vibrant multidisciplinary team.


Spiritual Care: Yes, Child Life Specialists have a Role Too!

 As a pastoral consultant, Rev. Robinson encourages clinicians of all disciplines to listen for the spiritual concerns and strengths of patients and families, and to collaborate with chaplains in practical and productive ways. Rev. Robinson is Director of the Chaplaincy at Children’s Hospital Boston.  She completed her AB at Vassar College, her MA in Psychology at the New School for Social Research, her theological studies at Drew Theological School, and her chaplaincy residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.  She is a board certified chaplain and she completed a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School.  An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Rev Robinson’s publications have been focused on multi-faith spiritual care, and teaching non-chaplains to become “spiritual generalists.”


Happiness at Work through Mindfullness and Meditation

Kevin Rice is the Boston Regional Manager of The Hospital Outreach Program and Artist in residence for The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp. He pioneered the program for the Camp in 2002 bringing painting and the spirit of Camp to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford Connecticut and the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. The program is now at ten hospitals in the greater Boston area with seven additional staff members. It has grown to include the southern New England and New York City regions as well, as well as Philadelphia and New Jersey.   The Boston Hospital Outreach team won the “The Levy Award” from Boston Medical Center for outstanding service in 2008 and the “The 100,” an award from Massachusetts General Hospital for excellence in serving the oncology community. Kevin also facilitates support groups for hospital staffs, special hospital populations and adult oncology. He has worked with Next Step, Minnie Pearl Cancer Institute, Planet Cancer, Livestrong, First Descents, Women Rock the Cure and MD Anderson hospital in Houston, TX for years bringing art, play and support to young adults surviving cancer and other serious illnesses. Kevin has been in the hospitals for Camp for 15 years and still feels honored and excited to “Raise a little hell” in Paul Newman’s name for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp!

Kelly Watt joined the Boston Hospital Outreach team in September 2016. Kelly is a graduate from Lesley College with a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and a focus in Expressive Arts Therapy. At Lesley, Kelly studied meditation and mindfulness. Kelly has been part of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for the past three summers as part of the music program, Unit Floater and this past summer as a Unit Leader in the purple unit. Kelly has also had the opportunity to intern in the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Faber Cancer Institute in teen programming. She worked closely with teens, their families and had the opportunity to see HOP first hand on a weekly basis. One of her past supervisors stated; “Kelly is extremely aware of herself as well as the children and families that she works with. She has the ability to bring her full self to work, and is always mindful of following the lead of a patient and their family which helps put them at ease.”


Facilitating Communication and Education within Families

Jane Bishow-Semevolos LCAT, ATR-BC, PCL2 is a creative arts therapist and adventure based counselor at South Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Amityville New York. Jane facilitates at Project C.A.R.E., South Oaks’ adventure challenge course, for a variety of groups including psychiatric patients, substance abuse patients, corporate teambuilding, and youth organizations.  In addition she is a sibling support specialist at Friends of Karen, an organization that provides emotional and financial support to children with life threatening illnesses and their families.  She has combined art therapy and adventure based counseling to provide an upbeat, self-learning and social-learning experience that encourages people to experience positive challenges in order to better manage more difficult challenges.

Melinda Ferraraccio, MA, LCAT-P, RYT is an expressive arts therapist, an AYA registered advanced yoga teacher, an actress, and a clown. Utilizing intermodal arts based intervention approaches to performance, education, and community outreach she has worked in a range of educational, therapeutic, and artistic settings over the past 20 years.  As an arts and literacy educator for the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services Melinda developed an arts and literacy curriculum for school aged children through the use intermodal arts therapy techniques. She has also employed this multimodal arts method with female inmates in a maximum-security prison and with adolescents at a residential treatment center in upstate New York. As a clown, Melinda traveled to New Orleans with Clowns Without Borders performing and facilitating workshops in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Melinda is currently full time in the sibling support at Friends of Karen, a not-for-profit organization providing financial and emotional support to families experiencing the life threatening illness of a child. She holds a master's degree in expressive arts therapy from the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she focused her writing and exploration on the utilization of clowning and theatrical devising to foster growth, positive development, and healing in children and adults who have experienced trauma. 

Melissa Goldsmith, CCLS, LMSW is a child life specialist and social worker. Melissa began her professional career as a social worker working in schools and in-patient psychiatric hospital settings.  After encountering the work of Child Life Specialists, Melissa changed her professional focus and earned her CCLS, completing an internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center.    As a Child Life Specialist at Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital, Melissa focused her efforts on working with medically fragile children in the Pediatric Intensive Care and Pediatric Emergency Rooms.  Combining her understanding of the school setting, with the sensitivity and patience she honed in the hospital setting, Melissa brought a fresh approach to the role of School Outreach coordinator for the Bereavement Center of Westchester.  In her current role as sibling specialist for Friends of Karen, Melissa brings her wide range of experience and her base orientation as a Social Worker and Child Life Specialist to support children with life threatening illnesses and their families navigate through a time of crisis. 


Fostering Success: Creating a Positive Experience for Supervisors and Interns

Kerri Baker received her BS from the University of Rhode Island, and her MS from Wheelock College. She has worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for 10 years, and has been co-coordinator of the student internship program for 7 years.

Mallory Kropman has both her BS and MS from Wheelock College. She has been a certified child life specialist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the Emergency Department for over 12 years.  She is a certified educator of infant massage, a certified child passenger safety technician, a bereavement liaison, and co-coordinator of the student internship program. 





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