In her position as Certified Child Life Specialist for the Center for Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment (CFDT), Elizabeth Olsen, CCLS, collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to help support families during their outpatient prenatal visits and during their delivery on the Special Delivery Unit (SDU).
Elizabeth meets with families who receive a diagnosis of a birth defect to provide developmentally supportive language to explain the diagnosis to siblings. She offers preparation, education and support for siblings with the birth and hospitalization of their new sibling. Elizabeth helps siblings cope with visiting the baby in the ICU for the first time, as well as the transition of bringing the baby home. For mothers on bed rest, Elizabeth helps to provide therapeutic activities for coping and distraction, as well as special projects that help families stay connected during their time of relocation.
Elizabeth is certified in Perinatal Loss Care through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. She provides emotional support for families who are experiencing perinatal palliative and bereavement care within the CFDT and SDU. Elizabeth meets with families to explore their wishes surrounding creating keepsakes and memory-making activities with their infant and older children. She serves as a resource to help families understand the ways in which children cope with grief and loss based on their development and how best to support them prior to and following the death of a sibling.
Elizabeth joined the center in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Maryland. Elizabeth completed her Master of Science in child life and family centered care at Wheelock College in Massachusetts. She is also certified in Perinatal Loss Care and has completed the Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Coordinator training. Elizabeth is a member of the Association for Child Life Professionals.
Education and Training
Child Life Intern - Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA
Child Life Intern - Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Neonatal and Pediatric Death TrainingHPCANYS Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care (HIPPC) FacultyPerinatal Death TrainingPerinatal Loss Care (CPLC)Bereavement Coordinator TrainingCertified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
BS in Psychology, Education Minor - Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD
MS in Child Life and Family Centered Care - Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Titles and Academic Titles
Certified Child Life Specialist III
Departments and Services
Posters and Presentations
Olsen E. The Role of Child Life in the NICU [poster]. National Association of Neonatal Nurses. 2011 Sep; Orlando, FL.
Lectures by Invitation
Olsen E. A Parent’s Perspective When Their Baby Dies at Birth: A Provider/Parent Perinatal Palliative Care Panel. Presented at: Postpartum Support International Conference; University of Pennsylvania; 2017 July 14-15; Philadelphia, PA.
Olsen E, Schindewolf EM. The Collaboration of Genetic Counseling and Child Life Specialist in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. Presented at: Arcadia University Master Student Class - Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling; 2017 Jan 26; Glenside, PA.
Olsen E. Practicing Presence Rounds – Supporting Teen Siblings during Grief on the Special Delivery Unit; Presented at: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2017 May 17; Philadelphia, PA.
Olsen E. Dog Gone Grief! An Exploration of Child Development and Grief. Presented at: Head Start Long Island; 2016 Apr; Patchogue, NY.
Olsen E. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Supporting Families during End‐of‐Life Care. Presented at: Adelphi University; 2015 Jul; Garden City, NY.
Olsen E. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Supporting Families during End-of-Life Care. Presented at: Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NY State Annual Interdisciplinary Seminar and Meeting; 2015 May; Albany, NY.
Olsen E. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Supporting Families during End-of-Life Care. Presented at: Adelphi University; 2014 Jul; Garden City, NY.
Olsen E. Making Connections - Children and Family Bereavement Programming, Encouraging Strength and Finding Hope along the Grief Journey. Catholic Cemeteries Regional Bereavement Conference; 2014 Mar; Uniondale, NY.
Olsen E. Through a Grandparent’s Eyes: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and the Development of Clinical Tools for Geriatricians Working with the Extended Family. Presented at: Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NY State;2013 May; Albany, NY.
Olsen E. Once Upon a Lifetime - Creating a Legacy to Remember. Presented at: Stony Brook University Living in Love Palliative Care and Bereavement Conference; 2013 May; Stony Brook, NY.
Olsen E. What is Child Life? Child Life 101. Presented at: Hospice and Bereavement Consortium; 2013 Apr; Melville, NY.
Olsen E. Grief through the Eyes of an Adolescent. Presented at: Catholic Cemeteries Regional Bereavement Conference; 2013 Apr; Babylon, NY.
Olsen E. Posttraumatic Growth and Resiliency in School Age Children. Presented at: Western Suffolk Counselors Association; 2013 Mar; Hauppauge, NY.
Olsen E. When Disaster Strikes: Speaking to Children and Teens about Catastrophic Events. Presented at: Family Ministry Network; 2013 Feb; Babylon, NY.
Olsen E. Setting Sails on Uncharted Waters: The Integration of a Child Life Program in Hospice. Presented at: Child Life of Greater NY; 2012 Oct; New York, NY.
Olsen E. Lead the Way: Nursing and Child Life Collaboration in a Neonatal Comfort Care Team. Presented at: National Association of Neonatal Nurses; 2012 Oct; Palm Springs, CA.
Olsen E. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Comfort and Support. The Role of Child Life in an Interdisciplinary Neonatal Comfort Care Team. Presented at: Child Life Council, 30th Annual Conference on Professional Issues; 2012 May; Washington, DC.
Leadership and Memberships
Association for Child Life Professionals
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NY State
Child Life Council
Patient Experience Ratings
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