Child Life Specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and families experiencing difficulties (ie. Hospitalization, a new diagnosis, bereavement)
We hold a minimum of a Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Child Life, Human Growth and Development, Psychology, Education or another closely related field
We adhere to a code of ethics and standards established by the Child Life Council
All Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) must complete a supervised 480-hour clinical internship, pass a national examination, and adhere to a minimum standard for continued professional development in order to maintain our certification
Information adapted from the Child Life Council (www.childlife.org)
CCLS are trained to prepare children and their families for potentially stressful and difficult experiences. Preparation provides children and families the opportunity to learn about, and hopefully feel more comfortable with, medical procedures and hospitalization.