Essential Functions: Assesses the developmental and psychosocial needs of participants and families.Plans and implements therapeutic interventions to help hospitalized and ambulatory participants to adjust to the health care experience. Utilizes therapeutic play techniques, assessments and observations as treatment tools. Documents observations, goals, and treatment plans.Assists in preparing and orienting children and families for diagnostic and treatment procedures using developmentally appropriate methods. Provides support and helps facilitate coping through stress reduction techniques.Provides information, education and support to participants and families on issues pertaining to hospitalization, illness, medical experiences and growth and development. Supports family bonds and utilizes family and cultural strengths to provide consistent and quality care for children.Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team through program planning and team meetings in order to provide services in a holistic manner. Consults with other team members regarding the developmental status and individual needs of children to promote adaptation to treatment.Presents educational programs to health care professionals and to the community regarding child health and development, parent education, and the impact of illness, injury and hospitalization on children and families.Collaborates with other professionals regarding the developmental, psychosocial, emotional and environmental needs of participants and families to promote adaptation to hospitalization and treatment. Offers counsel specific to the impact of health care experiences.Provides guidance and training to child life students, residents, nurses, other health care professionals, and volunteers.Obtains clinical experiences from a variety of settings.Participates in research project which may include but is not limited to: preparation/submission of IRB application and reports, maintenance of documents/data, patient recruitment/screening, data collection/analysis, and publication submittal and/or conclusion presentation.Participates in formal educational opportunities of the fellowship program and acquire new knowledge and skills to further clinical experiences.Please note - this position is for a one year appointment only.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Growth and Development, Recreational Therapy or related field.Four months (480 hours) of internship experience in a pediatric healthcare environment.Minimal or no work experience as a child life specialist in order to benefit from advanced educational, clinical & research training experience. Analytical ability to assess patient needs and develop and provide appropriate interventions and services.Interpersonal skills to work productively with participants, families, health care professionals and other members of the community.Clinical knowledge related to the provision of Child Life Services.
Internal Number: 76_206316
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