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Child Life Specialist Medical Teaching

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What's New

NOW HIRING: CLC's Next Executive Director

The Child Life Council Executive Director works in partnership with the Board of Directors and the CLC staff to provide leadership, vision, and direction for the organization and to develop organizational strategy. The executive director implements policy approved by the board, manages the organization’s programs and operations, and represents the organization to external audiences. Full position description

Call for Nominations for the CLC Board of Directors 

The CLC Nominating Committee is pleased to announce a Call for Nominations of candidates to be considered for the 2015 CLC Board of Directors election slate.  The 2015 slate will include the positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, and two Directors.  The deadline for nominations is December 5, 2014. More information... 

International Scholarships Offer Unique Opportunity to Attend Cincinnati Conference

CLC is pleased to announce the availability of five international scholarships to attend the Annual Conference on Professional Issues in Cincinnati in May 2015.  We encourage those CLC members who have worked with care facilities around the world to help spread news of this opportunity to individuals who may be interested in applying. More information...

CLC Seeks Nominations for Inaugural Research Recognition Awards

CLC recently introduced two new Research Recognition Awards celebrating research initiatives that contribute to theory and practice within the field of child life. The Professional Research Recognition Award honors significant work by a child life specialist, and the Student Research Recognition Award acknowledges research conducted by a student. The award recipients will be highlighted at the Annual Conference. Applications are due October 31, 2014. More information...

CLC Introduces Inaugural Class of Leadership Academy

The inaugural class of the CLC Leadership Academy, the first of three programs that comprise the Leadership Development Institute, have been selected! Congratulations to these emerging leaders. The Leadership Academy will commence with a two-day workshop in September. More information...

Download CLC app for easy access to upcoming webinars & the latest news from CLC!

Thanks to all who used the new app for CLC's annual conference! We're looking forward to your feedback via conference surveys. We'll be updating the app regularly with webinars so you can easily register from your mobile. We'll also be sending alerts occasionally to keep you apprised of important news and updates.


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Our Purpose

Supporting child life professionals as they empower children and families to master challenging events related to health care.

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Featured Blogs


Katie Riese, CCLS

As child life specialists today we have a plethora of resources, tools, and teaching aids available for us to help prepare, teach, and empower patients and families in many different settings. Our flexibility in situations can also be seen in the choices we make when it comes to resources to use in. . . Read More

Melinda Rowe, MEd, CCLS, CEIM

As child life specialists, we have the terrific job of bringing play and fun into an environment that can be very frightening for a child.  We have all worked hard and completed many hours of education in order to bring childhood back to children.  However, most people do not realize that child life. . . Read More

Dennis ReynoldsJaime Holliman, CCLS  

During my tenure as a member of the Focus Review Board (FRB) and Bulletin editorial team, I have had a front row seat to our growth and development as a publication and CLC as an organization. One of our most exceptional aspects has been the recognition, growth and contributions of our members abroad . . .  Read More

Initiating conversations at a legislative level may feel like a daunting task. Where do we start? What government officials and organizations can we look to? What is the most effective and persuasive way to contact representatives? The Public Policy Work Group has identified multiple resources for . . . Read More



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