Infants, children, youth, and families benefit from help coping with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for infants, children, and youth. Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction and overall experience.


  • The 2018 Child Life Annual Conference

    Registration is now open for the 2018 Child Life Annual Conference. Conference is a prime opportunity for child life professionals to network, expand their skills, and learn about the latest innovations within the field. Attendees may also choose to participate in pre-conference intensives or attend a local hospital tour. Join us May 3-6, 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort.
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  • 2018 ACLP Board of Directors Election Slate

    The ACLP Nominating Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations of candidates to be considered for the 2018 ACLP Board of Directors election slate. The 2018 slate will include the positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and two Directors. As part of this process, the committee seeks diverse representation on the recommended slate, with an opportunity for members from all geographic locations and types and sizes of program to be considered. The deadline for nominations is November 14, 2017.
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  • New Eligibility Assessment Process for 2019-2021 Candidates Now Available

    A new online process is available to assess the eligibility of applicants against the requirements that will be in place from 2019 through the end of 2021. Applicants may log into their profile, pay a fee for the Eligibility Assessment, and immediately begin entering their eligibility information. The Child Life Certifying Committee is implementing this process as part of an overall effort to streamline the exam application experience and to provide applicants with a tool for monitoring their progress toward establishing eligibility.
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  • ACLP Diversity Scholarships for Winter/Spring Internships

    The goal of Diversity Scholarships is to support students from diverse backgrounds who may otherwise struggle to complete an internship as well as students who are uniquely qualified to work with diverse populations. Each scholarship will be for $5000 (USD) and will be dispersed in increments over the course of the internship. Scholarship recipients for Winter/Spring 2018 internships will be announced on December 22, 2017. Information about those recipients who were awarded scholarships in Summer 2017 is available on the ACLP website.
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  • 12th Annual Phoenix Area Child Life Conference - Call for Abstracts Deadline

    December 01 - December 01, 2017
    December 01, 2017
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) Student Symposium

    Ann Arbor | MI
    March 23 - March 23, 2018
    March 23, 2018
  • Child Life Annual Conference

    National Harbor | MD
    May 03 - May 06, 2018
    May 06, 2018

Future Child Life Specialists

Students, Interns, and Career Changers

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Internship Coordinators, Academic Professionals

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Parents & Caregivers

Parents, Families,Children, Caregivers

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Corporate Sponsors, Individual Donors, Foundations

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Health Care Administrators

Hospital Decision Makers, Physicians, Nurses

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ACLP Bulletin

The Fall ACLP Bulletin

The articles in the ACLP Bulletin section of this issue delve into a variety of important topics, ranging from technology to lessons learned from a personal life experience. We also present two related Focus articles, each exploring spirituality in children from a different perspective.

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From the ACLP President

Eileen Clark

ACLP President, Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS

Eileen Clark, ACLP President, recently spoke at the 2017 Global Genes RARE Patient Advocacy Summit.

Child Life in the News

  • Why More Parents Are Being Allowed in Emergency Rooms While Their Child Is Treated

    Nov 16, 2017
  • The Power of Play in Children's Health

    Nov 09, 2017
  • Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children's Hospital

    Nov 07, 2017
  • Virtual Reality Helps Distract Kids from Painful Medical Procedures

    Oct 11, 2017

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Member Spotlight: Angie Koeneker


ACLP member Angie Koeneker, MS, CCLS has worked within the field for more than 15 years. Recently, she transitioned beyond the traditional hospital route and started serving children at The Van Tassel Funeral Home in Bloomfield, New Jersey. With the aid of the funeral director, Angie designed a program which includes - a book to help explain funerals to children, a guided tour, and therapeutic activities. Check out other members that were featured on the Member Spotlight page

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