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.



  • Two New Certification Videos on Eligibility Available

    Two new instructional videos related to exam eligibility are now available. The first of these, Eligibility Assessment 101, guides the participant through the process of completing an Eligibility Assessment. While the other, Mastering Your Courses: A guide to Meeting the 2019 coursework requirements, is an in-depth look at the upcoming coursework requirement, course pre-approval, and ACLP-endorsed academic programs.
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  • ACLP Statement on the Separation of Children from Families

    The Association of Child Life Professionals joins other professional organizations whose members have expertise in child development, health, and welfare in opposing the traumatic separation of children from their families by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Children who experience separation from family members and relocation to Department of Homeland Security facilities will face serious, potentially long-term psychological trauma.
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  • Abstracts Submissions Portal is Now Open for 2019 Child Life Annual Conference

    ACLP is currently accepting abstract submissions for the 2019 Child Life Annual Conference in Chicago. The Annual Conference is designed for and attracts representatives at every level of the child life profession in hospital, physician practice, and academic settings. Abstracts will be accepted through June 30, 2018.
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  • ACLP's Latest Collaboration with Disney

    ACLP CEO Jen Lipsey will serve as co-chair of the Disney Compassion Program Advisory Group. The advisory group is part of Disney's pledge to direct one hundred million dollars over the next five years to help reinvent the experience at children’s hospitals around the world.
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  • ACLP Webinar - The Tongue Depressor Challenge, and Other Medical Maker Stories

    June 27 - June 27, 2018
    June 27, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - After Dread Comes Opportunity: How to Develop Conflict Resolution Skills that Get It Done

    July 25 - July 25, 2018
    July 25, 2018
  • March of Dimes Webinar: Partnering with Parents to Improve Safety: Engaging Families beyond the Parent Advisory Council

    August 03 - August 03, 2018
    August 03, 2018
  • Child Life Professional Certification (August) Exam registration deadline

    August 10 - August 10, 2018
    August 10, 2018
  • Florida Association of Child Life Professionals (FACLP) 26th Annual Conference

    September 14 - September 16, 2018
    September 16, 2018
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) Conference

    October 27 - October 27, 2018
    October 27, 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 Spring ACLP Bulletin

The articles in the ACLP Bulletin section of this issue offers plenty of inspiration to help you do that. You’ll be moved as you read about Joan Turner, PhD, CCLS, who will be honored at this year’s conference with the Distinguished Service Award, acknowledging her many contributions to our organization and the field. You’ll be revitalized as you read one child life specialist’s look at burnout. Practical tools are discussed in the Loose Parts and book review articles, and food for thought comes through in a look at competing coping styles and in a refreshing view of technology use among patients.

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From the ACLP President

Stephanie Hopkinson

ACLP President, Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS

ACLP welcomes new President, Stephanie Hopkinson, MA, CCLS. The baton was officially passed to Stephanie from former President, Eileen Clark, at the 2018 Child Life Annual Conference. 

Child Life in the News

  • A Pediatrician’s View Into a Border Patrol Processing Center

    Jun 20, 2018
  • How to give a child bad news about a diagnosis

    Jun 07, 2018
  • Computer tablets provide positive distraction for some children

    May 31, 2018
  • Achieving the Best Life Possible

    May 30, 2018

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Member Spotlight:
Annie Drehkoff, MS, CCLS

              Annie Drehkoff

ACLP member Annie Drehkoff, MS, CCLS is the Child Life Supervisor at Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Learn more about Annie's contributions to the child life profession on our Member Spotlight page

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