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.


  • Important Certification and Internship Deadlines

    New certification requirements will take effect in 2019. If you intend to become certified in 2018, the deadline to apply for the last available internship cycle (Summer 2018) is January 5, 2018. If you plan to submit an internship application by the January 5th deadline, documentation for your eligibility assessment must be received in the ACLP office by December 20th.
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  • Support ACLP with AmazonSmile

    The holiday season is here, and now is the perfect time to make sure your Amazon account is set up to support the Association of Child Life Professionals. Simply access Amazon through AmazonSmile, and a percentage of the sale will be donated to ACLP at no cost to you. If you are already set up to use AmazonSmile, please know how much we appreciate your support.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Fall 2017 Bulletin inner glow edits 5

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

  • Hong Kong specialists form bridge between doctors and young cancer patients

    Nov 28, 2017
  • Child life helps a family bond while separated for months

    Nov 27, 2017
  • 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

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Member Spotlight: Kristen Lawrence


ACLP member Kristen Lawrence, M.Ed, CCLS works as a child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Learn more about how Kristen helped a family deal with a very difficult circumstance on our Member Spotlight page

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