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What's New


CLC Office to Close for Winter Holidays

The CLC office will be closed beginning on Wednesday, December 24 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern and will resume normal operations on Monday, January 5. We wish each of you a safe any happy holiday season, and look forward to serving you in the New Year!

Now Available in the CLC Bookstore:
The Pips of Child Life: Early Play Programs in Hospitals

This latest offering in the CLC Bookstore offers a glimpse into the early play activities and programs in hospitals, and the women who led the way. Visit Bookstore

Registration Open for 2015 Leadership Development Institute Webinars

Registration is now open for three new offerings in the CLC’s Leadership Development Institute webinar series: Leadership Styles and Adaptive Leadership, Conflict Management, and Basics of Evidence-Based Research. Visit CLC Webinars

New Radiation Oncology Presentation Template Available Through Resource Library

The Professional Resources Committee has added a new PowerPoint presentation to a growing list of customizable templates available in the Resource Library – Child Life Tool Kit to help members educate families and multidisciplinary team members.  The All About Radiation Oncology presentation is designed to help prepare school-aged children and adolescents for their experience in the Radiation Oncology department. To download, visit Resource Library - Child Life Tool Kit

NOW HIRING: Manager of Professional Resources and Services

The Manager of Professional Resources and Services facilitates the work of several key committees and task forces and takes the lead in ensuring CLC is a key provider of information and  resources to child life professionals. The managerl interacts with key leaders in the profession as CLC moves to implement the 2012-2014 strategic plan as well as future strategic planning projects. The position requires the CCLS credential and is a non-clinical position based in the Rockville, Maryland CLC offices.  Full position description

PRAP is Now Available through CLC Bookstore

The Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP), a validated screening tool designed to assess pediatric patients' risk for experiencing elevated distress during health care encounters, is now available for purchase. To learn more about the PRAP, including an introductory webinar, video demonstrations, pricing and testimonials, please visit the CLC Bookstore.

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

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

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Featured Blogs


Jennifer Lipsey

Are you confused about CLC’s new Eligibility Assessment Service? We’re here to help! We’ve pulled together a basic overview with everything you need to know about the updated process for determining your eligibility and applying for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination... Read More

Camilla Sutter

We often incorporate relaxation techniques into our work with our patients. Although often based on personal experience as well as supplemental training or classes, there are a variety of resources available to child life specialists to both assist in teaching ourselves the techniques and encouraging... Read More

Amy Lee 

With more and more community hospitals beginning child life programs and larger hospitals expanding theirs, the healthcare field is constantly changing and some child life specialists might find themselves looking beyond the typical hospital setting to find jobs.  This is great, because there are...  Read More

Laura Bredbenner & Amber Lafferty

Technology: one word that encompasses so many facets in our everyday world. In pediatric healthcare today, institutions strive to provide patients and families with the most up-to-date and competitive services in hopes that this will reflect higher patient satisfaction scores. With the help of... Read More



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