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Child Life Specialist Medical Teaching

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What's New

CLC Office Will be Closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the CLC office will be closed beginning on Thursday, November 27, and will reopen on Monday, December 1. For those among our members who will also be celebrating Thanksgiving, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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

New Child Life Presentation Templates Available

In response to frequent requests on the CLC Forum, the Professional Resources Committee has created series of PowerPoint presentations that can be used to educate multidisciplinary teams about issues relating to child development and child life practice. The most recent additions include the presentations Communicating with Patients & Families in the Medical Setting and Pain Management. To download, visit Resource Library - Child Life Tool Kit

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 at a special introductory price. To learn more about the PRAP, including an introductory webinar, video demonstrations, pricing and testimonials, please visit the CLC Bookstore.

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

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

Child Life Certifying Committee Announces Important Changes to Recertification Policies

A series of important changes to recertification policies will affect all members who are currently certified. Among these, the unit of measure for professional development has been changed from Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to Professional Development Units (PDUs), and several new types of activities are now approved sources of PDUs. The number of units required over the course of the five-year certification cycle has increased, with a minimum number of PDUs required in specific subject areas. More information


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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 

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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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