In 2016, ACLP conducted a survey of professionals who either previously worked or currently work in community based /non-traditional settings. The goal of the survey was to address the needs and barriers of child life professionals working in community settings. An exciting and relatively new landscape in the field of child life, this sector of the profession is one garnering tremendous interest and experiencing rapid growth. Thus, the information gathered from the survey was the catalyst for forming the Community Based/Non-Traditional Role Committee in order to support both new and existing professionals. The committee serves to provide oversight, guidance, and support to a variety of child life practices and services that exist outside of the traditional inpatient/outpatient hospital setting.
Suggestions to help increase visibility and awareness of the community based services included promoting the value and inclusion of community based/non- traditional child life specialists through marketing, media, and the ACLP website.
Advocating for change and growth related to service delivery and credentialing in the following ways:
1. Advocating for child life services to become a billable/reimbursable service,
2. Assistance with licensure and additional credentials, and
3. Advocating for liability insurance