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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 support and reduce fear, anxiety and pain for infants, children, youth and families. 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.

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 Decisions Makers, Physicians, Nurses

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  • Anita Pumphrey To Receive Distinguished Service Award

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    Early in her career, in 1993, Anita started the first child life program at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana.
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  • Introducing The 2016 Research Recognition Award Recipients

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    The Research and Scholarship Committee is excited to introduce winners for both the inaugural Student Research Recognition Award and the Professional Research Recognition Award.
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  • G Is For Grant Funding

    Many child life programs suffer from a significant imbalance between great projects and the money needed to fund them. Whether looking to launch a new child life program, increase current staffing, make over a playroom, or launch a thousand other worthy projects, advocating for the value of the undertaking and demonstrating its worth through evidence-based practice and other means is often much easier than coming up with the funds to make it happen.
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  • Child Life At End Of Life: Providing Child Life Services In A Pediatric Home Hospice Setting

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    When asked about the role of a child life specialist, people in our field generally think of helping children cope with hospitalization, invasive or painful procedures, and new diagnoses. When I began working in a hospice setting, I had to rethink my role and how I could use my skills as a child life specialist to support patients who are dying at home.
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ACLP Bulletin

Quarterly Publication

ACLP Bulletin/Child Life Focus is the foremost professional resource focusing on the unique knowledge and skills of the child life community. Its aim is to provide content that encourages the continued clinical development of child life professionals, and a forum for highlighting their milestones, challenges, innovations and successes. The ACLP Bulletin is a quarterly digital publication for ACLP members, with a circulation of more than 5,500 child life professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and across the globe. 

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From the ACLP President

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“This current milestone in our organization is built upon so many years of work and the devotion of so many people who strove to professionalize what we do.”
-Kristin Maier, MS, CCLS
PRESIDENT, 2016–2017

Child Life in the News

  • Project Pinball lets kids be kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

    Dec 08, 2016
    Project Pinball lets kids be kids at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.
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  • Child life specialists help hospitalized children cope

    Nov 11, 2016
    Child life specialists help hospitalized children cope.
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  • UI app aids in alleviating kids’ pain (The Daily Iowan)

    Sep 27, 2016
    UI app aids in alleviating kids’ pain.
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The above clip featuring Certified Child Life Specialist and ACLP member Ellen Goldring is part of Beyond Medicine, a 17-minute film about Dr. Michael Harris, chief pediatric oncologist and hematologist at Hackensack University Medical Center. The film, which you can watch here in its entirety, centers around the importance of humanism in medicine, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary healthcare teams.

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