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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 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.
Please note that ACLP staff are in Las Vegas hosting the 35th Annual Conference, and the ACLP office will be closed until Wednesday, May 31. Orders placed in the online store while the office is closed will not be filled or shipped before Wednesday, May 31.


  • Board of Directors Election Results

    For the 2017 election, the ACLP Nominating Committee considered all candidates whose names were put forward during the nominations process. In order to be eligible for consideration, a candidate must be a Certified Child Life Specialist and an ACLP member in good standing, with demonstrated leadership abilities and a history of active engagement in the organization and/or the child life profession. Congratulations to the newly elected members of the ACLP Board of Directors.
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  • ACLP Diversity Scholarships

    ACLP is pleased to announce additional funding has been secured to continue the diversity scholarship program. Diversity scholarships will be offered for Fall 2017, Winter/Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 internships. The goal of these scholarships is to support students from diverse backgrounds who may otherwise struggle to complete an internship as well as students who are uniquely qualified to work with diverse populations. Each scholarship will be for $5000 (USD) and will be dispersed in increments over the course of the internship.
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  • New ACLP Video Explains the Certification Process

    In response to questions about establishing eligibility and the changing requirements of certification, the ACLP Certification Department has created an educational video that provides an overview of the certification process, including the Eligibility Assessment. Anyone interested in having academic and clinical information reviewed and accepted by the ACLP for the purposes of establishing eligibility for the exam and/or providing an internship site with evidence of his/her progress through ACLP’s certification program should request an Eligibility Assessment.
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  • The Child Life Professional Data Center Launched April 3rd

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC). The CLPDC is a tool to help child life programs track and compare programmatic and capacity for patient impact data with others. Both annual and quarterly data will be tracked and then entered in a robust platform that allows users to compare data and run reports. Beginning April 3rd, program leaders will be able to access the platform and begin entering data.
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  • ACLP 35th Annual Conference

    Las Vegas |
    May 25 - May 28, 2017
    May 28, 2017
  • Call for Abstracts for the 2018 36th Annual ACLP Conference

    June 16 - July 24, 2017
    July 24, 2017
  • Fall 2017 Issue (October)

    July 01 - July 01, 2017
    July 01, 2017

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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ACLP Bulletin

The Spring ACLP Bulletin is here!

This issue is packed with a variety of content designed to enlighten you and enhance your practice. The 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.

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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

  • Connecting with Children of Adult Patients

    May 17, 2017
  • In an Emergency, Do This to Help Your Child With Autism

    May 17, 2017
  • Certified child life specialists: Adding major value to the healthcare delivery team

    Apr 28, 2017
  • 'MR-I Am Ready!' making MRI's easier for kids and parents

    Apr 17, 2017

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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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