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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.



  • 2018 Child Life Job Analysis

    The Child Life Professional Certification Program recently completed a job analysis of the child life profession. In addition to defining the characteristics of an individual who has the capacity to perform competently as a Certified Child Life Specialist, the job analysis produces an exam classification system. This system defines the scope of practice and knowledge and skills needed to perform identified tasks.
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  • ACLP Joins Forces with The Beryl Institute for a Child Life Month White Paper

    The ACLP Patient Experience Committee worked in collaboration with the Beryl Institute to produce a white paper entitled What Patient Experience Can Learn from Child Life Professionals and will partner on a webinar later this month. The paper explores the value and impact of child life efforts and the core philosophies of child life that could inform patient experience efforts more broadly.
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  • Rescinded: Advanced Degree Requirement

    In recognition that changes to the 2022 and 2025 eligibility requirements should have been made through the Child Life Certifying Committee (CLCC) through an evidence-based process, the 2013 board motion to enact the master's degree requirements for certification eligibility in 2022 and 2025 has been rescinded. The ACLP Board remains solid in its recommendation to CLCC to require a master’s degree in recognition that advanced education and applied skill sets have surfaced as necessary components for success.
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  • ACLP's Latest Collaboration with Disney

    ACLP CEO Jen Lipsey will serve as co-chair of the Disney Compassion Program Advisory Group. The advisory group is part of Disney's pledge to direct one hundred million dollars over the next five years to help reinvent the experience at children’s hospitals around the world.
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  • GLACLP Conference Abstract Submission Deadline

    May 25 - May 25, 2018
    May 25, 2018
  • Child Life of Greater New York Abstract Submissions Deadline

    June 01 - June 01, 2018
    June 01, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - A Blueprint for Building Interdisciplinary Support Groups

    June 06 - June 06, 2018
    June 06, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - The Tongue Depressor Challenge, and Other Medical Maker Stories

    June 27 - June 27, 2018
    June 27, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - After Dread Comes Opportunity: How to Develop Conflict Resolution Skills that Get It Done

    July 25 - July 25, 2018
    July 25, 2018
  • March of Dimes Webinar: Partnering with Parents to Improve Safety: Engaging Families beyond the Parent Advisory Council

    August 03 - August 03, 2018
    August 03, 2018
  • Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals (GLACLP) Conference

    October 27 - October 27, 2018
    October 27, 2018

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

The articles in the ACLP Bulletin section of this issue offers plenty of inspiration to help you do that. You’ll be moved as you read about Joan Turner, PhD, CCLS, who will be honored at this year’s conference with the Distinguished Service Award, acknowledging her many contributions to our organization and the field. You’ll be revitalized as you read one child life specialist’s look at burnout. Practical tools are discussed in the Loose Parts and book review articles, and food for thought comes through in a look at competing coping styles and in a refreshing view of technology use among patients.

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From the ACLP President

Eileen Clark

ACLP President, Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS

Eileen Clark, ACLP President, recently spoke at the 2017 Global Genes RARE Patient Advocacy Summit.

Child Life in the News

  • How lessons from childhood cancer care could improve adult cancer care

    May 18, 2018
  • Power Jacks: How one patient is helping others by gathering and donating power chargers

    May 17, 2018
  • 5 alternatives to sedating children in the radiology suite

    May 15, 2018
  • Child life specialist: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    May 04, 2018

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Member Spotlight: 
Emily Onderick, BS, CCLS


ACLP member Emily Onderick, BS, CCLS, is a child life specialist at Florida Hospital for Children. Learn more about Emily's contributions to the child life profession on our Member Spotlight page

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