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  • Rescinded: Advanced Degree Requirement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the 2013 board motion to enact the master's degree requirements for certification eligibility in 2022 and 2025 has been rescinded.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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  • Child Life Annual Conference

    National Harbor | MD
    May 03 - May 06, 2018
    May 06, 2018
  • ACLP Webinar - “What’s Going on in that Teenager’s Brain?” Understanding the Adolescent Brain and its Effects on Hospitalization

    May 16 - May 16, 2018
    May 16, 2018
  • GLACLP Directors and Supervisors Intensive

    May 18 - May 18, 2018
    May 18, 2018
  • GLACLP Conference Abstract Submission Deadline

    May 25 - May 25, 2018
    May 25, 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

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

  • Therapist helps kids adapt to hospital life

    Apr 23, 2018
  • 25 Biggest Pediatric Health Care Innovations in 25 Years

    Apr 18, 2018
  • Coloring care: California nonprofit makes new crayons out of broken pieces, donates them to children’s hospitals

    Apr 18, 2018
  • Florida Hospital expands program for patients with autism, developmental delays and other special needs

    Apr 10, 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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