The ACLP Mentor Program

The Mentor Program provides ACLP members with a structured, six-month program designed to support the career development and growth of child life specialists. 

Mentees are child life specialists who would like support in general, or in reaching specific goals, while mentors use their experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to provide this support. All prospective participants fill out an application, and the mentor program sub-committee matches the mentor/mentee pairs. Certified Child Life Specialists working in all areas are welcome to participate in the ACLP Mentor Program

Mentees will work with their mentors to determine what is desired out of the mentorship program, and mentors & mentees will communicate on a regular basis throughout the six months. All participants will also attend monthly webinars about leadership development topics, with a focus on leadership development of child life professionals in all areas of practice. The program features monthly live webinars to provide participants up to 6 PDUs. Click here for more information about Mentorship Program Requirements.

The ACLP Mentor Program is guided by two main ideas:

1. Everyone has something to teach, and everyone has something to learn.

Child life specialists at all stages of their career can benefit from being mentored, and child life specialists with different amounts & types of experiences have the ability to mentor effectively, regardless of shared experiences or expertise. The ideal mentor/mentee relationship is reciprocal, with both individuals learning through the partnership.

2. Every child life specialist is a leader.

Whether working in a clinical, academic, or formal leadership role, every child life specialist has opportunities to impact positive change. By developing their leadership skills, child life specialists both enhance their efficacy in their current roles and prepare themselves for future career prospects. Therefore, the ACLP mentor program includes webinar content with a leadership development focus.

The online application process for the 2021 Mentorship Program is now closed.  Please check back in Summer 2021 for more information about the 2022 Mentorship Program.   

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Mentor Program

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