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Back to School with ACLP: The Child Life Student

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ACLP is proud of individuals aspiring to join the child life profession. Learners deserve respect and support at every stage of their child life journey, and this month, we celebrate the child life student and acknowledge that joining the field can be a rewarding yet challenging process. The following resources can support students and those guiding their journey.


Child Life Student Giveaway!

ACLP is giving away TWO bundles of school supplies and ACLP merch to child life students who enter on Instagram! A $50 value, these items will set you up for a successful  semester and add some fun to your supply box. Participants must follow our Instagram page (@assocchildlife), like our post, and comment why they want to be a CCLS. An additional entry can be gained by sharing the post to your story and tagging us. Entry open August 21-24 at 11:59 PM EST.

Digital Exclusive from ACLP's upcoming Bulletin Issue

Supporting Autistic Child Life Students: " As a field, we cannot solve our lack of diversity until we improve our support for students from underrepresented groups. In exploring ways to meet the needs of autistic or otherwise neurodivergent child life students, ongoing research will certainly be helpful... However, for student supervisors and educators, the time to act is now." From Mary Ann Gill, ACLP Bulletin Summer 2023


Free Resources for Students

  • Becoming Certified: ACLP's online guide to pursuing child life certification can help you determine next steps in your child life journey and answer common questions about being an aspiring professional.
  • Child Life Professional Certification Candidate Manual: Created by the certifying body, this manual has everything you need to know about pursuing certification and includes the necessary documents and tasks all in one place.
  • Ask a CCLS: A webinar for students to connect and ask questions: Academic and clinical experts answer pre-identified questions to help prospective child life specialists hear more about the process of becoming a CCLS.
  • Diversity Scholarships: Diversity Scholarships support students from diverse backgrounds or low socioeconomic status who may otherwise be challenged in completing an internship.
  • ACLP Student Video Library: Take advantage of free learning resources for aspiring child life professionals led by experts in the field. 
  • ACLP Pre-Internship Modules: The free Pre-Internship Learning Modules can be used by Pre-Internship learners as well as supervisors in healthcare and alternative settings. These modules support learners who:
    • are interested in child life and must complete a pre-internship experience as part of their academic requirements
    • wish to connect experiential opportunities to ACLP’s pre-internship knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs)

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