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ACLP facilitates the process of creating and maintaining all publications.

These publications include resources such as ACLP published books, white papers, peer-reviewed scientific journal, clinical magazine, blog posts, and more.

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Child Life Directories

Learn about child life programs, find child life services, locate child life academic programs and courses, as well as search for Certified Child Life Specialists.

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Child Life Professional Data Center

The Child Life Professional Data Center (CLPDC) is a tool to help child life programs track and compare patient impact data.

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The ACLP Internship Accreditation program has been decommissioned.

A task force will be formed to reimagine, revise, and implement a sustainable process to support and recognize high-quality clinical training programs and supervision.

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Endorsement is a voluntary process of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance, and publicly recognize undergraduate academic programs which meet the standards prescribed by ACLP.  The purpose of this process is to promote the interests of students through improving the quality of teaching, learning, and professional practice.

ACLP offers both undergraduate and graduate endorsement.

ACLP is currently evaluating the endorsement program and is not accepting new applications at this time.

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Academic Course Pre-Approval

Academic Course Pre-Approval is a voluntary process by which graduate and undergraduate academic programs can identify which of their course offerings would be accepted towards the Child Life Certification Commission certification course requirements. 

The pre-approval process evaluates a program's course(s) utilizing course descriptions, syllabi and other materials to make a determination as to whether or not a specific course fulfills one or more of the course requirements. If pre-approved, academic programs can provide assurance to their students that their course offerings will meet one or more of the certification course requirements. 

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The Psychosocial Risk Assessment in Pediatrics (PRAP) is a validated screening tool, developed by a team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, designed to assess pediatric patients’ risk for experiencing elevated distress during health care encounters.

It includes a database that stores, organizes, and analyzes psychosocial data, and also features benchmarking capability, enabling comparison of PRAP data with other facilities.

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Program Review

ACLP offers Program Review & Development Services (PRDS) for child life programs in need of support from a consultant.

Programs can select from a variety of review and development service options based on what type of consultation best matches the program's need.

The PRDS Consultant Team is made up of established and respected leaders in the child life field.

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