Child Life Specialist Jobs

Child Life Specialist Overview

Child Life Specialists are healthcare professionals who work in the area of pediatrics. These are the individuals that often work in hospitals and other settings where children are faced with such challenges as disability, illness and extended hospitalization. These specialists provide coping mechanisms so that children and their families are able to get through this difficult time and develop a better understanding as to the "why" of it all.

Child Life Specialist Education Requirements

The education requirements for Child Life Specialist jobs vary depending upon the full scope of the position. Most healthcare providers want to see a minimum of a bachelor?s degree in either child psychology or child development. There is also a required certification program that individuals must go through to become a Child Life Specialist, which goes through the Child Life Council. Those who can show that they have worked as a specialist at other healthcare facilities for two years or longer are likely going to have a better chance of getting a position. Being able to interact with children in a positive and caring fashion is a must.

Child Life Specialist Job Market

Statistics show that Child Life Specialist jobs are growing at a rate faster than average. The number of positions in this field is expected to grow by 18 percent in the United States over the next decade. Much of this growth has to do with the number of children?s hospitals being built. There is also more research to show that children thrive in hospitals when there is someone there to help with the overall coping aspect. Similar jobs to consider include Child Care Providers and Child Protection Services.

Child Life Specialist Salary

Child Life Specialists positions can vary from hourly to salaried depending on the overall environment in which a person chooses to work. State-funded children?s hospitals often provide higher salaries, usually averaging around $70,000 a year. Other healthcare facilities may offer an hourly rate between $18 and $24 an hour.

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Generous salary incentive for Bi-lingual Spanish/English proficiency. Mobilizing Communities, Building Careers. North Suffolk Mental Health Association has a common vision for improving the communities we serve. For more than 50 years, we’ve been helping individuals with mental health, disability, substance abuse, and other daily challenges achieve independence and explore possibilities. A caree...
Job Description Job Title: Child Life Specialist I \ Child Life Play Therapy Job ID: 132697 Location: Medical Center, Houston, TX Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular Shift: 8a-5p FT Salary Grade: 9 Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by ...
3 years of experience required Responsible for providing a comprehensive program of services to provide emotional and development support to minimize the stress of illness/hospitalization to infants, children, adolescents and their families. Responsible for the coordination of Child Life Services throughout the organization. Serves as resource for and provides leadership in implementation of pedi...
Reporting to the Manager Child Life, assists pediatric patients, families, and the health care team in identifying the psychosocial and developmental factors that impact the healthcare experience for patients and family members. Assess the emotional, developmental, educational, recreational, and diversionary needs of the patient and sibling. Provide developmental stimulation, therapeutic play and ...
Reporting to the Manager Child Life, assists pediatric patients, families, and the health care team in identifying the psychosocial and developmental factors that impact the healthcare experience for patients and family members. Assess the emotional, developmental, educational, recreational, and diversionary needs of the patient and sibling. Provide developmental stimulation, therapeutic play and ...
Description: Position Summary This position is responsible for helping patients and patient families cope with the stress of hospitalization by assessing patient psychosocial and developmental needs during hospitalization, and developing a plan for the facilitation of therapeutic interventions. This position works with patients with lower acuity or less complex cases; exceptions made at director...
Shift: 8a-5p FT Salary Grade: 9 About Texas Children's Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garne...
UNC Health Care Systems Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Rehabilitation Services at UNC-Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC is accepting applications for a Child Life Specialist position. The selected candidate will provide patient care to pediatric patients in the NC Children's Hospital. This will include procedural preparation and support, coping and adjustment to hospitalization and Legacy interventions. You will work closely with an interdisciplinary...
MountainStar Healthcare San Antonio, TX
Description General Statement of Duties: The Child Life Specialist plans and provides therapeutic activities and appropriate psychosocial/developmental care for pediatric and adolescent patients and families, to assist them in effectively coping with stress and anxiety of health care experiences, and in cooperation with other members of the health care team, integrates therapeutic interventions ...
BayCare Tampa, FL
Description The Child Life Specialist is responsible for implementing a psychosocially and developmentally supportive program for hospitalized children and families. Provides appropriate guidance for volunteers and students. The Child Life Specialist is a member of the pediatric health care team who focuses on the emotional and developmental needs of children using therapeutic and developmental p...
1000-UNCH Chapel Hill, NC
Description Rehabilitation Services at UNC-Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC is accepting applications for a Child Life Specialist position. The selected candidate will provide patient care to pediatric patients in the NC Children's Hospital. This will include procedural preparation and support, coping and adjustment to hospitalization and Legacy interventions. You will work closely with an interdisci...
BASIC FUNCTION: Position responsible for assessing the emotional, psychosocial, educational, recreational, and therapeutic needs of patients and families; also responsible for providing patient and family education, procedural support, psychosocially supportive interventions, and play activities based on assessments; serves as a liaison between parents and professionals for the Child Life Departme...
This Job Description for the Certified Child Life Specialist in the Intensive Care Nursery, Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care provides criteria for evaluation of the CCLS working in the Infant’s and Children’s Services. The CCLS assigned to Infant’s and Children’s Services will provide care to the infants and children and their families. POSITION RESPONSIBILITY 1. Under the supervision...
Nemours is seeking a Child Activity Coordinator (Casual) to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, FL. As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics a...
Valley Health System Las Vegas, NV
Description/Purpose of Position: Provides coordination of patient and staff education to support, protect, and promote the health and welfare of the child patient. Description/Purpose of Position: Provides coordination of patient and staff education to support, protect, and promote the health and welfare of the child patient. Minimum Qualifications: Education: Baccalaureate Degree in Child L...
Description/Purpose of Position: Provides coordination of patient and staff education to support, protect, and promote the health and welfare of the child patient. Description/Purpose of Position: Provides coordination of patient and staff education to support, protect, and promote the health and welfare of the child patient. Minimum Qualifications: Education: Baccalaureate Degree in Child L...
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Bronx, NY
Overview: Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit community-based health system. VNSNY provides a comprehensive array of home- and community-based programs, including health plans, tailored to the needs of high-risk, vulnerable New Yorkers, improving their quality of life. Each day, more than 18,000 VNSNY employees — including nurses, rehabilitation therap...
Kaiser Permanente Washington DC, DC
Description To provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies, and play and self-expression activities and to provide information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. Essential Functions: • Provides appropriate play activities for the ambulatory pediatric patient which assists in coping with their...
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Job Summary To develop the skills used by child life specialists to minimize the negative psychological impact of trauma, hospitalization and illness on patients and families. To develop the skills used by child life to promote a healing environment that addresses emotional and developmental needs of patients and families through assessment, intervention, advocacy and education. To proactively sup...

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