In for the Long Haul: Exploring Career Longevity Among Child Life Specialists

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As child life specialists who’ve practiced for several years know, beyond the bubbles, arts and crafts, and special events that make the job of a child life specialist appear “so fun!” to outsiders lies a truly unique and often challenging role. Working in a caring profession over time can take its toll on an employee. The impacts of working as a child life specialist have been studied since the early 1990s and include potential for burnout, compassion fatigue, and emotional labor. Research in other psychosocial-focused and/or medical professions has shown the relationship between these variables of professional well-being and career longevity. This presentation is intended to bring awareness of factors that may impact the career longevity of a child life specialist and encourage the exploration of professional sustainability practices.

Participants will be able to:

-Review current literature on professional well-bring among child life specialists
-Explore factors that may influence career longevity among child life specialists
-Identify practices to promote professional sustainability

Suggested Domain: Professional Responsibility; 1.5 PDU's

This webinar is a part of our Established Professional programming. 

Nicole Tanghe, MA, CCLS,

Nicole Tanghe, MA, CCLS, is a Child Life Specialist III at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She currently works with pediatric patients and their families within the lung transplant program. Her interest in career longevity developed from a personal interest in resiliency and burnout. Nicole serves as a mentor to new staff in the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care and is a clinical supervision facilitator. Nicole was a participant of the ACLP’s inaugural Leadership Academy class in 2015 and is the current Chair-Elect of the ACLP’s Mentor Program Subcommittee.

Courtney Dill


Courtney Dill, MS, CCLS, LMT is a child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is currently working the capacity of training coordinator, where she guides practicum, intern and cooperative students in the Department of Child Life, Education and Creative Arts. Courtney's interest include promoting well being and alternative healthcare.


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1.50 PDUs credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDUs credits  |  Certificate available