Taking the Road Less Traveled: Child Life Community-Based Practice
The need for alternative and non-traditional placements for child life specialists in the community has increased as the profession of hild life has diversified. This session will explore complementary settings for child life work in schools and communities in support of children’s psychosocial, physical and behavioral health needs.
■ Describe current child life services and career opportunities in alternative and non-traditional child life settings and environments.
■ Identify marketable education, clinical skills, experience and training to promote child life specialist employment outside of the hospital environment.
■ Acquire skills and knowledge to develop a community-based child life alternative internship program.
■ Describe the child life specialist’s role within the alternative setting with relevance to child life practice.
■ Explain the value of providing child life services in community-based practice to meet the future need and direction of the profession.