The First Five Years: Surviving and Thriving as a New Child Life Professional
Standardized clinical training is a main focus for child life students, but what happens after an internship? Transitioning from student to professional can be challenging without support and preparation. Three child life specialists share their adventures five years later to offer new professionals guidance in navigating the health care world.
■ Identify common challenges experienced by new health care professionals.
■ Discover what research has found to be common predictors of compassion fatigue and burnout.
■ Learn innovative approaches to cope with the challenges and excitements of being a child life professional.
■ Describe opportunities for professional growth offered by institutions, the Child Life Council, and in the community.
■ Prepare to enter the workforce as a child life specialist, discussing what to expect, what support is available, and how to be successful.