The Child Life (CL) Specialist works in health care and community settings to address the psychosocial, emotional and family concerns that accompany the illness and injury of children, adolescents and young adults. The CL Specialist utilizes developmentally appropriate information, procedure support, emotional processing, play, self-expression and empowerment to improve the coping and adjustment of patients and families. The CL Specialist collaborates with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for/ensure that developmentally appropriate, emotionally safe, family-centered care is being provided to patients and families. In addition, the CL Specialist takes an active role in developing and maintaining resources, planning and facilitating special events and providing educational opportunities throughout Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and the community.
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.
Provides, develops, and implements child life services that provide basic support for end of life, new diagnosis, and traumatic experiences for patients and families.
Helps patients, families and communities cope with the social, emotional and psychological impact of illness, injury and medical care.
Provides effective and timely clinical services including, but not limited to, assessing the psychosocial risk level of patients.
Assesses coping responses and the needs of children/adolescents and families related to healthcare experiences.
Communicates appropriate information to members of the healthcare team to promote an understanding of the unique psychosocial/emotional needs of the child/adolescent and to advise on the plan of care.
Creates opportunities which strengthen the patient's self-esteem, independence, and understanding of the medical care and diagnosis.
Facilitates basic interventions which allow children/adolescents to express feelings, process difficult events, and explore positive coping skills.
Practices and promotes patient/family-centered care.
Utilizes up-to-date and appropriate resources for patients, families and the community.
Utilizes best practice and/or evidenced-based practice to ensure high level of care.
Provides education to healthcare staff, patients and families regarding the scope of child life services, the impact of health care on development, providing developmentally appropriate and emotionally safe medical care, and professional boundaries.
Provides psychological preparation and procedure support to children/adolescents undergoing medical procedures or surgeries to improve coping and understanding.
Participates in departmental committees and projects as assigned.
EDUCATION – Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Education, or related fields.
EXPERIENCE – Successful completion of a child life internship.
CERTIFICATION(S) – Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
Internal Number: 63725
About Children's Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs is a top-ranked hospital located in a top-ranked city.
With a regional team of more than 1,000 team members, Children’s Colorado has been present in southern Colorado since 2001 and now has team members at five locations providing outpatient specialty care, emergency care, inpatient care and therapy care. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs is the first pediatric-only hospital in the region and includes the region’s only emergency department and operating rooms built just for kids and served by pediatric experts who have dedicated their lives to treating kids – and only kids – and who are directly linked to one of the country’s leading pediatric academic medical centers.
This opportunity gives you the ability to lead a diverse team of pediatric experts at one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation, according to US News and World Report, while living and being a part of a community that ranks “#1 Most Desirable Place to Live in the U.S.,” according to the US News and World Report.
A career at Children's Colorado will challenge you, inspire you and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child.
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