The Child Life fellowship is a one-year grant funded position to support the child life team with clinical needs, and allows new graduates to gain a year of paid experience before an entry-level role in the field. Assists the Child Life Department in researching and designing activities that promote the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of children.
Responsibilities listed in this section are core to the position. Inability to perform these responsibilities with or without an accommodation may result in disqualification from the position.
Provides normalizing playroom and bedside activities, procedural preparations and support, sibling support, bereavement support and teaching positive coping techniques.
Utilizes health care play, developmentally appropriate activities, as well as works with volunteer workers and educational materials to assist children and families in adjusting to the hospital environment.
Coordinates internal (in-services, grand rounds, etc) and external (appropriate community agencies, Child Life Conference, etc) professional development and training opportunities.
Assesses patient's psychosocial/developmental needs and provide therapeutic interventions
Provides developmentally appropriate activities
Promotes play as a healing and therapeutic modality for patients and families
Provides clinical child life services hospital wide on Saturdays
Performs other duties as assigned
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Child life, child development, family studies, psychology or related field
Experience: Completion of at least a 600+ hour clinical child life internship along with a bachelor's degree
Licensure/Certifications/Registrations Required: Eligibility to sit for the Association of Child Life Professionals national certification exam and successfully passing exam within the year of employment
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must have knowledge of the theories of play, family systems, cultural awareness and human growth and development. Must have effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team. Must have good interpersonal skills to develop effective working relationships and to deal with difficult family/individual dynamics. Knowledge of performance improvement tools and how to monitor an ongoing process. Skill in planning programs and analyzing the problems that arise. Computer skills and a general knowledge of office procedures.
Internal Number: R0001717
About OU Medicine
Oklahoma’s leader in patient care, education and research, OU Medicine is independently owned, with 100 years of history and a firm focus on the future. Here, you will address the most complex cases with highly advanced care and the latest technology. You can participate in research and pioneering procedures that no other organization in the state offers. And you will provide compassionate care that is patient- and family-centered – and that supports everyone in our community. Help us discover new ways to deliver care while building a truly remarkable career.