The Child Life Specialist II, in a clinical training and leadership role, promotes optimum growth and development of pediatric patients and their families by creating a therapeutic environment which minimizes psychological trauma and promotes mastery of health care experiences. Additionally, the CLS II prepares patients for hospital experiences and provides support as appropriate. The CLS II supports the family system and facilitates positive coping. The CLS II works in collaboration with the health care team.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in Education, Child Life, Child Development or related field required. Must have completed at least 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) of continuing education. Minimum Experience: Must have 5 years of full-time experience as a Child Life Specialist or equivalent role. Certification Required: Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, child life specialists and creative arts therapists strive to create positive health care experiences for children, youths and families.
Families often have questions about how to make sure their kids feel ready for a procedure or a stay in the hospital. The mission of our Child Life Services department is to help children and other family members prepare for and cope with these experiences. Our team of certified child life specialists, music therapists, art therapists, educators and parent liaisons are trained in child and family development, and understand the specific needs of children, teens and families in the hospital. Through support, play and education, we collaborate with parents and other caregivers to ensure a friendly and comfortable medical environment for each child.