Under general supervision, works in a health care setting focusing on the emotional and developmental needs of children and their families. The specialist reduces stress associated with the health care experience and enables a child and their family to cope by providing play experiences, presenting medical information in a way that children can understand, and encouraging family involvement in the child's medical care. The specialist works in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary healthcare team in ambulatory care, emergency care, and inpatient settings.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of normal human growth and development. Skill and ability to assess and interact with infants, children, youth and families by possessing a significant knowledge of child life work.
Education: Bachelors in Child Life or Therapeutic Recreation required.
Experience: Child Life/Therapeutic Recreation internship in a hospital setting preferred. Fluency in Spanish language is strongly preferred.
Certifications and Licenses: Child Life Certification required. Therapeutic Recreation Certification recommended.
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