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The Child Life Specialist will assess the psychosocial needs of patients and their families to offer and implement supportive, therapeutic interventions such as preparation for health care encounters, procedural support and coping strategies, and opportunities for various types of play.
The Child Life Specialist will be an advocate for pediatric patients and visitors and serve as a resource for other hospital staff in areas of child development, family-centered care, trauma-informed care, age appropriate and developmentally appropriate interactions, and bereavement support.
1. Provides Child Life services in pediatric units as assigned and in other units as consulted
2. Assesses psychosocial and developmental needs of patients/families and implements or adapts services and goals as needed
3. Utilizes therapeutic interventions such as psychological preparation, procedural support, therapeutic play, medical play, bereavement support, etc. to facilitate coping with hospitalization
4. Provides developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed education and emotional support for children about health care encounters, the hospital environment, new diagnoses or injuries, grief, etc.
5. Documents interventions and services in a timely manner within the patient’s electronic health record
6. Works as part of the multi-disciplinary team to communicate, collaborate, educate, and advocate for patient- and family-centered care
7. Delegates appropriate duties to Activities Assistants and volunteers, supervises practicum students as assigned
8. Complies with professional, ethical, and educational standards in accordance with the Association of Child Life Professionals
0-2 years required. 3-5 years preferred.
Bachelors degree required in Child Life or other closely related field
Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), or must obtain certification within 12 months of hire
+ Must have completed 600+ hour Child Life Internship
+ Communications-Ability to communicate with patients, visitors and coworkers
+ CPR-BLS preferred
Scheduled Days / Hours: Full time 40 hours a week; M-F, 730a-4p
Department Name: Child Life Program
External Company Name: Cooper University Hospital
External Company URL: cooperhealth.org
Street: 1 Cooper Plaza