The Child Life Department at Children’s offers a two-day training seminar for students in child life academic programs. This seminar was established in 1994 to provide an opportunity to hear first hand from child life specialists and participate in learning opportunities through role-playing, interactive discussion and hands-on exploration. The seminar topics include:
- Therapeutic/Expressive interventions
- Procedural preparation
- Non-pharmacological pain management
- Medical Play
- Transitioning from student to professional
- Area-specific breakout sessions
- Case presentations
- Identify different resources utilized by a child life specialist when working with patients who may be experiencing pain, anger, loss, separation and/or fear.
- Become familiar with different types of resources used in medical play and procedural preparation.
- Learn how different developmental levels view death, and how child life specialists help children cope with dying as well as support siblings and caregivers during this time.
- Receive resources and ideas on how to plan and prepare for the child life internship and child life profession.
- Develop knowledge through challenging, problem-solving patient care issues by discussing case presentations with experienced child life staff.
- Learn about the tools and resources child life specialists in different specialized areas use for their specific population.
- Identify different methods of non-pharmacological pain management utilized by child life specialists.