Certified Child Life Specialist, Child Life

  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Posted: Aug 23, 2019

Job Description

Creates a welcoming, stress reducing environment in a variety of pediatric settings, including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, radiology, pediatric surgery, and the emergency department. Through the direct intervention strategies of preprocedure and preoperative teaching, medical and therapeutic play, the Child Life Specialist provides psychosocially sound, familycentered support to children 021 years of age and their families.


Bachelor's degree
Master's preferred
Certified by Association of Child Life Professionals

Bachelor of Science in Child Life, Child Development or related field. Must have current Child Life Certification or pass Child Life Certification Exam within one year of employment.

Incumbent must be enthusiastic and dedicated to providing quality Child Life services to children and families in a variety of health care settings. Ability to demonstrate positive and effective interpersonal and communication skills required. Must be a selfstarter, flexible, and possess ability to work well independently.

Major Responsibilities:
Assesses and interacts with patients and families using theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural background. Creates a therapeutic, safe environment for individual patients or small groups on inpatient units, playrooms, clinic and emergency waiting areas, and in treatment rooms. Facilitates the child/adolescent mastery of and coping
With the healthcare experience through a variety of interventions, to include: divisional and recreational play, medical play, developmental/skill retention support and seasonal
celebrations. Provides emotional and educational support to patient and family coping with lifethreatening, terminal illness or death.
In collaboration with the health care team on the various units served or through physician/R.N. consultation, creates individualized preprocedure and presurgery preparation which is developmentally appropriate and best meets the child/adolescent learning style and emotional state. Creates coping strategy with child/family and accompanies family to procedure/surgery.
Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, relaying pertinent patient assessments through direct report, charting, family care conferences and team meetings. Provides consultation and direct teaching on variety of Child Life issues for parents, medical and nursing staff and students, including: normal growth and development, health care impact on coping and stress, and ameliorative interventions.

Standards of Respect:

Were striving to make respect a part of everything we do at UMass Memorial for our patients and for each other. Were expecting that our new caregivers practice our six Standards of Respect: Acknowledge, Listen, Communicate, Be Responsive, Be a Team Player, and Be Kind, to help us make respect a part of how we take care of business everyday.

UMass Memorial Medical Center

1221 22nd Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Opened: 1998

Web: http://www.umassmemorial.org


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