The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings

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While the genesis of the Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) is in the healthcare setting, the theory and practice of child life have been successfully applied to environments outside of the healthcare field. The interest and pursuit of child life roles in non-healthcare settings have increasingly become of interest to students and professionals; however, further study is required to understand the various challenges and opportunities.

The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings serves as an innovative guide for those interested in pursuing child life in diverse settings with the education and credentials received through their child life certification and addresses issues the field currently faces related to saturation of the field, burn out, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The book also serves as a catalyst to push the profession as a whole beyond its current healthcare boundaries. Covering topics such as grief, addiction, disaster relief, and family well-being, this major reference work is ideal for psychologists, medical professionals, nurses, policymakers, government officials, researchers, scholars, academicians, practitioners, instructors, and students.

I’m honored to have contributed to Chapter 16 of this book, which covers private practice. My co-author, Dr. Korie Leigh, and I put our heart and soul into this.

Many seasoned child life specialists begin to think about expanding their role to serve different pediatric populations and/or settings. This chapter will focus on child life specialists building and sustaining a private practice within the community. Topics will include the need for service, executing a business plan, building community partnerships, and staying within the ethical and professional boundaries of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Additionally, case studies that describe assessments, preparation, developmental explanations, interventions, expressive arts, and play are included. Examples of business documents to help guide child life specialists interested in starting a private practice within their community are also included.

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Supporting Children in Hospice: Podcast Interview

I’m thrilled to have had another opportunity to speak with Katie Taylor, Certified Child Life Specialist and Founder of Child Life on Call. I have had the privilege to share my work as a specialist in private practice, advocating for my kids with learning differences, and now working with children in hospice.

This is a really challenging population that specialists can work in. I look at it as an honor to be able to be present with a family and hold a safe space for them during a vulnerable and critical time.

Take a listen to our twelve-minute talk on how to best support families when their child is on hospice. Be sure to follow Child Life on Call on Instagram, and Facebook, and subscribe to their amazing podcast.

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My Journey with the Wind: Children’s Grief Book Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Ashley Wolfe

About the Book
In
My Journey With The Wind, A magical story of grief, a child whose brother died embarks on a magical journey coming to realize that the bond they thought was lost continues in their love for each other. At the end of the book, there is an interactive section of holistic therapeutic activities which match the theme and story and help the reader consider their own experiences with grief as well. These activities include emotion coaching, memory making, “grief storms” preparation, guided imagery for relaxation, and a prompt to look for messages of hope and love in their own life as well. This story and activity sections were designed to help facilitate difficult conversations about death and feelings of grief with children which can result from any significant change in their life. This book can be used by professionals working with children in school, hospital, hospice, and counseling settings as well as at home with caregivers. 

Where to purchase 

You can get your copy of My Journey with the Wind on Amazon. All the proceeds will go to Let Grace In, a nonprofit in Hawaii supporting families grieving the death of a child, to help fund their therapeutic bereavement programs and services. You can read more about their mission and upcoming events at letgracein.org

 About the Author

The author Ashley, MA, CCLS, has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2007 working in hospital, hospice, and educational settings helping children and their families emotionally through therapeutic play activities, coaching, and support groups. She feels honored to have learned so much from the children and families she has walked closely with and dedicates this book in their honor. You can connect with Ashley on Instagram at @The_Grieving_Well

We will be giving away a copy of “My Journey with the Wind” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/2/22.