For some people it can be hard to imagine what the role of a Certified Child Life Specialist might look like outside of a traditional hospital based setting. Many hospital child life programs take years to develop and become fully integrated into the healthcare team.
Yes, the time has finally come to officially announce the launch of my private practice in child life services.
It seems a bit odd to announce it, as I was always providing services in a non-traditional way. Since the creation of Child Life Mommy, 2 1/2 years ago, I have been building the foundation for my practice without really knowing it.
My stepping-stones of creating a child life and parenting blog, self-publishing a children’s book, presenting at conferences, co-teaching a child life graduate course and networking with other amazing professionals and parents have helped pave my professional path.
There is a large gap in service to provide continued support to children and families once discharged from the hospital. Children who have suffered trauma from an illness, injury or loss (death, divorce, relocation), kids who have a sibling with a health care condition or special needs and children with a parent or caregiver with a medical diagnosis, all need continued psychosocial and emotional support.
Child life is the antidote!
I’m eager to take on this new role and watch the ripple effects occur. I’m lucky enough to have built a rapport with amazing child life colleagues that are also in community based programs. I have learned tremendously from them and feel confident to take the plunge myself.
I am based in Long Island, New York, serving families in the surrounding area of NYC and Nassau County. I will be providing home visits for children and families and educational workshops to parents, caregivers, medical professionals and teachers at their sites.
Thank you to everyone that has supported this journey of mine. I appreciate all the comments, follows, likes and emails that you send out. You have inspired me to take on this challenge. 🙂
Sometimes all you need is a few people to push you in the right direction to take off and follow your dreams.
I have been in the beginning stages of creating a child life private practice in my community of Long Island, New York. There is a very large gap in service with helping children and families cope with difficulties in their lives. Think about children living with a chronic illness and the impact it has on their entire family or when a parent has a diagnosis and facing treatment. We need to better support these families and I want to help fill that void.
I finally feel a sense of readiness to put more energy into pushing full force with private practice.
So here I go.
To my igniters,
Thank you for believing in my abilities and encouraging me to set and reach new goals in my professional life. I truly appreciate your support.
Stay tuned for this new experience.