Exciting opportunity to join this established 9-member child life team!!!
New Full time position available on a 10 bed inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health unit. New 16 bed unit opening in 2021! Seeking a highly motivated, experienced professional to initiate new programming. Position provides psychosocial, developmental, and emotional interventions to support latency and adolescent population.
When you join the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, you’ll enjoy great benefits including tuition program and opportunities for ongoing professional growth.
The Child Life Specialist is responsible for providing optimal developmental, psychosocial, and therapeutic support in the healthcare setting to meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children between the ages of birth and eighteen years of age. Assesses children’s developmental and coping needs and implements developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions such as play, medical play, psychological preparation, and rehearsed coping to minimize distress associated with the health care environment and to foster resiliency. Supervised by the child life manager and supervises and evaluates the work of volunteers and student interns. Collaborates with other members of the health care team to enhance quality of care and acts as an advocate and resource regarding issues such as child development and children’s response to hospitalization.
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
1. Assesses children’s development, emotional responses to healthcare and coping.
A. Effectively utilizes information from the child and family and observations of development, coping styles, play, and affect as a basis for initial assessment and to formulate a plan of care. B. Implements assessment based interventions, evaluates outcomes, and uses ongoing assessment to guide the plan of care. Communicates assessment and plan of care to the health care team and documents the professional assessment in a timely manner.
2. Provides interventions and fosters environments to minimize stress and facilitate normative development in the healthcare setting.
A. Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with children and families and safe, therapeutic and inviting play environments. B. Demonstrates a therapeutic use of self, including an awareness of body language, nonverbal communication, tone of voice, and supportive and reflective listening. C. Facilitates planning, rehearsing and implementing coping strategies with children and families. D. Provides psychological preparation for children undergoing procedures and surgery. E. Accompanies children and families during procedures and/or stressors to facilitate adaptive coping. F. Facilitates effective and developmentally appropriate play and special events as a primary tool to meet psychosocial needs. G. Facilitates individualized goal-directed therapeutic play sessions to address issues such as separation, fear, medical compliance, and developmental delays. H. Facilitates supportive education and therapeutic interventions to address death and dying. I. Facilitates medical play. J. Coordinates effective outpatient preparation program for children anticipating surgery. K. Concisely and accurately documents interventions provided and children’s response to interventions.
3. Promotes family centered care by supporting families prior to, during and following experiences which are potentially distressing.
A. Orients families to services available. Acts as a resource and provides anticipatory guidance to families in the areas of child development, play, and parenting. Acts as an advocate for families in the healthcare setting. B. Supports the central role of the family, valuing strengths and needs in implementing child life services. C. Identifies and provides services to meet the developmental and emotional needs of siblings. D. Educates families regarding children’s response to healthcare environments, coping, chronic illness and death and dying.
4. Role models age and developmentally appropriate care to children served. Identifies issues specific to infant, toddler, preschool, school-age, and adolescent populations and provides care appropriately.
5. Functions as an active, contributing member of the child life department, hospital and health care team.
A. Effectively communicates observations, interventions and professional assessments with the health care team. Offers and accepts constructive feedback. Encourages and supports other team members. B. Collaborates effectively with child life assistants and interdisciplinary teams to accomplish goals/tasks and integrates these goals into child life services. C. Participates in and practices continuous quality improvement.
Education and Experience
1. Bachelor’s Degree in child life, child development, or closely related discipline. Completion of a child life internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist is required. Child Life Specialist degree and Certification, Therapeutic Recreational Certification preferred
2. Minimum of 1 year child life experience, experience with behavioral health preferred. Dual certification in Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation a plus. Requires strong knowledge of coping skills, advocacy skills, verbal de-escalation, psychosocial preparation, procedural support, grief and loss support, group facilitation & documentation. Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate with the interdisciplinary team required
Must meet requirements set forth for certification by the Child Life Certifying Commission. Certification must be obtained within 1 year of hire.
Internal Number: 78480
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