The Child Life Program Internship program consists of 15 weeks and 600 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Our interns are supervised by child life specialists who have at least 4000 hours of paid experience as a CCLS. These specialists are precepted by the Internship coordinator who has previously served as a child life preceptor and additionally has over 8000 hours of paid experience as a CCLS. The internship coordinator works with the Child Life supervisor in order to maintain continuity throughout the program. Our internship is an intensive experience as we require weekly readings and assignments as well as clinical time with patients and families.
We are using the Common Application that has been provided by the Child Life Council. We are also now requiring the Eligibility Assessment as the Coursework Review has been discontinued. Pleas note that the eligibility assessment should be complete as well as have the course taught by a child life specialist complete. We realize this can be a challenge but it is important for us to know that all the requirements are complete before offering an internship to a candidate.
During the internship program, our interns complete at least 2 rotations: one inpatient and one outpatient. Occasionally, our students a mini rotation in an area of interest due to interests of the internship candidate.
Common Child Life Application common_internship_application_2015.pdf
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Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital Child Life program addresses the emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of hospitalized children and adolescents. As recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Child Life programs utilize developmentally appropriate activities to minimize stress and anxiety and to foster positive feelings about health care.
The profession's tools of the trade
include everything from lip balm-scented face masks and bubbles to
explanations about an upcoming procedure that a child can understand.
During “medical play,” a Child Life specialist might help a child give
an IV to a puppet in order to show how the straw-like tube delivers
medicine to the body. In an operating room, they might show a patient
how changing his breathing can make the numbers and lines on the
monitor beside him fluctuate.
Our internship also exposes our interns to programs that serve children and families both within the hospital system as well as in the Greenville community. These sight visits allow our interns to observe children and families in a vareity of settings.