CHILD LIFE FELLOW (1 year position)
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - Philadelphia, PA

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Job Summary:
Child Life Fellow will have the ability to provide developmentally appropriate education on relevant illness and treatment. The Fellow must demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with children, adolescents, and family members during hospitalization. As a member of the Special Care/Burn Unit the Child Life Fellow will apply knowledge of child development, special needs of the hospitalized child, therapeutic play techniques, and family dynamics to promote optimum development of children, to help them maintain normal living patterns, and to help minimize psychological trauma for children ages 0 - 21 years of age. This is a one year grant funded position with exact timeline to determined.

Skills & Abilities:
Must have an education of child development. Must be able to relate to children and families in supportive and therapeutic ways. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. He or she will be knowledgeable about the use of non-pharmacological forms of pain management and will be able to teach a variety of coping techniques, including medical play and self-expressive play.

Must be able to lead play groups, and use play techniques to accomplish Child Life goals. Must have knowledge of disease processes and types of treatment plans. Must be able to demonstrate and maintain competencies in diagnostic teaching, preparation techniques, planning and facilitating developmentally supportive and therapeutic play with individual patients and in group settings, in assisting patients in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, death and/or loss and in planning and facilitating medical play sessions with individual patients and in group settings


Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on physical, psychological, developmental, social, educational, safety and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patients serviced in their service area.



Training & Education:
The Child Life Fellow will, at minimum, have a bachelor's degree with emphasis on human growth and development, education, psychology, or a related field. The Fellow will have completed a 480-hour clinical internship under the supervision of a practicing Certified Child Life Specialist. The candidate selected will be eligible to sit for, or will have already passed, the child life national certification examination.

Completion of 12 -15 week (minimum 480 hours) Child Life internship in a Child Life program, under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist as required by the Child Life Certifying Committee. Must be eligible to sit for the Child Life Certifying exam.

Required Licenses


Certified Child Life Specialist preferred.



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868- St. Christopher's Hospital for Children - Philadelphia, PA

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