Tips for students

It’s important to show potential employers that while you may still be learning to walk the walk, you can certainly talk the talk! Child life comes with a special set of vocabulary words that every CCLS uses in their day to day work. This not only will make you sound more professional overall, but itContinue reading “Tips for students”

Favorite Find of the Month

  I first learned about the child life profession when one of my child development professors my junior year of college very briefly mentioned it during one of his lectures. I jotted down “child life specialist” on the corner of my notebook and googled it when I got home. As soon as I looked it up, I knewContinue reading “Favorite Find of the Month”

How to Stand Out in the Child Life World

I often receive e-mails from Child Life students asking what I would recommend to make their application POP when up against others applying for a practicum/internship. This is a very valid question as you can imagine everyone your up against for the position also “loves kids” & is “very creative”. So, what are some things thatContinue reading “How to Stand Out in the Child Life World”

How I studied for the certification exam

When I finally signed up to take my certification exam, I quickly became overwhelmed with what/how I had to study. The Child Life Council has a list of suggested materials for you to review before the test – ( http://childlife.org/files/CandidateManual.pdf — page 15) – but it can definitely be overwhelming to be given a listContinue reading “How I studied for the certification exam”

Choosing Your Child Life Internship Project

      Usually towards the end of your Child Life internship the time will come for you to create a very creative and unique project that will truly show your passion for Child Life and creative abilities with almost no instructions given to you. No pressure, right? Most of us in Child Life are pretty creative to beginContinue reading “Choosing Your Child Life Internship Project”

Tips for child life students

We’re living in a time when we’re pulling out our phones and taking pictures of everything. Take advantage of our easy access to photography and take pictures of your work! Therapeutic activities you come up with, medical art, crafts, child life events, cards/pictures given to you by patients, etc. You’ll love this decision when itContinue reading “Tips for child life students”

Tips for child life students

I remember feeling nervous a lot during my practicum and internship because I feared not knowing exactly what to do in any given situation – what if I prep a 6-year-old for a CT Scan and they still freak out? What do I say to a 14-year-old that just found out she is pregnant? HowContinue reading “Tips for child life students”

Course Work Review —> Eligibility Assessment Service

I’ve been having a couple of Child Life students e-mail me asking about the pre-practicum/internship process. Since the Child Life Council (CLC) is currently restructuring this process, it can be a little confusing. Here’s what’s going on: Up until April of this year, the process went like this: you submitted a “course work review” to the CLC – aContinue reading “Course Work Review —> Eligibility Assessment Service”

Interview Help

After many interviews for a practicum and an internship I’ve been able to collect quite a few interview questions. Here are some that have stood out to me: 1. This is a common question in any interview. Pointing out your weaknesses is not a fun and easy thing to do, so I feel that it’sContinue reading “Interview Help”