Child Life Internship and Practicum

  • Internship Program Components

    Educational

    1. Formal written case study to be presented to Child Life staff.

    2. A three- to five-page paper will be required. The paper will address the implications of a specific disease or disability on patients and their families. It will be presented to the Child Life staff.

    3. Intern weekly in-services.

    4. Meet weekly with internship coordinator.

    5. Complete Child Life internship project to be decided with internship coordinator. It will be presented to Child Life staff.

    Clinical Development With Inpatients and Outpatients

    1. Plan individual therapeutic interventions.

    2. Maintain a daily journal of experiences (i.e., interaction with a child -- what was successful, what you would do differently).

    3. Develop skills: Plan and supervise Activity Center programs. Participate and share in supervision of volunteers.

    4. Observe and participate in patient education and procedural support and post-procedural play.

    5. Observe and participate in sibling support.

    6. Observe and participate in a multidisciplinary team approach.