The Child Life program at Cook Children's supports unique opportunities for child life students.
Child Life Workshop:
Interested in learning more about becoming a child life specialist? You're not alone. Join us at an introductory workshop to learn more about this profession. This two-part interactive workshop includes exciting opportunities:
Child Life 101 - an overview of the child life specialist role
- Discuss the traditional roles of a child life specialist
- Watch video clips of child life staff working with patients and families
- Explore the process of a child life specialist from patient assessment to intervention
- Participate in a panel discussion with Certified Child Life Specialists
Child Life 201 - an overview of the requirements to enter the field
- Academic preparation
- The journey from student to professional - what is required and what is not
- Discuss your unique needs during afternoon breakout sessions
2014 Dates and Locations
Feb. 15 - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas
April 13 - Medical City Children's Hospital, Dallas
June 28 - Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth
Sept. 13 - Our Children's House at Baylor, Dallas
Nov. 15 - Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas
To register for our workshop at Cook Children's Medical Center, please use this link:
For more information, as well as costs, please download Child Life Workshop information
The child life practicum program is a learning opportunity. We believe that practicum students are here to learn as much as possible through observing, reading, and supervised interactions with patients and families.
The child life internship is a training experience. We believe that interns must practice what they have learned. Interns have many opportunities for both formal and informal learning, hands-on clinical practice, and collaboration with peers.
Child Life student FAQs:
Frequently Asked Questions: Click here to get answers to your questions about our student programs and becoming a child life specialist.
About Cook Children's Child Life program
The Child Life program at Cook Children's Medical Center strongly emphasizes balance between play and preparation. This balance is achieved through clinical practice. We are a "hands-on" department. Though we believe that we have a function in educating staff and advocating for the children, the majority of our time is spent with the patients and families. We believe Child Life has a role in the changing medical care environment and we are changing in response to this. In addition to the traditional inpatient areas, we offer integrated services in the Emergency Department, Radiology, NICU, Special Procedures Unit, and several outpatient areas, including Cook Children's Home Health. We are team focused, both within our department and within our areas of coverage, and we see students as a part of that team. All students are given opportunities for self-directed learning, collaboration with peers, and identifying and accessing resources within the health care system.