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Child Life Specialist (Ped diem, Weekdays) -all units

Company: Partners Healthcare System
Location: Newton
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

The Child Life Specialist (CLS) is responsible for administering an educational, recreational, and therapeutic program for children in the hospital setting. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for formulating policies and administering programs designed to further the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children in the pediatric setting, for orienting hospital staff to the psychosocial needs of children and their families, and for fostering positive hospital-community relationships. The CLS will

  • Utilizes evidence-based practice concepts, including play, preparation, and assessment
  • Observe and assesses the needs, concerns, and stress levels of children and families
  • Provide activities and interventions to help children and families cope with medical situations and meet their developmental, emotional, and educational needs
  • Facilitate group and individual interactions and interventions with children and families
  • Mentor and collaborate with child life team
  • Orient and manage unit-based volunteers
  • Prepare children and families for medical procedures and surgery
  • Participate in psychosocial, interdisciplinary, and/or developmental team meetings and communicates developmental and psychosocial needs of children to others
  • Advocate for patients and families within the medical setting

Job Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong background in child development required
  • Excellent communication skills required


  • Bachelor's degree in child life or child development related field required
  • Master's degree in child life or child development related field preferred


  • Prior experience working with children preferred

Licenses, Certifications and/or Registrations (if applicable)

  • Child Life Professional Certification (or eligible within one year of hire) required

Keywords: Partners Healthcare System, Newton , Child Life Specialist (Ped diem, Weekdays) -all units, Other , Newton, Massachusetts

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