Child Life Specialist (CHLS)

Courses

CHLS 501. Hospitalized Infant and Toddler Development. 3 Units.

Emphasizes the development of infants and toddlers in the hospital setting. Presents theory and research findings regarding socialization, emotional development, and temperament. Focuses on working with this specific population in the health-care system and exposes students to practical interventions and activities. Discusses bereavement topics, appropriate health, safety, and nutritional practices. Provides tools to develop competencies and skills necessary to effectively work with infants and toddlers.

CHLS 502. Introduction to the Child-Life Profession. 2 Units.

Teaches the evolution and history of child life, as well as the theoretical framework that guides the profession. Discusses topics such as professionalism and ethics as they relate to child-life practice. Exposes students to relevant research that constitutes an integral component of evidence-based practice. Shares clinical expectations for matriculation and certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals.

CHLS 503. Preparation for Clinical Placement. 3 Units.

Helps students develop a child-life specialist identity for clinical practice through readings, discussion of clinical practice placements, and formation of a personal philosophy. Students construct a cover letter, resume, and portfolio; as well as research clinical placement sites and become aware of the child-life specialist placement application and interviewing requirements. Discusses ACLP eligibility requirements and internship curriculum modules.

CHLS 504. Child Life Administration and Program Development. 3 Units.

Introduces students to the history and development of the child life profession. Health-care environment, administrative issues, program development, and outcome assessment process. Develops competencies and skills necessary to effectively administer a child life program.

CHLS 505. Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Health Care. 3 Units.

Introduces students to the diversity of cultures and the powerful impact diversity has on the delivery of health-care services. Explores specific characteristics regarding the composition, cultural aspects, and unique health-care issues faced by African Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaskan Natives. Enhances students’ understanding of human differences, preferences, biases, and stereotypes; and fosters development of the awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, and competence required to affirm diversity in health-care and practice settings.

CHLS 506. Therapeutic Play for Children Affected by Illness and Injury. 3 Units.

Teaches the developmental aspects of play therapy, in collaboration with the developmental stages of the child/teen and family in the context of a health-care setting. Provides student with an experiential understanding of play therapy, recreation therapy, education, and practice.

CHLS 507A. Aspects of Illness and Disease. 3 Units.

Teaches the child life student about the childhood disease process and describes the pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnostic testing, and treatment of disease. How disease affects the child and family's behavioral, social, and emotional development and coping strategies.

CHLS 507B. Aspects of Illness and Disease. 3 Units.

Provides students with information regarding the effects of disease and/or injury on the physical, emotional, and social needs of children/adolescents and their families. Discusses medical terminology as it relates to the hospitalized child. Provides students with techniques--from medical, psychological, and social aspects--to effectively deal with behaviors that accompany hospitalization.

CHLS 508. Grief and Loss. 3 Units.

Promotes understanding of various theories, and practices specific interventions that assist hospitalized children/teens or adult family members when they encounter issues of death, loss and/or grief. Students examine how these issues affect them personally and professionally; and describe their own epistemology regarding death, loss and grief. Examines these issues from a family-system's perspective in a hospital setting.

CHLS 509. Child-Life Assessment. 3 Units.

Orients students to child life in hospitals and other health-care environments; and gives attention to stress and coping assessments, along with other interventions used to assist patients and families. Examines additional interventions and significant variables, such as providing emotional support for families and encouraging optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences. Addresses roles and responsibilities of membership on an interdisciplinary team.

CHLS 600. Child Life Theory and Practice. 3 Units.

Examines children and their families in a health care setting from the perspective of a child life specialist. Demonstrates the role of the child life specialist in minimizing the stress and anxiety experienced during hospitalization. Focuses on educational and play components, as well as the general support and scope of practice that are unique to the field of child life.

CHLS 604. Child Life Internship and Supervision I. 3,4 Units.

While accumulating the hours required by the Child Life Council to establish eligibility for the certification examination, students work with children, youth, teens, and their families in a hospital and/or related setting under the supervision of a certified child life specialist. Gives special attention to legal, ethical, moral, educational, cultural, spiritual, and gender issues in the clinical internship. 3 units (250 hours) required for students under pre-2014-2015 catalogs; 4 units (300 hours) required for students beginning with the 2014-2015 catalog.
Prerequisite: CHLS 608.

CHLS 605. Child Life Internship and Supervision II. 3,4 Units.

While accumulating the hours required by the Child Life Council to establish eligibility for the certification examination, students work with children, youth, teens, and their families in a hospital and/or related setting under the supervision of a certified child life specialist. Gives special attention to legal, ethical, moral, educational, cultural, spiritual, and gender issues in the clinical internship. 3 units (250 hours) required for students under pre-2014-2015 catalogs; 4 units (300 hours) required for students beginning with the 2014-2015 catalog. Prerequisites: CHLS 608.

CHLS 606. Parenting Medically Fragile Children. 3 Units.

Introduces students to parenting issues related to the medically fragile child. Provides knowledge of theories, techniques, skills, available community resources, and legal and ethical considerations that pertain to this specific group.

CHLS 607. Child Life Professional. 3 Units.

Prepares students for entering the professional field of child life by demonstrating clinical assessment, documentation, and skills related to child life practice. Includes application of ethical principles, as well as issues of professionalism. Requires a 100-hour practicum.

CHLS 608. Child Life Practicum. 1 Unit.

Students carry out assigned playroom duties: supervise activities that foster creativity, divert patients from stress and worry, and normalize their environment; and provide opportunities for patients and families to socialize and engage in developmentally appropriate activities. Students assist with bedside interaction and interventions and assist staff with escorting patients to other locations of the hospital for special programming.

CHLS 609. Global Practice: Child Life Specialist. 2 Units.

Introduces students to child life practice in a global context. Examines the ethical and practice issues associated with delivery of pediatric psychosocial services in health-care systems in underdeveloped and developed environments. Gives critical attention to issues of pediatric and adolescent growth and development, family-centered care, grief and loss, and advocacy. Shares models for learning and collaboration within the context of health-care delivery.
Prerequisite: CHLS 502.

CHLS 610. Child Life Internship II. 4 Units.

Blends didactic and experiential learning in order to bridge the gap between child-life theory and the application of child-life principles. Prepares students for work in the field of child life through the principles of clinical course work shared in class. Discusses the clinical requirements recommended by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) and gives special attention to the standards of clinical practice set forth by the official documents of ACLP.

CHLS 694. Directed Study: Child Life Specialist. 1-4 Units.

Individual study in areas of special interest concerning the pediatric patient and family. May be repeated for credit at the discretion of the faculty.

CHLS 700. Clinical Training. 2 Units.

A child-life practicum designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing the child-life profession. Students enroll in an approved hospital site, complete 100-120 hours, and meet with a supervisor who meets ACLP requirements.

CHLS 701. Clinical Training. 6 Units.

Hands-on clinical training experience that provides the student with an opportunity to build on course work and put theory into practice while working in a variety of hospitals and related settings under the direction of a certified child-life specialist (CCLS). 600 hours required through ACLP.

CHLS 702. Clinical Training. 6 Units.

Hands-on clinical training experience that provides the student with an opportunity to build on course work and put theory into practice while working in a variety of hospitals and related settings under the direction of a certified child-life specialist (CCLS). 600 hours required through ACLP.
Prerequisite: CHLS 608.