Child Life Specialist Job

Children's Health - Child Life Careers

Job Number: 53573

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 5-30-2018



Creates a developmental plan for the facilitation of therapeutic interventions.

Responsible for helping patients and patient families cope with the stress of hospitalization by assessing patient psychosocial and developmental needs during hospitalization.

Ensure the coordination and initiation involvement of all patients and patient's families in appropriate community activities.


Requires in-depth professional knowledge and practical/applied expertise in own discipline and basic knowledge of related disciplines within the broader professional field

Has knowledge of best practices and how own area integrates with others; demonstrates awareness of the industry, including regulatory, evolving customer demands, and the factors that differentiate the organization in the market

Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may lead projects with manageable risks and resource requirements

Solves complex problems and takes a new perspective on existing solutions; exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information

Impacts a range of customer, operational, project or service activities within own team and other related teams; works within broad guidelines and policies

Works independently, receives minimal guidance

Explains difficult or sensitive information; works to build consensus


Document patient's developmental needs, coping and plan to facilitate mastery in patient medical records and recognize subtle changes in patient psychosocial assessment.

Facilitate coping assessment, individual and group support, procedural and surgical preparation and support, medical play and coordinate and initiate involvement in appropriate community activities.

Prepare siblings for visitation and anticipated events related to treatment and provide sibling support, and provide psychosocial support and opportunities for continued coping and normal growth.

Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of the healthcare team and initiate support to parents/caregivers regarding developmental needs and interventions for their child.


No previous experience required.

Child Life Specialist Externship-Internship experience Required for this position.


Four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.

Graduate or professional work or advanced degree; or equivalent experience preferred.


Child Life Specialist Professional Certification or ability to obtain certification within eighteen months of hire date required.

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.

Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.

Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.

Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.

Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.


Light - Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, 10 lbs. frequently, or negligible amounts constantly and may require walking or standing to a significant degree.

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