• Child Life Specialist - Pediatrics

    Job Locations US-MT-Kalispell
    Requisition ID
    Licensed (non-nursing)
    Pay Period Status
    varied dependant on unit and patient need, generally 9-5 M-F
  • Overview

    The Child Life (CL) Specialist works in health care and community settings to address the psychosocial, emotional and family concerns that accompany the illness and injury of children, adolescents and young adults. This position utilizes developmentally appropriate information, procedure support, emotional processing, play, self-expression and empowerment to improve the coping and adjustment of patients and families.


    1. *Acts as a team leader and role model to other team members. Coaches, trains, monitors, and assists with goal setting and overseeing the flow of day-to-day Collaborates with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for and ensure that developmentally appropriate, emotionally safe, family- centered care is being provided to patients and families.
    2. *Provides, develops, and implements child life services that provide in-depth support for end of life, new diagnosis, and traumatic experiences for patients and This may include therapeutic play, counseling of patient or siblings, guided imagery or education related to diagnosis and treatment. Responsible for quality improvement, professional development programs, and/or research initiatives related to Child Life Services.
    3. *Assists patients, families and communities cope with the social, emotional and psychological impact of illness, injury and medical
    4. *Provides effective and timely clinical services including, but not limited to, assessing the psychosocial risk level of Assesses coping responses and the needs of children/adolescents and families related to healthcare experiences.
    5. *Communicates appropriate information to members of the healthcare team to promote an understanding of the unique psychosocial/emotional needs of the child/adolescent and to advise on the plan of
    6. *Creates opportunities which strengthen the patient's self-esteem, independence, and understanding of medical diagnosis and
    7. *Facilitates in-depth interventions which allow children/adolescents to express feelings, process upsetting events and explore positive coping Practices and promotes patient/family-centered care.
    8. *Evaluates best practice and/or evidence based practices to ensure high level of Evaluates and maintains up-to-date and appropriate resources for patients, families, and the community.
    9. *Provides education to healthcare staff, patients, families and the community regarding the scope of child life services, the impact of health care on development, providing developmentally appropriate and emotionally safe medical care, and professional
    10. *Provides psychological preparation and procedure support to children/adolescents undergoing medical procedures or surgeries to improve coping and
    11. *Precepts new employees and supervises Participates in departmental, divisional, and/or organizational committees and projects as assigned.  Consistently meets departmental productivity requirements.
    12. *Takes an active role in developing and maintaining resources, planning and facilitating special events and providing educational opportunities throughout Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) and the community.


    1. Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Education or related field required.
    2. Masters of Science in Child Life or in Family and Child Studies preferred.
    3. Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) required.
    4. Minimum of three (3) years experience as a certified child life specialist in a healthcare setting preferred.
    5. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, required. Must possess professional communication skills, and work effectively with a diverse patient and coworker population.
    6. Possess and maintain computer skills to include working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn other software as needed.
    7. Understanding of the confidentiality laws that govern the provider-patient relationship, including but not limited to HIPAA guidelines.


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