Sanford Health

Child Life Specialist - Child Life

Fargo, North Dakota
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Mar 09, 2018
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The Child Life Specialist is responsible to provide optimal developmental and psychosocial support to children and their families in the health care setting. Services are provided to children from infancy to adolescence. The program is designed to support the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of children in healthcare settings through direct interventions with children and advocacy regarding the psychosocial needs of children and families. The Child Life Specialist uses interventions such as play, medical play, psychological preparation and rehearsed coping to minimize distress associated with healthcare experiences and to promote resiliency. The Child Life Specialist will participate in collaborating to promote family centered care, and to foster positive hospital-community relations. Has depth of knowledge of child development (birth -- 21), family systems theories, the developmental effects of stress and trauma on children and interventions to alleviate distress. Possesses depth of knowledge of medical diagnosis and procedures. Broad based knowledge regarding the special needs of children with chronic or disabling conditions. In depth knowledge of body of research relating to children in health care settings.


Hours include 1pm-9pm weekdays and every 4th weekend rotation. Eligiblity for this position includes completion or near completion of the 480 clinical experience hours to be eligible to obtain certification.


Certification as a Child Life Specialist is required or must be obtained within one year of hire. Eligibility for Child Life Certification included completion of a minimum of 480 hours of a child life clinical experience under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Human Development or related field with previous experience in a Hospital, educational or development setting. Two years' experience working with multiple or various age groups of children is preferred. Experience with infants, toddlers, school age children and adolescents in a therapeutic setting preferred. Ability to provide developmental assessments, to represent child life and communicate psychosocial issues to members of the health care team. Must demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills, effective time and resource management. Ability and flexibility to work day, evening and one weekend shift a month

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing. Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve. We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth. We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases. We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities. We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

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