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What's New

Congratulations to Program Review and Visiting Child Life Specialist Scholarship Recipients!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Program Review Scholarship for Innovative Solutions in Play and the Visiting Child Life Specialist Scholarship. Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York was selected for the Play Program Review Scholarship, and will receive on-site consultation services from two child life experts from CLC’s Program Review and Development Service team. Stephanie DeMello, MS, CCLS of Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange, California is the recipient of the Visiting Child Life Specialist Scholarship. DeMello will visit four child life programs in the greater New York area and participate in debriefings about each program’s innovative play modalities.

CLC Seeks Nominations for Inaugural Research Recognition Awards

CLC recently introduced two new Research Recognition Awards celebrating research initiatives that contribute to theory and practice within the field of child life. The Professional Research Recognition Award honors significant work by a child life specialist, and the Student Research Recognition Award acknowledges research conducted by a student. The award recipients will be highlighted at the Annual Conference. Applications are due October 31, 2014. More information...

CLC Mentor Program Mentee Application Posted: Interested Mentees Encouraged to Apply

Applications are now available for potential mentees in CLC's new Leadership Mentoring Program, part of the recently-launched Leadership Development Institute. The Mentoring Program begins in October. More information...

CLC Offers New Webinars in 2014 Series

Are you seeking additional learning opportunities from the convenience of your home or workplace? CLC has added new courses to the lineup in our 2014 CLC Webinar Series! To learn more about each webinar, or to register for one or more sessions, please visit CLC Webinars.

CLC Introduces Inaugural Class of Leadership Academy

The inaugural class of the CLC Leadership Academy, the first of three programs that comprise the Leadership Development Institute, have been selected! Congratulations to these emerging leaders. The Leadership Academy will commence with a two-day workshop in September. More information...

International Scholarships Offer Unique Opportunity to Attend Cincinnati Conference

CLC is pleased to announce the availability of five international scholarships to attend the Annual Conference on Professional Issues in Cincinnati in May 2015.  We encourage those CLC members who have worked with care facilities around the world to help spread news of this opportunity to individuals who may be interested in applying. More information...

Course Work Review for Certification Temporarily Reinstated

The launch of the Eligibility Assessment for child life certification has been delayed until October due to a delay in the launch of our new database. To accommodate individuals applying for the September 5 internship deadline, CLC has re-opened Course Work Review service, which will be available until September 1, 2014. More information...

Download CLC app for easy access to upcoming webinars & the latest news from CLC!

Thanks to all who used the new app for CLC's annual conference! We're looking forward to your feedback via conference surveys. We'll be updating the app regularly with webinars so you can easily register from your mobile. We'll also be sending alerts occasionally to keep you apprised of important news and updates.


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Featured Blogs


Katie Riese, CCLS

As child life specialists today we have a plethora of resources, tools, and teaching aids available for us to help prepare, teach, and empower patients and families in many different settings. Our flexibility in situations can also be seen in the choices we make when it comes to resources to use in. . . Read More

Melinda Rowe, MEd, CCLS, CEIM

As child life specialists, we have the terrific job of bringing play and fun into an environment that can be very frightening for a child.  We have all worked hard and completed many hours of education in order to bring childhood back to children.  However, most people do not realize that child life. . . Read More

Dennis ReynoldsJaime Holliman, CCLS  

During my tenure as a member of the Focus Review Board (FRB) and Bulletin editorial team, I have had a front row seat to our growth and development as a publication and CLC as an organization. One of our most exceptional aspects has been the recognition, growth and contributions of our members abroad . . .  Read More

Initiating conversations at a legislative level may feel like a daunting task. Where do we start? What government officials and organizations can we look to? What is the most effective and persuasive way to contact representatives? The Public Policy Work Group has identified multiple resources for . . . Read More



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