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HDFS401 - Child Life Theory and Practice

Course Details

Course Code: HDFS401 Course ID: 4699 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Child Life Theory and Practice will support students in the application of knowledge of child development to educate, prepare, and support children and their families through the processes of hospitalization and changes in family dynamics related to illness. Child Life Theory and Practice is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist and will meet one of the requirements of the Child Life Council to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. Pursuit of Child Life certification upon completion of this course is not required but is encouraged.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of HDFS401 students will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of a Child Life Specialist in various healthcare settings. (CLC1a; CLC1b; CLC1c; CLC1d; CLC1e; CLC1f; CLC2a; CLC2b; CLC2c; CLC3a; CLC3b; CLC5a; CLC5b)
  2. Apply Child Life theory and research through direct service to children and their families coping with medical needs. (CLC1a; CLC1b; CLC4a)
  3. Develop a Child Life Specialist plan of care for a specific child population. (CLC1a; CLC1b; CLC1c; CLC1d; CLC1e; CLC1f; CLC3a; CLC3b; CLC5a; CLC5b)
  4. Analyze current research as it relates to Child Life practice. (CLC1a; CLC1b; CLC1e; CLC4a)
  5. Analyze concepts of professionalism related to the Child Life Specialist. (CLC1e; CLC1f; CLC3a; CLC3b; CLC5a; CLC5b)
  6. Assess theoretical foundations of Child Life. (CLC1a; CLC1b)
  • Child Life Competencies

  • Care of Infants, Children, Youth and Families
    • Competency-The ability to assess the developmental and psychosocial needs of infants, children, youth and families.

  • Competency-The ability to initiate and maintain meaningful and therapeutic relationships with infants, children, youth and families.

  • Competency-The ability to provide opportunities for play for infants, children, youth and families.
  • Competency-The ability to provide a safe, therapeutic and healing environment for infants, children, youth and families.

  • Competency-The ability to support infants, children, youth, and families in coping with stressful events.

  • Competency-The ability to provide teaching, specific to the population served, including psychological preparation for potentially stressful experiences, with infants and children.

  • Professional Responsibility
    • Competency-The ability to practice within the scope of professional and personal knowledge and skill base.

  • Competency-The ability to continuously engage in self-reflective professional child life practice.

  • Competency-The ability to function as a member of the service team.

  • Education and Supervision
    • Competency-The ability to represent and communicate child life practice and psychosocial issues of infants, children, youth, and families to others.

  • Competency-The ability to supervise child life students and volunteers.

  • Research Fundamentals
    • Competency-The ability to integrate clinical evidence and fundamental child life knowledge into professional decision-making.

  • Administration
    • Competency-The ability to develop and evaluate child life services.
    • Competency-The ability to implement child life services within the structure and culture of the work environment.

Forum

Please join the forums each week. Students must post a reply to each weekly forum and reply to at least 2 other students for each Forum. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Guidelines:

  1. Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  2. Initial responses should be no less than 400 words.
  3. Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  4. Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  5. Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  6. Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  7. All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Assignments

Week 1: My Education and Certification Plan

The purpose of this assignment is to describe how personal challenges and learning needs in knowledge and practice skills may impact service delivery; to summarize resources and opportunities for professional development; and, to clarify the mission and goals of the work environment. (CLC1e;

CLC3b)

Week 2: Evidence Based Practice in the News

The purpose of this assignment is for you to assess meaningful data for effective evaluation of child life services, and to demonstrate the process for engaging in evidence-based practice. (CLC3a; CLC2a)

Week 3: My Child Life Tool Bag

The purpose of this assignment is to begin to collect "tools" you can use with children to help them cope, learn, and experience new opportunities in the hospital setting, and to describe the developmental and psychosocial goals of using each "tool," activity, or interaction. (CLC1b)

Week 4: Case Study

The purpose of this assignment is to apply basic terminology and processes, and expected course of care associated with the circumstances of a designated patient population by demonstrating the cyclical process of assessment, plan, intervention, and evaluation of child life services. (CLC1d; CLC1a)

Week 5: Non-pharmacological and Psychological Pain Management Brochure

The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate effective non-pharmacological and psychological pain management techniques and to discuss factors that may impact vulnerability to stress. (CLC1c)

Week 6: Prep Book

The purpose of this assignment is to use the fundamentals of psychological preparation found in child life literature to make a preparation book for one of the patients listed on tomorrows OR Schedule. See VCUG Preparation Book and MIBG Preparation Book for examples you may wish to follow. (CLC1d)

Week 7: Column for the Towne Journal

The purpose of this assignment is to analyze child and family’s concept of death and dying. (CLC1a)

Week 8: Resume' and Cover Letter

The purpose of this assignment is for you to prepare of your upcoming practice as a CCLS.

NameGrade %
Forum 30.00 %
Forum 1: Becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist 3.75 %
Forum 2: Developmental Theory 3.75 %
Forum 3: The Importance of Play 3.75 %
Forum 4: The Therapeutic Relationship 3.75 %
Forum 5: Advocacy 3.75 %
Forum 6: Psychological Preparation 3.75 %
Forum 7: Interactions with Diverse Populations 3.75 %
Forum 8: People at the Hospital - A CLS Jam Session 3.75 %
My Education and Certification Plan 5.00 %
My Education and Certification Plan 5.00 %
Evidence Based Practice in the News 10.00 %
Evidence Based Practice in the News 10.00 %
My Child Life Tool Bag 10.00 %
My Child Life Tool Bag 10.00 %
Case Study 10.00 %
Case Study 10.00 %
Non-pharmacological and Psychological Pain Management Brochure 10.00 %
Non-pharmacological and Psychological Pain Management Brochure 10.00 %
Prep Book 10.00 %
Prep Book 10.00 %
Column for the Towne Journal 10.00 %
Column for the Towne Journal 10.00 %
Resume' and Cover Letter 5.00 %
Resume' and Cover Letter 5.00 %

Child Life Council. (2015). Official documents of the Child Life Council. Rockville, MD: Child Life Council, Inc. Official CFC Documents 2015 Password: Ch!ldlif3

Thompson, R. H. (2009). The handbook of child life: A guide for pediatric psychosocial care [e-book].

Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php and search by the course number (ex: LITR210) to access your required resources.

Book Title:The Official Documents of the Child Life Council - e-book available inside the classroom
ISBN:HDFS401-NTMO
Publication Info:CLASS-Child Life Council
Author:Child Life Council
Electronic Unit Cost:$15.00
Book Title:The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; links provided in classroom lessons.
ISBN:9780398078324
Author:Thompson, Richard
Unit Cost:$56.31
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.