Reporting to the Child Life, Education & Arts Coordinator, the incumbent in this position is a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team that provides optimal developmental and psychosocially appropriate care for pediatric patients and their families. This incumbent also executes Hope for Henry Programs with excellence and adherence to mission of improving the lives of seriously ill children being treated at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Cancer Center and in the Pediatric Inpatient Unit. A Child Life Specialist helps to assess children's developmental and coping needs and implements developmentally-appropriate therapeutic interventions, such as play, medical play, psychological preparation, and rehearsed coping to minimize distress associated with hospitalization and other medical experiences. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations of the Child Life Council's professional standards of practice and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
- Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Education, Psychology, Child Development, or a related field is required.
- Two years of experience as a Child Life Specialist in an acute healthcare setting.
- Experience with children of all ages and developmental levels is preferred.
- Professionally certified Child Life Specialist.
- In addition, may also hold certification as a recreational therapist, art therapist, drama therapist, or dance/movement specialist.
- Ability to assess and interact with patients and families, applying theories of human growth and development, family systems and cultural diversity.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to organize and prioritize work.
- Must be able to develop and implement developmentally appropriate therapeutic activities programs for pediatric patients and their families.
- Ability to have in-depth understanding of the effects of hospitalization on children's growth and development and on family dynamics.
- Ability to represent and communicate role of Child Life Specialist to others.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work.
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.
A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.