Child Life Courses 2013-2014

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

CLF 210
Child and Family Health Systems
4 credits

Introduces students to the history and development of the U.S. health care system from a family-centered care perspective, including identification of the organizations and professional disciplines serving children and their families. Focuses on the psychosocial, financial and emotional costs of health care and introduces students to the profession of Child Life. Course is open to second-semester firstyear students and first-semester second-year students. Course required for application to Child Life dual degree.

CLF 255
Children with Special Healthcare Needs
4 credits

Examines the impact of acute and chronic illness on development of children with special healthcare needs. Studies neurological, genetic, metabolic, orthopedic, and developmental disorders of children with special healthcare needs. Prerequisite: CLF 210.

CLF 257
Family Centered Healthcare
4 credits

Examines the values, attitudes, and approaches of family-centered care for pediatric patients. Studies quality and innovation in familycentered policy, programs, practice, and design. Students will learn the essential elements of building partnerships among physicians, staff, patients and families to create a mutually beneficial outcome.

CLF 350
Role of the Child Life Specialist
4 credits

Explores ways in which Child Life Specialists developmentally serve children across the life span and from diverse cultural environments. Focuses on the child and family's responses to medical care and the philosophy of familycentered care. Students complete a 75 hour pre-internship placement in a health care setting. Enrollment limited to accepted Child Life dual degree seniors. Prerequisites: LSC 153 or LSC 302

CLF 421
Child Life Methods and Materials
4 credits

Explores relationships between child life play activities and child development theories, stressing the acquisition of practical skills needed for child life programming. Enrollment limited to accepted Child Life dual degree seniors.

CLF 632
Child and Family in Health Care
3 credits

Introduces research and literature on the psychosocial needs of children and families in health care settings. Focuses on theories of development, play, preparation, coping and delivery of family-centered care in the context of health care. This is the first in a required three course sequence for matriculated child life students. Open to matriculated child life students or permission of instructor.

CLF 670
Clinical Issues in Child Life
3 credits

Provides skills to plan, implement, document, and assess developmentally appropriate child life interventions including coping with medical procedures, family-centered care, ethics, expressive activities, crisis intervention, and pain management. Open to matriculated child life students or permission of instructor. CLF 770 Child Life Program Development 3 credits. Provides skills to plan, implement, document, and assess Child Life program objectives and strategic planning, including child health systems, alternative settings, grant writing, professional presentations, group dynamics, interdisciplinary collaboration, and supervision. Open to matriculated child life students or permission of instructor.

CLP 670
CL Internship/Seminar I 200-hour
3 credits

Provides a 200 hour supervised internship opportunity for advanced standing and combined degree students in a community, outpatient, or primary care setting with focus on developing skilled based on the Child Life Competencies. Students participate in a weekly process seminar at the college. Prerequisite: CLF 632. CLF 670 must be taken concurrently.

CLP 671
CL Internship/Seminar I 400-hour
6 credits

Provides a 400 hour internship opportunity under the direct supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital setting with focus on developing skills based on the Child Life Competencies. Participate in weekly process seminar at the college. Prerequisite: CLF 632. CLF 670 must be taken concurrently.

CLP 672
CL Internship/Seminar II 200-hour
3 credits

Provides a second 200 hour supervised internship opportunity for advanced standing and combined degree students in a community, outpatient, primary care, or alternative setting with focus on continuing to develop and refine skills based on the Child Life Competencies. Students participate in weekly process seminar at the college.

CLP 673
CL Internship/Seminar II 200-hour
3 credits

Provides a 200 hour internship opportunity under the direct supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist in a community, outpatient, or primary care setting with focus on developing skills based on the Child Life Competencies. Students participate in weekly process seminar at the college. 

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