The child life practicum experience at Utah Valley Hospital provides students with the opportunity to become more familiar with the discipline of Child Life. Our program provides students with opportunities to learn about children’s reactions to hospitalization, encourages the development of observation skills with individuals and groups, provides a supportive environment to integrate theory into clinical practice, enhances the student’s experience with planning activities, and helps students to develop professional communication skills.
We provide a variety of opportunities for learning and professional growth. We strive to give our practicum students both inpatient and outpatient learning experiences. Practicum students will have the opportunity to observe in the following areas: Pediatric Unit, Surgical Services, Pediatric/Adult Intensive Care Units, Outpatient Treatment Unit/Radiology, and Emergency Department.
The practicum program is offered as an 8-hour per week, one semester practicum totaling 120 hours. This is a non-paid practicum that prepares students for a child life internship.
Goals and Objectives
- Become more familiar with the child life profession
- Integrate theory and research into practice
- Understand the value of play in the health care setting and increase skills in facilitating therapeutic play through planning group and individual activities
- Recognize the developmental, psychosocial, and medical needs of patients and families and how those needs are incorporated into goals
- Recognize and understand patient’s and family’s reactions to stress, illness, and pain within the hospital setting
- Develop communication skills with patients, families and other health care professionals
- Recognize the importance of working with the interdisciplinary team
- Continue to develop professional maturity, judgment, and attitude
- Set goals and evaluate performance
- Current enrollment as a student at a college or university
- Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 of higher
- Successful completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work in areas relating to Child Life (i.e. child development, family studies) with at least a B- in each class
- 50 documented hours of experience working with children and families, preferably in a hospital or healthcare environment (as a student, volunteer, or employee)