The Kennedy Krieger Institute is currently hiring 2 full time child life positions; one at the inpatient hospital and one in the outpatient clinics. This department is composed of 26 staff members, including child life specialists, therapeutic recreation specialists, a music therapist and recreational activities staff. Our child life program is comprised of 9 child life specialists and is overseen by a Child Life Manager. The child life specialists promote a family centered care approach in assuring that the psychosocial needs of the patients and families are met while in the inpatient hospital and outpatient setting. The child life specialists utilize developmentally appropriate education, therapeutic play, procedural support and emotional processing to promote mastery and support coping of healthcare experiences. The specialists work closely in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field required. Masters degree in child life preferred.
Experience: Successful completion of a child life internship. Must have child life certification according to the standards set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals or certification must be obtained within one year of hire.
The Kennedy Krieger Institute is the world's premier institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system, either of congenital onset or acquired through injury or illness. The Institute operates one of the most successful pediatric rehabilitation programs in the world. Kennedy Krieger’s patient care programs offer an interdisciplinary treatment approach tailored to the individual needs of each child, throughout all stages of care. Highly trained professionals from various disciplines and departments collaborate to design treatment plans specific to each patient's needs. In addition to our neurobehavioral, rehabilitation, and pediatric feeding disorders inpatient units, we offer more than 55 outpatient clinics, along with several home and community programs. Kennedy Krieger is home to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI), the world's first facility focused on researching and treating chronic spinal cord injuries and paralysis.