HDFS 404 - Child Life Theory and Practice

  • 3 credits

This course fulfills all of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) requirements for the Child Life course. It is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist, has a focus on children in the healthcare environment, and includes all of the applied areas of study of the ACLP.

Through this online child life course, you will learn to:

  • Explain the philosophy of the child life profession to patients, families, and prospective employers/internship sites.
  • Apply Association of Child Life Professionals certification standards and professional expectations to effective child life practice.
  • Relate knowledge of issues that hospitalized children and their families typically face to effective practice.
  • Apply theories of child development and family systems to effective child life practice in hospitals.
  • Relate knowledge of grief and loss as well as stress and coping to child life practice.
  • Adapt child life interventions to individual differences in children as well as cultural, ethnic, and class differences in families.
  • Prepare for the career challenges and opportunities of the child life field.

This course can be applied toward:

Prerequisite

HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or PSY 260 (Child Psychology).

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed, or consent must be given from the instructor, prior to enrollment.

This course fulfills all of Child Life Council's requirements for the Child Life course. It is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist, has a focus on children in the healthcare environment, and includes all of the six applied areas of study. For more information, please see: www.childlife.org/certification. Colorado State University does not provide support or affiliation for child life internships.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Optional

  • Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Health-Care Continuum (2018)
    Rollins, J., Bolig, R., and Mahan, C. C. (eds.)
    ISBN: 10: 141410805
  • The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care, 1st Ed. (2018)
    Thompson, Richard H.
    ISBN: 10: 039809212-2

Please check with the CSU bookstore for course requirements.

Instructors

Dr. Jennifer Aberle
Dr. Jennifer Aberle

(970) 491-5089 | jennifer.aberle@colostate.edu

Dr. Jen Aberle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Director of the Online & Undergraduate Programs in HDFS. She is a passionate educator with over 18 years of experience teaching and supporting undergraduate students at Colorado State University. Dr. Aberle is thrilled to teach this course - leadership and entrepreneurship in the human service sector is part of her every day work as an administrator. Additionally, she works in the areas of prevention and intervention sciences related to lifespan development and clinical work associated with grief and loss.

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