Child Life Seminar: Beyond the Classroom

Child Life Seminar: Beyond the Classroom

The Child Life Department at Children’s offers a two-day training seminar for students in child life academic programs. This seminar was established in 1994 to provide an opportunity to hear first-hand from child life specialists and participate in learning opportunities through role-playing, interactive discussion and hands-on exploration. The seminar topics include:

  • Therapeutic/Expressive interventions
  • Procedural preparation
  • Non-pharmacological pain management
  • Medical Play
  • Transitioning from student to professional
  • Bereavement
  • Area-specific breakout sessions
  • Case presentations

Learning Objectives

  • Identify different resources utilized by a child life specialist when working with patients who may be experiencing pain, anger, loss, separation and/or fear.
  • Become familiar with different types of resources used in medical play and procedural preparation.
  • Learn how different developmental levels view death, and how child life specialists help children cope with dying as well as support siblings and caregivers during this time.
  • Receive resources and ideas on how to plan and prepare for the child life internship and child life profession.
  • Develop knowledge through challenging patient care issues by discussing case presentations with experienced child life staff.
  • Learn about the tools and resources child life specialists in different specialized areas use for their specific population.
  • Identify different methods of non-pharmacological pain management utilized by child life specialists.


Regular registration May 6 – August 31: $100
Late registration September 1 – September 8: $115

Register now and submit your payment.

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For questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Jackie Bradford.


Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 - Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

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Contact Information

Katie Shaw
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Partnership Opportunities

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For any questions about vendor or sponsor opportunities, please contact Erica Arnau or 404-785-9519.