Thank you for you interest in the Child Life student internship program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Child Life at CCMC was developed in order to help children and their families cope more effectively with the experiences of illness and hospitalization. The goal of Child Life is to advocate for the child and to provide services to all pediatric patients based on his or her own physical, emotional and developmental needs. These needs are met through therapeutic activities including medical play, recreational play, art and music therapy and other special programs which include pet therapy, horticulture therapy, and family and sibling support. These programs all encourage self-expression, alleviate stress, provide distraction and promote normal growth and development, each of which is integral to healing.
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Child Life Specialists are a part of the hospital’s interdisciplinary health care team. They work closely with the doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, case managers and social workers to provide the best comprehensive care available to each patient. There are currently Child Life services on inpatient units including Adolescence, Medical, Surgical, Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Outpatient units include Emergency Department, Hematology/Oncology Clinic, Ambulatory Surgery, Pre-Surgical Testing, Eating Disorder Clinic, and Radiology. Additional services are available by appointment. Child Life Specialists work on the units listed above, in the playrooms, and at the bedside.
CCMC at New Hyde Park offers Child Life Internships two times a year beginning in January and September. The internship is a 14 week commitment (40 hours per week) for a minimum of 560 hours. An internship is required to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. Information about certification and eligibility requirements can be found on the Child Life Council's website at www.childlife.org.