Child Life Career Workshop - September 30

Colket Translational Research Building, Room 1100 A&B, 3501 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104  

Sep 30, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Make a difference for kids!

Discover what it’s like to be a child life specialist. This workshop is open to high school juniors and seniors, college students and adults considering a possible career change.

What is a child life specialist?

Child life specialists are an important part of a child’s medical team. Child life specialists:

  • Provide age-appropriate play and other activities that encourage mastery, coping and expression of feelings for patients and their siblings.
  • Prepare children and families for medical experiences.
  • Offer orientation to new experiences (such as admission to the intensive care unit or having a surgical procedure).
  • Bridge the gap between home and hospital by providing familiar activities.

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  • 8:30 a.m. — Check-in and continental breakfast
  • 9 a.m. — Child Life profession overview
    • Hear from different medical team members who collaborate with Child Life
  • Noon — Lunch is provided
  • 1 p.m. — The road to become a child life specialist
    • Hear from child life specialists about their typical days and experiences
    • Academic and clinical requirements overview
  • 3:30 p.m. — Wrap-up and questions

Registration and cancellation policy

Workshop fee is $25. Registrations opens on July 1 at 8 a.m. Registration deadline is September 16, 2019. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation and refund policy: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) reserves the right to cancel or postpone the workshop due to any unforeseen circumstances. If you wish to withdraw from the workshop, please send a cancellation email by September 16, 2019, to

In the event of cancellation, postponement, or withdrawal, CHOP will refund any registration fees, less a $15 service charge. No refunds will be issued after September 16, 2019.

Parking and transportation

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is located in the West Philadelphia area of the city. It is easily accessible by mass transit as well as major highways. If driving, please park in CHOP’s Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care located on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus. Parking passes for complementary parking will be provided. Confirmed attendees will receive an email with directions to navigate from the Buerger parking garage to the Colket Building. The workshop will be held in Colket, Room 1100 A & B.

Contact information

If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Child Life Student Programs at 215-590-2001 or email