At Children's of Mississippi, our Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) are members of the healthcare team who specialize in helping children and families cope with stressors related to illness, hospitalization, and trauma. Each of our child life specialists holds a bachelor's or master's level degree, has completed training through a child life clinical internship, and maintains certification through the Child Life Certification Commission.
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To learn about volunteering within our Child Life program, visit our Volunteers page.
For information about donating items for our patients, visit umc.edu/inkinddonations or email email@example.com.
The child life department currently has the availability to host two in-person community events for patients per month. For event guidelines and application, please click here.
Children's of Mississippi Child Life Internship
Children's of Mississippi offers a comprehensive, 600 hour, 15-week internship program designed to prepare interns for certification and a career as a child life specialist. Children’s of Mississippi supports The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) Internship Guidelines, and we are using the ACLP Internship Readiness Common Application. Our internship session is in the Spring semester.
*All applicants must be enrolled within an affiliated academic program at a college or university, receiving credit hours for the internship. A contract between the hospital and college/university must be established prior to the start of the internship.
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