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Child Life & Therapy Recreation Specialist

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We are seeking a dually certified Child Life Specialist/Therapeutic Recreation Specialist to provide services in the inpatient areas of American Family Children’s Hospital with primary coverage to include the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, chronic regional pain, and rehabilitation patients.

• Help children, adolescents and families cope with the fear and anxiety associated with the medical environment and hospitalization.
• Use developmentally appropriate play as a primary tool in assessing and meeting the child’s psychosocial needs in the health care setting along with setting specific patient goals.
• Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to formulate and implement plans of care which include goals based upon individual assessments.
• Teach children and families about upcoming procedures, develop coping plans, and provide developmentally-appropriate items for support and distraction during procedures.

Education:

Minimum - Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Therapeutic Recreation, Child Development, Psychology, or related field.

Preferred - Master’s degree in Child Life, Therapeutic Recreation, Child Development, Psychology, or related field


Work Experience:

Minimum – Completion of a dual internship in Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation as approved by the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) and National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

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Completion of Child Life Internship and approved equivalency path for Therapeutic Recreation as approved by NCTRC.

 

Preferred – Two (2) years related experience working with children and adolescents in a hospital setting. Experience in specific specialty area (rehabilitation services). Paid clinical experience.


Licenses and Certifications:

Minimum – Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), or certification in progress with ability to obtain this credential within one year from date of hire. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), or certification in progress with ability to obtain this credential within one year from date of hire. Current Basic Life Support/CPR certification

Preferred – Current CCLS and CTRS certifications

 

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

 Knowledge of and an ability to use various computer programs such as word processing, database, spreadsheet, calendar and email

 Effective verbal and written communications skills

 Demonstrated ability to plan individualized interventions.

 Demonstrated professionalism interacting with patient/families.

 Ability to build relationships and trust.


Physical Requirements:

Light: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. 

 

Work Schedule: 100% FTE, 40 hours per week. Day/Evening shift, Monday through Friday, the hours may vary. Every 4th weekend (8:00am - 4:30pm) and one holiday shift per year required. Hours may vary based on the operational needs of the department. 

 

American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin—also a Magnet®-designated facility—provides specialized care in a healing environment designed especially for pediatric patients and their families. American Family Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in six medical and surgical specialties, with nationally recognized pediatric specialists in a wide range of fields. It is also home to our Level One Pediatric Trauma Center and Level IV NICU, which cares for the tiniest patients throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

 

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UW Health values and embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

 

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