Course: Child Life:Concepts and Methods (PY-331-1)
Child Life professionals work with medically ill children, helping them to cope with their illness and its consequences. This course introduces the field of Child Life and its implementation in a health care setting. Topics include the effects of illness and hospitalization on children and families, the development of play and coping skills in childhood, the roles of play therapy and other therapeutic techniques in medical settings, and the challenges of working with chronically or terminally ill children and families under stress. For students interested in Child Life careers, this course provides necessary background. For those interested in counseling/clinical work with children in other settings, it provides greater breadth and depth of relevant knowledge and expertise.