The Child Life Therapist strives to reduce the impact of stressful or traumatic life events and situations which affect the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and families. The Child Life Therapist assesses, develops and implements evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate programming and interventions to prepare clients and families for any diagnostic or treatment procedures. As a member of multidisciplinary pediatric teams, the incumbent shall advocate for and represent Child Life on committees, interdisciplinary rounds, conferences, hospital and community initiatives where there is concern for the psychosocial, emotional and developmental needs of children, youth and families. Child Life Therapist functions as a member of the Child Life Program Department and as a member of an assigned health care team, in accordance with the professional standards of practice of the Association of Child Life Professionals and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Join our Child Life team in our brand new state-of-the-art Child Life Zone - the first of its kind in Canada! Opening in the fall of 2019, the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital features 176 private patient rooms, numerous family spaces, including an outdoor and indoor playground, a teen lounge, and a 2,800 square foot Child Life Zone. Our new Child Life Zone is dedicated to providing hospitalized children and their families with a space to learn, express themselves, and play using age-appropriate tools and approaches. Our growing team is looking for passionate professionals who are interested in leading our Child Life programming to excellence for the patients and families we serve from across Saskatchewan.
Bachelor's degree from an ACLP endorsed program, or a bachelor's degree with a focus on pediatric development, child and youth care, child psychology, or child and family studies as determined by the employer.
Registered or eligible for registration as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP)
Successful applicant will be required to successfully obtain child life certification within one (1) year of employment as a Child Life Therapist.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to assess and interact with patients and families while applying theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural diversity.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work.
Demonstrated ability to represent and communicate child life practice and psychosocial issues of infants, children, youth and families to others.
Demonstrated ability to run group programs, provide psychosocial preparation for procedures and medical interventions
Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others.
Demonstrated clinical expertise in assessing client's needs, planning and interventions for children, adolescents and their families
Demonstrated flexibility and the ability to provide interventions on an urgent basis
Demonstrated understanding of Client and Family Centred Care practices
Demonstrated understanding the role of community supports for the child/adolescent and family
Knowledge of ethical principles related to pediatric healthcare and the Child Life profession
Knowledge of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) Child Life Competencies
Knowledge of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) Code of Professional Practice
Physical ability to operate related equipment and carry out the duties of the position.
Additional Salary Information: Salary currently underview
Internal Number: GO-00571539
About Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon is part of Saskatchewan's unified healthcare system that provides care to the entire province, without boundaries or barriers.
Our staff members work together - within institutions and the community, urban and rural - to improve the physical, mental, social, cultural and spiritual health of individuals, families, and communities.