Mar 22, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FCL 516 - Child Life I: Child Life Scope of Practice

Introduction to the child life profession including history and scope of the practice of child life; impact of stress, trauma, and hospitalization on children and families; skills for providing therapeutic intervention with medically fragile children. Formerly FS 516, students may not receive credit for both. FCL 416 and FCL 516 are layered courses; students may not receive credit for both. Course will be offered every year (Winter).

Prerequisite: admission to Family and Child Life MS program.


Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of Child Life professional standards and the process of certification including the Code of Ethical Responsibility, Child Life Competencies, and the Standards of Clinical Practice.
  • Communicate an in-depth understanding of the history and scope of Child Life practice and the foundation of evidence-based practice.
  • Identify the potential impact of hospitalization and stress at various developmental stages, and integrate family-centered care principles in identifying appropriate support.
  • Use assessment skills to plan advocacy and coping interventions specific to work with children experiencing medical stress and/or trauma.
  • Summarize ethical issues in child life and evaluate guidelines for practice when faced with ethical dilemmas. 
  • Graduate students will be able to argue for the importance of child life services in children’s hospitals.
  • Graduate students will be able to synthesize application of child and family theories to child life practice.

Learner Outcomes Approval Date:

Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Winter Locations Ellensburg

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