Child Life Specialist

SickKids - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Hours of Work


Dept/Program Name

Child Life-Paeds

Contract Length

18 months

Date Posted


Deadline to Apply


Target Openings


About SickKids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.

Position Description

The Child Life Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a variety of therapeutic play-based interventions to support patient and family-centered care.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do:
Assess the developmental level and the psychosocial and emotional responses of the child to illness and the treatment process
Develop and implement a plan of care to promote optimum development and maintain normal living patterns and experiences
Discuss sensitive and medical issues with children of various ages and developmental capacities
Prepare children for medical procedures and provide interventions during procedures
Provide a variety of goal-directed play programs and opportunities for gaining a sense of mastery, self-expression, learning, and peer interaction
Collaborate with families as a member of the health care team using the philosophy of family centered care and interprofessional practice
Integrate research into practice and create, utilize and/or disseminate new knowledge

Here’s What You’ll Need:
Current certification with the Child Life Council and designation of CCLS credentials
University degree in a child related field
Previous job-related experience with children/families with medical or special needs
Specific child life courses as well as specific child life experience in pediatric settings are considered assets
Familiar with the philosophy of family centered care and interprofessional practice
Demonstrated belief in life-long learning and an ability to cite evidence-based practice
Strong problem-solving, communication and organization skills, and ability to work well as a team player

Employment Type: Temporary, Full-time Contract (18 month contract)

Our Commitment to Diversity

The children and families we care for are diverse, and so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team.

If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

How to Apply

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