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Child Life Specialist - Pediatric Palliative Care

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Job ID REQ_142801 FACILITY Lifetime Care LOCATION Buffalo, New York


The Child Life Specialist - Pediatric Palliative Care (CompassionNet)  is a core member of the interdisciplinary care team serving pediatric palliative care patients and their families in the home and community setting. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for the development and delivery of skilled child life support focused on the developmental, emotional and psychosocial needs of identified CompassionNet patients (children/teens with a potentially life-threatening illness) and their siblings.  

STATUS: Per Diem


DEPARTMENT: Pediatric Palliative Care - Home Care

SCHEDULE: Part Time/ Flexible Schedule (Includes some weekday mid/late afternoon hours)


  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) certification from the Association of Child Life Professionals (formerly the Child Life Council) is required, with a minimum of 3 years related experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in child life, psychology, child development, or human service required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Must have ability to travel.

  • Basic computer skills are necessary, including but not limited to the ability to navigate on a personal computer within a Windows based operating environment; the ability to access and create basic e-mail messages; and the ability to open, edit, and save basic Electronic documents if necessary.  


  • Patient/Family Care. Develops, implements, and evaluates plan of care for child life services to empower and address the needs of medically fragile children, their siblings, and families, to support comfort, goals of care, and facilitate adaptive coping through developmentally appropriate interventions including medical play, expressive techniques, education, procedural support, developmental and psychosocial support. Provides opportunities for family members to participate in expressive/therapeutic play activities including grief, loss, and legacy work as appropriate.

  • Relationship Building, Education & Advocacy. Promotes a safe and nurturing environment within the home setting, school, or other community setting agreed upon with family. Provides ongoing education and information to parents/caregivers related to child development, children's reaction(s) to stress and healthcare experiences, anticipatory grief, and bereavement. Plans and implements age-appropriate programming for children and siblings to encourage opportunities for peer support, validation, and to reduce feelings of isolation. Understands and promotes the integration
    of pediatric palliative care with pediatric acute care and community-based care.

  • Bereavement Support. Facilitates developmentally appropriate grief and bereavement interventions, preceding and following the child's death; including preparation for funeral/memorial services, facilitation of memory making, therapeutic intervention to assess and respond to children's understanding and coping needs.

  • Collaboration. Collaborates as an effective member of the Interdisciplinary Care Team and as a resource regarding children’s developmental and psychosocial needs to reduce suffering and promote healthy coping for children, siblings and families. Collaborates with involved parents/caregivers to assess initial/ongoing developmental and psychosocial needs and coping styles of children and/or siblings, while promoting family-centered care. Collaborates with the child life staff at the facility where the child receives primary care to promote consistency of care.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS S - Sedentary Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS CCLS - Certified Child Life Specialist - Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP)
Rochester Regional Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran
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