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MD Anderson Cancer Center Child Life Specialist - Per Diem in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research, and prevention.

The Child Life Team is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary care team in the Children's Cancer Hospital. Certified Child Life Specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions, including therapeutic play, preparation, and education that support and reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for infants, children, youth, and families. Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role is to help improve patient and family care, satisfaction, and overall experience. The Child Life Specialist provides continuity of care to patients and families to meet their psycho-social needs.

Child Life Specialist / Per Diem Work schedule: Weekdays - Based on business needs

Essential Job Functions :

Delivery of Psychosocial Care to Patients and Families. Formulates and implements a psychosocial and/or therapeutic activity utilizing evidence-based practice that is consistent with the medical needs and developmental level of each patient.

Integrates therapeutic and psychosocial activities in partnership with the family and healthcare team. Assesses and meaningfully interacts with infants, children, youth and families.

Provides a safe, therapeutic and healing environment for infants, children, youth and families.

Assists with infants, children, youth and families in coping with potentially stressful events.

Provides teaching, specific to the population served, including psychological preparation for potentially stressful experiences, with infants, children, youth and families.

Reflective Practice

Continuously engages in self-reflection of child life practice. Develops and evaluates child life services.

Multidisciplinary Team Member

Functions as a member of the services team. Implements child life service within the structure and culture of the work environment. Represents and communicates child life practice and psychosocial issues of infants, children, youth and families to others.


Education Required: Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field.

Education Preferred: Master's degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field.

Experience Required: Six months of experience working with children in a mental health or medical setting

Experience Preferred: None

Certifications/Licensure Required: Certification as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) by the Child Life Certifying Committee (CLCC) within 1 year of job entry.

Certifications/Licensure Preferred: None

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 167334

  • Employment Status: Per Diem

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Days

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 31,616

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 31,616

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 31,616

  • FLSA: non-exempt and eligible for overtime pay

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Referral Bonus Available?: No

  • Relocation Assistance Available?: No

  • Science Jobs: No