Winthrop’s Child Life Program Earns Clinical Internship Accreditation
December 28, 2016
Members of Winthrop’s dedicated Child Life Program gather in the Child Life Playroom in the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center, a safe haven for patients during their hospital stay.
Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital’s Child Life Program recently earned Clinical Internship Accreditation from the National Child Life Council, the leading membership association for Child Life Specialists. Winthrop is among a group of 14 prestigious programs across the nation, and one of only two in New York, to meet the stringent requirements of accreditation, which is a voluntary two-step process of self-study and external review.
“Winthrop’s Child Life Program is at the forefront of family-centered care,” said Leonard R. Krilov, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease at Winthrop. “We are incredibly proud of this recognition and know it will help us secure the best and brightest in the field.”
Members of Winthrop’s Child Life Program work to alleviate the fear and anxiety for hospitalized young patients at Winthrop and their families. The Program’s certified Child Life Specialists are trained in child development and meeting the special needs of children who are ill. Through play, education and support, the Specialists help calm fears, plan fun-filled activities, and alleviate the stress and loneliness that can accompany the hospital experience. Interns partake fully in the experience.
“We provide a very rich, inclusive internship experience and lead the pack in that regard, as this accreditation shows,” said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life Program. “An intern in the program can expect to be involved in all the day to day activities of a Child Life Specialist, and will exit our program well-prepared and ready to begin their career as a Child Life Specialist.”
In order to become a Child Life intern at Winthrop, a candidate must have already completed at least 100 volunteer hours within a pediatric hospital setting; be affiliated with a graduate program of study while participating in the internship; and have a contract created between the candidate’s school and Winthrop.