Kalispell Regional Healthcare is seeking a Child Life Specialist to join our Montana Children's Hospital team.
Montana Children’s unveiled it’s 190,000-square-foot facility dedicated to specialty care for children in 2018 in Kalispell, Montana. Montana Children’s is the heart of comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents in the local area and throughout the state of Montana. With twelve pediatric unit beds, twelve neonatal intensive care unit beds and six pediatric intensive care unit beds, Montana Children’s is the first of its kind in the state (with room to grow and expand).
The Child Life (CL) Specialist works in health care and community settings to address the psychosocial, emotional and family concerns that accompany the illness and injury of children, adolescents and young adults. This position utilizes developmentally appropriate information, procedure support, emotional processing, play, self-expression and empowerment to improve the coping and adjustment of patients and families.
Specific Job Duties:
*Supports the patient’s emotional, social, and cognitive growth in the context of family, culture, and development. Offers opportunities for child and family to have choices and make decisions to maximize feelings of control.
*Provides diverse recreational and therapeutic play-based activities meeting a child’s interest, condition, and overall need to promote exploration, self-expression, mastery, understanding, and normalization.
*Utilizes assessment of child’s development, temperament, medical history, coping style, social supports, and current medical plan to develop an individualized psychosocial plan of care.
*Assesses child’s response to and/or perception of illness, injury, hospitalization, clinic visit and/or treatment in order to provide emotional support and stress reduction techniques at identified stress points.
*Facilitates a broad range of supportive strategies to bolster adaptive coping and receptivity to medical care. Participates in rounds and/or interdisciplinary care planning and shares pertinent information with the care giving team.
*Documents the child’s care plan, psychosocial interventions and outcomes, child and family education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
*Offers assistance and support to family members with adjustment to the child’s illness, injury, and/or healthcare experience and to cope with their own stress and needs.
*Bolsters the child’s and family’s understanding of procedures, surgery, and/or diagnoses utilizing medical play, psychological preparation and support with developmentally appropriate teaching materials and techniques for a range of ages and learning needs.
*Supports patients and families through grief and bereavement experiences with memory making and legacy building.
*Orients and provides education to the interdisciplinary team, hospital staff and community on the developmental impact of hospitalization, psychosocial needs of children and families in a healthcare setting and the scope of child life services.
*Precepts new employees and oversees students as needed.
*Participates in departmental, divisional, and/or organizational committees and projects as Takes an active role in developing and maintaining resources, planning, and facilitating special events.
*Other duties as assigned. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment to the position.
Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Education or related field required.
Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential preferred and must be successfully obtained within two (2) years’ of hire.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with various audiences.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy.
Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, a self-starter, possess critical thinking skills and be able to set priorities and function as part of a team as well as independently.
Possess and maintain computer skills to include working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn other software as needed.
Understanding of the confidentiality laws that govern the provider-patient relationship, including but not limited to HIPAA guidelines.
Internal Number: 2020-8575
About Kalispell Regional Medical Center
We understand that health care is a local issue and health is a personal concern. That's why we’ve assembled a full range of health care services to meet the growing needs of our region's residents and visitors. Kalispell Regional Healthcare's mission is to improve the health, comfort and lives of the people we serve. We do that through a host of health care facilities and services designed to serve our local community.