Child Life Council Announces Worldwide Outreach Scholarships for 2014 Annual Conference

Child Life Council Announces Worldwide Outreach Scholarships for 2014 Annual Conference

The Child Life Council (CLC) is pleased to announce the availability of several international scholarships to attend the CLC Annual Conference on Professional Issues, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana from May 22-25, 2014. Each international scholarship will cover registration for the conference, up to five nights lodging at the conference hotel, actual cost of economy round-trip airfare up to $1,800 U.S., and a small stipend for meals and incidentals.

Child life specialists help children and families to cope with the stress of illness and hospitalization by providing opportunities for play, age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies, and self-expression activities. CLC is the leading membership association for this group of professionals, with more than 5,000 members in nearly 500 hospitals and other organizations worldwide. As the premier educational event for child life specialists, CLC’s Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity for networking and professional development.

Applications are encouraged from any health care professional from outside North America who has an interest in the psychosocial care of children. The award process will look most favorably on professional practitioners or administrators in a position to be able to introduce, or greatly enhance, psychosocial care consistent with child life practice and principles in their respective parts of the world. Individuals from countries that are classified as developing or emerging economies are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have proficiency in English, as all presentations at the Annual Conference will be delivered in this language.

Applicants should submit their complete applications to the CLC office via e-mail to jlindahl@childlife.org (preferred method); or by fax to +1.301.881.7092; or by postal mail to 11821 Parklawn Drive, Suite 310, Rockville, MD 20852 USA. All applications must be received by the CLC office no later than October 30, 2013. Deadlines cannot be waived or extended due to delays in communication or delivery. Additional information and application forms are available at http://www.childlife.org/Annual Conference/ConferenceScholarship.cfm.

 Awardees will be named and all applicants will be notified of the decision in early January 2014.

2014 will mark the fifth consecutive year that CLC has offered scholarships to international conference attendees, and the organization has welcomed scholarship recipients from a diverse group of nations, including Australia, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

 About the Child Life Council
The Child Life Council (CLC) is the leading membership association supporting child life professionals as they empower children and families to master challenging events related to health care. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1982, CLC provides members with professional development programs, resources, and networking opportunities, and advances best practices. Membership is currently comprised of more than 5,000 individuals in nearly 500 hospitals and other organizations worldwide. Our members include child life specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, and others involved in the psychosocial care of children. More information on CLC and the child life profession is available at http://www.childlife.org.