The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-01

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It has been said that the moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. Those who enter the field of child life daily encounter those in our society who are among the most vulnerable ... vulnerable because of their age and their ways of interpreting the world, vulnerable because of their physical circumstances, vulnerable because of the unfamiliar they encounter, vulnerable at times because of additional barriers such as language, poverty or prejudice. Yet, the child life specialist understands that each individual, despite the vulnerabilities he or she may bring to an encounter, also brings strength and resiliency. The task of the child life specialist is to build upon those strengths and to minimize individual vulnerability and maximize the growth of the individual. This book addresses the most important aspects of the practice of child life. The book is geared toward an audience beyond the introductory level and includes information on the state of the art in each chapter covered. Wherever possible, the book demonstrates application of the contents in practice through case studies. The goal of this text is to assist in this process, drawing upon the expertise of leading figures in the field to help provide child life specialists, and other allied health professionals, with the knowledge and skills they will need to accomplish this important task. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Contributing Authorsp. v
Introductionp. xiii
The Story of Child Lifep. 3
Theoretical Foundations of Child Life Practicep. 23
Research in Child Lifep. 36
Therapeutic Relationships in Child Lifep. 57
Communication and Child Lifep. 78
Family-Centered Care and the Implications For Child Life Practicep. 95
Assessment and Documentation in Child Lifep. 116
Paradigms of Playp. 136
Psychological Preparation and Copingp. 160
Program Administration and Supervisionp. 199
Child Life Interventions in Critical care and at the End of Lifep. 220
Working With Grieving Children and Familiesp. 238
Chronic Illness and Rehabilitationp. 257
The Emergency Department and Ambulatory Carep. 287
Child Life and Education Issues: The Child With a Chronic Illness or Special Healthcare Needsp. 310
Child Life: A Global Perspectivep. 327
Indexp. 353
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