Coordinator- Child Life & Integrative Care- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry- Part-Time- 24 hrs/week


SUBFUNCTION DEFINITION: Involves providing support in a variety of forms, to help children minimize the anxiety of health challenges and / or hospitalization, increase understanding and coping skills, and continue their typical growth and development. Includes the promotion of effective coping through play, self-expression activities, creative art and music therapies and age-appropriate medical preparation and education. Partners with providers, nurses, social workers and others to meet the unique emotional, developmental and cultural needs of each child and family.

SCOPE: Provide direct supervision and clinical direction to clinical and support staff in the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care. To assist in the planning; direction; organization and control of programming and daily function for the assigned location(s) in order to meet the fiscal; patient care; research; and teaching needs of the department and medical center. To apply knowledge and skill of child life and Integrative Care clinical practices in caring for the health needs of infant; child; adolescent; and adult patients and families.


•Patient Care I
Performs comprehensive psychosocial assessments of patients and families reflecting an intuitive understanding of their complex needs to develop short and/or long term goals. Consistently integrates age specific and culturally diverse concepts into patient care, taking into consideration both the patient's chronological age and developmental functioning. Facilitates patient and family involvement. Supports patients and families in adjusting to injury, diagnosis, chronic illness or disability and anticipates concerns and issues. Identifies and advocates for the needs of patients and families within the healthcare system and/or community. Reassesses effectiveness of interventions, develops new approaches, and educates others to new skill set. Reports suspicions of abuse and neglect as mandated for investigation. Implements appropriate intervention strategies and style for individual patients/families to accomplish goals. Serves as an advanced clinical resource to division and matrixed staff members.

•Patient Care II
When engaging in clinical practice, reviews patient goal. Revises the Post procedural assessment and applies intervention as appropriate. Promotes and supports pain management by active involvement advancing the use of nonpharmacological pain management in area/on unit and throughout institution. Documents services and/or interventions provided. Contributes expertise in patient care conferences and/or rounds. Initiates patient care conferences. Orients and supervises volunteers. Takes a leadership role in the education and training of students, coworkers, professionals and members of the community. Follows up on referrals in a timely manner. Maintains fluent knowledge of resources and individualizes recommendations based on patient and family needs. Participates in activities that heighten awareness of the profession. Communicates staffing needs to Clinical Manager, and other Coordinators. Coordinates recruitment and selection process for the assigned location(s) and participates in final hiring decision. Facilitates and oversees orientation process for all assigned new hires, identifying appropriate clinical trainers for each competency area.

•Departmental Responsibility
Demonstrates understanding of departmental resources and budgeting process and functions within the fiscal parameters set forth by the department. Submits requests for supplies according to guidelines. Ensures that work areas are organized, safe and professional in appearance for employees, patients and families. Consistently identifies potential problems, clears barriers, and assumes ownership of problems. Utilizes creativity and flexibility to solve them at the lowest possible level demonstrating accountability of self and others. Consistently models and coaches co-workers in positive interactions and communication. Completes special assignments and projects while maintaining regular workflow. Increases personal and departmental productivity by identifying and implementing new work procedures. Proactively contributes to and encourages a positive work environment.

•Staff Supervision and Development
Creates and maintains a climate which stimulates professional growth and development by providing personal and professional mentoring and support to all staff. Identifies, in conjunction with employees, needs for training and development of staff and coordinates with others as appropriate. Ensures completion of applicable competencies and mandatory activities. Creates opportunities for learning and development of clinical expertise that correlates with departmental and individual staff's needs. Identifies staff responsibilities, standards and professional boundaries by which individual staff will be evaluated. Provides constructive feedback and makes appropriate recommendations for change. Monitors performance of staff, seeks input from others, and provides formal feedback utilizing a variety of methods including completion of performance reviews and performance counseling. Provides informal feedback throughout the performance year. Utilizes formal disciplinary processes when appropriate, seeking the counsel of Human Resource Business Partners when necessary. Ensures that clinical staff maintain standards of practice that conform to state and federal regulations and accrediting standards.

Demonstrates understanding of the entire scope of providing service throughout CCHMC consistent with the medical center's strategic plan. Actively participates in Leadership Team meetings. Engages in Leadership Team discussions addressing time-sensitive issues. Shares applicable and appropriate information with staff in a timely and consistent manner utilizing a variety of methods. Participates in the design of new programs for assigned locations, may initiate implementation and provide ongoing leadership and supervision. Coordinates work schedules to ensure optimal customer service considering individuals' skills and departmental needs. Resolves day-to-day customer service issues for the assigned location(s) and addresses issues as needed. Develops positive collaborative relationship with Clinical Directors and Clinical Managers within assigned area(s) to facilitate and sustain optimal operations.




•Bachelor's degree in a related field

Master's degree preferred

• 5 - 7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


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