Child Life & Family-Centered Care

  • SED CF 510: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
    Provides students with initial competencies to understand, assess, and critique diagnostic issues of the major psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence. Cross-cultural comparisons introduce students to a wide variety of help-seeking and help-giving models to assist children and adolescents coping with adversity. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • SED CF 617: Bereavement Care
    Examines theories about loss and bereavement and individual responses to various types of losses. Prepares students to provide bereavement interventions for individuals and groups. 4 cr
  • SED CF 737: Working with Parents
    Examines principles for organizing individual and group parenting education that builds on parental knowledge and responds to parental needs. Examines supportive, therapeutic, and educational models, materials, and resources. Develops communication skills and leadership capacities to work with parents in school, healthcare, family support, and home settings. 4 cr
  • SED CL 210: Child and Family Health Systems
    Introduces students to the history and development of the U.S. health care system from a family-centered care perspective, including identification of the organizations and professional disciplines serving children and their families. Focuses on the psychosocial, financial and emotional costs of health care and introduces students to the profession of Child Life. 4 cr
  • SED CL 520: Child Development and Family in Healthcare
    Introduces research and literature on the psychosocial needs of children and families in health care settings. Focuses on theories of development, play, preparation, coping and delivery of family-centered care in the context of health care. 4 cr
  • SED CL 521: Methods and Materials in Child Life
    Explores relationships between child life play activities and child development theories, stressing the acquisition of practical skills needed for child life programming. 4 cr
  • SED CL 522: Clinical Issues in Child Development and Child Life
    Provides skills to plan, implement, document, and assess developmentally appropriate child life interventions including coping with medical procedures, family-centered care, ethics, expressive activities, crisis intervention, and pain management. 4 cr
  • SED CL 523: Clinical Internship and Seminar I (400 hr)
    Provides a 400-hour internship opportunity under the direct supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital setting with focus on developing skills based on the Child Life Competencies. Students participate in weekly process seminar at the college. 8 cr
  • SED CL 620: Child Life Program Development
    Provides skills to plan, implement, document, and assess Child Life program objectives and strategic planning, including child health systems, alternative settings, grant writing, professional presentations, group dynamics, interdisciplinary collaboration, and supervision. 4 cr
  • SED CL 621: Clinical Internship and Seminar II (200 hr)
    Provides a 200-hour internship opportunity under the direct supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist in a community, outpatient, or primary care setting with a focus on developing skills based on the Child Life Competencies. 4 cr