Child Life 101

Are you interested in the child life profession? Do you think a child life career path sounds like a good fit for you, but you want learn more about it? Are you currently enrolled in college and studying the child life field but are looking for insight into how your study set is applied to daily real life situations? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this opportunity was created with you in mind.

You are invited to join us for Child Life 101 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The St. Jude Child Life Program is offering a half-day educational session for current child life students, future child life students and prospective interns with a realistic view of the Child Life role in a hospital setting. This is intended to be a beginner’s level introductory class to the child life profession.

Scheduled Events

10:00-10:15 am Registration
10:15-10:30 am Welcome Shawna Grissom, MS, CCLS, CEIM, Child Life Program Director
Introductions Child Life 101 Committee
10:30-11:15 am Therapeutic, Developmental, and Medical Play Megan Billig, MA, CCLS
11:15 am-12:00 pm Diagnostic Education and Preparation Ashley Anderst, CCLS
12:00-12:45 pm Lunch and Display Tables
12:45-1:30 pm "A Day in the Life of a Child Life Specialist" Jennifer Smith, MS, CCLS, CIMI
1:30-2:30 pm Internship Requirements and Reminders Clare Gardner, CCLS, Student Program Coordinator
2:30-3:30 pm Child Life Specialist Panel
  *If you arrive before 10:00, please do not enter the hospital but do feel free to visit the ALSAC gift shop. Gilft Shop hours are 8:30 am-4:30 pm, 7 days a week.
  **Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided

Upcoming Session Information

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Barry-Longinotti Building, 1st Floor Auditorium
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN

Cost: $25 per person
This fee is to help provide lunch, refreshments, and take home materials. Payments can be made online with a credit card after you register for the program.


To participate, all attendants must have a minimum educational level of high school senior. All participants must have completed registration and received confirmation of acceptance from our staff to attend Child Life 101.

Please note that no professional credit hours will be provided from this session.

Dress Code: Business Casual Attire

Online Registration

Registration includes completed application and payment.

Register Online.

St. Jude Hospital Tour

The child life staff will not be providing a tour of the facility during the Child Life 101 session. If you are interested in a general public tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please call (800) 877-5833, ext. 2041 or (901) 578-2041. You can also email us at

Local Hotel Accommodations:

If you decide that your visit will require an overnight stay, here is a list of a few local hotels that may meet your individual needs.

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel (Located 0.47 miles from hospital)
250 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (Located 0.31 miles from hospital)
300 N Second Street
Memphis, TN 38105
1 877 270 1393

Double Tree Hotel Downtown (Located 1.12 miles from hospital)
185 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Springhill Suites Downtown (Located 0.91 miles from hospital)
21 N Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103