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Child Life 101


Thank you for your interest in Child Life 101. Out of an abundance of caution to protect our immunocompromised patients at St. Jude, along with other factors, Child Life 101 will be postponed indefinitely. We anticipate Child Life 101 will return; however, we will continue to evaluate plans.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at


This course is a beginner’s level introductory class to the Child Life profession.

  • 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 to 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 collaborating with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to offer 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.


To participate, all attendants must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete registration
  • Pay the registration fee of $20
  • Receive confirmation of acceptance from our staff

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

Dress Code: Business Casual Attire
Lunch and snack will be provided.

Topics Covered

  • Therapeutic and Developmental Play
  • Procedural Preparation and Support
  • Medical Play
  • Legacy and Bereavement
  • Procedural Preparation and Support
  • Diagnostic Teaching
  • Internship Requirements and Reminders
  • Hospital Tour after lunch

Child Life 101 Contact

Doni Anderson
Phone: (901) 595-3020


More Information on Child Life for Students

Tour St. Jude

Child Life 101 will provide a tour of the St. Jude campus after lunch.

Local Accommodations

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
(Located 0.47 miles from hospital)
250 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 527-7300

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
(901) 528-1800

Springhill Suites Downtown
(Located 0.91 miles from hospital)
21 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
1 (800) 593-6415