Child Life 101


November 15, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

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

Scheduled Events

Time Event
9:00 - 9:15 am Registration
9:15 - 9:30 am Welcome and Introductions
Shawn Brasher, MS, CCLS, Child Life Program Director
Child Life 101 Committee
9:30 - 10:00 am Therapeutic and Developmental Play
Jackie Greenwood, MS, CCLS, CIMI
10:00 - 10:30 am Procedural Preparation and Support
Katie Greer, MA, CCLS, CPMT
10:30 - 11:30 am Interractive Tables
Medical Play — Jackie Greenwood, MS, CCLS,
Legacy and Bereavement — Samantha Toohey, CCLS, CIMI
Procedural Preparation and Support — Ashley Anderst, CCLS, CIMI
Diagnostic Teaching — Katie Greer, MA, CCLS, CPMT
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Lunch and Display Tables
12:15 - 2:15 pm Child Life in Action
Medical Play — Katie Greer, MA, CCLS, CPMT
Legacy and Bereavement  Ashley Anderst, CCLS, CIMI
Procedural Preparation and Support — Jackie Greenwood, MS, CCLS, CIMI
Diagnostic Teaching — Samantha Toohey, CCLS, CIMI
2:20 - 3:20 pm Internship Requirements and Reminders
Clare Gardner, CCLS, Student Program Coordinator
Jessica Kellough, CCLS, Child Life Director

3:20 - 4:00 pm Child Life Specialist Panel
Staff from:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
4:00 - 5:00 pm Tour St. Jude campus (optional)
*Pre-registration is required. You will receive information on how to schedule the tour with your confirmation email.
If you arrive before 9:00 am, please do not enter the hospital but do feel free to visit the ALSAC gift shop. Gift Shop hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, 7 days a week.
Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided.


Register for the Course


Register for the Course

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. Youwill receive instructions on scheduling a tour after you register for the event.

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