Child Life 101


Friday, November 30, 2018
9:00 am – 3:30 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 have:

  • A minimum education level of high school junior
  • Completed registration
  • Paid the registration fee of $20
  • Received 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 - 9:25 am Welcome and Introductions
Shawn Brasher, MS, CCLS, Child Life Program Director
Child Life 101 Committee
9:25 - 10:10 am Therapeutic, Developmental, and Medical Play
Samantha Toohey, CCLS
10:15 - 11:00 am Diagnostic Education and Preparation
Ashley Anderst, CCLS
11:05 am - 12:05 pm Interractive Tables
Jennifer Smith, MS, CCLS, CIMI
12:05 - 12:45 pm Lunch and Display Tables
12:50 - 1:35 pm Supportive Interventions
Meredith Hilderbrand, CCLS
1:40 - 2:40 pm Internship Requirements and Reminders
Clare Gardner, CCLS
Jessica Kellough, CCLS
Child Life Director

2:45 - 3:15 pm Child Life Specialist Panel
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

Although Child Life will not provide a tour of the facility during this session, you can schedule a tour of the St. Jude campus on your own.

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