The Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Department has combined the expertise of these two professional groups and produced a comprehensive program which provides services that contribute to improving the patient’s psycho-social, recreational and developmental abilities. 

Professional Training Internship Opportunities

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation practicums and internships are available to students pursuing a degree in therapeutic recreation. Students will have an opportunity to work with infants, children, and adolescents in an inpatient pediatric rehabilitation hospital. Interested students should complete and submit the application. If you have questions, please contact Karen Hartlove

Child Life

Child Life practicums are available to students pursuing a degree in child life. Students will have an introductory experience working with infants, children, and adolescents in a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and outpatient center. Interested students should complete and submit the application. If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Taylor


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Review our requirements and instructions for submitting your application today (PDF 106 kb). When your ready, email Karen Hartlove your cover letter, application and unofficial transcript.

Inpatient Programs:

Child Life: Child life specialists help patients and families facilitate coping with and adjustment to illness/injury and hospitalization. The program focuses on emotional support, education on medical procedures and conditions, and enhancement of developmental skills through therapeutic play. Child life services are available to inpatients on the pediatric rehabilitation unit and pediatric feeding disorders unit, as well as multiple outpatient clinics in the 801 N. Broadway building.

Therapeutic Recreation: Therapeutic recreation specialists provide individualized therapy for patients requiring intervention for the effects of a traumatic illness or condition. The specialists facilitate the patients' involvement in structured one-on-one, group and/or community activities that focus on individualized treatment goals.

Music Therapy: The music therapist uses singing, songwriting, playing instruments, and other musical experiences to address treatment goals for patients during individual and group therapy sessions.

Outpatient Playroom Programs: 

Recreational activities staff provide supervision and activity programming for outpatients and their siblings above the age of three in a child-oriented play environment. We offer these services at the following playrooms locations:

  • 801 N. Broadway Outpatient Building- multiple clinics
  • 716 N Broadway Clinic Research Center- Social Work and Psychiatry
  • 1750 E. Fairmount Outpatient Building-Neuropsychology 


Professional Certifying Organizations:

Child Life Council (CLC)
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
Certification Board for Music Therapists


Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS)
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS)
Certification Board for Music Therapists (BC-MT)