Training Programs

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Whether your child is a patient with us or has a family member in the hospital, Child Life Specialists can help.

Call 310-267-9440 to learn more about Child Life Specialists at UCLA Health.

The Chase Child Life Program offers training programs for students at every level of university experience. Each student program is designed to meet the individual learning needs of the student, while maintaining high educational standards and providing a foundation for students to learn about the psychosocial needs of children in healthcare.

The Chase Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital accepts Graduate (Masters) level students who are currently enrolled in University Programs (“Affiliated Students”).


Training programs are typically offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Currently we are accepting applications for practicum and intern students.

Please direct questions regarding the Chase Child Life Training Programs to:

Adina Bodolay, CCLS, Education Coordinator 
(310) 267-9427
[email protected]

Child Life Internship Program

The Chase Child Life Program offers a 600-hour clinical internship, under the direct supervision of experienced Certified Child Life Specialists. The ACLP accredited internship curriculum is constructed to address the Child Life Council Certification requirements. Students in the internship program will undergo rigorous training in preparation for their future careers and certification examinations.

All potential applicants should follow the updated ACLP guidelines and application process.  Applicants can submit completed application to [email protected]

Child Life Practicum Program

The Chase Child Life Program offers 200-hour Practicum placements for students, who have not yet completed a Child Life Internship. The Child Life Practicum is designed to provide foundational skills in essential Therapeutic Play and Applied Child Development in the Healthcare Environment. Students will receive close supervision from experienced Certified Child Life Specialists. The practicum student’s goals and requirements are designed to address the Child Life Council's professional standards.

All potential applicants should download and carefully review the Practicum Application Packet(Link downloads document) (Link opens in new window) prior to application submission. Applicants submit, by mail, the Application Packet, plus all supporting materials.

Practicum Postmark Deadlines for Application Submission:

Summer - February 5
Fall - June 5
Spring - October 5

Mail Applications to:

Chase Child Life Program
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
Attn. Adina Bodolay
757 Westwood Blvd., Room 5236
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Please note, all completed materials must be submitted together, with no covers or bindings. Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.