Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Healh Professions
Studying Psychology - Child Life: The UC Advantage
The psychology - child life major at Utica College is an interdisciplinary program that enhances your understanding of children, adolescents, and their families in preparation for rewarding careers that focus on child growth and development.
Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists. The major features an emphasis on research and applied knowledge, with many opportunities for internships and other real-world experiences.
CurriculumThe psychology - child life major offers two concentrations:
CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST- prepares students to meet the psychological needs of children and adolescents who are chronically or acutely ill.
CHILD STUDIES- considers the impact on children of a number of common stressful situations.
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Program Student Learning Goals
Career OutcomesThe psychology - child life program prepares you for career opportunities in a variety of settings that include:
- Early intervention
- Child care
- Social services settings
- Brooklyn Hospital Center
- Noah's Ark (Dover, NH)
- North Country Transitional Living Services
- St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Child Life Video
Child Life Online
In The News:
CHILD LIFE STORY ON NPR
CHILD LIFE COUNCIL www.childlife.org
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLAY SPECIALISTS www.nahps.org.uk
The Magazine for Child Life Specialists.
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"The Psych Child Life program at UC prepared me by giving me a strong knowledge base of the Child Life profession and my responsibilities to children and families as a Child Life Specialist." "The Psych Child Life program at UC prepared me by giving me a strong knowledge base of the Child Life profession and my responsibilities to children and families as a Child Life Specialist. Also, all of the volunteer hours required for each class helped me gain experience in several different areas, working with people of all ages and abilities. For example, working with troubled teens in YSLPP helped me learn to deal with different and difficult situations as well as analyze them through my required hourly journals. Working with individuals who are physically and mentally disabled/challenged has helped me become more sensitive to and be more aware of this specific population's needs."
Iris Rivera '02