Child Life Council Announces Worldwide Outreach Scholarships for 2011 Annual Conference

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CLC is offering scholarships covering conference registration, travel and hotel expenses for two individuals from outside North America. The organization is seeking applicants who are professional practitioners or administrators in a position to introduce, or greatly enhance, the use of child life practices or principles in their country or part of the world.

The Child Life Council (CLC) is pleased to announce the availability of two international scholarships to attend the 2011 CLC Annual Conference on Professional Issues in Chicago, Illinois, May 26-29, 2011.

Each scholarship will cover registration for the conference, up to five nights lodging at the conference hotel, actual cost of economy round-trip airfare up to but not exceeding $1,800 US, and a small stipend for meals and incidentals.

Applicants may be from any country outside North America. Applications are encouraged from Certified Child Life Specialists, but since the child life profession does not have a formal presence in many countries, applicants are not required to be certified child life specialists in order to be eligible. The award process will look most favorably on applicants who are professional practitioners or administrators in a position to be able to introduce, or greatly enhance, the use of practices and principles that align with those central to the core of child life, in healthcare facilities in their country or part of the world. Individuals from countries that are classified as developing or emerging economies are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be proficient in English, as that is the language that all presentations are delivered in at the Annual Conference.

Applicants should submit their complete applications to the CLC office via e-mail (preferred method), postal mail, or fax. All applications must be received by the CLC office no later than February 18, 2011. The application form is available at http://www.childlife.org/Annual%20Conference/ConferenceScholarship.cfm. An application form can also be requested by contacting the CLC office by phone at +1.301.881.7090, extension 10; by fax at +1.301.881.7092; by e-mail at conference@childlife.org; or by postal mail at 11821 Parklawn Drive, Suite 310, Rockville, MD 20815 USA. Deadlines cannot be waived due to delays in communication or delivery.

A committee appointed by the CLC Board will review applications and select recipients. Awardees will be named and all applicants will be notified of the decision no later than March 1, 2011.

About Child Life Council
Child Life Council (CLC) is the leading membership association for child life specialists, professionals who are specially trained to help children manage stressful and potentially traumatic experiences. Membership is composed of over 4,000 individuals representing more than 600 organizations worldwide. Throughout the United States, Canada, and in nations across the globe, child life specialists provide support for children and their families undergoing challenging life events, such as surgery, cancer, diabetes, the death of a family member, and natural disasters. Child life specialists promote effective coping through play, education, and self-expression, drawing on child development theory and practice to encourage optimum development and well-being. To learn more about Child Life Council and the child life profession, please visit our Web site at http://www.childlife.org.

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