1. To understand and implement the theories related to child development.
2. To become familiar with the Child Life and/or Recreation Therapy profession.
3. To display appropriate leadership skills.
4. To gain a knowledge of growth and development.
5. To have an opportunity to interact in one-on-one and group settings.
6. To become acquainted with the needs of hospitalized children and to recognize creative and flexible programming.
7. To gain knowledge of assessment, intervention and documentation across the age spectrum of hospitalized children.
8. To gain an understanding of the effects of stress and trauma on children and adolescent's behavior and development.
9. To become familiar with written literature regarding children and adjustment to hospitalization.
10. To delegate responsibilities and oversee work of volunteers and lower level students.
11. To gain an ability to plan, organize, coordinate, implement, and evaluate a planned activity program and recognize its value.
12. To identify the strengths the student has acquired and the weaknesses upon which he/she need to improve through further education and experiences.
13. To begin transition from student to professional worker.
14. To gain basic knowledge of the organization and administration of the pediatric Child Life Program.
15. To gain experience in being an advocate and spokesperson for children and families.
16. To gain experience in preparing children for hospitalization, surgery, and other medical procedures.
17. To gain an understanding of the roles of other professionals in the hospital and educate others on the role of child life services.
18. To gain professional attitude, growth, maturity and judgment.
19. To gain experience in working independently and as a team member in providing for the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents.
20. To understand the importance and the role of play with hospitalized children.