The Master of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care is the first program of its kind in Canada. It is a professional and practice-focused graduate degree. Students will learn about pediatric psychosocial assessment and interventions, critically examine ethical issues, and apply theoretical knowledge and patient and family-centred care principles to diverse pediatric clinical settings. Students will also understand the foundations of clinical research, engage in critical reflection, and incorporate the appraisal of evidence to improve reasoning and clinical decision-making skills.
“Stream 1” has earned graduate endorsement through the ACLP. It is offered as a full-time, 24 month long, entry-to-child life practice Master's program. Stream 1 will provide academic and clinical training (2 internships) to prepare students with knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviours to practice as entry-level child life specialists.
"Stream 2” will provide practicing health professionals with advanced practice skills in pediatric psychosocial care, in a course-based format (no internships).