Child Life Specialist-Animal Assisted Therapy

Position: Child Life Specialist-Animal Assisted Therapy

Job ID: 152673

Location: US-TX-Houston


Talent Area: Professional - Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8am-5pm

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 14,000+ dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at   Texas Children’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions at Texas Children's without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.


We are searching for a Certified Child Life Specialist to fill the role of an Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator– someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you will function as a Child Life Specialist and utilize Animal Assisted Therapy to  implement and provide a comprehensive animal-assisted therapy facility dog program that supports the emotional, developmental, and social needs of children in a healthcare setting. This role will also provide opportunities for children to gain a sense of mastery, offer play and learning experiences, and encouraging family and peer interaction through animal-assisted therapy.


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Responsibilities :

  • Coordinates and executes safe, therapeutic animal-assisted therapy
  • Provides child life assessments and normalizes the hospital environment for patients and families 
  • Promotes and provides developmentally appropriate interventions for patients and families 
  • Represents and communicates psychosocial issues of pediatric health care and the benefits of animal-assisted therapy to professionals outside of child life 
  • Participates in the professional development of self and other child life professionals 
  • Collaborates in an intradepartmental effort to support the mission and vision of the Child Life department


  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or related field required 
  • Certification for Child Life Specialist from the Association of Child Life Professionals required 
  • 2 years of experience as a Child Life Specialist required 
  • Experience with the care of animals preferred


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