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Students Connected

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Are you a student or individual pursuing a Child Life career in need of mentoring, support, and/or guidance to successfully obtain an internship or to achieve certification? You have come to the right place!

Students Connected Community

An exclusive online community of students and individuals pursuing Child Life certification!

  • Direct access to Hearts Connected Academic & Student Support Advisors who are CCLS with 30+ years of experience, child life professors, clinical supervisors, and experts in supporting students.

  • General Forum to collaborate with peers and Academic & Student Support Advisors.

  • Monthly workshops to prepare you to be the best candidate possible when applying and interviewing for clinical experiences and child life jobs.

  • Weekly "office hours" to meet with one of our Academic & Student Support Advisors to ask questions and receive support with anything surrounding the application/interview process and more.

  • One-on-one services including a resume review, mock interview, essay review, and quarterly mentoring sessions***

  • Resources and ACLP documents organized all in one place, including access to unique and curated resources/guides only available to this exclusive community to help you stand out among the rest!

*** One-on-One services included depend on membership tier (services are either discounted or included)

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1:1 Student Support Services

Choose from a variety of 1:1 student support services to prepare you for applying and interviewing for a child life practicum, internship, or job!

Our Academic & Student Support Advisors offer:

  • Mentoring Sessions

  • Mock Interviews

  • Resume and Cover Letter Review

  • Application Essay Review

To learn more about these offerings or to book an appointment with one of our Academic & Student Support Advisors, click here!

* These offerings are available in the Students Connected Community membership at a discounted rate or as part of your membership package!

Meet our Academic
& Student Support Advisors

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Suzan Watkinson, MA, CCLS, CPMT, RWWP

Suzan holds a Master’s degree in counseling and over 30 years' experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist.  Suzan is an Adjunct Professor of Child Life at Azusa Pacific University and currently serves as the academic internship supervisor for the Child Life Internship program. Working both domestically and internationally, she has provided Child Life teaching to students overseas, as a Child Life practicum preceptor, as well as provided psychosocial support and mentorship globally with Operation Smile. Suzan has served patients and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings around the US prior to transitioning into the community setting of Child Life work with Hearts Connected.

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Belinda Hammond, EdD, CCLS, CIMI

Belinda Hammond has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 1999 and is current faculty at Eastern Washington University, providing academic instruction and advising for students in both their graduate and undergraduate Child Life & Health program. With her doctorate in Educational Leadership and a specialization in Social Justice, Belinda has long been an advocate for students and has been involved in the creation of multiple academic and clinical programs, including the Child Life Community Practicum offered virtually since 2020 and the Child Life Connection: Student Forum on Facebook to provide continuing supports for  students, a page that has grown to include students from around the globe. 

What Students are Saying

"Suzan has been an incredible child life mentor right from the start. From guiding me through internship applications, prepping me for internship applications, all the way to me landing my first job as a child life specialist she has been there every step of the way in any way I needed her. I can now call myself a child life specialist, something that many dream to be but yet is so difficult to accomplish, all from the help of Suzan’s guidance and support. Suzan is not only kind and generous with her time but also talented and incredibly knowledgeable in her experience. I’m incredibly grateful that I had Suzan there to mentor me along the way."

- Alyssa, Student Testimonial

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