As of June 2015, we have formed a partnership with Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) for national and local deployments. They are an organization with 35+ years of experience working with the American Red Cross and FEMA to provide specialized child-centered play opportunities to children in the immediate aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster.  They have been providing intensive trainings since 1980.  With this partnership, child life specialists will be able to participate in smaller-scale local events as well as larger-scale national disasters by providing child-centered play opportunities with Children’s Disaster Services.

Upcoming CDS workshop dates & locations:

Mar. 25, 2017                                  Fort Worth, TX              Register here                                                                                                                          *One-day child life specialist training hosted                                                                                                         by the Cook Children’s Hospital Child                                                                                                                       Life Department

Apr. 28-29, 2017                           McPherson, KS             Register here

Sept. 16, 2017                               New York City, NY        Registration coming soon!                                                                                                   *One-day child life specialist training hosted                                                                                                      by Bank Street College & Child Life of Greater New York

Sept. 22-23, 2017                         Bridgewater, VA            Register here

Sept. 29-30, 2017                         Jacksonville, FL           Register here


*Click Here for information on the difference between the standard CDS training and the “child life specialist training” formats.                                                            

Workshop Costs:

  • Standard CDS trainings are $45 for early bird registration ($55 for late).
  • Costs for child life-specific CDS trainings vary by host.

Child Life PDU’s:

PDU’s are available for child life specialists upon request.  Depending on the training format, between 7 to 10 PDU’s are awarded and are broken down into the subcategories of Assessment, Intervention, and Professional Responsibility.  Please contact us at to request PDU’s after you have completed the training.


If you are interested in more information about hosting a training in your area, please fill out the contact form below and we will be in contact with you shortly with more information.