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:

May 11 – 12, 2018                         Chicago, IL             *two-day training                                                                           Full

Child Life Specialists are invited to either the standard two-day training OR the one-day child life-specialized training.  Only 1 training is required.  Want to know the difference between the two?  Click Here  for more details including content and what to bring.


Workshop Costs for Participants:

  • Standard CDS trainings are $45 for early bird registration ($55 for late)
  • Child life-specific CDS trainings  – price varies

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.