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CDS offers two types of training workshops – a standard CDS training and a child life specific training. Child life specialist and students are welcome to attend either training for CDS certification eligibility; only one training is required.  See bullet points below for CCLS feedback from both trainings!

1.  Standard CDS Training (27-hour overnight, 10 PDUs)

Open to anyone at least 18 years of age and registration is required. Child life specialists will receive 10 PDU’s for this training.  Often, the 27-hour training begins at about 5pm on a Friday night and ends Saturday evening, however, some training schedules are different. This training includes an overnight shelter simulation experience. This is a valuable part of the training where participants sleep (often on Red Cross cots) in a room with other participants who they may have just met.

  • “It was truly eye opening for me to experience shelter living for a night and get a glimpse into what the children and families (and sometimes volunteers) might be experiencing.  I feel like that was very valuable.”
  • “I enjoyed getting to know people of various backgrounds and I am excited about the idea of possibly deploying on a team with them in the future.”
  • “I liked having flexibility to interact with the learning modules as well as interact with other participants.”

2.  Child Life Specialized CDS Training (8 hours, 7 PDUs)

CDS also established a training with CLDR in 2015 that is an abbreviated version of the full training. This training is a one-day training offered twice a year and includes a post-training written assignment to be completed for certification. The assignment focuses on a web and application exercise and a group living questionnaire. This training typically begins at 8am and ends at 4pm.  Child life specialists will receive 7 PDU’s for this training.

  • “I enjoyed having training modules that factored in my professional training and skills.”
  • “It was nice to network and discuss ideas for future collaboration with other CLSs.”
  • “There was a lot of info to cram in to a short time!  I wish we had more time to interact on certain parts of the training”

Upcoming CDS Training Opportunities

March 3rd, 2018

Syracuse, New York

March 23-24th, 2018

Shreveport, Louisiana

April 14-15th, 2018

LaVerne, California

April 20-21st, 2018

Trotwood, Ohio

May 3rd, 2018

Washington, D.C.

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