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    Child & Family

    Integrative Care

    Covenant Children's understands that healing requires a commitment to a child's emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. We are proud of the integrative care we offer patients.

Child & Family Integrative Care

Covenant Children’s understands that healing requires a commitment to a child’s emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. We are proud of the integrative care we offer patients.

Integrative Care at Covenant

The mission the of Department of Integrative Care is to provide developmental, educational, and expressive opportunities through play and the creative arts to help our children and families better cope with illness, hospitalization, and recovery.

Within Integrative Care are Arts in Medicine and Child Life.

Child Life Specialists

Child life specialists are trained professionals who help children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization. Child Life Services

Our Child Life specialists strive to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic life events and situations that affect the development, health and well- being of infants, children, youth and families. We embrace the healing power of play and work to enhance the growth and development of infants, children and youth. We do this through assessment, intervention, prevention, advocacy and education.

Child Life services include:

  • Preparation for medical procedures, tests or surgeries
  • Developmentally appropriate education about diagnosis, treatments and medical environment
  • Assistance with developing coping strategies, distraction and/or support during stressful events
  • Opportunities to explore real medical equipment through (medical play)
  • Developmentally appropriate activities and toys for patients
  • Support and education geared toward siblings of hospitalized patients
  • End-of-life support to patient and family as well as bereavement support for family members
  • Celebrations of birthdays, medical milestones, and holidays

Members of our Child Life staff hold degrees and training in the growth and development of children as well as professional certifications.


Arts in Medicine

Music Therapy

Music has a strong impact on our mental, physical, neurological, and emotional state. Music therapists receive specialized university training, including a six- month clinical internship and certification exam, in order to best use music to help children meet their treatment goals.

Storyteller’s Studio. Part of the music therapy program, Storyteller’s Studio is a safe and supportive space to be creative, express feelings, or just have fun. The music and songwriting recording studio has musical instruments to play and explore including guitars, ukuleles, keyboard, and an electric drum kit. A music therapist assists patients to improvise music, write original songs or record their own CD to take home.

Artist Volunteer Program. Artist Volunteers are trained and supervised by the program administrator and have backgrounds in visual arts, music, creative writing, and theater and provide creative arts experiences to children and families at the bedside or in activity rooms such as Teen Town and the Family Resource Center. Arts experiences are designed to promote a sense of well-being and improve the hospital experience. Creative arts experiences include:

  • Journaling
  • Poetry writing
  • Craft-making
  • Collage-making
  • Painting
  • Writing short stories
  • Relaxing to live music played at the bedside
Join Our Team! Child Life offers numerous ways for students and volunteers to join the Covenant team.