Deb Vilas, Advisor & Instructor
As part of the Child Life Council’s Advancing the Field of Play for Hospitalized Children Initiative grant from The Walt Disney Company, Deb Vilas, MS, CCLS, LMSW, Bank Street Advisor & Instructor in the Child Life Program has been named project leader for an upcoming survey to document the range and comparative prevalence of play-related practices, policies, and programming in child life programs.
This survey will take place in June 2013. Since part of the purpose of the survey will be to compile statistical data about various practices and policies in programs, CLC will be collecting feedback for the survey at the program level rather than from individual CLC members. The survey will be distributed to program leaders from each of the child life programs identified in the online Directory of Child Life Programs.
Deb will be working with CLC over the coming months to construct the survey, assess the responses, and write a report of findings. A summary of the results will be published in an upcoming issue of the CLC Bulletin, and CLC is planning to explore additional options for publishing the full results of the survey. CLC expects this to be a seminal work documenting the scope and delivery of play-based programs and services in use in the child life profession today.
As part of her planning for the project, Deb will be seeking input through the CLC Program Leaders Forum for suggestions of questions to ask and areas to explore in the survey. While program