Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New B.A. in Child's Life Meets Critical Demand For Specialists to Impact Child Health

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services recently brought to life a new Bachelor of Arts in Child's Life. 

The program is one of only three in the state to specifically focus on preparing students to be child life specialists.
“Child life specialists work with children living with serious chronic or acute medical conditions, by interacting with the child and their parents, their teachers, and their healthcare providers,” said CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky. “Through the integration of education and health and human services, the focus is upon helping children to express and understand their emotions so the child’s overall well-being is strengthened.”
The degree prepares students to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic events—particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization—for both children and their families. Students train to promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities.
Child’s life specialists are placed in a broad range of work environments, including:
  • Emergency departments
  • Surgical units
  • Intensive care units
  • Special needs camps
  • Medical and dental practices
“Health professionals and researchers recognize the detrimental impact of child trauma and distress to health throughout the lifespan.  University of Michigan Dearborn trained Child’s Life professionals will be on the front lines of protecting lifetime health through their intervention and service during vulnerable periods in a child’s development.  UM-Dearborn’s new Department of Health and Human services is dedicated to health promotion and prevention at every stage of life.”
The 120-credit program will include coursework in health, education, and children and family life. Students will gain direct training in the field through a clinical experience under the supervision of a certified child life specialist.
Roddy said graduates will be prepared to certify as child’s life specialists through the Child Life Council exam.
For more information on the degree, visit or call 313-593-5090.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CEHHS Hosts Conference on 3/27/15! Preparing For Inclusive Learning and Practice Environments: Convergence of Education, Health, and Human Services

27 March 2015
8:00am - 2:30pm
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Fairlane Center South
Michigan Room

Keynote Speakers

Anne De Biasi, M.H.A., Trust for America’s Health
Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt, Ph.D., Akron Children’s Hospital & Kent State University
Jeannette E. South-Paul, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Marcia Wilson, Ph.D., M.B.A.,  National Quality Forum

(registration ends 3/17/15)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Art on the Move!

"Barack Obama" by Joshua Johnson.
Graphite and charcoal on paper, 2015 
During the last two weeks of February, in observance of Black History Month, portraits of prominent African Americans by students at The Douglass Academy for Young Men will be on display as posters in the stations of the People Mover. The works were created as part of a project on the use of  portraiture in social studies education. Julie Anne Taylor, associate professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Okezie Iroha, chair of the social studies department at The Douglass Academy for Young Men, engaged four social studies classes in the project. The students learned about the social, political, and historical purposes of portraits. They considered how portraits are used in the construction of historical narratives.
"Federick Douglass" by Dakari Randall.
Graphite and charcoal on paper, 2015
"Jesse Jackson" by Daylon Randall.
Graphite and charcoal on paper, 2015
After studying paintings, photographs, statues, and computer-generated portraits, the students created portraits of African Americans using charcoal, graphite, and colored pencil. The People Mover donated space in its stations to display their work. Three original drawings, selected by the students through a voting process, will be exhibited in the reception area of the UM-Detroit Center from February 16- March 15, 2015. The drawings are by Joshua Johnson (Barack Obama); Dakari Randall (Frederick Douglass), and Daylon Randall (Jesse Jackson).

Read the article in Press & Guide.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CEHHS Student Teachers Invited to Attend Local Teaching Fairs

Looking for a teaching opportunity? 
Want to just practice your interview skills? 

Check out the local teaching fairs and register today!

Wayne State University

March 27, 2015
9:00-1:00 pm
WSU Student Center Ballroom 
(2d Floor)
Michigan State University

April 14, 2015
9:30-2:30 pm
Spartan Stadium Office Tower, 4th Floor

April 16, 2015
9:00-3:00  pm
Bowen Field House
UM-Ann Arbor

April 17, 2015
Michigan Union