Healing not only requires commitment to a child’s physical and medical wellbeing, but also to their emotional, social and mental needs. Our mission is to provide developmental, educational and expressive opportunities through play, counseling and the creative arts. We strive to ensure that our patients and families better cope with illness, hospitalization and recovery.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the Integrative Care Department, please contact guest services at Covenant Children’s Hospital.
Our certified child life specialists are health care professionals with a strong background in child and human development, who provide services to patients and families in order to minimize the stress of hospitalization. As part of the health care team, they utilize appropriate education, preparation and supportive activities to help reduce the stress and uncertainty of hospitalization, and help children and their families cope with their hospital visit.
Servides offered by Covenant child life specialists include:
- Developmental play and care (fine/gross motor skills, language, cognition)
- Individualized coping plans
- Procedural preparation and support
- Sibling and family support
- End of life care
You can learn more about Child Life at childlife.org.
We offer student practicum opportunities during the fall and spring semesters. Students must meet certain requirements to be considered for an interview. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview or placement.
Our women’s mental health services are provided by licensed professionals in the mental health field, including counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers. Our clinicians are trauma-informed, which means that we work to be sensitive listeners and guides through your healing journey as a part of your treatment at Covenant Children's Hospital.
We provide inpatient and outpatient care for women who are referred by their Covenant OB/GYN. Our services primarily occur during the perinatal period (planning pregnancy through 18 months postpartum), but may include other women’s mental health concerns. Our program also provides clinical hours to student interns from local universities who are supervised by our professionals.
Services our team provides include:
- Postpartum depression, anxiety and mood disorders
- Fertility concerns
- Grief and loss
- General anxiety and depression
- NICU stay
- Birth trauma
- Relationship management
- Coping skills
- Inpatient trauma care
- Grief and bereavement services
- General support
Please contact your OB/GYN if you have any questions regarding your mental health or referrals to our mental health providers.
Anyone can benefit from music therapy while at Covenant Children’s Hospital. Our services include:
- Heartbeat recordings (bereavement)
- Specialized NICU interventions
- Developmental interventions and co-treatments with other specialties
- Procedural support
- Early childhood development
- Pain management
- Anxiety reduction
Music therapy utilizes music and clinical music interventions to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of children and adults with illnesses, disabilities and other medical complications. Board certified through the national Certification Board for Music Therapists, our therapists are trained professionals with backgrounds in psychology, human and child development and – of course – music!
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic
- General Pediatrics
- Emergency Department
Learn more about music therapy.
A subsection of the Integrative Care Department at Covenant Children’s Hospital, Arts in Medicine consists of visual artists and professional dancers who visit inpatients and provide creative outlets during hospitalization.
Arts in Medicine services may include:
- 2D, 3D and digital medias
- Mindfulness activities
- Creative arts workshops
- Community-building and co-creating activities
- Photography and memory-making activities (bereavement)
- Movement to music
- Engaging artistic exploration
Arts in medicine regularly collaborates with other members of the Integrative Care team, including mental health counselors, music therapists and child life specialists to curate arts activities that meet specific patient needs.
Our visual artists are Arts in Health professionals, practicing local artists and skilled arts educators and facilitators throughout the community who have demonstrated proficiency in a variety of artistic mediums. They facilitate creative arts encounters for patients and their families. You may find our Covenant Children’s artists painting murals to brighten the hospital space, organizing arts events in our Theater, leading creative workshops for inpatients, curating visual representations for health education, or sitting and painting with a patient at their bedside.
In partnership with Ballet Lubbock, Covenant Children’s utilizes a professional ballet dancer who serves as our pediatric dancer in residence. Dance in medicine helps children cope with diagnoses, explore the benefits of movement in medicine, and provide joy and happiness in patients' lives. You can expect to see the use of ribbons, scarves, lollipop drums and music to help them get up and moving and bring a smile to their face.
We pride ourselves in making our hospital welcoming and engaging to children of all ages and interests. These spaces are designed to ensure your child feels welcome and at home when they stay at Covenant Children’s Hospital. Ask your nurse about visiting these play areas and upcoming activities.
Teen Town is a fun an interactive play space located in the office of the Integrative Care Department. Here you will find video games, a foosball and pool table, board and card games, and tons of art supplies and creative activities. Recommended ages 10-18
Timmy’s play space was generously donated to Covenant Children’s through the Tim Tebow Foundation. This play space offers games and activities to our inpatient pediatrics and sports fans alike! Recommended ages 5-15
Lindsey’s playroom is the primary playroom offered to our general pediatric inpatients. This space offers toys, games and exploration for children who want to leave their rooms and maybe even make a new friend. Recommended ages 2-10
As a part of music therapy at Covenant Children’s, Storytellers Studio is a great space for musical and artistic children to explore new instruments and express themselves. Here you will find guitars, ukuleles, an electric drum set, a keyboard and much more. Recommended ages 10-18
The theater space at Covenant Children’s offers interactive activities to all pediatric inpatients. Look out for bingo, trivia, creative art activities and live performances, all broadcast to the TV in your room.