Jennifer Fieten, Child Life Specialist
Jennifer Fieten has been a child life specialist for 16 years and a certified child life specialist for 12 years, working in the hospital environment before joining JourneyCare in January 2015. She has her undergraduate degree in child development from Northern Illinois University, her graduate degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood from University of Texas at San Antonio, and has started her doctoral study at the Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago in child development and developmental psychology.
Jennifer has previously initiated, coordinated and facilitated bereavement support programming and has redeveloped multiple bereavement support resources while a child life specialist in the hospital setting. She has given many presentations on children’s developmental understandings of death and disclosing death to children and has recently published an article providing resources for the hospice child life specialist and is a registered trainer for Gateways to Opportunity through the State of Illinois.