A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Michelle A. Minyard-Widmann, MS, CCLS

Michelle Minyard-Widmann, MS

Program Director, Child Life Specialist MS
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences

Contact Information

Email maminyard@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 47072
Fax 909-558-0417

Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 115
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • MS, Child Development/Child Life - University of La Verne, 1995
  • Certificate, National Bereavement Facilitator II - American Academy of Bereavement, 2000
  • Certificate, Child Life Specialist - Child Life Council, 1999

Areas of Specialization

  • Child development
  • Stress and coping in the hospital environment
  • Grief and loss

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Child Life Council
    • Child Life Certifying Committee - Ethics Committee
    • Coleader of Graduate Accreditation Task Force
  • Association for Play Therapy

Recent Presentations

  • November 2016. Child Life in China: A Partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University. Loma Linda University Health, Oak Glen Fellowship.
  • September 2016. The Children’s Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical School.
    • Navigating the Child Life Council Certification.
    • Growth and Development of the Hospitalized Child.
  • August 2016. Navigating the Child Life Council Certification. UCI Medical Center: Intern Symposium.
  • April 2016. Child Life in China: A Partnership with The Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University. Loma Linda University, Department of Psychiatry. Grand Rounds Presentation with BHi Shares.
  • 2015. The Children's Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical School, China. Minyard-Widmann, M., Brain, A., Kinsinger, R., Poidmore, T. "Working with Families Experiencing Grief."
  • 2014. The Children's Hospital, Zhejiang University Medical School, China.
    • November 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Camp, C., Garcia, A, Kim-Arredondo, A., Macaluso, A. Therapeutic Play and Literature Review.
    • March 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. Pediatric Pain and Psychosocial Interventions.
    • March 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. Medical Play in the Hospital Environment.
    • March 2014. Minyard-Widmann, M., Saavedra, A. What is Child Life: Brief Overview of the Field.

Community Engagement​

  • The SURF (The Sustainable University of Redlands Farm) (2015-present)
  • Coleader for Girl Scout Troop #2118 (2014-present)
  • Volunteer PTA member at Kimberly Elementary (2013-present)