Yale New Haven Health System

  • ART THERAPIST

    Job Locations US-CT-New Haven
    Job ID
    66197
    Department
    CHILD LIFE PROGRAM
    Category
    RN - ADULT CRITICAL CARE
    Position Type
    Casual/Per Diem Non-Benefits Eligible
    Work Schedule
    DAYS
    Work Days
    M-F
    Work Hours
    9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Work Shift
    OCCASIONAL EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS
    Requisition ID
    2018-19627
  • Overview

    To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values—integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion—must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

    Responsible for developing, implementing, modifying and evaluating art therapy services for children, teens and young adults and their families, pertinent to units assigned within Pediatrics through the Child Life Department.

    Observes, analyzes and assesses patient needs to develop, and communicate appropriate individualized interventions and art therapy programs to patients and families. Facilitates group and individual art therapy activities and interventions for the purpose of restoring, maintaining or improving cognitive, physical, emotional or social function of diverse population of pediatric patients. Successfully employs strategies to engage a diverse population of pediatric patients and families in the observation, discussion, selection or creation of art activities within the context of art therapy. Develops, plans, implements, evaluates art therapy treatment services to meet specific patient/family assessed needs, adapting to developmental age, chronological age, physical limitations or disabilities and psychosocial needs and patient progress. Works with artists, child life specialists and others on the patient care team in effective collaborative practice.

    EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

    Responsibilities

    • 1. DIRECT AND INDIRECT PATIENTCARE
      • 1.1 Develop, plan, implement and evaluate art therapy services to restore, maintain or improve the patient and family's social, emotional, physical and cognitive function in a manner consistent with Arts for Healing program and Child Life mission and goals.
    • 2. COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION AND TEAMWORK
      • 2.1 Provide clear and concise documentation of individualized art therapy treatment plan and the patient's and family's response to treatment in accordance with individualized goals, per department and hospital guidelines.
    • 3. FISCAL MANAGEMENT
      • 3.1 Maintain supplies and equipment for art therapy services and provide assessment of material needs.
    • 4. ADMINISTRATION OF PROGRAM
      • 4.1 Participate in quality assurance and quality initiatives including collecting, maintaining and analyzing quality and productivity data specific to art therapy services.

    Qualifications

    EDUCATION


    Minimum of a Masters Degree in Art Therapy or Expressive Arts Therapy as required for registration by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.


    EXPERIENCE


    Minimum 1-2 year's experience working as an art therapist with children in a healthcare environment preferred; or the equivalent of 2 year's full time experience as art therapist with children in a school or other community setting with specific expertise in working with children with special needs.


    LICENSURE


    Currently holds designation of Registered or Board Certified (ATR, ATR-BC) by the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), or is eligible for registration.


    SPECIAL SKILLS


    Knowledge: Considerable knowledge of expressive art and art therapy principles, techniques and methods. Psychosocial needs and behaviors of hospitalized children and families with an understanding of how to facilitate art therapy activity in a medical environment required. Professional level of knowledge and skill in growth and development, specifically as it relates to creative expression. Understands the application of the creative process to aid in psychological preparation, provision of coping strategies and support during medical events. Knowledge of visual arts media, forms, design principles, techniques and their use in relationship with other expressive modalities.

    Skills: Competence in the execution of art skills, comfortable facilitating expression using a variety of arts mediums and in a variety of art forms including but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media. Embraces a multi-modal and collaborative approach; open to the use of art modalities in combination with other expressive modalities including movement, written word or music. Able to apply and adapt art principles and techniques for therapeutic outcomes within art therapy/expressive arts therapy scope of practice. Strong interpersonal skills evident in the implementation of art therapy services; establishes effective professional relationships and communication with staff, patients, families, artists, media, etc. Strong time management, communication and organizational skills. Effective skills in program development, project coordination and program planning.


    PHYSICAL DEMAND


    Able to lift at least 25lbs. Must comply with appropriate OSHA, HIPAA and JCAHO standards relevant to position.


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