We currently have a great opportunity for a part time Expressive Arts Therapist (32 hours per week) to plan, imple-ment and coordinate Expressive Therapy programs for residents in the Memory Support Assisted Living. This position is responsible for developing varied therapeutic programs that meet the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs of the residents and positively contributes to their quality of life. The Expressive Arts Thera-pist also serves as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team made up of, but not limited to, program coordina-tors, expressive therapists, nursing, administrative and social service associates.
The schedule is 32 hours per week, Sunday through Thursday.
Develop imaginative and varied therapeutic programs that take into account the preferences and unique strengths of each resident. Continuously adapt programs to meet changes in cognitive or physical abilities. Lead therapeutic programs for memory support residents. Initial and on-going assessment of residents for the appropriate group assignments. Assist in orientation of new residents to the NewBridge community. Follow through on program goals and objectives as established by the team. Maintain an open line of communication with other staff, volunteers, interns, outside service providers, and families. Provide in-service trainings for the memory support community on the structure of a therapeutic program for persons with dementia. Supervise or mentor interns Participate in the implementation of service plans. Observe and report any change in health or mental status of residents. Coordinate and participate in 1:1 sessions with residents. Implement community outings on a regular basis. Maintain and organize stock of supplies and arrange entertainment within parameters of budget. Participate in quantitative and qualitative research Collaborate with the Multigenerational team to execute various multigenerational programs. Perform other duties as assigned or requested from time to time by supervisor or other managers.
Bachelors in Expressive Arts Therapy or Creative Arts Therapy, or Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy- any modality. Minimum of 1 year experience in working with geriatric population. Demonstrates proficiency in group leadership and group dynamics. Demonstrates fluency within various art modalities. Must demonstrate multicultural awareness and experience working with the geriatric population. Must be professional, proactive, collaborative, conscientious and results-oriented individual. Must have an optimistic and positive demeanor, excellent oral and written communication skills, good intuition and able to adapt to changing priorities. Must also have the ability to display good, sound judgment with a sense of humor. Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change. Computer literacy required. Must be able to lift, push and pull 25 pounds and have the ability to transport and assist residents’ as needed. Be able to stand during scheduled work times.
Internal Number: 2017-1984
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