The Expressive Arts Therapist is responsible for planning and implementation of group and individual therapy, providing high quality patient care, displaying good psychotherapeutic skills in both group and individual interactions, providing counseling utilizing arts based psychotherapy as well as assessing patients barriers to independent functioning, formulating diagnostic impressions and treatment plans as part of a multidisciplinary team on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit.
Provides group and individual psychotherapy utilizing the expressive arts in order to treat, assess and provide diagnostic impressions for patients on all Behavioral Health Units.
Participates in multidisciplinary treatment planning sessions. Documents patient progress in chart in a measurable quantifiable manner. Completes Weekly Summary of patient progress in treatment in patient record.
Maintains composure and professionalism during difficult situations; Completes work within an acceptable time frame while demonstrating the ability to set priorities and optimally use work time.
Demonstrates good judgment in handling situations not covered by written or verbal instructions while following established procedures in performing job functions; Consults supervisor for additional assignments or assumes responsibility for unassigned tasks.
Interacts and communicates with others in a way that promotes a positive and cooperative work environment, fostering a sense of teamwork and collaboration within the department and Hospital.
Understands concepts of excellence in customer service and conducts duties in positive, customer-friendly manner to all customers of department, particularly patients, visitors, physicians, and other employees.
Assists Expressive Arts Manager with planning of daily and special events, and Expressive Arts programming for all units. Provides feedback to supervisor on an ongoing basis in regards to concerns, improvements, changes, etc. Brings to the Expressive Arts Manager and Clinical Director's attention significant issues related to program functioning.
Maintains Expressive Arts supplies and equipment in an orderly and safe manner.
A masters degree from an accredited college or university in an Expressive Arts Therapy field or a masters degree in a mental health field with additional training in one of the expressive arts therapies (art, music, drama, movement).
Licensed with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as LPC, LMFT, or LCSW or able to obtain licensure within 6 months of hire. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification and First Aid training. Completion of Seclusion and Restraint, and non-violent crisis intervention courses designated by the hospital upon employment.
Requires Knowledge of:Counseling principles as they apply to working with individuals with mental illness. Counseling needs and characteristics of special populations. Expressive Arts Therapies equipment and the skills and abilities required for participationIndividual and group behavior and establishing effective working relationshipsClinical documentation of Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling groups, Assessments, Diagnostic Impressions and Treatment Planning.Applicable County, State, and/or Federal laws, rules, and/or regulationsCommunity resources available for special populationsApplications of electronic health information systemRequires skills in:Utilizing the Expressive Arts as a counseling tool in psychotherapy for the purpose of assessing, treating and creating diagnostic impressions of patients in individual and groups sessions. Assessing patient needs and developing therapeutic interventions suitable to individual and group interests, needs, and capacities.Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with othersMotivating interest in others to participate in expressive arts interventions Preparing and writing reportsRequires ability to:Adhere to the professional Code of Ethics and established UAHN policies and procedures;Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;Positively interact and develop rapport with patients and their families, and all levels of staff;Think critically and solve problems using good judgment;Identify patient needs and develop a relevant treatment plan.
Certification through expressive arts therapies (art, music, drama, movement) national association preferred.
Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
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