Art Therapist Job Description

Art Therapist Job Description

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Art therapist provides group and individual art therapy sessions to patients on various units within the main campus hospital. Develops and implements art activity plans that are age-appropriate, consistent with the level of growth, development, and functionality of the patients.

Art Therapist Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective art therapist job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included art therapist job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities
Build confidence
Socialize effectively so that they can enjoy greater independence and reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability
Meet with youth and family for family sessions
Prepare and maintain progress reports, statistical information and participates in departmental and facility-wide quality assurance/performance improvement (QA/PI) activities
Conducts group and individual art therapy
Selects or creates art therapy experiences that meet the client’s objectives
Observes and records accurately the client’s responses to assessment
Coordinates treatment plan with other professionals
Write and submit detailed activities reports and participant progress notes to upper level staff for all recreation therapy activities

Art Therapist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Art Therapist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPI, BLS, BC, MT, CPR, CTRS, NCTRC, ATR-BC, BCLS

Education for Art Therapist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the art therapist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Art Therapy, Art, Education, Music, Therapy, Recreation, Music Therapy, Social Work, Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation Therapy

Skills for Art Therapist

Desired skills for art therapist include:

Child abuse
Civil commitments
Different cultural responses to art-making
Principles
State and federal regulations regarding healthcare funding
Vulnerable adults
Working with a variety of art media and techniques
Excel
Group dynamics and group interaction
Microsoft Word

Desired experience for art therapist includes:

Possess a degree in Recreation, Music, or Art Therapy from an accredited college or university
Have current professional certification or eligible to obtain certification in 6 months of hire
Previous experience working in a clinical setting and with an interdisciplinary team
Will also consider Art Therapist
Employees must be in good standing (performance evaluation, corrective action, ) to be considered for an internal transfer
Master's Degree in Theories of Art Therapy, Counseling or Psychotherapy from an institute identified by the American Art Therapy Association required

Art Therapist Examples

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Art Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of art therapist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for art therapist
  • The position may have supervisory responsibilities
  • Provides guidance and consultation for program development
  • Coordinates, supports and plans Artist-in-Residence program
  • Creates and provides education surrounding art therapy and the Artist-in-Residence program
  • Provides psychosocial support within an art therapy scope to patients, families, staff and Artist-in-Residence program artists
  • Plans, supports, collects information and patient stories to create a case for a creative arts program to bring to philanthropy partners, leadership
  • Conduct patient assessments and establishes art therapy treatment goals
  • Evaluate each patient's progress and the effectiveness of art therapy interventions
  • Coordinate therapeutic art activities for both large and small groups
  • Provide patient with information regarding resources and therapeutic art activities in the community
Qualifications for art therapist
  • The individual must be eligible to take the National Art Therapy Registration (ART) examination and obtain the registration within 2 years of the hire date
  • Registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association, preferred
  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) by NYS Office of Professions
  • Proficient in modalities pertaining to specific Creative Arts Therapy discipline (ex
  • Completion of a successful internship in specific Creative Arts Therapy discipline
  • Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA)
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Art Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for an art therapist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for art therapist
  • Assesses, prioritizes, individualizes, and evaluates plan of care based on patient/family developmental, emotional, and coping needs
  • Provides services to patients or family members in group or individual therapy sessions, using developmentally appropriate art/music/movement experiences to assess and meet psychosocial or physical needs as it relates to their illness and/or medical treatment
  • Demonstrates, explains and/or provides stress reduction techniques to facilitate adaptive coping
  • Assists patients and family members in coping with the stresses associated with illness and/or the health care experience through developing therapeutic, supportive relationships which foster a sense of empowerment and self-esteem
  • Demonstrates compliance with patient care documentation and Hospital policies
  • Serves as a financial steward by implementing cost effective programming, adhering to budget constraints
  • Serves as a team member for the multi-disciplinary treatment planning process as requested
  • Provides art therapy groups for patients and documents the process in the patient record in accordance with facility procedures
  • Ensures that all documentation regarding patient care, treatment and incidents is done in a clear, concise, and timely manner
  • Provides an appropriate session format with clear objectives
Qualifications for art therapist
  • Bachelor degree in area of specialization required
  • One (1) year experience in an inpatient Behavioral Health facility preferred
  • One (1) year experience with Chemical Dependency in a Behavioral Health facility preferred
  • One (1) year experience in a clinical orientation preferred
  • Currently credentialed with appropriate professional organization preferred
  • Master's degree or higher from an approved American Art Therapy Association (AATA) program at an accredited U.S. college/university in art therapy
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Art Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for an art therapist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for art therapist
  • Develop and implement art activity plans that are age appropriate, consist with the level of growth, development, and functionality of the patients
  • Participates in performance improvement activities, exhibits initiative by suggesting process changes with compliance supported by direct observation and input into supervision process
  • Reports problems to appropriate supervisor
  • Participates in clinical supervision as needed
  • Competes skills assessments for patients with review/update at appropriate intervals
  • Communicates relevant information to BHT’s and other staff
  • Participates in continuing education courses, as required by licensure/certification and provides copy to facility
  • Assesses patients for their response to art therapy interventions and creates goals/objectives within the
  • Explores, assesses patient needs and evaluates functioning, considering patient's overall skills, deficits and levels of motivation as related to departmental coping skills addressed
  • Develops therapeutic relationships
Qualifications for art therapist
  • Knowledge of the history and theory of art therapy
  • At least two years experience in hematology/oncology setting preferred
  • ART Certified
  • Education appropriate to clinical discipline (PhD, PsyD, MSW, MSN)
  • Active interest in clinical care issues, teaching, and research preferred
  • Master's Degree - Area of Specialization - Required
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Art Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of art therapist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for art therapist
  • Provides assistance in covering weekend, evening, holiday and seasonal functions, disaster and recovery teams and maintains flexibility in adapting to schedule changes
  • Maintains supplies and equipment in orderly accessible manner
  • Perform all other duties as assigned within scope of practice
  • Coordinates therapeutic art activities for both large and small groups
  • Clinical notes and group recreational therapy notes will be completed within 24 hours
  • Provide assessment in psychosocial/leisure and recreational skills development/deficiency
  • Provides therapeutic recreational activities such as art, music
  • Maintain license and required CEU’s
  • Works with Clinical and Case Management staff by identifying additional mental health and substance treatment needs and refer to appropriate members of staff and or community
  • Effectively assesses, plans, implements and evaluates activity therapy for assigned patient case load within the facility
Qualifications for art therapist
  • 1 year Behavioral Health - Inpatient - Preferred
  • 1 year Behavioral Health - Chemical Dependency - Preferred
  • 1 year Clinical Orientation - Preferred
  • Professional Organization Credential - Must be Obtained within 3 years of hire
  • BLS - Basic Life Support - Certification - Preferred
  • Master's degree in related field of art therapy
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Art Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an art therapist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for art therapist
  • You will be implementing therapeutic programming and treatments for assigned patients
  • You will develop and establish goals and objectives for assigned groups
  • In this role you will complete psychosocial assessments, group notes, care plan reviews, patient education notes and progress notes for assigned patients
  • You will actively participate in treatment planning, case reviews and physician rounds
  • You will have the opportunity to provide field instruction and supervision for recreation or music therapy student interns
  • You will be asked to research evidence based programming techniques to be shared and utilized by treatment team
  • Bachelors of Occupational Therapy
  • Current BLS certification through AHA (or ability to obtain at time of hire)
  • Occupational Therapist licensure required through State of WI (OTR)
  • At least 1 year of occupational therapist experience preferred
Qualifications for art therapist
  • Understanding of growth & development, family dynamics, individual, group and family art therapy
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an Expressive Arts Therapy field or a Bachelor's degree in Mental Health Field with additional training in one of the expressive arts therapies (Art, Music, Drama or Movement)
  • Two years expressive arts therapy experience
  • At least 1 year experience with mental health population
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy or ClinMaster's level degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy or Clinical Psychology
  • Enrolled in a Master's level degree program

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