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Responsible for developing, implementing, modifying and evaluating art therapy services designed to restore, maintain or improve cognitive, physical, emotional or social function of 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.



    • 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.
    • 2.1 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.
    • 3.1 Maintain supplies and equipment for art therapy services and provide assessment of material needs.
    • 4.1 Participate in quality assurance and quality initiatives including collecting, maintaining and analyzing quality and productivity data specific to art therapy services.




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




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.




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




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. Understand how to apply creative process to aid in psychological preparation, provision of coping strategies and support during medical events. Knowledge of visual arts media, forms, design principles and techniques. 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. Able to apply and adapt art principles and techniques for therapeutic outcomes within art 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.




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


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