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Art Therapist Part-time
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Master's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
In Art Therapy or a related field with an emphasis in Art Therapy.

Minimum Work Experience

Required Skills/Knowledge

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to relate to diverse patient populations. Sensitivity to individuals from varied backgrounds and cultures. Competency with age-specific needs from childhood through young adulthood.

Required Licenses and Certifications

ATR - Registered Art Therapy or ATR-BC - Registered Art Therapy Board Certified issued by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Functional Accountabilities

Program Development

  1. Work with patients, families, and staff to understand the needs of assigned inpatient and outpatient population. in relation to an art therapy program.
  2. Develop a vision, set goals and priorities; help to develop appropriate documentation standards to reflect art therapy assessments and interventions; help develop materials to explain and promote the Program; help design measures to evaluate effectiveness of the Program.
  3. Work with CNHS Foundation and other hospital departments to promote the Program internally and externally as appropriate.
  4. Assist with activities to fund the Program (grantwriting, support for fundraising activities).
  5. Maintain organized records, statistics, and surveys of the program.
  6. Participate in development of student training program.

Art Therapy Patient Services
  1. Meet individual patients and parents/guardians to explain art therapy program, invite participation, and answer questions.
  2. Assess individual and/or group needs and identify goals based on assessment.
  3. Develop and implement art therapy interventions for individuals and groups as appropriate to promote emotional well-being and provide a healing environment.
  4. Design and provide individual and group art activities and evaluate outcome.
  5. Document interventions in patient medical records according to standards developed for art therapy documentation
  6. Obtain and maintain an age appropriate and safe selection and quantity of art supplies, equipment, and other materials for the program.

  1. Participate as an active member of Patient and Family Support Program to integrate art therapy programs with other psychosocial services.
  2. Participate actively in departmental rounds and psychosocial rounds to insure coordinated care for patients and families.
  3. Foster communication with hospital staff and collaborate in staff support efforts
  4. Collaborate with relevant departmental and hospital staff to address patient or systemic problems that arise.

Training and Research
  1. Orient, train, supervise, and evaluate art therapy graduate students, interns and volunteers, as appropriate.
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance.

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.