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NX Art Therapist - Creative Arts (0.001 FTE, Rotating)

Psychology&Social Science

0.001 FTE, 8 Hour Rotating Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Art Therapist plans, provides, and implements a comprehensive art therapy assessment and treatment program, using a variety of creative artistic modalities, such as drawing and painting, to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals, groups, and families at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in support of the mission and objectives of the Department of Child and Family Life Services. The Art Therapist works under the direction of the Director of Child Life Services and in accordance with the medical orders of referring physicians, nurse practitioners, or other medical staff. The Art Therapist chooses materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives. The Art Therapist also maintains appropriate charts, records, and periodic reports on client progress as required by department guidelines and professional standards; participates in professional staff meetings and conferences; and provides information and consultation regarding the client’s clinical progress.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

Collaborates with the patient care team, communicates pertinent information, and attends rounds and care

conferences (as needed) and documents information in Cerner.

Develops, implements, evaluates, and adjusts treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on assessment, patient interests, developmental level and objectives of therapy, as well as medical orders.

Educates staff, community, donors and others on the use of Art Therapy and its role in the therapeutic process to promote healing and enhance coping skills.

Identifies, measures, and takes action as needed to improve performance as needed to achieve goals.

Keep daily statistics and other types of information, as requested by supervisor.

Maintains and orders art supplies, as needed.

Observes, analyzes, and records patients' participation, reactions and progress during treatment sessions,modifying treatment programs as needed.

Plans, develops, and conducts art therapy sessions for children, adolescents, and young adults and their families to improve patient’s mental and physical well-being. Facilitate broad ranges of expression through non-verbal means, as well as verbal dialogue.

Shows evidence of professional growth while keeping abreast of current developments in the profession.

Works cooperatively with all Hospital staff, attends pertinent hospital meetings and trainings, completes required documentation as required by hospital documentation guidelines and complies with HIPAA regulations regarding patient information and confidentiality.

Works with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and other fund raising organizations to secure funding for the Art Therapy program.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master’s degree in Art Therapy or a related field with an emphasis in Art Therapy (no substitution for Master’s degree).

Experience: One (1) year of directly related experience working with children in individual and group-based interventions.

License/Certification: ATR – Registered Art Therapist or ATR-BC (Registered Art Therapist-Board Certified) issued by the ATCB (Art Therapy Credentials Board).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification. 

Ability to come up with creative ideas and activities

Ability to communicate effectively--orally, verbally, and in writing

Ability to communicate information and ideas so that others understand, listen to and understand information and ideas presented and write so that others understand

Ability to conduct sessions to improve patients’ mental and/or physical well-being

Ability to develop treatment plan to meet needs of patient/family, based on needs assessment, patient interestes and objectives of therapy

Ability to quickly make sense of, combine and organize information into meaningful patterns Ability to teach others how to express feelings and concerns through a variety of art modalities

Ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite of software applications as well as ability to use or quickly become proficient in using Cerner charting software

Knowledge of a wide variety of creative and expressive activities that are age and developmentally appropriate

Knowledge of human behavior and performance, including individual differences in ability; personality, and interests; learning and motivation, and psychological research methods

Knowledge of individual and group behavior and dynamics and methods to encourage communication Knowledge of information and techniques needed to diagnosis and treat patients and families Knowledge of patients' medical and psychosocial needs based on accurate assessment of need

Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures to provide mental health services to individuals, groups and families with physical and mental illnesses using theories of art therapy, counseling and psychotherapy Knowledge of the history and theory of art therapy; techniques or practices in art therapy; application of art therapy with children and their families; principles and practices of art therapy assessment, standards of practice in art therapy

Knowledge of the important components of medical records documentation that reflect patient/family reactions and evidence of progress or regression

Skill in active listening, communicating in writing effectively based on needs of person/group and talking to others to communicate effectively

Skill in adjusting actions appropriately in relation to others reactions

Skill in assessing the performance of oneself and/or others to make improvements or take corrective action Skill in critical thinking and in identifying alternative solutions or approaches

Skill in perceptiveness-being aware of others reactions and understanding why they react the way they do Skill in selecting and using methods and procedures appropriate for the situation

Skill in talking to others to convey information effectively

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $78,582.40 to $92,851.20

Equal Opportunity Employer

L ucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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