This position is responsible for developing and providing quality art therapy services for students to include individual, and group art therapy, art therapy assessment planning, and documentation
Duties and Responsibilities
- Creates a safe and creative environment for the students to express their thoughts, energies and behavior in a positive manner through art making process.
- Maintains space, equipment, and supplies for the provision of art therapy services.
- Increases appropriate forms of self-expression including improvement of coping skills.
- Encourages student awareness of their thoughts and actions.
- Decreases impulsivity and increase frustration tolerance.
- Increases self-empowerment through the creative process.
- Encourages independence and individuality.
- Improves respect for self and others.
- Encourages social interaction and cooperative behavior.
- Provides experiences that help a student gain insight.
- Emphasizes the unique abilities of each student.
- Supports student academic experiences.
- Provides experiences that will enhance problem-solving skills.
- Fosters relaxation and coping skills.
- Encourages identification and expression of feelings.
- Models the WJCC Strategic Plan Values: Individualism, Integrity, Innovation, Accountability and Collaboration.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
- Master's Degree in Art Therapy and possess or be eligible for a National Art Therapy Certification.
- Must be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook required. Basic Microsoft Excel preferred.
- Extensive knowledge and experiences in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media).
- Experience in both 2-D and 3-D media such as mixed media, graphic designs, crafts, games, virtual field trips art relaxation techniques, music listening, creative analysis, creative writing, and photography/film.
- Ability to speak clearly, calmly, and empathically.
- Ability to perform Management of Aggression holds, which generally include reaching, bending, and lifting. Ability to integrate and synthesize clinical information.
- Must be able to process observations and react quickly in a crisis situation.
- Demonstrate positive professional interpersonal relations in dealing with co-workers, supervisor, and other employees, so that departmental productivity and positive employee relations are maximized.
Performs duties under the supervision of the Supervisor for Merrimac Detention Center.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Must have the ability to sit and stand; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer; hear and understand speech at normal levels; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds to shoulder height; to bend, to stoop, to sit on the floor, to climb stairs, to walk and to reach overhead. Must be physically capable of occasionally lifting, pushing, or moving students and equipment weighing at least 150 pounds. Possible exposure to blood or body fluids.