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Expressive Arts Therapist

Status: PRN
Shift: Varies
Hours: Varies

The Expressive Arts Therapist works under the general supervision of the Director of Nursing/Patient Services, Inpatient Psychiatry and is responsible for direct patient care. Administers appropriate assessments, contributes to and participates in the development of the interdisciplinary treatment plan. Develops, administers and adapts programs and treatment procedures to assigned patients on the basis of assessed needs and the interdisciplinary treatment plan. Demonstrates effective group leadership skills in the treatment of patients. Demonstrates sound judgment in selecting individuals for specific groups. Plans and implements treatment groups that are organized, creative and therapeutic to the group members. Is flexible in adapting the group (task, environment, time, location) to changing patient or staff needs. Sets and maintains appropriate limits and manages disruptive behavior according to Akron General Medical Centers policies and procedures to ensure patient safety. Communicates with appropriate multidisciplinary staff on a timely basis, any significant issues raised during the treatment group. Provides patient education. Instructs the patient or family in functional activities and as indicated. Makes necessary adaptations in teaching to facilitate patient understanding. Monitors and documents patient comprehension and compliance with treatment. Documents pertinent patient information in a concise and legible format and enters it into the medical record in a timely manner. Participates in making referrals, coordinating treatment and discharge planning in the multidisciplinary approach to patient management. Assumes responsibility for appropriate mandatory and continuing professional education. Demonstrates professional conduct that actively supports AGMC and Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences mission statements and goals. Actively contributes to and supports interdisciplinary professional cohesion, physical maintenance and material management of the Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Screens all assigned patients for appropriateness to the partial hospitalization program. Completes intake evaluation and assessments on assigned patients. Develops an individualized care plan on assigned patients. Identifies appropriate problems/needs of patients. Identifies goals for patients. Provides or directs patient care from admission through discharge. Plans and attends multidisciplinary conferences. Participates in quality assurance activities to evaluate the effectiveness of patient care. Completes mandatory education and training in order to maintain organization and department specific competencies and requirements. Maintains applicable certification/licensure. Follows hospital/system and department policies and procedures with special attention to attendance and punctuality, confidentiality, dress code and display of ID badge, and safety.

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with current registration to practice as an Expressive Arts Therapist in the State of Ohio or completion of accredited Expressive Arts Therapy program and licensed as a Professional Counselor with eligibility for the Art Therapy Credentials Board registration within 12 months of hire. Demonstrates clinical proficiency. Ability to establish and maintain maintain courteous cooperative and respectful relations with patients staff and others contacted in the course of work. Effective interpersonal skills. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Adequate physical and mental health in order to provide all types of treatment. Demonstrated responsibility initiative and leadership skills. Membership in professional organization preferred.

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Human Resources, Division of Recruitment and Retention

Akron General Health System
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44307

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