Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Art Therapist- Psychosocial Services

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/16/2018 12:11 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
  • Overview

    Part time- .40 fte status


    The art therapist is responsible for working within their professional scope of practice to assess patients and to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based art therapy interventions that address the psychosocial, developmental, and physiological needs of hospitalized children and their families. The art therapist provides a variety of art experiences promoting a familiar and positive way to cope with hospitalization, cancer treatment and a positive outlet for interaction. The art therapist works with all ages and developmental levels and provides a variety of artistic interventions that promote coping, skill development, and self-expression. The art therapist is accomplished in the use of multiple mediums of artistic expression; adapts strategies to a variety of settings; individualizes interventions to meet specific needs; manages and maintains art resources; facilitates and supervises volunteers and students; and demonstrates competencies as defined (*). The art therapist offers their patients the opportunity to learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.



    The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, wherePassion Meets Purpose.

    Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

    Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

    Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

    1. *Uses artistic expression to support children, adolescents, and adults, incorporating professional expertise and knowledge related to human development and healthcare experiences.


    1. *Plans and implements individual and group activities for children, adolescents, and adults to provide developmentally appropriate recreation, socialization, and artistic learning.


    1. Seeks information about diversity and is culturally sensitive to the diversity of families in developing supportive programs and providing services.


    1. Identifies and provides appropriate art resources and maintains these resources as safe and accessible.


    1. Designs and implements art sessions based on patient/family needs using artistic improvisation, receptive art modalities and innovative creativity, discussion and artistic imagery, and art production.


    1. *Incorporates art project development in support of the patient’s self-awareness and expression, comfort and coping skills, confidence, sense of well-being, reading skills, motor skills, and social behavior.


    1. Monitors patient progress and provides feedback to the medical team related to objectives and goal achievement.


    1. Provides educational programs for patients, families, students, staff, and volunteers.


    1. Enhances the perception of the hospital as a nurturing and healing environment.


    1. Identifies areas for volunteer involvement and collaborates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs integrating participation of volunteers; provides support to volunteers in their role.


    1. Participates in planning, implementation and evaluation of activities, celebrations, and events.


    1. Coordinates, trains, and supervises students in majors related to departmental programs during field work/internship experiences.


    1. Communicates with patients, families, staff, volunteers, and community groups by providing notification of activities and events scheduled, newsletter articles, statistics, reports and other appropriate correspondence

      *Appropriately prioritizes work flow based on patient/family care needs and other responsibilities.

     *Creates documentation which is timely, pertinent, and compliant with department standards.

    *Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning and co-treatment when appropriate.

     Coordinates, trains, and supervises students in majors related to departmental programs during field work/internship experiences.

     *Promotes awareness of art therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to patients, families, and staff; including creating and providing educational programs.

     *Remains current in the professional field. Acquires continuing education to increase professional growth and integrates new knowledge and skills into practice. Participates in professional organizations and continuing education initiatives to advance knowledge and skills for self and others.

    Remains educated on cultural diversity and develops programming and interventions with the patient/family’s unique cultural needs in mind.

    Is engaged in and supportive of Hem/Onc/BMT Psychosocial Services initiatives and programing.





    1. Bachelor’s degree in art therapy and certification by The Certification Board for Art Therapy (ART-BC) required; Master’s degree preferred as well as membership in related professional organizations.


    1. Strong knowledge of relevant art and materials and competence with a variety of artistic modalities. Commitment to using the latest artistic techniques, methods, technology, and programming to meet patient/family needs.


    1. Strong knowledge of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, patient assessment, and the psychosocial impact of hospitalization on children.


    1. Ability to adapt interventions for the broad range of medical, developmental, and psychosocial needs of the pediatric hospital population.


    1. Commitment to using the latest evidence-based techniques, methods, technology, and programming to meet patient/family needs.


    1. Knowledge of research design and methodology.


    1. Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills


    1. Experience related to program planning, teaching, and management desired.


    1. Prior experience in a pediatric health care setting desired.


    1. Basic computer skills required.

    Minimum Physical Requirements


    Lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling up to 30 pounds                  Frequently     (34-66%)

    Standing/walking/sitting/stooping/kneeling/reaching           Frequently     (34-66%)

    Talking/hearing in person/on phone                                       Frequently     (34-66%)



    The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. EOE M/F/Disability/Vet


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