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Expressive Art Therapist - Esther B. Clark School

Company: Children's Health Council
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

$8000 Hiring Bonus for FTE .75 or More Join Us #workthatmatters Behind every child who believes in their own potential is an adult who believed first. Could that be you? CHC is seeking to grow our team with passionate professionals who believe that:
every child who walks through CHC's doors is filled with promise and potential (even if they don't see it themselves).
differences are superpowers and kids are superheroes (even when they're in disguise).
if a child is struggling, a whole family is struggling, and we can offer them the first glimmer of hope they may have seen in a very long time. By becoming a part of CHC, you have the unique opportunity to: collaborate with some of the most renowned child and adolescent experts in the country.
be an instrument of healing, leading children, teens and young adults to roads filled with growth, promise and self-discovery.
leverage your own unique talents to change lives every day. At CHC, we believe in the promise and potential of every child, teen and young adult. Our mission is to transform young lives by providing culturally responsive best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay. We specialize in ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism. Esther B. Clark Schools provide transformative education in a caring, therapeutic day school setting where children with emotional and behavioral issues re-engage in learning and develop the positive behaviors necessary to transition back to a more traditional school setting. It's one of the most successful programs of its kind. The expressive art therapist at Esther B. Clark School in Palo Alto plans and conducts expressive arts (art, dance, drama or music) therapy groups to provide students with mental health challenges a therapeutic milieu that requires the following duties: Responsibilities: Works with members of students' interdisciplinary teams to consult on how the expressive arts augment the therapeutic needs of clients.
Runs weekly therapeutic expressive arts groups focused on art, music, drama, and dance.
Devises expressive arts therapy program to address identified psychological needs for students.
Is able to use and instruct in the use of a variety of expressive art mediums.
Supports and monitors the development of students' art projects and reports significant observation to child's individual therapist.
Becomes knowledgeable about each student's emotional and behavioral challenges and is aware of current intervention strategies being employed for selected students by regularly communicating with teams.
Maintains expressive art materials and equipment
Serves as a primary individual and family therapist for at least one EBC student.
Plans, sets up, and hosts annual expressive arts events for students and families.
Works with CHC advancement department to showcase student creations when asked.
Attends team meetings to consult with multi-disciplinary treatment team as necessary.
Attends weekly clinical meeting.
Generates creative projects that promote students' personal expression of emotion through the expressive arts; Understands and can convey the therapeutic implications of created art; Uses expressive arts to augment therapeutic progress; Demonstrates attention to detail.
Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner consistent with EBC's Positive Behavior Teaching ; Analyzes student art skillfully; Develops constructive solutions that continue to positively engage student in expressive art; Competently collaborates with teams to problem solve situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Develops project plans conducive to students' age and developmental maturation; Designs and Promotes meaningful projects that elicit student emotion; Communicates progress to teams in a regular and timely basis; Purchases and uses materials that stays within given budget.
Looks for ways to improve and promote quality of expressive art therapy program; Demonstrates thoroughness in integrating expressive art therapy program with overall EBC program. Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A Master's degree in Expressive Arts/Music/Dance/Drama; and one to two years of related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Candidate must hold licensed/license-eligible as an MFT, LCSW, LPCC, or PsyD.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret clinical reports. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, regulatory agencies, or members of the public education community.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret and collect data and deal with abstract and concrete variables.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Design software.
Candidate must hold a Registered Art Therapist level of professional certification and be license eligible as a LMFT, LCSW, or PsyD eligible; Licensure is preferred. Competitive Benefits: We value our employees' time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and an attractive and extensive benefits package for employees working at least .75 FTE or greater, including: Medical, dental and vision benefits
Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
Training and development
Educational reimbursement
Adoption assistance
Life and personal accident insurance
Short and long-term disability coverage
Free continuing education classes offered on-site
Paid sick leave
Paid vacation
14-16 paid holidays each year
Employees who work for a non-profit may qualify for loan forgiveness under PSLF
Licensed mental health providers may be eligible for California loan repayment programs We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Keywords: Children's Health Council, Palo Alto , Expressive Art Therapist - Esther B. Clark School, Healthcare , Palo Alto, California

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