To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate competency in each of Avow’s core values listed below and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Provides art therapy directly to patients in coordination with the Plan of Care established by the interdisciplinary team. May provide art therapy to community organizations as a contract service.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Assesses patients for their response to art therapy interventions and creates goals/objectives within the plan of care established in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team
Provides regular art therapy visits to patients in caseload, creating and implementing appropriate art interventions for these visits.
By applying the techniques of art therapy, assists patients and families in coping with their illness, alleviating signs and symptoms of the disease, provides education, and encourages expression of end of life issues through this modality.
Participates regularly in Complementary Therapies Department meetings and Avow staff meetings, as well as those designated by a contracting organization.
Functions as member of the Complementary Therapies Department and the interdisciplinary teams, engaging in new program development and implementation as needed. Attends IDGs as assigned.
Collaborates with Complementary Therapies Department staff as well as all Avow departments on special projects and events to serve patients, families, and the community
Educates the staff and community to the benefits of art therapy.
Documents art therapy sessions electronically in designated software program; utilizes handheld device provided by Avow with real-time documentation and syncing per Avow policy and procedures.
Participates in QAPI, data based outcomes, and grant writing.
Adheres to all policies and procedures of Avow, with annual review of the policy handbook.
Proactively provides handouts on educational materials to patients and families, including directing to teaching videos.
Actively participates in customer engagement experience outcomes.
Completes and remains active as a crowd control manager.
Independently participates in the “A Vow to Volunteer” program.
Meets productivity expectations as set by the organization.
Other duties as assigned.
Other skills and abilities:
Must have the ability to perform assessments and identify physical, psychological or medical limitations, as well as the client’s ability to participate in therapeutic session. Therapist must demonstrate the ability to develop an initial and on-going treatment plan, in collaboration with patient, family and other members of the interdisciplinary team. The professional is expected to document after each visit and sync back for real-time charting. Must be able to develop and present educational opportunities to staff, volunteers, and the community. If selected for community outreach or conference presentations, the professional must attend Toastmasters. Must be self-motivated and responsible in the performance of duties. Must be comfortable utilizing a variety of visual art media to elicit the patient’s inherent capacity for art making, to facilitate self-expression and to achieve personal insight. Should be able to facilitate art therapy groups for non-hospice residents in community settings. Must be comfortable working with children and adults in all settings. Maintain a flexible schedule to adhere to the needs of the population served, including occasional nights and weekends.
(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Position does include day and nighttime driving.
(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing this job, the employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions. Must be able to endure exposure to common household allergens (ie. pet, plants, dust, etc).
Education and/or Experience:
Master’s Degree or higher from a college/university program; ATR or ATR-BC credential. Minimum of 1-year professional art therapy experience in a health related and/or hospice setting preferred.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must maintain active ATR credential or ATR-BC credential provided by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), Current Florida Driver’s License. Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) on hire or within 90 days.
“Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness, hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults.”
Changing moments, changing lives.
Avow delivers a better quality of life by providing comfort, care, understanding and dignity to those who are seriously ill and their caregivers, as well as those mourning a loved one’s passing. We are a support system in our community, providing our services to anyone who needs them, including those whose loved ones were not in our programs. We also support those who are suffering the illness or loss of a companion animal.
Avow’s promise is to help members of our community provide care at home and live at home during an illness or death, surrounded by the people, pets and things they love most. We are teachers and guides, offering our expertise and loving support but always respecting the beliefs, choices and wishes of those we serve.
We often make positive, life-altering changes in someone’s life in as little as a moment. Therefore, even if our time with a patient, family mem...ber or community resident is brief, we bring it our full attention and focus on resolution and healing.