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Art Therapist

POSITION TITLE:  Art Therapist

QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s degree in Art Therapy, Counseling or related field with current credentials: Registered Art Therapist (ATR), or ATR-eligible – must pursue ATR and be under current supervision for ATR (post0master’s training).  Although not required, Virginia Department of Education endorsement in art education preferred. Excellent oral, written communications, organizational and public relations skills are essential.  Must have an in-depth knowledge of the foundation for educating students with disabilities and educational implications of various disabilities.  Must have the ability to work with families, teachers and administrators to help promote successful student transitions throughout the educational experience.  Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and must be adaptable to changing priorities.   Must be able to work independently and to effectively handle multiple assignments simultaneously and the ability to work efficiently under minimum or no supervision.  Experience with Windows/Apple operating systems required.  Must successfully complete training provided by the Virginia State Department of Education, Department of Special Education and Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems (VCUHS).

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS:  Provides appropriate art education services to children ages 3-17 through enrichment groups, character education groups, and art therapy groups or consults.  Utilizes State Operated Programs Curriculum to guide and structure art therapy services. Makes appropriate referrals to mental health resources within the facility for issues or concerns beyond the scope of practice of an art therapist in an educational setting.  Develops written group session plans, document student progress, and practice various therapeutic art activities to facilitate coping strategies to assist children in returning to the classroom.   Collaborates with hospital staff in reference to student instruction, learning and/or behavior.  Produces and provides reports to education director as requested.  Keeps education director informed of student/staff issues and needs.  Performs other school duties and assignments as assigned by the education director.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK:  Duties performed typically in an acute hospital setting. Work requires the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally. Work requires frequent standing, sitting, walking, vocal communication for expressing or exchanging ideas, hearing to perceive information at a normal spoken word level and visual acuity for preparing and analyzing written or computer data.

REPORTS TO:  Director of Exceptional Education

PAY SCHEDULE: Teacher Salary Schedule

LENGTH OF CONTRACT: 230 Days (11 months)

FLSA: Exempt