Creative Arts and Music Therapist
The main responsibility of the Create Arts and Music Therapist position is ensuring they help patients/residents maximize overall function and well-being. The art and music therapist will show understanding of the patients’/residents’ needs and interests and will create and facilitate programs that are meaningful and stimulating to patients/residents. The Therapist will be responsible for facilitating group programs, as well as one-to-one activities. The Therapist will also need to be comfortable with using a computer and other forms of devices, as they are responsible for documentation and accurate record-keeping. A strong commitment to the safety of patients/residents is also required. Ideal candidates will bring innovative ideas, enthusiasm, and clear understanding of the Creative Arts and Music Therapist role.
Creative Arts and Music Therapist Position Description:
Interventions to provide the clinical assessment and treatment of patients in a Skilled Nursing Facility.
Resident participates in the clinical training and supervision of creative arts therapy interns; and supports special programming, research, and education.
Assesses the clinical needs of each subacute patient, as well as, those needs of our long-term residents, whether they have additional neurodivergent diagnoses, patients with neurocognitive disorders, psychiatric diagnoses, or additional physical limitations.
Identify and implement appropriate music and art therapy techniques and interventions to address targeted goals.
Effectively document the observations and results of the creative music and art therapy interventions
Selects, adapts, and/or adjusts to creative music and art therapy techniques and interventions in accordance with resident’s abilities and rehabilitation goals.
Collaborates with an interdisciplinary care team regarding patient/resident care.
Plans, implements, and creates weekly creative music and art therapy programs.
Facilitates psychosocial activities as a therapeutic tool in order to normalize life in an skilled nursing facility setting and while under COVID-19 DOH guidelines.
Utilize reminiscence and validation therapy as an intervention in appropriate situations during creative arts therapy programming.
Assists in facilitating interactions between residents and their peers during programs, as well as in gathering areas.
Coordinates and supervises the transportation of residents to & from all programs and activities as established by facility policy on socially distant programs in specific areas.
Participates in and adheres to employee health and safety in-services & trainings.
Conducts all activities within established safety and infection control procedures and guidelines, being flexible to the changing DOH guidelines for COVID-19 protocols.
Utilizes required personal protective equipment as needed and as per facility policies.
Operates equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacturer’s directions and facility procedures.
Receives annual health assessment including appropriate screening for tuberculosis.
Corrects unsafe or hazardous conditions encountered, if unable to correct, report condition to supervisor upon discovery.
Responds appropriately to Codes called during drills and emergencies.
Reports all accidents and incidents to supervisor immediately upon occurrence.
Ensures safety of patient/resident at all times and that equipment is secure at all times.
Ensures the proper disinfection of equipment after each use.
Ensures that waste containing blood and other potentially infectious bodily fluids is disposed of properly.
Ensures adherence to facility and Department of Health infection control protocol specifically for COVID-19.
Creative Arts and Music Therapist Population Served: As both a nursing home and subacute rehab center, we serve a wide range of age groups, mainly within the geriatric category, and physical, neurocognitive, personality, developmental, and emotional disabilities and diagnoses.
Creative Arts and Music Therapist Job Requirements/Qualifications/Competencies:
Evidence of exposure and experience in working with the geriatric population for at least 1 year and/or working in the field for 1 year. Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, or related recreation experience, preferably with one of the following certifications:
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Music Therapist (MT-BC)
Registered Art Therapist (ATR)
Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT)
Creative Art Therapist (LCAT or LP-CAT)
Some weekends/holidays required
An Equal Opportunity Employer