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Creative Arts Therapist - Intensive Treatment Program

125 Martin Rd, Buffalo, NY 14218, USA Req #154
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Responsible to: Principal
Job Summary:
The Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) will include working with adolescents, typically 12 – 18 years old that are diagnosed on the Autism spectrum with mental health concerns and developmental or intellectual disabilities.  The Creative Arts Therapist uses the creative process of art and/or music making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of youth with Autism, Intellectual Disability, and/or mental illness. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight.  This position will work within the educational environment.
Essential Job Duties:
1. Work creatively with various client groups in a therapeutic setting, ensuring a safe and secure environment
2. Assess the feelings or temperament of others;
3. Constructively challenge the behavior and attitude of your clients;
4. Attend meetings and case conferences to share ideas, expertise and good practice;
5. Keep up to date with administration tasks;
6. Maintain art therapy space and materials;
7. Receive support and discuss ideas in individual supervision
8. Provides creative arts therapy programming for youth who are non-verbal or limited verbal
9. Provides developmentally appropriate recreational art experiences for youth with Autism, Intellectual Disability, and/or mental illness
10. Follows agency procedures for purchasing supplies, expenditures, and facilities.
11. Maintains communication between educational and residential sites and provides art opportunities, as appropriate
12. Coordinates potential art show participation for artists.
13. Work with a variety of individuals/teams.
14. Involved in community projects.
15. Documents achievements/data in electronic records (EcR, Therap) as appropriate.
1. Art or Music Education or Therapy background
2. Computer skills
3. Customer skills
4. Organizational Skills
Competencies Template: Professional
Minimum Degree Required: 
• Master’s Degree in Art, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Education, Mental Health or related field
Minimum Experience Required: 
• One (1) year prior experience working with individuals with special needs
• 1-2 years in Art and/or Music Therapy or related field preferred. 
Required License/Registration/ Certification:
• Board Certified Music Therapist,  MT-BC OR Board Certified Art Therapist, ATR-BC is required
• NYS Creative Arts Therapist License, is preferred
• NY State Driver’s License, is required
• Continuing education as per NYS Office of Profession guidelines
• All required agency trainings (including Applied Behavior Analysis, SCIP-R)
• All trainings required by programs in which you service individuals
• New Hire Orientation
Physical Requirements 
• The frequent physical demands of the position are sitting, standing, walking, climbing, talking, hearing, repetitive motions, and eye/hand/foot coordination.
• The occasional physical demands of the position are lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, handling, grasping, and feeling.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Travel Required No
  • Required Education Master’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • 125 Martin Rd, Buffalo, NY 14218, USA