Hebrew SeniorLife

Expressive Therapist - Per Diem

US-MA-Dedham
Job ID
2017-1959
Category
Therapies

Overview

We currently have a great opportunity for an Expressive Therapist to plan, implement and coordinate Expressive Therapy programs for residents in the Memory Support Assisted Living. This position is responsible for developing varied therapeutic programs that meet the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs of the residents and positively contributes to their quality of life. The Expressive Arts Therapist also serves as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team made up of (but not limited to) program coordinators, expressive therapists, nursing, administrative and social service associates. 

 

The schedule for this position is every Saturday for 8 hours and occassional Sundays.

Responsibilities

 

 

  • Develop imaginative and varied weekend therapeutic programs that take into account the preferences and unique strengths of each resident. Continuously adapt programs to meet changes in cognitive or physical abilities.
  • Lead therapeutic programs for memory support residents.
  • Initial and on-going assessment of residents for the appropriate group assignments.
  • Assist in orientation of new residents to the NewBridge community.
  • Follow through on program goals and objectives as established by the team.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with other staff, volunteers, interns, outside service providers, and families.
  • Participate in the implementation of service plans.
  • Observe and report any change in health or mental status of residents.
  • Coordinate and participate in one on one sessions with residents.
  • Maintain and organize stock of supplies and arrange entertainment within parameters of budget.

Qualifications

 

  • M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy-any modality.
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in group leadership and experience working with geriatric population.
  • Demonstrates fluency within various art modalities.
  • Must be professional, proactive, collaborative, conscientious and results-oriented individual.
  • Must have an optimistic and positive demeanor, excellent oral and written communication skills, good intuition and able to adapt to changing priorities and display good, sound judgment with a sense of humor.
  • Superb organizational skills. Must have solid analytical skills. Must be creative and proactive yet disciplined, and able to streamline work volume in order to maintain bottom line efforts in midst of multi-tasking and daily re-prioritizing.
  • Must have ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle even difficult situations.
  • Must be motivated to learn and flexible to change.
  • Computer literacy required.

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