Hebrew SeniorLife

Expressive Therapist

US-MA-Dedham
Job ID
2017-1984
Category
Therapies

Overview

 

We currently have a great opportunity for a part time Expressive Therapist (36 hours per week) 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 is 32 hours per week, Sunday through Thursday.

Responsibilities

 

  • Develop imaginative and varied 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.
  • Provide in-service trainings for the memory support community on the structure of a therapeutic program for persons with dementia.
  • Supervise or mentor interns
  • Participate in the implementation of service plans.
  • Observe and report any change in health or mental status of residents.
  • Coordinate and participate in 1:1 sessions with residents.
  • Implement community outings on a regular basis.
  • Maintain and organize stock of supplies and arrange entertainment within parameters of budget.
  • Participate in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Collaborate with the Multigenerational team to execute various multigenerational programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested from time to time by supervisor or other managers.

 

Qualifications

  • M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy- any modality.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in working with geriatric population.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in group leadership and group dynamics.
  • Demonstrates fluency within various art modalities.
  • Must demonstrate multicultural awareness and experience working with the geriatric population.
  • 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. 
  • Must be able to lift, push and pull 25 pounds and have the ability to transport and assist residents’ as needed.
  • Be able to stand during scheduled work times.

 

 

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