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The Arc of Opportunity Expressive Therapist - Fitchburg and Worcester in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Position Summary: Reports to the Division Director of Clinical Services and serves in a collaborative role to staff, senior leadership, and individuals. The Expressive Therapist is responsible for promoting therapeutic expressive services to adults with disabilities in our residential and day program settings.

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitates individual and group therapy, communicating and integrating the various departments of the agency

  • Utilizes expressive therapy techniques to facilitate

  • Assess individual development, abilities, personality, interests, and conflicts

  • Develops treatment plans based on creative arts and/or expressive therapy principles with varied interventions, based on assessment, interests, and objectives of therapy

  • Prepares and submits individual reactions and progress reports; confers with treatment team

  • Documents and maintains up-to-date related individual case notes in the agency’s electronic health record and goals

  • Enhances and promotes The Arc of Opportunity’s strategic initiatives, overall brand and organizational mission and values through positive promotion and representation

  • Maintains any certification and recertification as required and in accordance with agency, state, and federal guidelines

  • Develops and executes short- and long-term goals which enhance and support strategic plan and priority initiatives

  • Collaborates with CPO, Clinical Director, senior leadership in the coordination and execution of agency and program goals

  • Other duties as assigned


  • A valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record and CORI are required at all times during employment with The Arc of Opportunity.

  • Master’s degree with background in music therapy, art therapy, horticulture therapy, movement therapy or other expressive therapy required

  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred.

  • ATCB, ATR-BC, MT-BC, REAT, HTM or HTR certification, or other expressive art therapy certification preferred

  • Ability to communicate with others effectively which convey clear direction, desired results and vision to staff, individuals and families served, government agencies, community partners, funding sources, and senior management.

  • Ability to operate computer and variety of office equipment with reasonable accommodations

  • Ability to work flexible hours in a variety of locations (group homes in the community, loud day programs, cubicle-style main office building)

  • Ability to exert light to moderate physical effort which may involve lifting up to 25 pounds, pushing and/or pulling objects of similar weight, with or without reasonable accommodations

25 hours/week