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Good Shepherd Community Care Per Diem Art Therapist in Newton, Massachusetts

Per Diem Art Therapist

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Job Location

Main Office - Newton, MA

Position Type

Per Diem

Education Level

4 Year Degree

Job Category

Health Care


Community-based, mission-driven, not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization seeks an Art Therapist to join our dynamic team. The Art Therapist works as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide compassionate care to a diverse group of patients and families with both our pediatric palliative care and hospice programs. The Art Therapist carries a caseload of patients/families and makes visits to them on a regular basis (usually every other week) in whatever setting is home (private residence, nursing home, assisted living facilities, etc.).

ResponsibilitiesThe art therapist will demonstrate and apply knowledge of emotional and physical issues that arise in the context of life-limiting and/or terminal illness as relevant to the patients they serve.An art therapist will integrate visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture and other art forms) to assess and treat anxiety, depression, trauma, loss and other issues that may be facing hospice and pedi pal clients.The therapist will choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives. An understanding of the application of various art media and art processes to treatment is necessary for this position.Participates in IDT meetings when needed and communicates client’s needs and progress to other team members.Therapist will submit progress note detailing each visit within 2 days of the visit day, as well as time sheet documentation.Requests or purchases materials needed for visits and projects.Participates in Good Shepherd events if skills are applicable to event.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in art therapy or mental health with specialization in art therapy (or comparable degree/experience) from a recognized school; degree in fine arts with applicable experience may be considered

  • Knowledge of existing art therapy methods, techniques, materials and equipment

  • Experience with physical and emotional issues that arise in the context of serious illness and the end of life for patients/families of all ages.

  • Board-certification preferred

  • Comfort working with socioculturally diverse patients/families.

  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, multi-task and manage time well.

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to represent Good Shepherd professionally with our partners and in the community with compassion and integrity.

  • PC proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

  • A professional and caring demeanor.

Good Shepherd Benefits: Competitive salary Paid time off in first yearPaid holidaysHealth and dental insurance eligibility for employees working 20 hours or more per weekLife insurance403(b) with company match eligibilityFlexible Spending Account option with health insuranceShort Term Disability Employee Assistance ProgramPartnership with Regis College for reduced tuition rates Industry:Healthcare

Employment Type:Per Diem

Job Functions:CLINICAL - Healthcare Provider

About Us:Good Shepherd Community Care is one of the most trusted health care organizations in Greater Boston focusing on hospice and palliative care. Founded as Hospice of the Good Shepherd in 1978, we are the original Massachusetts hospice. After decades of caring for our community, we continue to remain an independent, not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization. Good Shepherd believes in the importance of mutual respect and acceptance and values diversity in our patients, families and caregivers, employees, volunteers, community, and partner organizations. We are committed to these values and honor the dignity of each individual through the care, support and education we provide. Our team members benefit from a collaborative work environment in a welcoming office, easily accessible to I-95, with on-site parking in Newton.