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Art Therapist -Part Time

Job Code:  217076
Facility: Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Part Time
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health
Category: Nursing
FTE: .05
Position Summary:

Position Summary:
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.

The Psychiatric Institute of Washington provides comprehensive behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults suffering from mental health and addictive illnesses. We are a 124-bed, short-term, acute care hospital offering inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient hospitalization, as well as specialized treatment programs for chemical dependency. Founded in 1967, PIW combines the rich traditions of its past with the behavioral health options of the present. We have an excellent reputation as an innovative hospital with caring, dedicated staff, experienced in the delivery of behavioral healthcare. We currently have a position available for a PRN licensed Art Therapist to cover weekends. Candidates selected will be responsible for the following:

Plans and conducts group therapy and occasional individual sessions in accordance with the patient’s treatment plan, program structures, department philosophy, and guidelines of Art Therapy practice.

Maintains a consistent therapeutic milieu as outlined in hospital policy and procedures and according to program structures.

Establishes and maintains an empathetic and therapeutic relationship with patients.

Completes routine paperwork within the prescribed time frames; i.e., initial assessments, master treatment plans, progress notes, statistics, and billing.

Attends designated team meetings and conferences. Contributes Art Therapy information and observations to interdisciplinary team members and physicians during the appropriate treatment team staffing.

Maintains a safe environment for patients and staff. Demonstrates knowledge of safety issues and proper use of equipment and supplies. Follows the established policy and procedures for use of equipment and supplies. Reports the need for equipment service/repairs to the Clinical Coordinator or the program director/nurse coordinator.

Assists in ordering and maintaining the Art Therapy supplies/equipment.

Performs nursing interventions according to care plans, as delegated by the RN.

Observes changes in patients’ behavior and health condition and reports to RN.

Teaches and reinforces unit’s philosophy and regulations to patients and visitors.

Implements the hospital and unit policies regarding safety and security. Conducts patient room checks according to unit policy, supervises patients in cafeteria, ensures appropriate procedures are followed in case of fire or fire drill, manages patient behavior and supervises groups closely to prevent injury and loss of control of patient and/or group.

Assists in organizing and implementing recreational activities for patients.

Performs all necessary tasks to facilitate delivery of nursing care on the unit, as delegated by the Nurse Manager or Charge Nurse.
Escorts patients to scheduled activities off the unit in accordance with unit policy.

Utilizes effective communication skills both verbally and in writing. Ensures entries in medical record are legible and demonstrates correct usage of English.

Utilizes supervision to appropriate self-awareness and growth; participates in supervision process by developing goals and taking action to reach identified goals; attends inservices offered to improve knowledge about patient care.

May initiate restraint or seclusion and assess patient readiness for discontinuation.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in Art Therapy, or a Master’s in Behavioral Science of Fine Arts with training and education required by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) to have attained national registration as an Art Therapist.

Eligible for (or possess) current registration in Art Therapy.

LPC is a plus

One Year of experience as an Art Therapist.

The mission of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington is to share in the healing process and guide those we serve on the path to health. In fulfilling its mission, the institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its policies.

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