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E00331 – Art Therapist

Part-time Employment in Waldorf, Maryland 20602



Position Overview: The Recreational Therapist plans, directs and coordinates medically-approved programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, substance abuse facilities, or other institutions. Activities concentrate on art; arts & crafts; music; sports, including golf, tennis, squash, etc; trips; dramatics; and social activities. It is based on the belief that these processes help people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.


Specific Responsibilities:
* Meets with patients and arranges activities and sessions
* Plans and facilitates activities and maintains the workshop/music room/sports facility and equipment
* Organizes and carries out one-on-one or group workshops and/or lessons
* Assesses a patient’s condition and recommends appropriate artistic/musical/physical activity.
* Liaison with case managers and other health professionals and physicians
* Designs projects using the patient’s understanding of how art media, music techniques, and physical activity can influence people. For example, patients may create an image showing parts of their past that they would like to leave behind, or a musical piece that threads through an experience
* Engages clients in reflection about the art they have created.


Education and Experience:
* Bachelor’s degree in Art/Art Therapy, Music/Music Therapy, Sports and/or Physical Education, psychology, or social work required
* Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
* A strong knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychotherapy and the role art /music/physical activity can play in treatment


* Excellent artistic/musical/physical training abilities includes creativity, imagination and enthusiasm
* Maturity patience and a calm, respectful manner
* Provides a trusting, open, kindhearted atmosphere that encourages learning and participation
* Strong empathy with and commitment to helping people from all walks of life
* Ability to deal with difficult, perhaps painful and embarrassing situations


Work Environment: This job may operate in a professional office environment, an art studio, music studio, or golf course, tennis court, squash court, or gym. This role may use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Travel: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.










Non-Discrimination Statement:

It is the policy of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Location: Recovery Centers of America at Waldorf – 11100 Billingsley Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20602