Art Therapist (NWDI-461) in The Bronx, NY at Volunteers of America Greater New York

Date Posted: 7/12/2020

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Job Description

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth. 

VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work. 

Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.

The Art Therapist help residents overcome emotional, mental and behavioral difficulties caused by traumatic events by engaging and expressing themselves through the artistic process.  To ensure the program provides comprehensive and integrated onsite social services, that helps residents restore and rebuild their lives while healing from their experience of domestic violence.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree and Limited Permit (LP-CAT) or License (LCAT) in art therapy or psychotherapy, and 2 years of experience working with victims of domestic violence and their families.

Supervisory Role:
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities:
The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.

1. Meet with residents to arrange art therapy sessions and activities.
2. Provide age appropriate art therapy to children when applicable.
3. Guide clients through the creative process and encourage them to engage with their feelings and explore the thought processes behind them to promote healing.
4. Create and maintain a wellness and recovery-oriented environment by using person-first language, respectful documentation, person centered planning, and evidence-based practices.
5. Ensure support and education are provided and documented to assist residents in their transition into the community including referrals to appropriate social service agencies when the facility does not provide the needed service
6. Provide crisis intervention to clients when needed.
7. Perform other related duties as requested.

Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:
1. Residents will receive and be offered art therapy as a safe and effective way to process traumatic events.
2. Residents will receive and be offered the all of the necessary support and education to aid in their successful transition to the community.
3. Groups of interest related to art therapy and targeted for the population served will be available for the residents.
4. Provide emergency response including crisis management, first aid, CPR and fire response as needed.
5. Complete Incident Reports as outlined by the Program Manual and Funder guidelines. Ensure accurate record keeping of the program.
6. Safety hazards and emergency situations are handled, safely, promptly and professionally.
7. Related duties are performed completely, on time and accurate.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of the job, the employee will be in a housing shelter environment.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to have visual acuity, talk and hear while communicating with peers, clients and/or vendors. This position requires sitting, standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items up to 20 pounds.

Position Type:
This is a full-time position.

Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.

Other details

  • Job Family Therapist-Physical/Occupational/Speech/Art
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Job Start Date Thursday, June 11, 2020