Creative Arts Therapist, MA (Full Time)

HMH CARRIER CLINIC INC Belle Mead Requisition # 2022-123703 ShiftDay StatusFull Time with Benefits Weekend WorkOne Weekend a Month HolidaysAs Needed On CallNo On-Call Required Shift HoursVaries Address252 County Road 601, Belle Mead, 08502

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How have you impacted someone's life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career, all within New Jersey's premier healthcare system.

The Creative Arts Therapist provides assessment, clinical counseling, and therapy services to patients across the inpatient hospital. The Creative Arts Therapist facilitates individual and group therapy as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team, to assist patients in achieving treatment goals.


A Day in the Life of a Creative Arts Therapist, MA at Hackensack Meridian can be described as follows:

  • Researches/utilizes evidence-based counseling/expressive therapy practices for adolescents, adults, and older adults; Develops programming to meet ongoing identified needs of patients.
  • Works with Clinical Social Services team to develop and facilitate experiential counseling/expressive therapy interventions that will contribute to inpatient treatment enhancement such as expressive music/art/dance/movement therapy information sessions.
  • Facilitates counseling/expressive therapy groups for inpatient units.
  • Completes relevant creative arts therapy and social assessments.
  • Provides individual counseling/expressive therapy treatment to assigned caseload.
  • Works closely with LIPs, Nursing, MHT, Therapists, Group Counseling, OT, and Discharge Planners to develop treatment goals and strategies for assigned patients.
  • Attends staff meetings, morning reports, and other treatment team meetings to report on treatment; Educates team on potential enhancements and interventions to patients.
  • Performs all essential duties and responsibilities of Group Counselor position.
  • In conjunction with the Group Counseling team, enters treatment plan goals and objectives in accordance with licensing standards.
  • Maintains up-to-date, accurate record of all patient and collateral contact.
  • Enters discharge summaries, letters, and any other clinical documentation as needed into electronic health records.
  • Meets weekly for clinical supervision as needed.
  • Coordinates with Unit Manager & Director of Clinical Social Services for purchasing expressive therapy materials and other related items.
  • Responsible for the overall organization and maintenance of Creative Arts materials and expressive therapy storage spaces where applicable.
  • Maintains and tracks inventory of potentially dangerous items (i.e. scissors, glue, etc.).
  • Enters, maintains, and oversees Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for licensing and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains current knowledge of developments within the field of one's specialization by attending in-service programs, conferences or continuing education as required by the credentialing board of the Creative Arts Therapist's specialty (i.e. Art Therapy Credentials Board, Certification Board for Music Therapists, Dance/Movement Therapy Credentials Board, North American Drama Therapy Association, etc.) and pursuant to the New Jersey Administrative Code for Professional Counselors.
  • Works professionally and cooperatively with all hospital staff and programs.
  • Models the 5 C's standards of HMH behavior.
  • Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies.
  • Maintains standards of behavior as established in the Organizational Ethics and Codes of Conduct Policy.
  • Performs other related duties and/or projects as assigned or requested. Meets or exceeds expectations of patients, hospital and staff members, in person or via the telephone/electronic communication in the course of performing assigned accountabilities.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  1. Master's degree in Music, Counseling, Psychology, or creative arts related field (Music Therapy, Art Therapy, or Dance/Movement Therapy).
  2. Minimum of 1 year of experience in a healthcare setting preferred experience in a behavioral health care setting.
  3. Clinical counseling skills (per job competencies).
  4. Patient population knowledge and skills (per job competencies).
  5. Advanced Language Skills.
  6. Basic Mathematical Skills.
  7. Intermediate Critical Thinking Skills.
  8. Basic Computer Skills.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  1. Experience in a behavioral health care setting.
  2. Credentials to supervise student interns and/or team members seeking licensure in art, music, and/or dance and movement therapy.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

  1. Art Therapy Registration and Board Certification (ATR-BC) or Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC).

Licenses and Certifications Preferred:

  1. Licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPART).
  2. Licensed Associate Art Therapist (LAART).

If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

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